Tom DeWeese Fights for U.S. Private Property
Property owners in Texas have received a temporary reprieve when the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which attempted to grab 90,000 acres of “Texas sovereign land” along the banks of the Red River, stopped the surveys that were ordered by the Obama administration.
According to Breitbart, Tommy Henderson won in August 2015 his 30-year personal battle with the BLM over the acreage his family lost in the federal lawsuit. Now the land his family had owned since 1904 was his again, with full ownership and control.
Breitbart quoted Acting Cadastral Survey Chief Stephen Beyerlein, who wrote on March 29, 2017, “Having reviewed this deposition testimony and other new information, the BLM believes the survey methodology was used in error and may have caused errors in identifying the location of the Gradient Boundary.”
President of the Texas Farm Bureau, Russell Boening, wrote, “We take it very seriously when government decides that private property no longer belongs to those who have purchased, paid taxes, and hold titles to it.”
Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton, wrote, “This latest action by the Trump administration protects the property rights of Texans as defined by the U.S. Supreme Court and prevents the federal government from infringing upon Texas’ sovereign borders. It was our contention all along that the BLM’s surveys were conducted improperly and unlawfully. We will vigilantly defend Texas’ border from federal overreach.”
When it comes to property rights issues, Tom DeWeese has been fighting the federal, state, and local overreach for decades. President of the American Policy Center, DeWeese travels around the country giving lectures on the many facets of property rights infringements, one of the many issues deemed unsustainable by the Sustainable Development plans of U.N. Agenda 21 of 1992, now morphed into Agenda 2030.
Local governments are changing and Americans are not paying attention unless it affects them directly. American philosophy is based on individual liberty. At the core of this philosophy is the private ownership of property, of one’s own land. Globalist bureaucrats want to change that.
Tom DeWeese quotes in his speeches an economist from Peru, Hernando de Soto, “In the West, every parcel of land, every building, every piece of equipment, or store of inventory is represented in a property document that is the visible sign of a vast hidden process that connects all these assets to the rest of the economy.”
In his book, The Mystery of Capital, Hernando De Soto argues that it is private property that allowed the West to create such wealth and become so successful. Equity in private property was used as seed investment for various ventures.
As Calvin Coolidge said, “Ultimately, property rights and personal rights are the same thing.” The Nevadan Rancher Wayne Hage, who first stood up to BLM and fought them to his last day, said, “If you don’t have the right to own and control property, then you are property.”
But, as John Adams said, “The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence.” That is why people are fighting the government at all levels to maintain and control their land.
In 1976, the Report from U.N.’s Habitat 1 Conference said, “Land – cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market. Private land ownership is also a principle instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth, therefore contributes to social injustice.”
Property rights are important elements of Agenda 21, a 40-chapter document signed in Rio in 1992 by 178 countries. Agenda 21 is a “comprehensive blue print for reorganizing human society” around the three Es:
- Economics (private public partnerships, eminent domain)
- Ethics (social justice, environmental justice, gender justice, racial justice)
- Environment (the excuse for it all)
Saving the environment from human activity (the anthropogenic global warming debacle now morphed into the climate change industry) is the given excuse for all of the globalist control of every facet of human life, including ownership of private property. But, as H. L. Mencken said, “A plan to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.”
The American Planning Association pushes the Agenda 21 goals in their planning groups, calling them a comprehensive blue print, but denies that Agenda 21 exists, said DeWeese.
The United Nations bureaucrats want to harmonize the United States into the rest of the global matrix. You should not be able to control your government, they say, government should control you, including your private property.
According to Tom DeWeese, until around the year 2000, governments were proud to advertise their compliance with U.N.’s Agenda 21’s now turned Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development plans, including every agency of our government that rewrote their mission statements to include Sustainability. After 2000, the agenda continued more aggressively but quietly, overtly calling anybody who opposes it or discusses it conspiracy theorists. DeWeese added that politicians vacate auditoriums and are silent any time the discussion turns to U.N. Agenda 21 as if it does not exist. Yet thousands of documents released in the last decades prove otherwise.
