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regulation nation

"Bureaucracy is wrong as a cancer, a turning away from the human evolutionary direction of infinite potentials and differentiation and
independent spontaneous action to the complete parasitism of a virus."

William S. Burroughs, nephew of Ivy Lee


Fourth Circuit Chief Justice Questions
Validity of Eminent Domain


"Where government moves in, community retreats, civil society disintegrates, and our ability to control our own destiny atrophies.

We get a debased, debauched culture which finds moral depravity entertaining and virtue contemptible." - California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown


"A 1998 study by the Public Policy Institute of California found that communities in the state that have engaged in extensive government-sponsored redevelopment have reaped no real economic benefits compared with municipalities that haven't done so.

Government officials often misread the market and promote projects that fail to deliver the promised payback." - Steven Malanga


"All private property is now vulnerable to being taken and transferred to a private owner.

The specter of condemnation now hangs over property.

This decision effectively deletes the clause 'for public use' from the 'Takings Clause' of the Fifth Amendment.

Beneficiaries are likely to be those citizens with influence and disproportionate power in the political process, including large corporations and development firms." - Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, June 2005


"Research has shown that without property rights, individuals will no longer face the incentive to make the best economic use of their property, be it a business or home, and economic growth will be limited.

Potential businesses may avoid communities that have a record of taking private property for development because of a greater uncertainty about losing their property to eminent domain." - Thomas Garrett


1998-2002

Institute for Justice documents more than 10,000 instances of eminent domain for private gain - 2000 per year average.

Lori Ann Vendetti & Property Rights

The Story of Randy Bailey


2005

Supreme Court ruling effectively deletes 'for public use'
from the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution.


Homeowners have no right to continue to reside in their homes when the current city administration chooses to rezone the land for expansion of Pfizer research and development in New London, Connecticut.

Homes are bulldozed including the home of Susette Kelo.

Susette Kelo Tells Her Story


2006

5,700 properties nationwide are taken with eminent domain for private development.

California redevelopment agencies spend more than $5 billion, consuming $3 billion in property taxes.

There are more than 400 redevelopment agencies - from San Diego to Eureka.

"When I hear redevelopment advocates insist that developers would not build in the Golden State without such subsidies, I respond with a story from my local village of Capitola (population 10,500).

A few years ago, the Macerich Co., one of the nation's largest shopping center developers, announced that it would not bring Macy's to the town unless it received a $2.4-million subsidy from the redevelopment agency.

After prolonged negotiations, agency directors consent to give Macerich "only" $230,000, but subsequently reneged altogether after residents objected to paying any subsidy.

Macy's came anyway - at no cost to the taxpayers.

Developers don't demand subsidies because they need them; they demand subsidies because they are available.

Redevelopment is unwise, unjust and unnecessary and should be repealed before billions more dollars are wasted on public subsidies for private developers who - trust me - don't need the money." - Doug Kaplan





June 2008

Philip Frederick Anschutz secures $30 million to spruce up the street next to LA Live - a $2.5 billion 4 million square foot entertainment complex.

The money comes from a $240 million bond issue that California voters passed to build affordable housing.

Philip Frederick Anschutz is a Bush-Cheney gang "Pioneer" and a Kindom Now sycophant.


November 2009

Pfizer announces it will be closing its research and development headquarters in New London, Connecticut.


Failed redevelopment projects using eminent domain:

Sun Plaza Project in Las Vegas;

Indio Fashion Mall in Indio, California;

"Poletown" General Motors assembly plant in Detroit;

Triangle Square mall; downtown Costa Mesa, California;

Nordstrom department store in downtown Cincinnati;

Block 37 in Chicago;

Redevelopment Site 17 in Mesa, Arizona;

Oak Street Neighborhood in New Haven, Conneticut;

Prospect Avenue in North Hempstead, New York;

24th Street and Broadway in Phoenix, Arizona;

Marketplace at Fifth and Forbes in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Surreal Photos Of America's Abandoned Malls




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The Enclosure Movement

A Short History of Enclosure in Britain

The Enclosure Acts and the Industrial Revolution

"The public good is essentially the protection of individual private rights." - William Blackstone



"In terms of conventional economics, it may actually be in an individual's rational self-interest to engage in activities that render the earth uninhabitable.

