The real problem was not the loss of the single individuals property even though they suffered tremendously.
What happened from this was that these local officials became dictators. They threatened to take anyone's home that they wanted. They would then punish their political opponents by taking away their land. And don't think it didn't happen. It often did.
If the officials took away a persons property and you objected then they would take your property as well. They would then be rid of you and richer besides.
© 2010 John