On 2009.12.01 I attended a book forum at http://cato.org to hear Tom Palmer speaking about his book “Realizing Freedom: Libertarian History, Theory, and Practice.” This video showcases a few of questions posed to Palmer and commenter Tyler Cowen about threats to liberty, Agorism and the future of the libertarian movement.
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On October 26th, 2010, Michael Shaw of Freedom Advocates and John Bush of Texans for Accountable Government went to Austin City Hall to meet Austin’s new Chief Sustainability Officer, Lucia Athens. They asked her about global population reduction as it relates to sustainable development.
Shaw: How do you reconcile the idea of unalienable rights with the goals of sustainability including the Global Biodeversity Assessment Report which calls for an 85 percent reduction in the human population?
Athens: You know, the population issue I think is one of those really difficult ones to navigate, it’s a very difficult topic to navigate in the context of sustainability and issues and programs. Its not an issue that I want to take on.
Bush: You don’t want to take on population reduction. That’s a good thing!
Athens: It just doesn’t seem like a place that’s gonna be a very fruitful place for us to go. I’m much more focused on practical things that we can try to implement in the near term future but also looking at the long term, that’s a very divisive topic.
Bush: You are aware of the population reduction aspects of the sustainable development push from the international level?
Athens: You know its one of many topics. I don’t think it’s the most important area by any means.
Bush: They do at the UN!
Athens: I appreciate what you have to say, I think you’ve got an interesting viewpoint.
Visit FreedomAdvocates.org and TAGTexas.org for more information on Agenda 21 and how to defend your liberty!
3/10/11 – John Bush of Texans for Accountable Government delivers a speech to the Austin City Council on how the the Austin Comprehensive Plan is Local Agenda 21 in disguise and how the city council’s Agenda 21 policies are damaging the Austin economy, promoting unsustainable development, and purveying social inequity.
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John Bush, executive director of Texans for Accountable Government, tells Austin City Council that by promoting “sustainability,” they are actually destroying equity in Austin by driving up property taxes and forcing poor people out of their homes.
1/27/11 – John Bush of Texans for Accountable Government speaks to the Austin City Council about the Three E’s of Agenda 21, the Free Market, and how the Council is defying their own Agenda 21 influenced Vision Statement.
The Council item discussed would take 1 million in grant monies to subsidize “job growth” along the smart growth and regional planning inspired Capital Metro Red Line.
Note the use of the “Dale Carnegie Method” whereby John addresses the Council and Community by speaking in terms of their interests. Austin has severely bought in to the principles of Sustainable Development and the three E’s – Environment, Economy, and Equity. You can greatly influence those in favor of sustainable development by pointing out how the city’s own policies are in defiance of the Three E’s that the council purports to support.
ITEM No. 19
“Approval of this action will authorize the Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office to apply for up to $2,000,000 in Brownfields Economic Development Initiative (BEDI) grant and up to $8,000,000 in Section 108 Loan Guarantee Assistance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to commence additional economic development within the Plaza Saltillo Transit Oriented Development District. The grants and loans will be used to create 209 jobs from local Saltillo businesses.”
In this lecture John Bush discusses his thesis that government with its geographic monopoly on force never has been and never will be about protecting the liberty and property of the people. His controversial opinion is that the Constitution actually created less freedom through a massive expansion of a central government. He argues that this piece of paper does not grant you rights, you have rights inherently as a human being. His vision is to transition to mutually beneficial voluntary societies.
In this lecture, Agora 21: A Counter Economic Approach to Building a Free Society in the 21st Century, John Bush juxtaposes Agenda 21, a United Nations plan to create a totalitarian world government, with Agora 21, his plan to replace the existing coercive state with a system of mutually beneficial voluntary association. In his talk he discusses the fatal flaws of the US Constitution and the notion that a monopoly state can be compatible with individual liberty. In addition to outlining the problems we face, John offers a solution: Agorism, AKA revolutionary market anarchism. Watch the speech with an open mind and ask yourself if you living your life in a manner consistent with your inherent individual liberty? 2012 Liberty Forum in Nashua New Hampshire by the Free State Project.
Tonight as I work on a few projects I am watching this speech on farming by Joel Salatin. John and I are always trying to learn about the different techniques that can be utilized in gardening, chicken rearing and living more independently over all. I have not been following the food legislation and corresponding grassroots movements since I stepped away from politics. This speech is quite enlightening. Enjoy 😀