History’s greatest swindle?

Enclosure.

Heard of it?
If not, it’s probably time you had.

Enclosure [or Inclosure] is a crucial aspect of the evolution of the nation and what the United Kingdom has become today.

The concept is not limited to the UK; the process can be and has been seen throughout the world.

George Orwell described it thus;

Stop to consider how the so-called owners of the land got hold of it. They simply seized it by force, afterwards hiring lawyers to provide them with title-deeds. In the case of the enclosure of the common lands, which was going on from about 1600 to 1850, the land-grabbers did not even have the excuse of being foreign conquerors; they were quite frankly taking the heritage of their own countrymen, upon no sort of pretext except that they had the power to do so.

Enclosure was the precursor to Poor Relief.
If Poor Relief was the effect, then Enclosure was the cause.

Enclosure was the stealing of common land by those that had power, simply because they could. It was the wholesale theft of your heritage by an elite few; an act of commercial gain by the Land Lords … and damn the consequences.

It was Land Baron waging war against everyone … it destroyed communities, disenfranchised the ‘peasants’, reduced the King’s taxes, and eventually lead to riots, a complete change to the structure of communities, and eventually to a parliament in the hands of the Land Lords, for the benefit of the Land Lords.

To fully grasp the significance of Enclosure, read the following carefully;

… the English Civil War provided the basis for a major acceleration of enclosures. The parliamentary leaders supported the rights of landlords vis-a-vis the King, whose Star Chamber court, abolished in 1641, had provided the primary legal brake on the enclosure process. By dealing an ultimately crippling blow to the monarchy […] the Civil War paved the way for the eventual rise to power in the 18th century of what has been called a “committee of Landlords”, a prelude to the UK’s parliamentary system.”

The English Civil War accelerated enclosures and placed the parliamentary system directly into the hands of a “committee of Landlords”.

a shift in beliefs regarding the importance of “common wealth” (usually implying common livelihoods) as opposed to the “public good” (the wealth of the nation or the GDP) all laid the groundwork for a shift of support among elites to favour enclosure. Enclosures were conducted by agreement among the landholders (not necessarily the tenants) throughout the seventeenth century; enclosure by Parliamentary Act began in the eighteenth century. Enclosed lands normally could demand higher rents than unenclosed, and thus landlords had an economic stake in enclosure, even if they did not intend to farm the land directly.

The ‘Elite’ favoured enclosure because of its shift in focus onto wealth in contradistinction to livelihoods. It was done by agreement between the Landlords, once the “committee of Landlords” had secured parliament as theirs, it was done by statute. This was not just a land grab, it was a power grab. Land was stolen, parliament was taken, livelihoods of the tenants became secondary to profit and legislation was in complete control of those same land grabbing elite.

“During the period of parliamentary enclosure, employment in agriculture did not fall, but failed to keep pace with the growing population. Consequently large numbers of people left rural areas to move into the cities where they became labourers in the Industrial Revolution.”

The enclosures were responsible for the decline in agriculture, as it could no longer keep pace with the needs of the population. Rural communities were depleted and urbanisation was a direct result; a migration to newly developed cities for employment in the newly developing industries, which were driving profits and capital accumulation into the very same elite who not only held the land, but controlled the legislative body, that passed the statutes to legalise the land grab and the ‘Industrial Revolution’. It was a self perpetuating, self referencing, self feeding commercial monster.

“By the end of the 19th century the process of enclosure was largely complete, in most areas just leaving a few pasture commons and village greens. Many landowners became rich through the enclosure of the commons, while many ordinary folk had a centuries-old right taken away. Land enclosure has been condemned as a gigantic swindle on the part of large landowners …”

AND …

“Marxist and neo-Marxist historians argue that rich landowners used their control of state processes to appropriate public land for their private benefit. This created a landless working class that provided the labour required in the new industries developing in the north of England. […] “Enclosure (when all the sophistications are allowed for) was a plain enough case of class robbery” …”

This is absolutely fundamental to everything that followed; it is Fraudism at its best and the mind of the Parasites … profit whatever the social costs.

For a quick overview; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enclosure

The historical subjects of ‘Poor Laws’ and ‘Settlements’ are merely the symptoms, not the cause.