U.N.’s Biodiversity Assessment Report declared the following not sustainable: “ski runs, grazing of livestock, plowing of soil, building fences, industry, single family homes, paved and tarred roads, logging activities, reservoirs, power line construction, and economic systems that fail to set proper value on the environment.”
Tom DeWeese is the author of Erase. Richard Viguerie said, “Tom DeWeese’s Erase presents a fictional path through a dystopian future. However, in Erase every single policy presented in the book, from the use of technology to change our culture; to the use of the public school classrooms to eliminate true knowledge; to the destruction of Christianity in a drive to meld all religions into one powerful tool for government, is all true and happening at this very moment.”
DeWeese is working on a new book, Property Rights Matter, “covering the issues and offering non-governmental solutions to using property ownership as a means to build wealth and freedom, from the inner city to the western ranges.”
When completed, he plans to launch a “Property Right Network, made up of activists and groups across the nation with the goal of making property rights a major issue for upcoming campaigns and to create a fighting force against Sustainable Development policies. DeWeese “fully believes that if we can protect property rights then we can stop Agenda 21/2030.”
Talking about how property rights affect the inner city, DeWeese wants to “build small businesses against the Smart Growth policies that have displaced ethnic neighborhoods.”
The American Planning Association admitted in a Special Report that Smart Growth does not work. “The current planning policy strategies for land use and transportation have virtually no impact on the major long term increases in resource and energy consumption. They generally tend to increase costs and reduce economic competitiveness… In many cases, the socioeconomic consequences of less housing choice, crowding, and congestion may outweigh the very modest CO2 reduction benefits.”
Yet all cities continue the Smart Growth/Green Growth planning and developing of bike paths, of stack and pack housing with mixed use, tiny apartments with no parking and elevators, of tiny alley or RV style diminutive homes in which the owner must constantly assemble and disassemble furniture in order to live in it, all located five-minute walk or bike from work, school, shopping, and play, a very attractive proposition for single young people who cannot afford a mortgage or do not desire to set roots and have a family.
“What we’re trying to do is see equity of public space. When you build your streets for cars, you’re actually building in the expectation that people are going to have cars.” This communist type thinking has kept for decades millions of people living in the Soviet communist satellite nations, close to the areas where they were born, their mobility highly restricted to a few-mile radius, at the mercy of public transportation, buses, rail, and trams.
The ideal communist city, as described by the Soviet architect Alexei Gutnov, was very much like the ideal Agenda 21 envisioned urban areas:
“The chaotic growth of cities will be replaced by a dynamic system of urban settlement. The region is formed by the economic inter-dependence of its development, from the industrial complex to the industrial area and industrial region. The region has a single system of transportation, a centralized administration, and a united system of education and research.” The U.N.’s various Agenda 21/2030 documents and conferences talk about human settlements.
Local and state planning group, planning departments and elected officials deny any connection of their plans to international programs, that there are any concerted efforts to install the mandates of U.N.’s Agenda 21/2030. But there are three main plans of attack:
- Destroy private property ownership and control
- Impose regional councils through regionalism and thus take government away from the people
- Support the entire plan with federal grant money which is hard to turn away, especially in areas strapped for revenue
The U.N. Commission on Global Governance talks about regionalism. “Regionalism must precede globalism. We foresee a seamless system of governance from local communities, individual states, regional unions and up through to the United Nations itself.” All the regional plans that have popped up around the world, Heartland 2030, Smart Growth 2030, are identical in scope, are run by NGOs who have applied for the grants, and have one thing in common, none of them are driven by locals.
The globalist planners and their local representatives keep telling us what they are going to do but Americans are no paying attention.
Ted Trainer, the author of Transition to a Sustainable and Just World, wrote, “Nothing of lasting significance will be achieved unless it is clearly understood that our efforts in these local initiatives are the first steps to the eventual replacement of the present society by one which is not driven by market forces, profits, competition, growth or affluence.”
Harvey Ruvin, the Vice Chair of ICLEI stated, “Individual rights will have to take a back seat to the collective.” Thomas Lovejoy, science advisor to the Department of Interior said, “(We) will map the whole nation – determine development for the whole country, and regulate it all.”
Joe Hindman, a historian, suggested in 1966 that “The strategy is to make property ownership so unbearable by harassment through building inspections, remodeling orders, fines and jailings that owners give up in despair and sell to land developers at cut-rate prices. Punitive municipal codes are the weapons in the warfare.”
