OR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT?
By Michael Shaw
September 20, 2008
It is important to know that the land use element of Sustainable Development has two action plans:
First is the Wildlands Project which seeks to eliminate human presence
on over 50% of the American landscape while imposing massive controls
on activity on the rest of American land.
2. Second is the Smart Growth action plan. This promotes dense “human settlements”. This leads to increased central controls on how we live and increased restrictions on our mobility.
Santa Cruz, we have a 30 year old, two lane freeway that needs to be
substantially larger. The promise is always for widening the road, but
in 25 years it just doesn’t get done. Instead, insider “behavior
modification” champions succeed in manipulating expenditures of
hundreds of millions in US and California taxpayer money to rebuild
an antiquated, one lane train track. Their objective is to build a transportation
system infrastructure for a post-private property, feudal-like, era.
What Santa Cruz and other locales are doing is spending the Country
into bankruptcy in order to put ourselves into Smart Growth cages.
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With regard to the Wildlands Project, the Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management has working papers dating from 1994 that say; “All eco-system management,” (that means the planet), “should consider human beings as biological resources.” I contend that the contemporary education system operates on this premise.
Smart Growth mandates that human mobility be centered upon rail trains and bicycle trails. Doesn’t that sound nice? We can ride our bicycles to the store. We will be placed on slow moving trains that take us to our assigned work places. Along those rail lines will be dense government controlled real estate development with government run child care centers on every block.
Compliant “Sustainable Developer” government partners will do the business. Competition and free enterprise will be eliminated. Partnering Sustainable Developers will gain guaranteed profits and the trains will run on time – for a while.
We see this sign with increasing frequency around the country. This particular sign comes from my hometown, La Selva Beach in Santa Cruz County, California. The story behind this sign is a sad one. In the ‘70’s the landowner, a bush berry farmer, found a salamander. He decided to take it up to the new University of California at Santa Cruz. The university immediately went through the process and declared the salamander a “long-toed” one and “endangered.” So, the farmer was restricted from using his land. Ultimately, he lost his land for pennies on a dollar; went bankrupt and died.
Some members of the community thought, “Gee we’re getting some nice coastal hills where we can do some hiking!” Not so. This property is only open to the federal agents and their Sustainable friends. In the meantime, it has become an unmanaged, ready to burn fire trap. People with a lot of political capital tell us the salamander feels secure knowing that nobody will step on it. Such indulgence is nonsense!
The map below was compiled by Dr Michael Coffman, a brilliant and brave gentleman. It was compiled from documents that were taken from the U.N.’s Geneva headquarters in 1994. It was produced just prior to the time the United States Senate prepared to vote on the Global Bio-Diversity Treaty. The treaty was ready to pass until the Senate saw this map. The treaty failed because no one would bring it to a vote. That’s the good news; the bad news is that it’s being implemented anyway.
Let me explain the map:
Red sections are Wildland Zones--To be devoid of ALL HUMAN ACTIVITY.
- No natural resources in it are to be extracted,
- Recreational use (for ordinary people) is to be eliminated.
• Yellow sections are for highly regulated, government managed activities.
• The little black dot sections are for human settlements or Smart Growth Zones--for you or your descendents.
You may say, “Well, this is not possible. This is not achievable.” That would certainly have been my thought five years ago. But government and other change agents have used an array of tools to implement the plan piece by piece.
For instance; government agencies and their partners use conservation easements to obtain control over the present or future uses of the property. These easements are generally given by people under heavy regulatory, economic or tax pressures. By signing conservation agreements an owner may still be able to use the land with the government’s blessing for a while. Within the next generation or so, that “blessing” will disappear in the traps incident to the real goal of Sustainable Development-- centralized control over the world’s natural resources.
Environmental protection is a façade providing cover for the Sustainable Developers. Remember, Agenda 21 is a plan for the 21st Century; A plan to remake human societies within a collectivist political framework.