Economically speaking, it is more rational to destroy the planet in ten years while generating $100 trillion income, than to settle for a sustainable level of $3 trillion a year.

We are in fact nearing the culmination of a vast historical process: the conversion into financial capital of a variety of other forms of wealth that were never before the subject of purchase, sale, and ownership, that were never before associated with money, but were instead held in common, by a community or a society - the commonwealth." - Charles Eisenstein


Throughout Western history the first acts of tyrants were attempts to control the commons which include the air we breath and the water we drink.

Enclosure or inclosure is the process which was used to end traditional rights, and has historically been accompanied by force, résistance, and bloodshed.

It has been referred to as "among the most controversial areas of agricultural and economic history in England."

The Enclosure Movement was a push in the 18th and 19th centuries to take land that had formerly been owned in common by all members of a village, or at least available to the public for grazing animals and growing food, and change it to privately owned land, usually with walls, fences or hedges around it.





The most well-known Enclosure Movements were in the British Isles, but the practice had its roots in the Netherlands and occurred to some degree throughout Northern Europe and elsewhere as industrialization spread.

Some small number of enclosures had been going on since the 12th century, especially in the north and west of England, but it became much more common in the 1700s, and in the next century Parliament passed the General Enclosure Act of 1801 and the Enclosure Act of 1845, making enclosures of certain lands possible throughout England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland.

1819 James Maitland, Lord Lauderdale, reasones any good that nature provides plentifully and freely, no one has any reason to purchase.

For example, clean water could not fetch a price in a competitive market, as no markets existed, and so it had no exchange value.

This results in paradox - the more freely and lavishly nature benefits us, the lower the price the "marginal" unit of a natural product or service will fetch.

Manna had no economic value except on the Sabbath when it did not fall from Heaven (Exodus 16: 23-26).

The Lauderdale Paradox:

Scarcity drives production, creates exchange, and generates economic value.

Nothing is considered valuable unless it exists in a certain degree of scarcity.

Economic value is dependent on scarcity and the desire to possess.



The Corn Laws


The English aristocracy started enclosing land claiming it would allow for efficient raising of crops and animals (particularly sheep for wool).

By claiming large fields could be farmed more efficiently than individual plots alloted from common land aristocrats where able to centralize production and, more importantly, storage of produce.

Once the food is stored distribution is controllable.

This was the beginning of commercial farming.

Ancient Rome had the Code of Justinian guaranteeing to all citizens the use of the public commons which included air, water, feral animals, fisheries, wetlands and aquifers.

In the thirteenth century it was a capital offense to burn coal in London.

It has never been legal in ANY culture to pollute or destroy the common environment upon which all humanity depends for sustenance until now.





1840's The monetarist policy of the British Government, known as "Laissez Faire", demands no political interference with "the free market".

This policy produced the Irish famine which lasted from 1845 to 1849.

1845 Ireland Before and After the Famine Cormac O'Grada documents that 3,251,907 quarters (8 bushels = 1 quarter) of corn are exported from Ireland to Britain.

That same year 257,257 sheep are exported to Britain.

1846 480,827 swine and 186,483 oxen are exported to Britain.
Cecil Woodham-Smith, considered the preeminent authority on the Irish Famine, wrote in The Great Hunger; Ireland 1845-1849 that, "...no issue has provoked so much anger or so embittered relations between the two countries (England and Ireland) as the indisputable fact that huge quantities of food were exported from Ireland to England throughout the period when the people of Ireland were dying of starvation."

"Although the potato crop failed, the country was still producing and exporting more than enough grain crops to feed the population. But that was a 'money crop' and not a 'food crop' and could not be interfered with."

