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Posted on April 26, 2012, 9:00 AM

Agenda21 is global socialism directed through the United Nations. “Smart Growth” is doublespeak for planned communities. “Sustainable Development” means a centrally planned economy. “Industry Clusters” are government work factories. “Green Design” is the clustering of people in 700 sq/ft, 14 story “pack and stack” living quarters with your personal universe restricted to walking distance or light rail travel to your place of work. This is the reinvention of Mao’s China.

The famous tome “Road to Serfdom” by F. A. Hayek (1944) is the treatise on why planned economies must always fail and create misery in their path. Von Mises, Hayek and the other Austrian Economist (Ludwig Von Mises, F. A. Hayek, Murray Rothbard) contrast the liberty and prosperity of free market capitalism with the failure and totalitarian nature of socialism’s planned economy. In America for the first 225 years, free markets prevailed. In a nutshell, this means that 311 million people make individual decisions based on their individual needs and wants day in and day out. Billions of decisions are made by families given a wide plethora of choices and complex individual constraints. Agenda21 and socialism in general superimpose a one size fits all central decision in its place.

The first consequence is an economic desert. It is not a coincidence that most technological innovations occurred in the United States. In a planned economy, perhaps Edison might have invented a more efficient kerosene lamp. Government mandates for lighting may have funded safer or more luminous lanterns. Instead, Thomas Edison performed thousands of experiments with his own time and money creating the light bulb. It allowed for increased mobility during dark hours and improved education. Likewise, Henry Ford simply applied general theory of economic “division of labor” to make the automobile less expensive and abundant. A central planner may have simply commanded him to build lighter and safer horse buggies.

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