In 2006, I was surprised to find myself sitting at a formal meal in the middle of a 200 year old debating society at Cambridge University in England. In a few minutes I, and five others were about to engage in a debate over the usefulness of the United Nations. But here, for a few minutes longer, at the long dinner table with the crisp, white table cloth, I was sitting next to one of my fellow debaters, Salis Shetty, the head of the UN’s …Read More »
For the past few decades the Communist regime of China has been driving toward world supremacy, both economically and militarily. The regime’s main target has been, and is, the United States of America. China’s plan to grab power has been clever and unprecedented, seeking victory without firing a shot, reducing its targets to mere frogs in a boiling pot.
Pundits and politicians alike, when excusing their strategic dealings with China, are quick to remind their audiences that today’s China is a “centuries old civilization” rich in …Read More »
Pressure groups and government officials areseizing property – with no accountability
by Tom DeWeese
This is a story of raw power, collusion and government corruption. A story that is taking place in countless towns all over America. A story of “reinvented” government, where self-proclaimed private “stakeholders” and pressure groups set the rules, local elected officials rubber stamp them, and non-elected regional governments enforce them, sometimes with an iron fist – all with no input from citizens, and apparently no rights for private citizens and property owners to …Read More »
Conservation easements. The Green Mafia tells us this is the only way to save the family farm. Without its tax credits and restrictions on development rights, America will be paved over and Astroturf will replace sod. We’re in crisis, they tell us. However, as H.L Mencken once warned, “A plan to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.”
Conservation and environmental groups openly advocate the conservation easements as the answer to saving farm land, as do state departments of agriculture, …Read More »
Poverty. It’s the excuse for nearly every government spending program. Help the poor. Tax the Rich. Get the 1%. How dare they get so wealthy while everyone else suffers!
And what is the preferred way to eliminate poverty? Redistribution of wealth. It is the force behind the Occupy Wall Street movement; Agenda 21 and it’s Social Justice schemes; nearly every poverty program of the Federal government; and even most charitable poverty programs.
These schemes are all the same. Take money from the producers and give it to …Read More »
As the battle to stop Sustainable Development grows, it is important that activists have clear definitions of their points as they deal with elected officials and planners who are making policy in their community. Below is a start in defining private property rights.
In a “Fifth Amendment” treatise by Washington State Supreme Court Justice Richard B. Sanders (12/10/97), he writes: Our state, and most other states, define property in an extremely broad sense.” That definition is as follows:
“Property in a thing consists not merely in its …Read More »
19 counties in Southern Virginia are being included in a proposed Heritage Area called The Crooked Road National Heritage Area. The excuse for this new federal land control program is that it will honor and bring nationwide attention to the rich musical heritage of the area that was home to such famous acts as the June Carter Family. Plans call for a 300 mile Heritage Corridor that will connect nine major heritage venues and more than 50 affiliated music venues. Tourism and economic growth are …Read More »
October 14, 2003
Washington, DC – Leading the fight against the authorization of more “Heritage Areas,” the American Policy Center is organizing a coalition of property rights groups to fight four pending pieces of legislation.
Testifying last month before the House Resources Committee’s subcommittee on National Parks, APC’s Legislative Director, Peyton Knight, argued against the proliferation of heritage areas, warning that “they disguise restrictive federal zoning practices” that strip local owners of their property rights.
Mr. Knight reminded the subcommittee that “the Heritage Areas are administered …Read More »
Address by Tom DeWeese
These are the founding principles of the United States of America.
We hear these words. Yet many Americans fail to understand their meaning – or how they effect our everyday lives.
Our founding fathers warned us that eternal vigilance was necessary in order to protect our liberties. They’ve been ignored.
And life in America has begun to change.
Americans are finding that life is getting harder.
There’s less optimism about the future as the phrase “American dream” seems to …Read More »
January 25, 2008
By Tom DeWeese
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.
Sustainable Development calls for changing the very infrastructure of the nation, away from private ownership and control of property to nothing short …Read More »