According to John Mitchel, quoted by Woodham-Smith, "Ireland was actually producing sufficient food, wool and flax, to feed and clothe not nine but eighteen millions of people," yet a ship sailing into an Irish port during the famine years with a cargo of grain was "sure to meet six ships sailing out with a similar cargo."

One of the most remarkable facts about the famine period is that there was an average monthly export of food from Ireland worth 100,000 Pound Sterling.

Almost throughout the five-year famine, Ireland remained a net exporter of food.

Dr. Christine Kinealy, a fellow at the University of Liverpool and the author of two scholarly texts on the Irish Famine: This Great Calamity and A Death-Dealing Famine, says that 9,992 calves were exported from Ireland to England during "Black'47", an increase of thirty-three percent from the previous year.

In the twelve months following the second failure of the potato crop, 4,000 horses and ponies were exported.

The export of livestock to Britain (with the exception of pigs) increased during the "famine".

The export of bacon and ham increased.

In total, over three million live animals were exported from Ireland between 1846-50, more than the number of people who emigrated during the famine years.

Dr. Kinealy's most recent work is documented in the spring, 1998 issue of "History Ireland".

She states that almost 4,000 vessels carried food from Ireland to the ports of Bristol, Glasgow, Liverpool and London during 1847, when 400,000 Irish men, women and children died of starvation and related diseases.

The food was shipped under guard from the most famine-stricken parts of Ireland: Ballina, Ballyshannon, Bantry, Dingle, Killala, Kilrush, Limerick, Sligo, Tralee and Westport.

During the first nine months of "Black '47" the export of grain-derived alcohol from Ireland to England included the following: 874,170 gallons of porter, 278,658 gallons of Guinness, and 183,392 gallons of whiskey.

1,336,220 gallons of grain-derived alcohol are exported from Ireland in just nine months of Black '47.

A wide variety of commodities left Ireland during 1847, including peas, beans, onions, rabbits, salmon, oysters, herring, lard, honey, tongues, animal skins, rags, shoes, soap, glue and seed.

The most shocking export figures concern butter.

Butter was shipped in firkins, each one holding nine gallons.

In the first nine months of 1847, 56,557 firkins were exported from Ireland to Bristol, and 34,852 firkins were shipped to Liverpool.

That works out to be 822,681 gallons of butter exported to England from Ireland during nine months of the worst year of "famine".

If the other three months of exports were at all comparable, then we can safely assume that a million gallons of butter left Ireland while 400,000 Irish people starved to death!

Dr. Kinealy's research proves beyond a reasonable doubt that there was sufficient food in Ireland to prevent mass starvation, and that the food was brought through the worst famine-stricken areas on its way to England.

British regiments guarded the ports and warehouses in Ireland to guarantee absentee landlords and commodity speculators their "free market" profits.



"Trump Wall" - Western TV Show Parody

"Politics has become an extension of war; systemic economic uncertainty and state-sponsored violence increasingly find legitimization in the discourses of privatization and demonization promoting anxiety, moral panics and fear; undermining any sense of communal responsibility for the well-being of others." - Henry A. Giroux

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The Era of Walls in a Warming World


"Deregulation and privatization are in reality Trojan horses for corporate corruption." - Scott Trimingham


"Historic observation shows mandated purchases allows feeding on the captive population." - Elizabeth Sholes


"Everywhere I turned I saw people who seemed quite happy to make money doing things that drained and liquidated our permanent infrastructure and productivity as a people and a nation." - Catherine Austin Fitts



With the revovling door whirling Ronald Reagan's second term looked to the possibility of a federal privatization effort along the lines of Thatcher's.

Margaret Thatcher called for labor union reforms, less government intervention in the economy, less government spending and lower taxes.

Notable among her accomplishments are:

The promotion of the neoliberal philosophy of government which has to a large extent replaced the social democratic orientation of government.

