Property Rights

Freedom Cannot Exist In an Administrative Form of Government

Freedom cannot exist in an administrative form of government. H. Lamb Because so many of us who are trying to stop the theft of our private property and the destruction of local control of our communities have been in this battle for so long, we forget that it is only recently that many American citizens have begun learning of some of the tactics being used just for that. A few months ago, I took over answering phone and email questions on policy for APC. One of the first emails I responded to was from a couple in Hermosa Beach, California. Hermosa Beach is in the process of finalizing their so-called unique community plan for 2031. I just skimmed over it at first because I am sick of looking at these ‘unique’ community plans that have all the same details, other than maybe one has a beach, one has mountains, and ...
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Five Actions Ben Carson Must Take to Control HUD’s Tyranny

After twenty four years of a relentless drive for centralized government power through Clinton, Bush and Obama, finally there is a chance to roll back some of the destruction to our Republic.  Donald Trump has an historic opportunity to fulfill his promise to “drain the swamp,” meaning getting rid of the corruption, the power grabs, and the disregard for Constitutional law. It’s vital to understand that federal agencies are basically operating without oversight, free to create thousands of rules and regulations that become the force of law. These rules come complete with threats of legal action and intimidation. Much of this enforcement is done behind the scenes, away from the public eye. But the result can destroy property, business, and lives. To take effective action against this situation and fulfill on his promise, President Trumps must set a very specific priority for federal policy: 1. Assure the complete protection of ...
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How Sustainable Development Millennial Goals Are Being Met

Things are moving fast now. The PTB (powers-that-be) are moving forward on every front to take away our money, our rights, and our culture. I have about 20 more things I wanted to share today, but this is more than a mouthful. by socialism and controlling populations and cultures When Keynes lectured Mises on eugenics, migration, and population control “Is not a country overpopulated when its standards are lower than they would be if its numbers were less? In that case the question of what numbers are desirable arises long before starvation sets in, and even before the level of life begins to fall. Perhaps we have already sacrificed too much to population.” [Read more] by redistribution of wealth Climate accord 'irrelevant,' and CO2 cuts could impoverish the world: Scientist “In peer-reviewed research, Kelly argued carbon dioxide should be considered the byproduct of the "immense benefits" of a technologically advanced ...
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Listen This Time or HUD Will Destroy Your City

America’s homeowners should be shaking in their shoes. The federal government has decided that people who have worked, saved and planned so they can buy homes in nice, safe neighborhoods of their own choosing, are racists. They charge that it is a “social injustice.” The government now claims that it’s unfair unless everyone can have the same, whether they earn it or not. And it doesn’t matter whether they can afford such a home. We’re told that it’s racist to deny someone an equal home, just because they don’t have the money for it. White privilege, don’t you know. You may be watching the “Black Lives Matter” protests taking place on city streets around the country. You may be alarmed that such violence can happen in your downtown. And you may wonder what is behind such activity. Well, get ready for the same kind of threats and violence to possibly ...
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Time To Make Candidates Face The Real Issues Threatening American Freedom

The election campaigns are in full swing. Yet, have you heard a single candidate for President, or even for a lower office, mention the destruction of property rights or representative government to be a problem worth their time to address? Our nation is being destroyed from within and candidates aren’t even discussing it. Worse, voters aren’t making them discuss these things, such as: The massive destruction of American industry by the EPA and other over-reaching government regulations – killing jobs by the thousands? The near complete usurpation of private property rights in communities and rural areas under the tiresome excuse of environmental protection? Who stands with the property owners as they see their American dreams shattered under the innocuous title of “community development?” The growing imposition of non-elected boards and regional governments that are fast replacing our elected representatives in making local community decisions – all powered by the imposition ...
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Breaking News: The Hidden Agenda in Oregon

