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Advance Bulletin Commentary: Sustainable Development or the Constitution — Which Do You Choose? A proposal for Abundance Ecology

(PRWEB) May 14, 2004

Achieving Abundance Ecology requires a direct relationship between man and the land, Abundance Ecologist Michael Shaw said recently in a presentation to the Trans-Heritage Association annual meeting and conference in Alpine Texas. Shaw speaks from experience. Shaw has received acclaim for creating an ecological oasis from a blighted 75-acre parcel on the central coast of California — what he calls “Liberty Garden” (http://www.libertygarden.com).

“To release the potential productivity and diversity of a landscape, an owner must be free to engage in rigorous disturbance, and free to pursue a reasoned and creative process of trial and error. This process would be suited to the choice of each individual and the uniqueness of each property,” Shaw said. The attached article includes key excerpts from Shaw’s presentation to the Trans-Texas Heritage Association.

Shortage Ecology

“Sustainable Development” is the current buzz term that represents the effort to collectivize property in America by controlling and limiting human action. Sustainable Development is a synonym for “shortage ecology” and is embodied in the Endangered Species Act (ESA), which is the foundation of the land use element of Sustainable Development.

ESA is predicated on international treaties and is rooted in the Precautionary Principle, which abandons the legal standard that presumes innocence. Since ESA puts the government in control of plants, the ideals of private property are destroyed, natural resource shortages arise, and natural calamities — such as devastating forest fires — increase.

Political Theory

George Washington was right when he said: “Private property and freedom are inseparable.”

Private property, after all, begins with our physical person, extends to our thoughts, proceeds as our expression, becomes our action, and results in something we create or obtain. If an agent of force denies an individual the use of possessions, including land, that individual is contemporaneously denied the liberty necessary to advance his or her own life. When the use of o¬ne’s property and one’s liberty have been squelched by big government, the dignity of human life itself has been trampled.

Political theory probes the question, “Who decides…?” To answer this question, it is helpful to examine the philosophy underlying the treatment of property. Immediately, a contrast is seen between the Constitution and Bill of Rights of the United States of America and the Charter of the United Nations and the Declaration of Human Rights

Unalienable Rights

Under the American Constitutional system, individuals decide and direct the terms of their lives. The application of political theory that respects the dignity of each individual is premised o­n the idea that man’s rights are unalienable, and that justice must be dispensed equally. The political theory of Liberty presupposes that an individual’s rights are inherent to, our imbued within, the individual’s nature; from this, it follows that the individual has a natural right to his or her life, liberty, and property.

Granted Rights

The political theory behind contemporary political globalism answers the question quite differently. Under the Declaration of Human Rights, the permission to have and use property is obtained by way of government grant. This is because people grant “human rights” and, as such, people can take them away…

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