Tom DeWeese’s Red Pill Expo Speech: Property Rights and Sustainable Development

“Sustainable Development cannot be enforced without destroying property rights.”

They tell me that if I take the red pill I will be able to see reality – the truth of what is really going on around us. Well – I just happen to have a red pill and I want to know! So I am taking the red pill…

Yes — I see that the American people, and their every action, are being ruled, regulated, restricted, licensed, registered, directed, checked, inspected, measured, numbered, counted, rated, stamped, censured, authorized, admonished, refused, prevented, drilled, indoctrinated, monopolized, extorted, robbed, hoaxed, fined, harassed, disarmed, dishonored, fleeced, exploited, assessed, and taxed to the point of suffocation and desperation.

Let me tell you what I clearly see. Every day government, at all levels, grows more out of control, more intrusive in our personal lives, more of a threat to private property – all in total and flagrant disregard of the expressed will of the electorate.

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The reason… America is going through what Al Gore warned us would be a “Wrenching Transformation” of society. It’s a clever mix of fascism, socialism and corporatism. It’s not communism. Perhaps a better term would be “common-ism.”

Common borders; common currencies; common property – Common-ism.

The process by which it is implemented creates a matrix of locked away land — or severe land use controls; control of energy and energy production; control of transportation; control of industry; control of food production; control of development; control of water availability; and control of population size and growth.

I don’t have to tell you that there has always been some kind of force loose in the world seeking domination over others.

Kings saw it as their duty. Megla-maniacs like Napoleon, Hitler, and Stalin lusted for the control and power to satisfy their hatred, mistrust, and insecurities. They sent in armies. They tortured and killed. They succeeded through the use of fear.

However, what if such power-mongers could find a way to keep their aggression under wraps, out of sight from those they intend to conquer – until it was too late? Better yet, what if they could actually get their targeted victims to help them achieve that goal to control them? No armies in the field. No shots fired. Instead, the intended victims quietly pull in the Trojan Horse and celebrate its arrival.

What if there was a way to organize the world under a single unifying plan, accepted by nearly everyone as fact and necessary? Everyone would be convinced that to oppose such a plan would be a direct threat to humanity. Acceptance of that plan would see every nation voluntarily surrendering its independence and sovereignty — to the aggressors. They would even raise money to help pay for the aggressor’s system of control.

These new rulers would issue exact orders to be followed by all, gaining more and more power with each dictate. People would voluntarily forget their history and reject their culture. Was it not always so, they would later ask. What could be such a threat, so powerful that the entire world would lie down to accept such global servitude?

How about the threat of Environmental Armageddon!

Who could be opposed to saving the planet? What if you dared to oppose such a plan? “I’m free! I’m independent! I have rights,” you would claim as you held up your copy of the Constitution. The mob, fearing such dangerous thoughts, would surround you and rip up your Constitution as it shouted, “It doesn’t matter how many rights you think you have if you don’t have a planet to stand on! Only selfish zealots who refuse to give up their creature comforts would oppose efforts to save Mother Earth!”

Well, I’ve taken the red pill and I can now tell you that it’s no secret. Everyone in the world knows about it. The aggressors have written down every detail of their plan and have told us in their own words how it’s to work.

But those who have taken the blue pill refuse to see its threat. Let me pull back the curtain for those who don’t see. What do they call this new diabolical tool that now leads the forces of global control over all humanity which is quickly invading every single level of our government, our communities, and our neighborhoods? Its name is Sustainable Development.

Sustainable Development involves a progressive transformation of the economy and society. It is based on international interdependence and redistribution of wealth. It demands that we all live on less. It opposes free enterprise and demands its destruction. Instead it merges environmental policy with economics in decision making, with nature always overriding man.

David Brower of the Sierra Club made it all pretty clear when he said, “The goal now is a socialist redistributionist society, which is nature’s proper steward and society’s only hope.”

Maurice Strong, the Chairman of the 1992 Earth Summit left no doubt of the Sustainable Development goal when he said “Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrial nations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?”

Sustainable Development is the policy for achieving that agenda – Agenda 21. Agenda 21 was labeled the “Comprehensive blueprint for reorganizing human society.” It calls for the elimination of free markets, national sovereignty and independence. And the elimination of private property ownership. And it certainly calls for redistribution of wealth and a huge reduction of human populations. Some have called for reductions as high as one billion people.

The Sustainable shock troops – Non-governmental Organizations or NGOs – have flooded governments at every level pushing their unending flow of legislation – all designed to regulate nearly every human action.

They put controls on how and where we can build our homes. Controls on small farmers over what crops they can grow and how they will grow them; and they imposed controls on our own private transportation decisions. Cars are their enemy because it gives us freedom of movement. And quietly, step by step Sustainable Development has gained a foot hold.

