In 1994, three courageous men successfully stopped ratification of the UN's Convention on Biological Diversity. This UN treaty was designed to provide the legal authority to lock away 50% of the United States into wilderness. This land grab scheme is called the Wildlands Project. However, even without ratification, the treaty is being systematically implemented by the U.S. Government anyway.
Taking Liberty exposes how far the Wildlands Project has advanced in implementation in the past decade. Created by Dr. Michael Coffman (one of the courageous three) and produced by The American Land Foundation and Stewards of the Range, Taking Liberty dramatically presents the insidious effort to gradually implement the Wildlands Project through deception by hiding behind innocent sounding names like open space, greenways, smart growth, wildlife corridors and many more.
Click here for a narrated version of the report, "Taking Liberty: How Private Property in America Is Being Abolished"
Source: Range Magazine, Fall 2005
Source: Range Magazine, Fall 2005
See: U.S. Population by Major City and State
Source: Range Magazine, Fall 2005
According to Dr. Michael S. Coffman Ph. D., The War on Property Rights & What It Means to You, August 23, 2006:
Without the right of private, unencumbered property, people cannot have liberty. True freedom is only an illusion if they are dependent upon the state for water, food, shelter, and other basic needs. When the government, rather than individuals, own the fruits of the citizens’ labors, nothing is safe from abuse by either a democratic majority in the name of a public good, or a tyrant.
In their book Property Rights, Understanding Government Takings and Environmental Regulation, Nancie and Roger Marzulla note,
“Ultimately, as government dependents, these individuals are powerless to oppose any infringement on their rights…due to the absolute government control over the fruits of their labor.”Nowhere is this more apparent than in the old Soviet Union, where all property belonged to the state. No one could speak out against the government for fear of their government evicting their family or taking away their job by the local communist commissar.
Another problem arises from government ownership of land. While environmentalists and socialists blame greed and the self-interest of private property owners for the environmental destruction, that is not accurate.
Ironically, it was because no one owned our air or waterways that pollution occurred. It is the natural consequence of the law of the commons; the air and waterways are not property owned by individuals, but theoretically belong to all people. Since there was no pride of ownership, however, there was no motivation to care for or optimize property held in common with the millions of other citizens. Called the Tragedy of the Commons, everyone sinks to the lowest common denominator, the economic structure stagnates, and the infrastructure collapses.
Although property rights motivate individuals to be creative and take risk in finding a better way or product, Rousseau socialism does just the opposite. Rousseau socialism places control in the hands of unaccountable, unelected government bureaucrats whose primary incentive is to make their regulatory jobs easier and more efficient so they can build bigger empires at the people’s expense.
Unless there is strong oversight of bureaucrats -- something politicians rarely do -- there is no accountability to keep them from administering laws in an arbitrary and capricious manner leading to corruption.
Legal property rights are the key factor in the success of capitalism in the West. The legal structure in the West documents every parcel of land, every building, every piece of equipment, or store of inventory in some form as property. Property can be used as an asset to finance expansion or another investment. The process of legally registering property takes only a few days at most and connects all these assets to the rest of the economy.
In the United States, for instance, about 70 percent of the credit new businesses receive comes from using formal titles as collateral for home mortgages.
This is not the case in developing nations. Private property rights are diametrically opposed to the socialist’s fundamental belief that the state should either control or own those rights. Consequently, they never allowed private property rights in the great capitalistic venture of the late twentieth century. Registering titles in most developing nations takes not days, not months, not even years. Legally registering property usually takes decades as a person must get approval through dozens, if not hundreds, of bureaucratic steps because these bureaucrats have no incentive to process the application expeditiously. Worse, the entire system is vulnerable to corruption, as petty bureaucrats at each stage demand their payoffs.
Although people in developing nations may actually own property, which the local community recognizes, they rarely register it because of the corrupt regulatory quagmire. Consequently, it has no legal value for collateral or building wealth. Since it has no legal value, it represents vast but dead capital ...
