from: Craig Rucker at CFACT:
Why does the UN hate your house?
After spending two days at the UN’s Habitat III in Ecuador, it is abundantly clear the Greens are not hip on the American dream.
For many gathered here, the notion that it’s a good thing to own a home with a nice front lawn and two car garage is akin to admitting it’s o.k. to smoke cigarettes, drive an SUV, or worse yet … vote for a conservative.
What do they have against the American dream? Well in listening to them it seems to be clear they don’t trust people to be able to make the “right” decisions. They need the UN’s guiding hand to show them the path to eco-topia.
I heard this for myself when attending a briefing today (with what I might say had the somewhat troubling title) called “Metropolitan Governance: Multi-Level Coordination for Comprehensive Territorial and Urban Planning.” One of the leaders of the panel from New York’s New University seemed excited by the idea that he could organize cadres of students to monitor and collect data to turn over to government leaders so they could better manage their subjects.
The chairman of another meeting called “Contextualizing and Inspiring Sustainability in the New Urban Agenda” called for “radical” measures in our cities to change their patterns of behavior in order to fend off climate change.
And yet another conference titled “The Role of Media in Building Better Cities” was all about influencing the power of the fourth estate to spread the message of doom and gloom and move the citizenry to an acceptance of green dogma. CFACT policy analyst Bonner Cohen gives more details in his article on the second day’s events at CFACT.org.
Yes, to those gathered here in Ecuador it’s all about control – whether it’s cramming people into dense urban dwellings, forcing them to use public transportation, or limiting their use of electricity to stop global warming, the leaders of Habitat III want to call the shots.
Of course the record of pursuing a path of heavy-handed government management over human affairs is an abysmal one – whether it’s undertaken in China, Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea or the former Soviet Union.. Human liberty and free markets have always provided better results. And while most of those at Habitat III aren’t open to hearing this, the good news is … some are – particularly in the developing world. I look forward to telling you more about that later.
In the meantime, be sure to follow CFACT’s ongoing coverage of the events here in Quitoat CFACT.org.
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