The cause was a massive land grab by the Land Barons, stealing under the protection of the legal system and the lawyers, from the common folk. Given that the Landlords, Lawyers and Politicians were all one and the same … they were three varieties of pigs feeding from the same trough.

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others
Animal Farm [George Orwell]

Remember; the House of Lords [Landlords] were the Law Lords … they are one and the same. The House of Commons, whilst promoted as being ‘commoners’, were more accurately, the Tenants-In-Chief; the privileged overseers. The commoners never did have, nor have they ever had, a true presence in Parliament. It remains a “committee of Landlords”, if not directly, then most definitely indirectly, from the shadows.

So let’s join some dots … for fun, shall we?

What the enclosures did was grab common land and make it the ‘titled land’ of the Landlords and the Chief Tenants, via the Lawyers.

Parliament had two houses … the House of Lords [even today many hold hereditary titles] and the House of Commons [Tenants in Chief].

The ‘Lords’ and their ‘Chiefs’ stole common land, enclosed it, claimed it and the members of the Law Society [subordinates of the Law Lords] created legal titles for the newly ‘acquired’ [annexed] common land.

The ‘landed gentry’, under the cloak of being politicians and with the mechanics of Parliament, created statute laws solely to protect their own interests.

Now step back and consider the following concepts;

  • Rule of Law
  • Law Lords
  • Inns of Court
  • Temple Bar
  • Law Courts
  • Law Society
  • Barristers
  • Police Force
  • Parliamentary Privilege
  • Judiciary Privilege
  • Sovereignty of Parliament
  • Magna Carta … the part it plays in the [unwritten] Constitution and forms the basis of the Legal System right around the world.

The ‘legal system’ and the ‘courts’ are for land owners.
How often have we heard that?
They were never designed for you or me; the parliamentary and legal system is wholly and exclusively for the private benefit of the Landlords. This is their ‘domain’.

The entire system is overseen/created by Parliament, ruled on by the Law Lords, judged by the Courts, ruled by the Judge, performed by the Barristers … all of it according to the rules of the Law Society – which has a private oath – and is all enforced by the Police, which is given its authority from parliamentary legislation.

It is all a self serving, self perpetuating, self protecting system for, of and by the Landlords.

Which also explains why Legal Realism HAD to come in and why Natural Law HAD to be diminished. Its also why Equity in its natural form, had to be ridiculed, diminished and eventually ignored in a constant legal fog of denial … AND … why its re-emergence causes them so much concern, because to acknowledge it blows the lid off the entire Pandora’s Box.

Now, for more substantiation, consider the 19th Century; specifically the concepts of Workhouses, Registration,  Poor Laws, Poor Relief, Settlements, Unions, Local Government and subsistence.

In the early 19 c., Paupers [the poor] had to register and present themselves for Poor Relief. Once in the system, they were put to work for below minimum wage. Registering as ‘poor’ was seen as a ‘social crime’; it was to be discouraged, and as punishment, a subsistence was provided as a form of discouragement. The poor were to be given NOT enough to live on, so that they could see the error of their ways, and strive to do better, for the sake of themselves and for ‘society and the nation’. The Workhouses were legislated sweatshops. Factories were the poor were sent, to contribute whilst receiving an allowance that was intentionally below that which was required to sustain life.

Now, think about it; who legislated it and who owned the industries?

Again; self serving.

Let’s revisit those words of George Orwell again [and others] and re-read them in light of this ‘self-serving’ development;

Stop to consider how the so-called owners of the land got hold of it. They simply seized it by force, afterwards hiring lawyers to provide them with title-deeds. In the case of the enclosure of the common lands, which was going on from about 1600 to 1850, the land-grabbers did not even have the excuse of being foreign conquerors; they were quite frankly taking the heritage of their own countrymen, upon no sort of pretext except that they had the power to do so.

George Orwell.

Do you see what the Landlords, cum Law Lords, cum Politicians, cum Lawyers have done here? They STOLE the land … no blood was shed … simply by annexing it and giving themselves titles to it through the legislative and legal system, which they controlled, lock, stock and barrel.