According to DeWeese, when Dave Foreman dreamed up the scheme for the Wildlands Project in 1983, he said, “It is not enough to preserve the roadless, undeveloped country remaining. We must recreate wilderness in large regions: move out the cars and civilized people, dismantle the roads and dams, reclaim the plowed lands and clear cuts, — and reintroduce extirpated species.” So people living in the country will be stripped of their lands and herded into the cities, the same way the Soviets had herded villagers into the cities, bulldozed their homes for agriculture, for the “collective good,” and crowded them all into concrete high rise apartments the size of an average American hotel room. That is why the Bundys fought back.
We are told ad nauseam that Agenda 21 is just a suggestion, without any enforcement capabilities. How did every agency of the federal, state, and local government develop a comprehensive development plan exactly as mandated by U.N. Agenda 21?
Tom DeWeese explains how it became “the law of the land:”
After the Rio conference in 1992, when U.N. Agenda 21 was signed by President George H.W. Bush, thousands of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) went to Congress, through HUD, EPA, DOT, DOE, and helped them create grant programs with strings attached that were the implementation of Agenda 21. Then they went to state legislators to pass laws that every community had to have a comprehensive development plan. As local officials scratched their heads as to what comprehensive development plans were, they were presented by the same NGOs with a box, with the whole plan and the grant money, local supervisors did not have to do anything, they only had to sign. And so Agenda 21 became the “law of the land.”
The rules imposed were strict building codes, punitive municipal codes, septic tank codes, plumbing codes, electric codes, bike lanes, high rise apartments with no parking lots, light rail trains, public transportation, HOV restricted lanes, formerly public roads given to developers who turned them into expensive toll roads, all paid by taxpayer dollars but without input or vote from the taxpayers. Once the local officials took the grant money on behalf of the community which was very often totally ignorant of what was going on or their objections ignored, they had to accept the restrictions.
DeWeese describes the new government language of comprehensive development plans used to restrict and destroy property rights: wetlands, conservation easements, watersheds, view sheds, rails to trail, biosphere reserves, green ways, partnerships, preservation, stakeholders, land use, environmental protection, diversity, visioning, open space, heritage area.
The stakeholder councils, people who do not live in your community, dictate your future according to the mandates of U.N. Agenda 21/2030. Your locally elected officials just rubber stamp what these NGOs envision for you and your children, for generations to come, because you are too stupid to be entrusted with your own future, your freedoms must be curtailed for the sake of the planet. All these restrictions are imposed on you by the elite globalists while they live how they want and wherever they want, with total disregard for their carbon footprint because they are “civil society.”
The community councils that you have not elected, self-appointed bureaucrats, appointed hacks armed with their own political agenda, have turned your community into a “little Soviet society.” You no longer have a representative government. You are forced to have smart meters on your homes, on your gas lines, on your HVACs; the councils control what you do on your property, if you collect rain water, snow melt, your tree and bush pruning or planting, the paint color scheme of your home, the height of your grass, what you can and cannot grow in your own back yard, and many other restrictions.
NGOs and regional councils know the right way to live and how to govern in place of locally elected officials. They have become a shadow government. Regional councils and planners answer to NO ONE. Americans are living the wrong way and must be forced to live the way the regional planners envision for them.
NGOs establish “the strategic vision to insure proper growth,” transportation, housing, jobs, land use, education, property, housing, and health care. “Under Sustainable Health Care, all the provisions of Obamacare are found,” said DeWeese. When the regional planners draw a boundary around your city, everything built outside of it becomes “urban sprawl,” a dirty word for city planners. But to you and me, it is our homes; it is where we want to live, added DeWeese.
Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, described what is truly happening to every facet of our lives.
“What is occurring here, not just in this (conference), but in the whole climate change process, is the complete transformation of the economic structure of the world. This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally within a defined period of time to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the industrial revolution.”
To sum it up, you are no longer free; you are now a vassal to the United Nations tin pot bureaucrats who are subjugating your freedoms and sovereignty with your own taxpayer dollars and the dictates of Sustainable Development.
Article by Ileana Johnson