Sustainable Development – 7 23 18

excerpts follow:

….The American Policy Center is one of the nation’s leading grassroots activist organizations. Its action alert system, Sledgehammer, mobilizes thousands of activists through fax and e-mail when legislative action is required. Regular legislative updates are issued bi-weekly through the APC Newswire….

… Signup for APC’s sledgehammer updates at: americanpolicy.org/join…

… In his book, Earth in the Balance, Al Gore warned that a “wrenching transformation” must take place to lead America away from the “horrors of the Industrial Revolution.” The process to do that is called Sustainable Development and its’ roots can be traced back to a UN policy document called Agenda 21, adopted at the UN’s Earth Summit in 1992….

…. The term “sustainable development” was born in the pages of “Our Common Future,” the official report of the 1987 United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development, authored by Gro Harlem Brundtland, Vice President of the World Socialist Party. For the first time the environment was tied to the tried and true Socialist goals of international redistribution of wealth…..

… Imagine an America in which a specific “ruling principle” is created to decide proper societal conduct for every citizen. That principle would be used to consider regulations guiding everything you eat, the kind of home you are allowed to live in, the method of transportation you use to get to work, what kind of work you may have, the way you dispose of waste, perhaps even the number of children you may have, as well as the quality and amount of education your children may receive. Sustainable development encompasses every aspect of our lives….

…. Maurice Strong, Secretary General of the UN’s Rio Earth Summit in 1992 said, “…Current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class – involving high meat intake, use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and work airconditioning, and suburban housing are not sustainable.” ….

… Many are now finding non-elected regional governments and governing councils enforcing policy and regulations. As these policies are implemented, locally elected officials are actually losing their own power and decision-making ability in their elected offices. More and more decisions are now being made behind the scenes in non-elected “sustainability councils” armed with truckloads of federal regulations, guidelines, and grant money….

… Sustainable Development’s Social Equity plank is based on a demand for “social justice.” Social Justice is described as the right and opportunity of all people “to benefit equally from the resources afforded us by society and the environment.” According to Sustainablist doctrine, it is a social injustice for some to have prosperity if others do not. It is a social injustice to keep our borders closed. It is a social injustice for some to be bosses and others to be merely workers. Social justice is a major premise of Sustainable Development. Another word for social justice is Socialism or Marxism. Karl Marx was the first to coin the phrase “social justice.”…

…. This government/big corporation back-scratching has always been a dangerous practice because economic power should be a positive check on government power, and vise versa. If the two should ever become combined, control of such massive power can lead only to tyranny. One of the best examples of this was the Italian model in the first half of the Twentieth Century under Mussolini’s Fascism. …

… Inside the cities, government is increasingly controlled by an elite ruling class called stake holder councils. These are mostly Non-governmental organizations, or NGOs, which, like thieves in the night, converge on the community to stake their claim to enforce their own private agendas. The function of legitimately – elected government within the system votes to create a system of boards, councils and even regional governments to handle every aspect of day-to-day operation of the community. Once in place, the councils and boards basically replace the power of elected officials with non-elected, appointed rulers answerable to no one. …

… The councils are controlled by a small minority in the community, but they are all- powerful. They force citizens to seek permission (usually denied) for any changes to private property. …

… San Francisco has built a new federal building – the greenest ever built. The elevators will only stop on every third floor so riders are forced to use stairs – for their own health, of course. …

… Currently there are over 600 American cities in which ICLEI is being paid dues with tax dollars from city councils to implement and enforce Sustainable Development. …

…. • Software programs to help set the goals for community development – which leads to controlling use of private property; • Access to a network of “Green” experts, newsletters, conferences and workshops – to assure all city employees are in the process; • Toolkits, online resources, case studies, fact sheets, policy and practice manuals, and blueprints used by other communities; • Training workshops for staff and elected officials on how to develop and implement the programs; • And, of course, there’s Notification of relevant grant opportunities – this is the important one – money – with severe strings attached. ….

…..The Renaissance Planning Group is an urban planning firm. They played a critical role in Florida’s “Forever Program”. The Forever Program is Florida’s premier conservation and recreation lands acquisition program. Florida Forever is the largest public land acquisition program of its kind in the United States. With approximately 9.8 million acres of conservation land in Florida, more than 2.4 million acres were purchased under the Florida Forever and P2000 programs….

… The real problem is the “PROCESS” through which Sustainable Development is being forced on unsuspecting citizens. The comprehensive land use plans are being steered by planning groups through manipulation by facilitated stakeholder consensus councils. Though their meetings are “open” to the public, they are void of any public input. The predetermined outcome severely restricts land use and compromises private property ownership in an already distressed market. They answer to no one and they are run by zealots with their own political agenda imposing international laws and regulations. Local homeowners have no say in the process and in most cases are shut out. Sometimes they are literally thrown out of council meetings because they want to discuss how a regulation is going to affect their property or livelihood….

…. In most communities, your mayor, city council members and county commissioners are automatically members of national organizations like the National Conference of Mayors, National League of Cities, and the national associations for city council members, and the same for commissioners…

…. The point in all of this is to make the issue public. Take away their ability to hide the details from the public. Expose the hoards of outsiders who are dictating policy in your community. Force the people you elected to deal with YOU – not the army of self-appointed “stakeholders” and government officials. Shine a very right spotlight on the roaches under the rock. …

…  Here activists across the nation can share their findings, successful tactics and research with the rest of the movement. The website is www.sustainablefreedomlab.com

…. “Property in a thing consists not merely in its ownership and possession, but in the unrestricted right of use, enjoyment, and disposal. Anything which destroys any of the elements of property, to that extent, destroys the property itself. The substantial value of property lies in its use. If the right of use be denied, the value of the property is annihilated and ownership is rendered a barren right.”….

….“If you don’t have the right to own and control property then you are property. – Wayne Hage, rancher…

… Eminent domain: The state can seize your private property without your consent to create public facilities, highways, and railroads and for the purpose of economic development or revenue enhancement. You are entitled to compensation, but the agency acquiring your property calculates the payment, which is often inadequate…

… Check how many unelected bureaucrats become the real decision-makers…

… Most importantly, insist that any planners working for your community must sign an agreement committing them to protect your property rights during the planning process. In the event there are infringements on your property rights, they must inform you and offer you the opportunity to opt out….

…. complete document and article      https://americanpolicy.org/2018/05/17/policy-expert-sounds-the-alarm-on-growing-assault-on-private-property/

 

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