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Lamb: The Transformation of Government

By Henry Lamb

Where did governments – at every level – get the idea that they are supposed to manage the affairs of their citizens? Governments were first created in America to serve their citizens. Now, citizens must ask their government for permission to build a house, to drive a car, to open a business, or to buy a gun. The role and authority of government has changed over the years from an entity that serves the needs of its citizens to an entity that manages the affairs of its citizens.

In recent years, especially since the emergence of 21_07.shtml>Agenda 21 in 1992, government has assumed the role of forcing its citizens into lifestyles that government dictates. Agenda 21 is a set of policy recommendations designed to achieve what it defines to be “sustainable development.” The document claims that this transformation of society is necessary to save the planet.

One of Agenda 21’s first policy recommendations is to “…ensure sustainable management of all urban settlements…“ (Article 7:15), which means to force people off the land and into high-density, planned communities. Consequently, government decided that it is a bad thing for citizens to move to the suburbs. Government labeled this practice as “urban sprawl,” and condemned it. Moreover, government continues to enact laws to prohibit or severely discourage people from moving to the country.

Local governments are encouraged, or forced, to adopt Comprehensive Land Use Plans that often create “Urban Boundary Zones,” beyond which municipal services will not be provided. To discourage “urban sprawl,” some local plans even require up to 40 acres to build a single home outside a UBZ. Even then, the government often dictates the maximum size of the structure, the percentage of the land that must be left in its natural condition, and the location of the structure in relation to any stream or hill. In some instances, government can even require a home builder to purchase open land and dedicate it to the government as mitigation for despoiling what government says is a wetland or critical habitat.

Why does government think it has either the wisdom or the right to dictate to a private citizen where he should live?

Government management of lifestyles doesn’t stop with dictating where its citizens must live. With the introduction of the International Green Construction Code, government will be able to force private citizens to use the paint and building material it dictates, as well as the plumbing fixtures and appliances it dictates. Moreover, under the specifications of this onerous code, government can require “Smart Meters,” and even specify the level of natural light that must be available in the building.

This transformation of the function of local government is partially the result of requirements dictated by state governments, but primarily, it is the result of pressure from the federal government. The federal government gave the American Planning Association more than $5 million to produce model legislation for state governments to adopt. The APA produced “Growing Smart: Legislative Guidebook.” The federal government offered states a variety of grants to adopt and implement the legislation promoted in the APA’s guidebook. The federal government has provided a variety of grants to local governments and to non-government organizations, to promote and implement the recommendations set forth in Agenda 21.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development offers a “Partners for Sustainable Communities” grant program that has Agenda 21’s sustainable development projects working in 49 of the 50 states. The Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency also has grant programs that promote the implementation of Agenda 21’s sustainable development recommendations.

Perhaps more than any other influence, Agenda 21 is responsible for transforming government from a servant of the people to the master of the people. Agenda 21 is the outgrowth of a fundamental transformation of philosophy established in 1976 at the United Nations Conference on Human
Settlements. That conference adopted a document which 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 principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth and therefore contributes to social injustice…. Public control of land use is therefore indispensible.”

The United States government accepted and endorsed this document with signatures provided by William K Reilly, who was to become the Administrator of the EPA, and by Carla A. Hills, who was to become U.S. Trade Representative who negotiated the World Trade Organization and the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The United States also endorsed “Our Common Future,” the report of the 1987 U.N. World Commission on the Environment, as well as Agenda 21, produced by the 1992 U.N. Conference on Environment and Development. Since the 1970s, the United States environmental policy has been guided by the United Nations. These policies are constructed on the Marxist idea that government exists for the purposes of ensuring that all people benefit equally from the earth’s resources. Marx says that government should abolish private property, and should take from those who have the ability to produce wealth, and give it to those people who do not produce wealth.

This is the objective of Agenda 21. This is the ultimate goal of sustainable development. This is happening in your community.


Henry Lamb is the author of “The Rise of Global Governance,” Chairman of Sovereignty International , and founder of the Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO) and Freedom21, Inc..