Sustainable Development - The concept of Sustainable Development basically says that there are too many people on planet Earth and that the population of the world must be reduced in order to have enough resources for future generations. [Under the New World Order plan,] the UN should be the global custodian of the Earth and all of its resources. This means that we will be measured by how much we produce and how much we consume as found in the "family dependency ratio." Every person will be valued according to their usefulness. In addition, the UN will control the Earth's resources – energy, water, food and so on. The concept of Sustainable Development can be found in the Communisto Manifesto and the 1977 USSR Constitution. - Joan M. Veon, The Women's International Media Group, Inc.
By The United Nations
January 11, 2010
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today outlined seven priorities for 2010, beginning with the urgent need for a renewed focus on sustainable development, including advancing efforts to achieve the globally agreed targets aimed at ending poverty, disease and hunger. [Click here to read UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks to the informal session of the General Assembly, “Agenda 2010,” in New York today.]
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – as the targets are known – are among the seven “strategic opportunities” to be realized not over decades but within the next twelve months, Mr. Ban told the 192-member General Assembly.
“Taken together, they can make the world safer, fairer and more prosperous today and in the future,” he stated. “I ask that we join together to make 2010 a year of sustainable development – to meet the MDGs, address climate change, promote global health, and take the necessary steps for lasting and robust economic recovery.”Mr. Ban highlighted the special MDG summit he will be convening in September in conjunction with the Assembly’s annual General Debate. Prior to that, in March, he will present his own assessment to the membership on the gaps and needs on this issue.
Negotiating a binding agreement on climate change, as well as to deliver on commitments made to date, was the second priority emphasized by the Secretary-General. Last month, countries ‘sealed the deal’ on a political accord which seeks to jump-start immediate action on climate change and guide negotiations on long-term action.
It also includes an agreement to working towards curbing global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius, efforts to reduce or limit emissions, and pledges to mobilize $100 billion a year for developing countries to combat climate change. Mr. Ban said he intends to launch a high-level panel on climate change and sustainable development, which will deliver its own recommendations on the way ahead.
The Secretary-General also called for empowering women as never before during 2010, and pointed to the need to work towards setting up the new gender entity to be established within the UN, and step up efforts to prevent violence against women. The appointment of a Special Representative on the prevention of sexual violence in armed conflict will be announced soon, he added.
Noting encouraging progress in the field of disarmament, Mr. Ban’s fourth priority is working towards a nuclear-free world. “As with the MDG summit, we must prepare the ground for success,” he stated, listing a series of meetings that he will be attending on the issue in Geneva, Paris and Washington.
“The fifth strategic opportunity lies in preventing and resolving deadly conflicts around the world,” the Secretary-General went on to say, adding that 2010 will undoubtedly bring unforeseen political and humanitarian crises.Among the challenges anticipated are critical elections in Iraq, Sudan, Cote d’Ivoire and Myanmar. In addition, the situations in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Guinea, among others, will continue to demand attention.
“In the Middle East, we must generate new momentum in the search for a comprehensive, just and lasting peace,” Mr. Ban stated. “One year after the Gaza conflict, a fundamentally different approach is required to address the major humanitarian and reconstruction challenges still facing its people.”The sixth priority, said the Secretary-General, is to advance on issues “at the heart of who we are – human rights and the rule of law.” In this regard, he urged the Assembly in the coming weeks to conduct a thorough and clear-eyed review of the Human Rights Council.
He also called for strengthening the International Criminal Court (ICC), describing it as the “centrepiece of our system of international criminal justice,” and urged all nations to become parties to the Court’s Statute.
Last, but not least, Mr. Ban cited the need to strengthen the UN system.
“In the last years, we have made important progress in realigning the United Nations with new global realities. But more has to be done.
“As an Organization, we have to commit to continuously improve the way we are doing business. Changing with changing times and evolving needs has to become a way of life at the United States,” he said, noting the need to rejuvenate management, develop the emerging leaders of the future, and build a flexible workforce for the 21st century, as well as make better use of modern technologies.
“I sense renewed energy as we start the new year and take on the heavy agenda ahead,” Mr. Ban stressed to reporters following his informal briefing to the Assembly.
“We can make 2010 a year for action on a number of fronts,” he added. “We are ready to act, ready to deliver, and ready to make 2010 a year of results for people.”
