In Palestine, Bedouins still travel over massive tracts of unclaimed land with their sheep as they have for thousands of years. They are mostly self-sufficient.
What happens when a government decides you must have a deed to work land? The Bedouins in Israel are finding out, as they will in Palestine.
They are being forced into small towns or the outskirts of cities where they must take on menial jobs "provided" by those who have bought the land they or others once lived and worked on.
They are not doomed by conservatism or liberalism; nor saved by either. Private property will be their ruin. In 50 years, we will be arguing over whether a once-free people's ghettos should receive food stamps. But we're already there in more "civilized" parts of the world.
Similarly, Palestinians in Israel and the occupied territories must live under the rule of a military government that is actively seizing their land. Under these conditions they must go through extraordinary lengths to make a living.
In Haiti, farmers who worked land in Caracol for centuries had it taken by the government to build a factory that produces clothing for Walmart, Target, Gap, Kohls, and others. Funded by the the Clinton Foundation, it pays workers the equivalent of $5 a day.
We are far ahead of this in the US. In the westward expansion, settlers made lives for themselves on land taken from Native Americans at the government's urging. Then in the era of the Dust Bowl, the land was again taken from those working it. As it had first become too valuable to allow Indians to be there, it was now too valuable for laborers.
Today, workers fought. Not for democratic control of their workplace, not for wages equivalent to their labor value, not even for a living wage. They just want their lives to be a little less difficult. It's unlikely that the movement is large enough to make it happen yet, though shareholders and politicians would be wise to make it so. Because when workers come back with larger numbers and more ferocity, it will be to demand still more of the freedom that has been taken from them.