(SNN) If there is one thing about Agenda 21 that you should know, it is that Agenda 21 and the ownership of private property are diametrically opposed. Agenda 21 is a product of the United Nations, the land policy of the United Nations was first officially articulated at the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat I), held in Vancouver, May 31 – June 11, 1976. Agenda Item 10 of the Conference Report sets forth the UN’s official policy on land. The Preamble says:
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 principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth and therefore contributes to social injustice; if unchecked, it may become a major obstacle in the planning and implementation of development schemes. The provision of decent dwellings and healthy conditions for the people can only be achieved if land is used in the interests of society as a whole. Public control of land use is therefore indispensable….
This statement is clear: to the UN ownership of land is not in the interests of society as a whole. Does the government taking away your private property to benefit society as a whole sound like an American idea to you? Does that sound like freedom to you?
Agenda 21 is the ultimate plan of action to save the world from human activity. The document echos the 1976 document on land use policy, though in somewhat muted terms. From Section II, Chapter 10 (page 84):
Land is normally defined as a physical entity in terms of its topography and spatial nature; a broader integrative view also includes natural resources: the solid, minerals, water and biota that the land comprises. Expanding human requirements and economic activities are placing ever increasing pressures on land resources, creating competition and conflicts and resulting in suboptimal use of both land and land resources. It is now essential to resolve these conflicts and move towards more effective and efficient use of land and its natural resources. Opportunities to allocate land to different uses arise in the course of major settlement or development projects or in a sequential fashion as land becomes available on the market. This provides opportunities…to assign protected status for conservation of biological diversity or critical ecological services.
Take a moment to process this statement. Who will resolve these conflicts? Who determines what is effective and efficient use of land? Currently, it is the land owner who makes these decisions. If we follow this logically, the obviously under Agenda 21, these decisions will not be made by the land owners. The Agenda 21 document is designed for government bureaucrats, obviously it will be they who are making these decisions. Does that sound like freedom to you?
As you learn more about the UN and Agenda 21, you will find a slew of Doublespeak, Doublethink, Newspeak, Orwellian propagandist terms such as Sustainable Development and Smart Growth. If you wish to read their documents, then you will need to learn to speak this language. You must read their words and understand them in context.
Understand on a philosophical level how it is that private property and liberty are one in the same. Private property is the product of your ownership of yourself and your investment of your precious life and effort into producing something of value. When your property is stolen, then your life is stolen.