A note from Tom DeWeese: The stand off in Burns, Oregon just ended. A couple of weeks ago, one of the protestors, rancher Lavoy Finicum, was shot nine times by federal agents as he attempted to travel to a public meeting to discuss their purpose. Two others, brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy, were arrested and put in solitary confinement. The Main Stream Media has painted the occupiers as armed militia, even using terms like “unhinged.” These labels are untrue and unfair descriptions. The truth is this is a story with a long history of abuse by the federal government, leading to numerous confrontations with ranchers who have had their livelihood and homes destroyed. In the following article C.J. Hadley, Editor of Range Magazine, outlines the long sad, frustrating, tragic story of a growing government oppression over peaceful, law abiding American citizens who have simply had enough. TAD   BREAKING NEWS: ...
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Private Property Ownership – the First American Right To Die Under Barack Obama’s Tyranny

“Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can…” John Lennon wrote these words for a fantasy song to glorify his understanding of the road to peace. John may not have understood the true origins of his thoughts, but we know it as Communism. Barack Obama knows that too and is determined to make sure you understand the consequences of “no possessions.” In government-speak it’s called the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule.” (AFFH) Once it becomes a reality you will be able to fully appreciate John’s statement – imagine no possessions.” For if AFFH is allowed to stand, the concept of private property is about to die in America. The Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule is federal enforcement of Sustainable Development Smart Growth Cities. Until now there was at least a pretense that Smart Growth development was a local process. That, of course, is what the American Planning Association (APA), Non-governmental ...
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It’s 1992 All Over Again

A New Agenda 21 Threatens Our Way of Life If you had a time machine and could travel back to 1992 as the UN’s Earth Summit was underway, your efforts to abort this subversive policy would be aided by all you had experienced in the Orwellian world of “Sustainable Living”. You wouldn’t have to wonder what the NGOs who created it had in mind. You wouldn’t have to trust the news media to provide the details. You would know because you would have lived it. You would know that Nancy Pelosi’s open claim that Agenda 21 is a “comprehensive blue print” for the reorganization of human society was true.   And what’s more; you don’t like it! We were told, without hesitation, that Agenda 21 was aimed at destroying free enterprise. That it is was a clarion call for humans to live on less and that Earth could no longer sustain the ...
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A New Symbol Has Been Cast: People • Property • Liberty

Time to Treat Property Owners like OWNERS! The American way of life, based on a strong middle class established through free enterprise and ownership of private property, is under assault like never before. That assault will dramatically increase in September as thousands of Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs), global elitists and United Nation’s bureaucrats converge on New York City to reboot Agenda 21. This time they are calling it the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This new 15 year plan demands 17 points of global control to reorganize the world into a Socialist utopia by 2030. If allowed to take control, there will be no ownership of private property, very little individual choice, and national sovereignty will be a thing of the past in this new agenda. Meanwhile, the Obama Administration, through Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is busy implementing the “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” rule (AFFH). This program targets specific neighborhoods ...
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Three Questions to Change the Election

The number of candidates for President seems to grow on a daily basis. Each new candidate attempts to convince us they are the new hope for a better tomorrow. Jobs. Inequality. And the ever popular – “let’s be bipartisan so we can all move forward together!” These are the topics – the safe topics – they stick to. All designed to assure that they hit emotional buttons in each of us, yet don’t cause controversy. In fact, about the only reason we are given to vote for these candidates is that perhaps a charge that their opponent is involved in some kind of scandal or hired an illegal gardener. They resort to character assassination of their opponents as they dig for dirt. Or, the most common reasons we are given by candidates to vote for them, often reduced to the vocabulary of a cave man – “Republican good -- Democrat ...
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Protection of Private Property Rights

Testimony by Tom DeWeese, American Policy Center April 9th, 2015 First, let me address the 1,000 pound Gorilla in the room –  the claim that Agenda 21 is just a right wing conspiracy theory. The Southern Poverty Law Centers says, “Agenda 21 is not a treaty. It has no force of law, no enforcement mechanisms, no penalties, and no significant funding. It is not even a top-down recommendation, seeking instead to encourage communities around the world to come up with their own solutions to overpopulation, pollution, poverty and resource depletion. It is a feel good guide that cannot force anyone, anywhere to do anything at all.” And that is exactly what planners, non-governmental organizations and federal officials tell you and city councilmen and county commissioners every day. The fact is, up until the mid 2000s, no one was saying Agenda 21 was a Rightwing fringe fantasy. In 1992, over 50,000 ...
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Private Property Rights and Socialism Do Not Mix

