The Concept of Common Wealth

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By Judge Anna Von Reitz

The concept of common wealth has its roots buried deep in pre-history.  It is essentially the concept of sharing resources, and especially sharing community resources with the poor and the needy, so as to preserve family and community relationships.
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By the time we encounter Biblical-Era Hebrew culture, the concept of common wealth is well-developed and defined.  The Hebrews are religiously bound to observe basic patterns of giving:
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A tenth of all received is given back as a tithe to the Levites.  The Levites in turn are charged with sharing of the offerings and “temple bread”.
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Every seventh year, the Shemitah requires the release of both credit and debt, so that a reshuffling of obligations and redistribution of wealth takes place. Every seven times seven years, an even more profound shuffling of resources and debt forgiveness takes place when the Jubilee allows everyone who…

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