Sustainable Development policy can be found everywhere: Stack and Pack Smart Growth in the cities: Conservation easements in the rural areas: Vast areas of the nation locked away from human use.

As property rights are being destroyed the wealth of our nation has begun to diminish. There is no doubt that Maurice Strong’s goal of collapsing our nation is well underway. The issue is so vast and overwhelming that people rightfully have trouble wrapping their heads around it. It encompasses every aspect of our lives, from housing, to jobs, to education, to healthcare to gun control.

Specifically, Sustainable Development is an all-out attack on private property. Private property is in their way as they sit behind closed doors to make plans for your future.

Just a few short months ago New York mayor Bill DeBlasio openly revealed their goal when he said this in an interview in New York Magazine: “What’s been hardest is the way our legal system is structured to favor private property. I think people all over the city, of every background, would like to have the city government be able to determine which building goes where, how high it will be, who gets to live in it, and what the rent will be.”

That’s a pretty raw look behind the scenes. He is telling you exactly what they want. Total control over how and where you will live. In every community today, planners and independent NGO groups have surrounded your local governments to implement such plans.

You will hear them speak of the need for well-controlled planning for your community’s future. It’s necessary, they say, to make sure everything is well ordered. Otherwise, they warn – we will have “Chaotic growth.”

For those of you who have actually attended local planning meetings – tell me if this quote sounds familiar to what you have heard there — “The chaotic growth of cities will be replaced by a dynamic system of urban settlement…The region is formed by the economic interdependence of its development, from the industrial complex to the industrial region. The region has a single system of transportation, a centralized administration, and a united system of education and research.” Soviet Russian architect Alexei Gutnov – ‘The Ideal Communist City’ – 1968

Could it be that Sustainable Development really is an extension of the master plan for the ideal communist city?

Bureaucrats and administrative agencies at every level of government have changed the rules and the culture of private property in ways that could not have been imagined a century ago.

Radical environmentalism and Non-governmental Organization shock troops now control the agenda and influence the rule making and mission of nearly every cabinet level agency in the federal government, and in every state, county and city government.

Never before in this nation’s history have we seen such massive overreach as the courts do next to nothing to defend individual liberty. Make no mistake, Sustainable Development, using the threat of Environmental Armageddon as its rallying cry – is the totalitarian’s dream weapon to conquer the world’s freest society.

It is an international scheme disguised as national and local policy, created to rein in the radical ideas of individualism, and personal property ownership, and to “harmonize” all nations into a central, global control.

The main question of the day – as our eyes are opened to the problem – What do we do about it??! So many don’t know where to even start to fight back. The issue is massive. People get overwhelmed – where to start?

Let me make it as simple as possible.

There are three basic tactics that have been used to enforce it.

  • Destroy private property ownership and control.
  • Impose non-elected regional councils, taking government further away from the people.
  • Feed the plan with federal grant money.

The truth is Sustainable Development cannot be enforced without destroying property rights. So that’s the place to start pushing back. Stand up for property rights and we can stop sustainable development and put the cork back in government growth. But you must understand – your fight must start on the local level – not in Washington, DC.

At the local level is where we can have the biggest impact. Succeed there and then the issue will rise to the state level and then eventually to the national level. But it will take trench warfare in every city council meeting and in every county commission meeting.

Number one goal – stop your officials from taking the grants!

Number two – get a clear definition of property rights so you have a platform to stand on. Here it is:

“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.” Washington State Supreme Court Justice Richard B. Sanders

Private property ownership and its unrestricted use is the foundation for a nationwide revolution of Freedom. Demand it!

I have put together three tools for local activists. They are direct and simple to use.

First, I am organizing a Property Rights Network.

American Policy Center President Tom DeWeese

This is not a new organization. It is a means for our activists and our elected officials to meet, talk, discuss and organize ideas and strategies to protect property rights and stop Sustainable Development. We have fantastic activists around the nation. Many are innovative and effective. We need a means to capture their ideas so we can teach them to others to build an effective movement.

But many are also working alone. We need to find a means to give them support. Meanwhile, we have many wonderful elected officials in city councils, county commissions and state legislatures. But here again, usually they are outnumbered and unable to be effective.

And the weakest link in our movement is the lack of a legal arm. So many times I am contacted by desperate property owners seeking help. I have nothing to offer them – they need legal help. These are the reasons for the Property Rights Network — To bring these forces together and help each other.

I am actually finding lawyers willing to help – a small number at this point, but it’s a start.

In your legislature, imagine if you had three good members who wanted to fight to protect property rights, but they are outnumbered and shut down at every turn. What if they could network with three similar legislators in nine other states? What if, for example, they could work together on a powerful legislative idea to protect property rights?