An urgent message to the National Association of Realtors The National Association of Realtors (NAR) is the main stream organization in which nearly every real estate agent in the nation belongs as a means to keep up with the latest ideas and trends in the property selling industry. NAR’s members are the professionals that all of us look to for the best approach to buy and sell our homes. One of NAR’s mottos is "protecting the American dream of home ownership". And they claim to protect property rights. Would it then surprise you that NAR is a major promoter of a plan that actually results in the destruction of private property rights? NAR documents show the Association is working to advocate the policy of Smart Growth for local community development. Urban planners promote Smart Growth policies because they adhere to the dogma that urban sprawl (development projects) are a danger ...
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Is the U.S. Being Colonized By Red China?

Author’s note: On Monday, November 10th, Barack Obama met with Communist Chinese leaders and announced a new immigration agreement with that totalitarian dictatorship, creating the following headline:  "Putting a bright face on the future of U.S. ties to China, President Barack Obama announced Monday that the two countries would start granting visas to each other's citizens valid for up to a decade." Last June I released the following article to alert Americans of the dangers of dealing with the Red Chinese and specifically through an immigration program called EB-5. Perhaps now, in light of this new announcement by the Administration, more Americans and the news media will take greater note of my warnings. With this new development, I am re-releasing the article.  Tom DeWeese 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, ...
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EPA has become an OUTLAW agency!

Landowners, homeowners, home builders, construction companies, the forestry and mining industries, and just about everyone else engaged in productive activists in the United States are in the crosshairs of the most far-reaching power grab the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ever undertaken. Unless they are stopped, production in the United States is about to be destroyed!   Dear friend, It’s shocking! The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has become an OUTLAW agency of our federal government. And it must be brought under control. Before it’s too late.Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has introduced a bill to do just that. It’s called the Defense ofEnvironment and Property Act of 2013 (S. 890).  Senator Paul’s bill is vital for the protection of private property and personal freedom. It is a new weapon to stop enforcement of Agenda 21 policies.That’s why it’s urgent that you sign the enclosed petition to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell urging ...
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Poverty, the Compassion Cartel and Environmental Racism

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 Millennium Project. I had ignored him through most of the dinner, but with just a few minutes left before the debate I finally turned to him and said, “You realize you don’t have a prayer, don’t you?” He looked at me and asked, “About what?” I replied, “Ending poverty by 2015 through the use of redistribution of wealth.” (That was one of the eight listed ...
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Is the U.S. Being Colonized By Red China?

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 tradition and ancient religious discipline. A Confucian civilization that is still upset over wrongdoings during the European colonization period. Such a view is wrong. The China we are confronted with today is nothing like that pre-nineteenth century nation. Since the reign of Mao Tse-tung began in 1949, Communist China, much to the dismay, torture, and death of its own citizens, has been governed by ...
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Putting bicycles ahead of people

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 stop them or even have a say. It’s the story of the destruction of private property rights in America. Of injustice and tyranny. Of unaccountable government run amok. We need to take action! (See below, in blue, for what you can do.) Jennie Granato is a tax-paying citizen of Montgomery County, Ohio. She and her family own a 165-year-old historic house and farm ...
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Conservation Easements and the Urge to Rule

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, farm bureaus, and the federal government. A full court press is on to lock in millions of acres of private property under the blazing headline “Save the Family Farm.” There’s no question that the family farm is under assault. Taxes, international trade agreements, inflation, and government regulations are eating away at the ability to keep the farm operating. I’ve never met a farmer who ...
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Private Property Ownership is the Only Way to Eradicate Poverty

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 the non-producers.  Yet, as billions of dollars are taken for the “cause” poverty steadily increases. If one truly wants to help eliminate poverty, perhaps it’s time to rethink the process. To start, ask the question – why are some nations (and individuals) wealthy and others are so poor. There are many efforts underway to focus attention on world poverty. In a world of ...
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Private Property Rights Defined

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 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.” As a Founding Father, ...
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