Let’s revisit two more quotes from above … and now really comprehend what this is telling us;

” Marxist and neo-Marxist historians argue that rich landowners used their control of state processes to appropriate public land for their private benefit. This created a landless working class that provided the labour required in the new industries developing in the north of England. […] “Enclosure (when all the sophistications are allowed for) was a plain enough case of class robbery”

and …

” … the English Civil War provided the basis for a major acceleration of enclosures. The parliamentary leaders supported the rights of landlords vis-a-vis the King, whose Star Chamber court, abolished in 1641, had provided the primary legal brake on the enclosure process. By dealing an ultimately crippling blow to the monarchy (which, even after the Restoration, no longer posed a significant challenge to enclosures) the Civil War paved the way for the eventual rise to power in the 18th century of what has been called a “committee of Landlords”, a prelude to the UK’s parliamentary system.”

THAT one in particular is the clincher.
A Civil War brought about the ‘shift in policy’.
The parliamentary leaders supported the rights of landlords … why?
Because they were the Landlords.

The King’s Star Chamber was abolished, which took the brakes off the enclosure process. This is another crucial development.
Parliament [the Landlords] was being limited and restricted by the King’s court. When it was abolished, they [the Landlords cum Politicians cum law Lords] had free hands.

In the 18th century, a “committee of landlords” became Parliament.
Again, a monumental, ‘turning point’ development; quite possibly THE defining political moment of the United Kingdom and beyond.

Look at the words, “by dealing a crippling blow to the Monarchy” … in other words, Magna Carta version 2.0 … the Barons were wrestling power away from the Monarch in a hostile takeover.

The Land Lords became Parliament.
THEY make the rules to benefit themselves … everything … EVERYTHING … is designed to protect and serve the Land Lords; courts, judges, parliament, police, finance, education, health … EVERYTHING

The landless working class is being controlled, punished, exploited and programmed by a few – the political elite a.k.a the Land Lords – who want to protect their status and interests.

Parliament is a sham – racketeering … Land and Law Mafia.
… and the Law Society is the police force for parliament.
The Barristers, conscious of it or not, are the guard dogs, trained to protect ‘the law’.

Rule of Law … the law is the law because the law says it is the law.

This is drummed into the students of the law over and over and over again.
By who? The Law lecturers, who were taught the Law, that was created by the Law Lords, endorsed by the Law Society members, through the Law Courts by the Barristers who had become members by going through the Inns of Court. All insular – all self serving. Be a good guard dog … defend your masters … you get rewarded – and very well rewarded.

NOW … the biggest dot connection of all.

Before 1820 [‘ish] … the Parish registered all the births.

The Parish, being the Church, had the Monarch as the head. So we were, essentially, the property of the Monarch, or at least the wards of the Parens Patriae. The Monarch was our Guardian.

Now consider;

1815 … bank crisis
1816 … Commissioners created
1825 … run on the bank
1830 … registration of Births, Deaths & Marriages transferred from Parish to Local Government.

i.e. ownership was conveyed from Monarch to Landlords !!!!

The Bank of England;  i.e. was the Creditor to the Monarch … called in the debt … and instead of defaulting, WE were passed over as collateral. The titles were conveyed. Issuing of titles changed hands.

Parish registration ———-> Local Government registration
Monarch property ———–> Land Lord property
Settlement Certificate ——-> Birth Certificate [Vital Record]

So statutes are written by the Land Lords as policy for their property; i.e. you and me.

We’re bank collateral; surety for the debt of the nation. The guarantee and security to bankroll the promises and spending of … who? The Landlords – of whom a very select few, the true political elite, also are the stakeholders in the Bank of England.

Want simple validation of the theory?  Consider the financial crisis. The commercial banks failed. Who paid for their bailout? You and me and generations to come. Our labour, our sweat, our toil was pledged by those same Landlords who stole our land and heritage and, through the banks, now claim to hold title to our ‘performance’, through the registration process. The entire political, legal and financial system is built upon a model of indentured servitude. It’s what the Guilds were in the City of London. The ‘bonding’ has simply been rolled out in a far more sophisticated manner.

Go back and read your history books and the legislation. They never made banned ‘slavery’; they made ‘unlawful slavery’ illegal. This leaves the door wide open for ‘lawful slavery’ to still flourish – and it does – in the form of ‘wage slavery’, whic in many respects is worse than the former.

The Bank of England was the HOW they forced the change.
Registration is the WHAT they wanted control of.
Ownership and control is the WHY they wanted that prize.

