14 September 2011

Permanently inalienable

The prohibition against selling real assets, which is the centerpiece of the laws of shemitta, in fact forecloses the sort of irresponsible public policy presently impoverishing the American people. 
Much as the leadership might like to mortgage away the future welfare of the country by selling off its real assets in order to improve consumption levels in the present, the laws of shemitta and yovel delimit that. 
The real assets of the people of Israel cannot be alienated permanently. They are inalienable, and thus are deemed to be a part of the identity and personality of the people. 

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