The second action plan (of Sustainable Development) is called Smart Growth. Smart Growth will increasingly herd Americans into regimented and dense urban communities. Smart Growth is Sustainable Development’s ultimate solution, as it will create dense human settlements subject to increasing controls on how residents live and increased restriction on mobility. In the words of one Smart Growth activist: “It will be the humans in cages with the animals looking in.” - Transforming America: Sustainable Development
Habitat II - The UN Plan for Human Settlements
Bicycles instead of cars? Dense apartment clusters instead of single homes? Community rituals instead of churches? "Human rights" instead of religious freedom? The United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II), which met June 3-14 in Istanbul, painted an alarming picture of the 21st century community. The American ways – free speech, individualism, travel, and Christianity – are out. A new set of economic, environmental, and social guidelines are in. Citizenship, democracy, and education have been redefined. Handpicked civil leaders will implement UN "laws," bypassing state and national representatives to work directly with the UN. And politically correct "tolerance" – meaning "the rejection of dogmatism and absolutism" as well as "appreciation" for the world's religions and lifestyles – is "not only a moral duty, it is also a political and legal requirement." - Berit Kjos, Kjos Ministries, June 1996
The Habitat Agenda Goals and Principles (Exerpt from the Preamble to this UN Document)
We recognize the imperative need to improve the quality of human settlements, which profoundly affects the daily lives and well-being of our peoples. There is a sense of great opportunity and hope that a new world can be built, in which economic development, social development and environmental protection, as interdependent and mutually reinforcing components of sustainable development, can be realized through solidarity and cooperation within and between countries and through effective partnerships at all levels. International cooperation and universal solidarity, guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, and in a spirit of partnership, are crucial to improving the quality of life of the peoples of the world. The purpose of the second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) is to address two themes of equal global importance: "Adequate shelter for all" and "sustainable human-settlements development in an urbanizing world." Human beings are at the centre of concerns for sustainable development, including adequate shelter for all and sustainable human settlements, and they are entitled to a healthy and productive life in harmony with nature.
By 2050, 70% of World Population to be Crammed into Poor, Overcrowded, Polluted Urban Corridors Comprising a Tiny Fraction of Habitable Land
By Daily Mail
March 24, 2010
The world’s largest cities are merging into vast ‘mega regions’ which will be characterised by overcrowding, poverty and pollution, a new report warns.
The continuing growth of urban areas is likely to be one of the most significant factors affecting society over the next 50 years, a United Nations agency said.
Such mega regions will stretch hundreds of miles across countries and will be home to more than 100 million people. Last year it was confirmed for the first time that over half the world’s population lives in cities.
The State of the World Cities report claims that urbanisation is ‘unstoppable.’
A mega region, which is often two or more cities becoming connected as increasing numbers of towns and ghettos spring up between them, has already been established in the Hong Kong-Shenhzen-Guangzhou region of China where 120 million people live.
Eduardo Lopez Moreno, the report’s author, said:
‘The top 25 cities in the world account for more than half of the world’s wealth, and the five largest cities in India and China now account for 50 per cent of those countries’ wealth.’However, he claims an explosion of mega regions will not necessarily be a bad thing despite warning of ‘further patterns of social and economic exclusion.’
‘They, rather than countries, are now driving wealth,’ Mr Moreno added.Anna Tibaijuka, director of UN-Habitat, said:
“Research shows that the world’s largest 40 mega regions cover only a tiny fraction of the habitable surface of our planet and are home to fewer than 18 per cent of the world’s population yet account for 66 per cent of all economic activity and about 85 per cent of technological and scientific innovation.’
‘Just over half the world now lives in cities, but by 2050 over 70 per cent of the world will be urban dwellers.The United Nations
‘By then, only 14 per cent of people in rich countries will live outside cities, and 33 per cent in poor countries.’
January 11, 2010
According to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – as the targets are known – are among the seven “strategic opportunities” to be realized not over decades but within the next twelve months. [Note the map on page 57 of the report (PDF), which divides the world into 10 "Regional Groupings" as compared to the seven continents of the world.]
In 1973 a map was created by the Club of Rome which divided the world into 10 political and economic regions. The map was part of the Club of Rome’s report the “Regionalized and Adaptive Model of the Global World System.” - Mankind at the Turning Point, The Green Agenda