Reversing the Road to Serfdom
- The Russians are looking rebuild their middle class by using the tried and true American Homestead Acts. Free land for Russians willing to work a farm or other rural occupation.
- Meanwhile back in the USA we pay people to sit on their asses and do nothing.
(RT News) - The Fair Russia party has prepared a bill proposing the free handout of 1 hectare land plots to all citizens, claiming that such a measure would increase the strength of the middle class in the country, help agriculture and the development of unpopulated regions.
The bill was drafted Tuesday by the head of the Fair Russia parliamentary caucus, Sergey Mironov, and MP Oleg Nilov of the same party. The current version of the document allows certain categories of citizens, such as families with many children, disabled persons and people whose profession includes hard physical labor to receive 1 hectare (2.47 acres) of free land from the state to build a home and start a farm for personal use or a commercial agricultural enterprise.
At the same time, some categories of citizens, such as convicts who have not served their sentences and all people convicted of corruption crimes would not be allowed to participate in the program.
According to the bill, the land will be first granted for free use for a period of five years. After that, state bodies will check if the plot is used for the declared purposes and allow prolongation of its free use or make it the homeowner’s permanent property.
In comments to the media, Mironov said that he hoped that the measure would help millions of Russians to turn to agriculture and also solve the problem of repopulation of remote areas and the return of abandoned lands to agricultural production.
Eventually, the new landowners could form the core of the Russian middle class, he added.
Another benefit of the program was its input into the import replacement program launched after Russia introduced reciprocal sanctions on agricultural produce from EU countries.
Oleg Nilov added in comments that the bill could fulfill the Bolsheviks’ promises to give the land to the Russian people, even if it happened a century after these promises were made. He noted that the free handover of land plots was very appropriate during the crisis, as it would allow people to invest their savings and revive the national economy.
Putin's Homestead Act for Russian Far East
The Russian president has approved the idea to offer large land plots for free to anyone who resettles to the Russian Far East to start a farm or other business.
The initiative was first voiced by the deputy PM and presidential envoy to the Far East Federal District, Yuri Trutnev, who said that such a step would “strengthen the tendency of people’s migration to the Far East,” Interfax reported.
Trutnev told reporters that Putin called the idea right in principle and noted that similar programs had been successfully implemented in Siberia historically. Putin urged all responsible officials to be precise and cautious when detailing the conditions for land ownership, however.
Trutnev’s initial suggestion was to “create a mechanism for the free allocation of a 1 hectare (2.5 acres) plot of land to every resident of the Far East and to anyone who is willing to come and live in the region so that they could start a private business in farming, forestry, game hunting or some other enterprise.”
The Far East Federal District is a huge territory, uniting nine federal regions with a total area of over 6 million square kilometers. Included in the Far East are the gold-rich Magadan Region and the diamond-mining Sakha-Yakutiya republic, as well as important seaports and salmon-rich rivers. The district borders China by land and Japan and Alaska by sea. (Read More)