The Banks, Parliament, Courts, Law, Police … EVERYTHING … all owned, controlled and created by the Land Lords [House of Lords] and the Tenants in Chief [House of Commons] for their own benefit.

Which also explains why there are so many politicians who are members of Lloyds, and why entities such as Lloyds and the Bank of England seem to have unexplainable legislated privileges … AND … why politicians and judges have immunity from the law.

The caveat that goes with this is that I do not believe all of the current politicians are aware of this structure, which explains how the restructuring of the House of Lords was ever allowed to happen.

BUT … the Law Lords fought back in a very subtle way; they created the Supreme Court, which, even a member of Parliament noted with some level of disbelief, has higher authority than Parliament itself. When asked if this was true, the Member of Parliament was told, “yes, it is the case, but it is a power that we do not foresee ever being used.”

So why create it?

Parliament is the machination by which they keep us governed for their benefit. The Bank of England and the financial system is their playground and monetary system to keep us sucking at the tit.

The Courts are how they enforce their own rules, to protect their interests.
… and all of it stems from land grabs by annexation through the process of enclosure, which lead to Poor Relief, Poor Laws, Civil War, the annexing of Parliament, the creation of the Bank of England which was the crowbar needed to wrestle registration and ownership of the live stock from the protection of the Church, so that finally, in the 19th Century, they finally had it all in their hands.

Once they had their blue print they could just go do the cookie cutter version of what they did in England to the US, Canada, Australia and on and on

For example … New Zealand … annexed by the Crown in … [surprise, surprise] 1840

In 1601, Elizabeth summarised all the Poor Laws … why?
Because Poor Relief was needed as a direct result of the Enclosures, which had forced farm workers off the land and had left them with no means of income or sustenance … which both explains the NEED for Poor Relief and also why the Poor Rates were levied on the Land Owners; i.e. “you created this problem, you can pay for it!”

Whenever you read about the Poor Relief, you will note that it always mentions the appointment of two ‘Overseers of the Poor’, and these appointments are invariably described as ‘involuntary’ and ‘unwilling’ – which I could never comprehend. Now I can.

The ‘Overseers’ were chosen from amongst the land owners, who were then charged with setting the poor rates and collecting it. They were ‘involuntary’ and ‘unwilling’ because they were basically ordered to tax their own kind, to clean up the mess they themselves had created.

And don’t forget the 1820’s and 1830’s were also times of upheaval because of the Anti-Slavery Movement … so the ‘Land Lords’ were extremely motivated to ensure their property was protected and legally titled.

Would we be any better if still under the Monarchy?
Would it be any different?

Probably not; we’d still be Paupers and Serfs … BUT … with the Monarch, as head of the Church, we’d come under Church Law.

Under the Land Lords, we’re under Commercial Law. Commerce is their God. Capital accumulation is their scripture. Greed is good.

At least under Chucrch Law there would be a recognition of Natural Law, Moral obligation and Charity. Under Commercial Law, none of these exist.

For the final words, we yield, once more, to George Orwell and ‘Animal Farm’; this time to the preface;

…I saw a little boy, perhaps ten years old, driving a huge carthorse along a narrow path, whipping it whenever it tried to turn. It struck me that if only such animals became aware of their strength we should have no power over them, and that men exploit animals in much the same way as the rich exploit the proletariat.

Isn’t it time we became aware of our strength?

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Comments
6 Responses to “History’s greatest swindle?”
  1. Matt says:

    Wow! Fantastic research and commentary that lays it all out on a plate. Many thanks.

  2. Pesky Anonymous says:

    An anonymous 18th century poem:

    The law locks up the man or woman
    Who steals the goose from off the common
    But leaves the greater villain loose
    Who steals the common from off the goose.
    The law demands that we atone
    When we take things we do not own
    But leaves the lords and ladies fine
    Who take things that are yours and mine.
    The poor and wretched don’t escape
    If they conspire the law to break;
    This must be so but they endure
    Those who conspire to make the law.
    The law locks up the man or woman
    Who steals the goose from off the common
    And geese will still a common lack
    Till they go and steal it back.

    Good luck with the new blog.

  3. rodin says:

    This is a very fine article. Should be read with the knowledge that the timeline for the theft of the UK runs in tandem with Cromwell opening up the UK to Jews

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