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  1. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    October 10, 2011 @ 8:02 am

    It all boils down to whether you edify the wisdom of an infinite God whose laws of nature rule in the disbursement of the goods and private property of the earth based on merit, or whether you edify the finite wisdom of the Self-God worship of the finite man based on entitlement and collective privilege.  The Chinese and Russians tried the latter and almost lost all in poverty. What makes American Liberal Progressive Socialists think they can succeed in defying the laws of nature where the Soviets and Chinese failed? Both countries only began to prosper to the degree they eschewed Socialism and embraced the Capitalist idea of the rights and privileges of private property.

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  2. newsjunkyComment by newsjunky
    October 10, 2011 @ 8:17 am

    The lessons of history are evident in regards to the Chinese, Russians, Cubans, et al, that have failed completely in regards to a Communistic society.  One look at the North Koreans should be incentive enough to disregard all these socialistic/communistic notions of a man-made utopia — and yet, they still persist.  Why?  Are we all to assume that they aren’t competent enough to see what history clearly states, or are they narcissistic enough to believe they can achieve the unachievable?  In my opinion, they see all to well what could happen, and what will happen if they are able to reach their goals.  The destruction of this country is what they WANT to happen, because only then can they relegate a “sinful” nation (in their eyes) to its proper place and let the rest of the countries supplant her!  It’s the dream Obama got from his father and unfortunately there are many other anti-Americans who share that same dream.

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    • DaveComment by Dave
      October 10, 2011 @ 10:08 am

      I do not know who said this, but it answers your question.  “Power corrupts.  Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”  The reason Socialism and Communism continue to exist after being proven erroneous and ineffective is because it brings personal power.  The power to have people crushed, lives ruined, property taken, enormous personal power is the drug Venezuelan President Chavez is addicted to, to the detriment of his people and the crushing of his democratic society.  Those who carry out Chavez’s wishes enjoy incredible personal power thus helping to perpetuate the lie.
      Obama’s Czar’s enjoy incredible personal power and a presidential pardon for their acts done on his (Obama’s) behalf.

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    • newsjunkyComment by newsjunky
      October 10, 2011 @ 10:43 am


      You’re right!  Absolute power corrupts absolutely!

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    • cxComment by genesal
      October 10, 2011 @ 5:23 pm

      John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, 1st Baron Acton born Jan. 10,1834, Naples—died June 19, 1902
      “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely,”

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  3. DaveComment by Dave
    October 10, 2011 @ 10:03 am

    Horrifying does not begin to describe these policies, the actions of our federal government, nor the long-term affects these policies are having and continue to have upon America.
    America needs to get OUT of the UN.  Repeal all the EPA, Agenda 21, and other egregious rules meant to corral America’s Citizenry.  Then, hold responsible all those who push this Un-American and Unconstitutional Agenda.

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    • wdjincComment by wdjinc
      October 10, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

      Agree we need to get out of UN, NATO, World Bank and quit providing foreign aid to our enemies.
       We also need to get out of IRAQ and Afgan and quit spending billions on the wars that serve no purpose other than to bring capitalism (another word for democracy) to these countries so that American companies such as McDonalds, Coca-Cola and others could expand.

      We also need to bring back jobs to the USA that we have outsourced to countries such as India and China. To do this we need to lower corporate taxes and remove artificially high union wages so that we may compete with foreign manufacturers. Also our government has way too many departments…we need to close down the Dept. of Education, the EPA and others who are draining cash and over-regulating our businesses.  

      We also need to eliminate the ACLU and other anti-religion organizations that tie up our courts with bs suits against our schools and government.   The ACLU is a communist organization and their name ‘American Civil Liberties Union’ is misleading. They are as American as Lenin.  

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  4. WhatwillyoudowithoutFreedomComment by whatwillyoudowithoutfreedom
    October 10, 2011 @ 7:08 pm

    Let’s be very clear about the problem.  All those running for President right now with the exception  of Paul probably don’t know a thing about this, well mayby Perry only because he is for it.  If people want to get the Gov. out of their life then they need to vote Ron Paul.  You may not like everything he has to say, but the rest of those fools are the same old same old that has been part of the problem for the last 50 years. 

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  5. cxComment by genesal
    October 10, 2011 @ 7:41 pm

    Opps, sorry I didn’t know I had walked in on a Ron Paul commercial.

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