Land reform

Given the disparity between America’s demographic makeup and that of the owners of productive agricultural land, how long will it be before we start talking seriously about land reform in the U.S.?

I predict that within twenty years we’ll see land reform in the U.S. as a serious policy proposal with a significant chance of happening, possibly as part of a larger program of redistribution.

Now that would be a really bad thing, and it sounds crazy today; but by the time it becomes plausible there will be a new normality within which it will be discussed. A whole lot of other bad things will have happened to make it plausible. The thing to look at is not where we are now, but where all the changes are pointing.

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2 Replies to “Land reform”

  1. I’m not sure how that would work. In prior ages, redistribution of lands was proposed when 80-90% of people lived on farms. Now, it’s more like 2%. In other words, 98% of people are very unlikely to know what to do with farm land if you gave it to them.

    Or I’m I missing what you mean here?

    1. In many cases, maybe most, the new owners won’t want to actually work the farm. They might sell it, or lease it back to an operator, maybe it’s previous owner.

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