America's largest owner of farmland is now Bill Gates

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Yep... another billionaire with too much time and money, seems he's got all the answers. Follow me, or will it eventually be, shut up and obey... Between congress and a handful of techies they're F'ing it up for everybody
 

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We have so many enemies inside our own camp, and anybody raising that point gets silenced.
But don't worry, I'm just a conspiracy theorist.

:rolleyes:
 

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Two sides to this , the big manufactures like Bayer , aren't they manufactures of pain relief ?

Next time you go into a big box store go over to the isle that has fertilizers and insecticide and look for the bayer emblem on the insecticides . That aught to scare the crap out of ya , they kill more than just headaches ,pretty twisted .

This aught to throw a red flag also .

Some of the local stores will sell produce from the local farmers but the condition is what they don't sell is on the local farmers . Why is that ? If you have purchased some home grown produce have you wondered why you CAN NOT purchase this in the local store but they sell green labeled produce shipped in ? Food for thought :)
 

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We have so many enemies inside our own camp, and anybody raising that point gets silenced.
But don't worry, I'm just a conspiracy theorist.

:rolleyes:
This is an honest question - not a political jab.

How do right wing USA'ers reconcile your distrust of someone like Gates (who's wealth and power is a direct product of largely unregulated capitalism), with your desire for unregulated capitalism? Using "you" in the most general sense possible.

In order to keep someone like Gates from making moves like this, you would need government regulation....but that would be at odds with a parallel distrust of government and, again, want for small government with limited power/regulation over capitalist ventures. Where does that all land?
 

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This is an honest question - not a political jab.

How do right wing USA'ers reconcile your distrust of someone like Gates (who's wealth and power is a direct product of largely unregulated capitalism), with your desire for unregulated capitalism? Using "you" in the most general sense possible.

In order to keep someone like Gates from making moves like this, you would need government regulation....but that would be at odds with a parallel distrust of government and, again, want for small government with limited power/regulation over capitalist ventures. Where does that all land?
Great question.
Gates is not evil because he's wealthy.
In fact like everyone of us, he not all bad nor is he all good.
My point is to voice my concerns, and let others decide for themselves. That's the only leverage us common folk have is information. Few of us have no power, but many can make a difference. If not in this case, perhaps we can learn and not repeat the same mistakes.
 

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Great question.
Gates is not evil because he's wealthy.
In fact like everyone of us, he not all bad nor is he all good.
My point is to voice my concerns, and let others decide for themselves. That's the only leverage us common folk have is information. Few of us have no power, but many can make a difference. If not in this case, perhaps we can learn and not repeat the same mistakes.
I don't think anyone is intrinsically evil/not evil because of wealth/lack of.

Even with good intentions, it's likely not ideal that 1 person (or group of people, or company, etc, etc) has so much influence over several major industries in 1 country. So at a glance, I don't think your concern is without merit.

What I don't see, is how to avoid this circumstance without government intervention and/or regulation - which goes straight against the conservative governance model. The same model that allows for this level of success in the first place. Just thought that was interesting - bit of a pickle.
 
Bill Gates is no doubt a shrewd business man and must have a motive for buying so much land, but I would bet his motives have more to do with profit and control of market supply than protecting the nations food supply. Sounds like he has done quite well for himself during covid, all the working from home, home schooling, online everything has been a boom for tech, investing in vaccine companies, he might as well make money on the food as well.
 

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Politicians have too much power...and we elect them.
I think that is my hard on against folks like Gates, Dorsey, Zuckerberg etc. They wield just as much power, but we did not choose them.
I don’t have a solution, but I am very confident that it is not a good thing.
 

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If you can't beat em, buy em.

Also been hearing rumors of Chinese buying real estate in recent months- specifically farmland.
 

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If you can't beat em, buy em.

Also been hearing rumors of Chinese buying real estate in recent months- specifically farmland.
Yeppers , no photoshop here 1614276782500.png
By the way , thier real estate agents don't mess around and thier contractors prefer cheap labor with the utmost high expectations .
 
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