by Robert John Stevens, February 18, 2016
Brigham Young founded 350 to 400 settlements in Utah, Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada and Wyoming, and established a system of land distribution later ratified by Congress.
He taught that young men should build a 10×10 home and beautify its exterior with flowers and shade trees1, and that a one-and-one-quarter-acre city lot was large enough to sustain a small family.2
Considering how difficult the U.S. Government has made it for young families to form independent households, and for innovators to start and succeed, consider how much more relevant Brigham Young’s wisdom is today.
I have a solution for U.S. public lands: Let entrepreneurs and their families homestead it so they can live and work together inexpensively, and if their efforts result in entrepreneurial success that benefits the human family then let them have it.
Here is an example of a modern 160 Sq Ft Home.
1 Discourses of Brigham Young by John A. Widtsoe. I’ll post the specifics later.
“I will give each of the young men in Israel, who have arrived at an age to marry, a mission to go straightway and get married to a good sister, fence a city lot, lay out a garden and orchard and make a home, and especially do not forget to plant a proper proportion of mulberry trees. This is the mission that I give to all the young men in Israel. And I say to you, sisters, if you do not know how to milk a cow, you can soon learn. If you do not know how to feed the cows, you can learn. If you do not know how to feed the chickens, get them and learn how, and if your husband takes you to live in ever so small and humble a cottage, make it neat and nice and clean, and set out flowers around the doors, and let the husband plant fruit trees and shade trees, and let wives help their husbands that they may be encouraged to take hold of more important business that will create an income sufficient to sustain their wives, and by economy and care become wealthy in a short time, and have your carriage to ride in. What a satisfaction it will be to you to know that what you possess is the result of your industry and economy.” — Journal of Discourses Vol 12, p. 200
2 “A central public problem was finding places to accommodate the incoming Saints. Salt Lake City was divided into ten-acre blocks, and each family head was allotted by community drawing a one-and-one-fourth-acre lot on one of the blocks in the city. There people would keep their livestock, gardens, and other “home” properties. — Leonard Arrington on Brigham Young”
TO EXPRESS SUPPORT TO THE WESTERN STATES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE FEDERAL TRANSFER OF PUBLIC LANDS TO THE WESTERN STATES, AND TO URGE THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO ENGAGE IN GOOD FAITH COMMUNICATION AND COOPERATION TO COORDINATE THE TRANSFER OF TITLE TO THE WESTERN STATES.
by Robert John Stevens, January 24, 2014. Submitted to Senator Mike Lee’s website.
I recently drove across America via I-70. Without question, Price, Utah seems the must run-down, poorest town I saw.
I read Senator’s Lee talk on the PILT program. Please tell him he would do better if he:
1. Doesn’t try and use the force of government to redistribute wealth.
2. Teaches the people of Utah the dangers of redistributing wealth.
3. Weighs everything against core constitutional principles.
4. Stands for everything right. At this point he seems to be cowering and avoiding the real, deep issues that are destroying America. The Topic field for this form doesn’t even include congressional issues.
5. Fight for the return of Utah lands to its citizens (which is the right approach).
WARNING: When the economy finally collapses, unless everyone knows exactly the true American principles he embraces and fights for as Senator Paul has done, I’m afraid he will not be exempt from millions of extremely angry Americans. This isn’t a threat—just a logical statement that when people realize just how much they’ve been lied to and how little those who were entrusted to defend the Constitution did, they will blame those who should have fought ALL DAY LONG for freedom, liberty and the proper role of government.