Sir Keith Joseph

Part politician, part intellectual, part entrepreneur of ideas, he had an enthusiastic belief in his own ideas:

the restriction of trade union leaders' de jure powers;

the breaking of those trade union leaders' de facto power;

privatization of nationalized enterprises in coal, iron and steel, gas, electricity, water supply, railways, trucking, airlines and telecommunications;

privatization of public housing;

reduction of income tax rates;

monetary policy with a strong emphasis on controlling inflation;

restriction of local government spending;

reform of local government finance;

close integration of the British economy with those of the European Community;

sell billions of dollars' worth of federal assets and enterprises to investors and use the proceeds to pay down the national debt.

Deregulation caused the savings and loan debacle leaving taxpayers $200 billion in losses while bankers bought assets for pennies on the dollar.


"I helped the Office of Policy Development organize a two-day brainstorming conference at Wye Plantation in Maryland, where the UK experience was reviewed, possible privatization candidates assessed, and next steps debated.

That led to creation of an interagency Privatization Working Group, which the Reason Foundation supported via a whole series of federal privatization studies (on candidates such as the Postal Service, the air traffic control system, Amtrak, and others).

Two tangible accomplishments followed from these efforts.

The first was the successful privatization of Conrail, the northeastern freight railroad taken over by the feds from the bankrupt Penn-Central.

It was sold via a stock offering to investors in 1987 for $1.6 billion.

Second the appointment of the President's Commission on Privatization.

There was more real privatization during the Clinton administration than during Reagan's terms.

Under Clinton, the federal government sold off the Elk Hills Naval Petroleum Reserves ($3.6 billion), the US Enrichment Corporation ($3.1 billion), and many billions of dollars' worth of electromagnetic spectrum, as well as the competitive contracting of more than a hundred airport control towers and numerous military base functions.

Reagan's Privatization Commission paved the way for the subsequent efforts by Clinton and Gore, having made privatization ideas respectable enough to be considered by National Performance Review of Al Gore and the National Economic Council and Office of Management & Budget of the White House.

It remains the job of our generation to privatize many more assets and business enterprises of our overgrown federal government." - Robert W. Poole Jr., director of transportation studies and founder of the Reason Foundation, August 1, 2004



Koch

David Koch's Monstrous Legacy

Climate 'academics for hire' conceal fossil fuel funding


1981 When James Watt took over the Department of the Interior under Ronald Reagan he began selling off America's resources, public lands, water and mineral rights.

During a Senate hearing James Watt, a 'Dominion theologist', declared that he was giving away America's heritage because "I do not know how many future generations we can count on before the Lord returns."

Since the beginning of the environmental movement corporate industrialists have established 'foundations', better known as ' think tanks', to counter the reach of environmental law.



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"American Enterprise Institute is heavily funded by corporate
philanthropy
." - Christopher Levenick, former AEI fellow



The list of industry sponsored pollution and junk science promoters, entities described as "think tanks", include:

Heritage Foundation;

John M. Olin Foundation;

Sarah Scaife Foundation;

Castle Rock Foundation;

Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation;

Competitive Enterprise Institute;

American Enterprise Institute;

Reason Foundation;

Federalist Society;

Marshall Institute;

Mercatus Center;

Citizens for a Sound Economy;


Citizens for the Sensible Control of Acid Rain;

Mountain States Legal Foundation;

Advancement of Sound Science Coalition;

Sagebrush Rebels.

Industry sponsored think tanks run interference for corporate funders.

Acting as a counter weight to public interest groups they bring to light the antisocial activity of those protesting the destruction of the commons.

August 1988 Sagebrush Rebels morph into Wise Use ! founded by Jewish American author Alan Merril Gottlieb.

Alan Gottlieb: The Merchant of Fear

Ron Arnold, Gottlieb's right hand man, states, "It is our goal to eradicate the environmental movement. We want to be able to exploit the environment for private gain, absolutely!"

The Christian Broadcasting Network of Zionist Marion Gordon Robertson supported Wise Use ! making anti-environmentalism one of it's main themes.

