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By Michael Shaw

July 20, 2008

Chapter 3 Defining Sustainable Development

What is Sustainable Development? The United Nations coined the term and has defined it this way; “meeting today’s needs without compromising future generations to meet their own needs.”

Think about that. Suppose our forefathers had withheld the use of the whale oil that had brought light to a few homes in America. That light ushered in an era of growing knowledge and expanding opportunities. Suppose instead that they decided to save the whale oil for our current, 21st Century, generation. We might still be living in the dark. Human ingenuity, especially when set free, is the greatest potential force on the planet. Reason recognizes problems and human action can solve them.

Oil brought an improved life to all of us. Today, the Sustainable Developers demand that we stop or ration our use of this treasure in order to save it for future generations. The presumption is that if those who come after us live in a free society, they will be incapable of improving life for themselves and succeeding generations. Such folly!

The concept behind Sustainable Development is not new. Nearly the precise same language the United Nations used to define Sustainable Development appears in the 1977 Soviet Constitution. These flowing, flowery words failed to work for the Russians or the Soviet conquests. There is no reason to think that sacrifice and central control will bring an improving world for us or our descendants. Freedom Advocates defines Sustainable Development more accurately:

Sustainable Development is the process by which America is being reorganized around the central principle of state collectivism using the environment as bait. This is being done while indoctrinating and preparing our children to live in a state run, globally managed collective. The philosophical premise of the American experience and Sustainable Development are opposite.

I will define terms and then examine the operations of Sustainable Development. This will show how Sustainable Development is a program to reinvent American government, subvert the system of equal justice and transform the premise of American economics.

I’ll conclude by summarizing the risks and the opportunities of our time. But throughout the essay, I will show and offer ideas on how you can advance individual liberty and equal justice in your own community.

Defining state Collectivism

What is state collectivism? In short; state, or coercive collectivism is suppression of individuality and free will through the use of government force. State collectivism uses methods to control what you think, what you do, how you express, what your job might be, whether you procreate, what you eat, where you go, how you get there and whether you live at all. When government accumulates collectivist powers individual happiness and human potential evaporate.

What are the elements necessary to create a collective society in the 21st Century?

The first element is a capacity for imperialism. However, unlike earlier times, effective imperialism now requires a military force powerful enough to control the entire world. As long as one country shines as a beacon for the rest of the world, tyrants around the world are held to a standard--which they cannot meet.


So the goal of global collectivists is to take down the shining example. Then the entire world can be governed as a single collective. Today, that military power exists. It is in the American government’s hands.

That is why it is so important that the American government be the beacon for freedom and not a partner in the rising global collective.

The second element is global control of the monetary system. That occurred in the United States 90 years ago with the establishment of the Federal Reserve. This is the granddaddy of all American “public/private partnerships.”

The third element is establishing a child indoctrination system so young minds can be molded with the attitudes, values and beliefs of a global collective. This is happening. The California educational system requires that every government school class has a curriculum designed to create what educators call an ‘environmental voter’. Environmental voting is the ostensible purpose that provides cover for the real purposes. The real purposes are to:

Confuse the student,
Undermine the concept of private property,
Undermine family autonomy,
Undermine the cornerstones of individual liberty.

“Global Citizenship” indoctrination has taken root in all government and in many private schools.

The intent is to accelerate these programs. The United Nations declared the 10 year period beginning in 2005 as the “decade of Sustainable Development education” around the world. Do an honest assessment of your local school and you will learn that it is indoctrinating ideas that are foreign to the ideals of liberty.
The final element is to establish a state collective. What has not been completed, is placing American natural resources and rural lands under the control of the government and/or its ‘partners’.

It is precisely because America’s rural lands and natural resources have been vested in citizen ownership, that America has faired so well and that freedom in America has served as a beacon for the rest of the world for over 200 years. Citizen ownership of rural lands and natural resources is precisely what Sustainable Development is designed to eliminate.

Sustainable Developers are clever. They know that most Americans live in urban areas and don’t fully understand the moral nature and practical benefit of private land ownership and resource management. Everything we have in our homes and businesses had its origin in rural lands and natural resources. This is where the battle for the future of freedom and prosperity rests.

When government, as agent of ‘legal’ force, owns and controls the natural resources the people become government’s chattel.

So what might you do to help reverse the direction?

A straight forward assessment of the American educational system is needed. Study to understand and work to eliminate the harmful indoctrination programs in the current government education systems. Inform school boards, your family, neighbors and community of educational realities. Help parents and grandparents come to know that their children’s attitudes, values and beliefs are being transformed in pursuit of a political objective. The objective is the creation of a global state collective. Understand your educational alternatives for your children and grandchildren.

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Liberty! or Sustainable Development is a 13 Chapter serial adaptation of the transcript of Michael Shaw’s opening speech from the video: Liberty or Sustainable Development. Michael Shaw is President of Freedom He can be reached at

Prior chapters in this series include:

Chapter 1 – Understanding Liberty
Chapter 2- The Decay of Liberty – An Illustration

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Michael Shaw is a licensed attorney, and Certified Public Accountant. He has made a career in real estate having developed a multi state chain of self storage projects. He is President of Freedom and speaks on how Sustainable Development is designed to transform America. He is also proprietor of Liberty Garden, a native plant oasis located on the central coast of California. He is a litigant in cases against Santa Cruz and Alameda Counties in connection with the application of Sustainable policy.

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Sustainable Developers are clever. They know that most Americans live in urban areas and don’t fully understand the moral nature and practical benefit of private land ownership and resource management.