And what if, on the exact same day, at the exact same time all of these legislators introduced the exact same bill into their respective state legislative hoppers. And what if they then all held a news conference at the exact same time in each of their ten states?

 And what if we had activists all ready to support that legislation – plus we had our patriot radio shows and social media ready to launch support.

What if we succeeded in passing the bill in three states – would that begin a revolution? Would that put property rights into the national debate? That is the goal of the Property Rights Network.

Second, do you want to shake up this election?

Property rights are hardly ever talked about during election campaigns. I’m ready to change that! Are you? How do we do that? Simple. I have prepared a “Candidate’s Promise to Protect Citizen’s Property Rights.” [At end of article]

Right now candidates want and need your support. Now is the time when you have their attention. So, as they are shaking your hand or appearing at a public forum – simply present this Candidate’s Promise and ask them to sign it. If they refuse then you know they won’t support private property rights.

If they do sign it then you have a powerful tool in your hand once they get elected. Together, using this tool, you and I are going to finally make Private Property Rights a major issue across the nation. We have to start putting elected officials feet to the fire.

Do they or do they not support your right to be secure in your home, free of the fear that private developers and greedy politicians are going to take it at their whim?

Finally, I am working on language to create an Amendment to State Constitutions for the protection of private property.

We are still working on the language, but it will be based on the definition of property rights I just gave you. This will give our activists a project to rally behind to make property rights a central issue. I’ll release the final version just as soon as it’s ready.

The bottom line is this. If we can protect private property in your community and your state then we can preserve freedom in our nation. Obviously, this is a huge job. It will not be settled nor won overnight. It will be hard. But is there anything more precious than your freedom?

Imagine those who fought in the American Revolution and the incredible odds they faced as they took on the most powerful army in the world. So great was the challenge and the danger of total destruction of their lives it caused Thomas Paine to write these words:

“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will in this crisis shrink from the service of their country, but he that stands it now deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have the consolation with us that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheaply, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives anything its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its good; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.”

General George Washington ordered that Paine’s words be read aloud to the entire Continental Army. He wanted them all to hear what was truly at stake. He wanted them to see what would happen if they didn’t take the fight seriously. He wanted them to know the difference between the sunshine patriot and the dedicated freedom fighter.

On that day, when Washington had those precious words read to his army – they all took the red pill. And from that day forward the Continental Army would fight on to the shocking victory that all the experts insisted couldn’t be won.

Now I have given you the red pill. Now you know what has to be done to take back our property and restore our republic. Sam Adams told us how to win with our small band of patriots. He said “It does not take a majority to prevail. But rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brushfires of Freedom in the minds of men.”

In the 1980s Ronald Reagan was about the only person in government who refused to accept the idea that communism and the Soviet Union were permanent and inevitable. He stood up to it and shocked the world when the Berlin Wall came crashing down – along with the Soviet Union. He knew the truth and he fought until he won.

Today, you and I need to know that the Tyranny of Sustainable Development is not inevitable. It can and it will be stopped. Ignore your nay-saying neighbor – the sunshine patriot. The one who only gets into the battle when it is already won – when it’s now fashionable. The one who laughed at you for fighting when there seemed to be no hope. They will not help you win. They will only gladly share the spoils afterwards.

Now, today, dedicate yourself to the fight – regardless of what others say or think. We are fighting for our right to exist.

So, how hard do you need to fight? Fight like you are the third monkey on the ramp of Noah’s Ark – and brother – it’s starting to rain!

Special email message to include with the Candidate’s Promise to Protect Citizen’s Property Rights

Dear (Candidate’s name)

I have attached a “Candidate’s Promise to Protect Citizen’s Property Rights” which I am asking you to sign to show your support for this vital issue.

I’m sure you are aware that private property is vital to our prosperity and our freedom. Yet property rights are endangered by many government planning projects. I believe protection of private property must be a first priority as such planning projects are designed and promoted. Do you?

If so, I ask you to make a strong stand for the defense of property rights by signing the attached Candidates Pledge. The definition provided was written by a state Supreme Court Justice.

Please sign and return to my email address. I will them help spread the word that, if elected, you will be a reliable defender of property rights.


 Candidate’s Promise to Protect Citizen’s Property Rights

  1. I support this definition of private property rights: “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.” Written by Washington State Supreme Court Justice Richard B. Sanders (Fifth Amendment Treatise, 1997)

These are positions I pledge to promote and uphold for private property rights if I am elected to the position I seek.

Name ___________________________________________________________

Signed ____________________________________________ Date _________

Candidate for _____________________________________________________

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