Wise Use !, basically a front group for the resource extraction industry, propelled Newt Gingrich to the Speaker's chair.

Wise Use ! spun off the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, Defenders of Property Rights, Property and Environment Research Center and National Legal Center for the Public Interest.

Wise Use ! helped install George Walker Bush and Richard Bruce Cheney in the White House.

George Walker Bush installs Wise Use ! radical Gail Norton and Wise Use ! leader Thomas Sansonetti.

Other Wise Use ! followers take control of every single federal agency that deals with the environment.

Existing environmental laws are no longer enforced.

Waivers and exemptions to corporate polluters and campaign contributors becomes the standard.

1989 George Walker Bush markets Gail Norton as a lifelong conservationist even though Gail Norton advocates an end to the enforcement of environmental regulations while working for the Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy.

Gail Norton states, in regard to the end of the enforcement of environmental regulation, "I view that as something positive."

1996 In a speech Gail Norton lists federal incursions into the private domain as atrocities.

These included American with Disabilities Act requirements for wheelchair ramps, EPA requirements to remove asbestos from schools and the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Gail Norton has suggests that no National Park, National Monument or National Forest land should be exempt from mineral extraction, oil extraction, and timber extraction.

If rare and endangered species are present they do not exist.


"In a speech on September 10, 2001, Donald Rumsfeld announced that the Pentagon could not account for that $2.3 trillion.

A central tenet of the Bush regime, based on ideas of Milton Friedman, is government should subcontract governance to the private sector.

The idea at the heart of Rumsfeld's forgotten speech is people will find a way to pay for the necessary work, which will be done for a profit.


This transfers tax dollars away from governmental agencies - which are answerable to us - to private contractors, which have no accountability to us.

Over 90% of Blackwater funding comes from state and governmental contracts, which means our tax dollars.

But in Iraq, Blackwater employees cannot be prosecuted for crimes they commit – including murder – either under Iraqi laws or under US laws, as we learned when they killed seventeen Iraqi civilians last September." - Davidson Loehr



Rejection of Coal and Nuclear Subsidies Is Fact-Based Policymaking


2002 After a eight year drought water in the Klamath River is in short supply.

Farmers in the area seek redistribution of the water.

Ecologists state that if more water is taken there is a possibility that the king salmon would go into sharp decline.

2006 Federal officials declare a commercial fishery failure along 700 miles of the California and Oregon coast due to extremely low counts of king salmon.

"The Pacific Fishery Management Council voted April 10, 2008 to cancel the chinook fishing season in an effort to reverse the catastrophic disappearance of California's fabled run of king salmon." - John Koopman


"Gail Norton's five-year tenure as Interior secretary has irreparably damaged our country.

Under her leadership employees in the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service have been demoralized into leaving their positions - replaced by people who give away our public lands to the energy and timber industries.

Our national parks are in their worst shape ever.

When Gail Norton next visits her cherished Western mountains.

She will find the scenery altered; it now includes drilling rigs, clear-cutting and new roads churned by off-road vehicles.

Gail Norton's oil and gas friends will probably take good care of her; they owe her big time." - Crista Worthy


"The EPA is no longer a public health agency. With the George Walker Bush administration, whether or not environmental laws are enforced depends on who you know." - former chief enforcement officer of the EPA Eric Shaeffer

"The George Walker Bush administration routinely mismanages scientific information through distortion and omission whenever scientific truth is inconvenient to its industrial allies.

It's hard to decide what is more demoralizing about the administration's politicization of the scientific process - its disdain for professional scientists working for American government or its willingness to deceive the American public." - Roger G. Kennedy, former director of the National Park Service


"The current George Walker Bush administration has taken intolerance of science dissent to a new orbit.

The repression against internationally renowned professionals and experts in their fields just for exercising the scientific method objectively is unprecedented." - Tom Devine, a Goldwater Republican who monitors the treatment of federal whistleblowers for the nonpartisan Government Accountability Project





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