Thomas Spence on Rent

A worm pays no rent: the Earth while he lives is his portion, and he Riots in untaxed Luxuries. And if perchance a Crow or other creature, should pick him up, well then, that is only Death, which must come in some shape or other to us all as well as he. But in this respect he had the Advantage of us that while he lived he paid no Rent!

Thomas Spence was a radical around the end of the 18th century, which turns out to have been a pretty interesting time.