Regulation is another major tool for taking rural lands and natural resources. Santa Cruz sits on a bay that runs from Monterey to Santa Cruz County. It is 26 miles, as the crow flies, over the ocean from one point to the other. But an area covering 5,000 square miles! is designated a “national marine [bay] sanctuary”. It puts 400 miles of the California Coast are under the ambit (range, scope, reach) of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary.
Fishermen are feeling the pain already. What the public fails to understand is that half of the sanctuary is the land mass that extends from the mountain top to the shoreline. Ultimate “sanctuary” policy will control human action both on land and sea. Twenty-five (25) government enforcement agencies and growing regulations have been activated to enforce sanctuary rules.
Do you know what the word ‘sanctuary’ means? We’re describing an ocean as a sanctuary? Are pagan principles that underlie Sustainable policy bubbling out?
Attack by regulation is coming at Santa Cruzans from many angles. Landowners in the Redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains have 4 or 5 regulatory assaults aimed at the owners. These people’s land, lives and work provide forest products to an eager market. These assaults happen notwithstanding the fact that mountain landowners manage lands in a far more ecologically sound and financially superior way than government or its Sustainable Development partners do. Assaults have been launched from:
The Water Quality Control Board,
• The Forestry Board,
• The National Monterey Bay Sanctuary,
• A prospective federal habitat conservation plan,
• An International Fire Code that increases fuel load,
• And “no cut” timber zoning rules.
Sustainable Development implementers do not stop until the land is in the hands of their buddies. Sustainable Development is a land grab in part. The true purpose is the collectivization of human beings ruled by a narrowing elite.
For mountain landowners it is like having 5 ropes restraining them from every conceivable angle. The objective is to create battered, “willing sellers.” The government or NGO’s report this saying; “Well, they were willing sellers, they sold it to us.” It’s like the kid in the playground who puts your arm behind your back and forces it up, up, up until you say “Uncle”. “Willing sellers” who sell to the government are victims of extortion who cry “uncle”.
The most effective and egregious of all the Sustainable takeover tools is the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The ESA puts our worst fears into place as bugs, plants and animals are deemed equal to or even more important than human beings. This is the core of the attack on the premise of individual liberty. America must rid itself of the current Endangered Species Act.
These and other measures are being implemented to give strategic control of America’s resources to the political theory dubbed Sustainable Development. When government and its ‘partners’ control the natural resources and the rural land of America, they will move to control all other types of property. That will end any limits on government’s ability to control all human action. “Private” will have been eliminated.
So, for neighbors, friends or family members who have been lured by the idea of Smart Growth, ask them to check their premises:
Is spreading out so bad?
• Is it really so horrible that our children have the choice about where they live and how they live,
• Why shouldn’t they trade freely with people who respect other’s property and life?
• Why is water resource development in the West such a horrible idea?
• Why do we break our dams, create water shortages, then tell farmers they can’t irrigate their crops?
• Why then, to add insult to injury; are framers increasingly required to turn farm management decisions over to bureaucrats and change agents who operate in this new world called
The US Department of Agriculture very actively promotes Sustainable Development policy.
do we use our gas taxes to spend billions on rapid transit ideas and
projects that few want?
Why not use our gas taxes to build more lanes and new freeways?
Why are Americans financing double-deck freeways in Mexico City while we build empty train lines designed to move us around after an engineered collapse?
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Liberty! or Sustainable Development is a 13 Chapter serial adaptation of the transcript of Michael Shaw’s opening speech from the video: Liberty or Sustainable Development. Michael Shaw is President of Freedom Advocates.org. He can be reached at [email protected].
Prior chapters in this series include:
1 – Understanding Liberty
Chapter 2 – The Decay of Liberty – An Illustration
Chapter 3 – Defining Sustainable Development
Chapter 4 – Liberty or Sustainable Development
Chapter 5 – A Closer Look at Sustainable Development – Part 1
Chapter 6 – A Closer Look at Sustainable Development – Part 2
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