"What our generation has forgotten is that the system of private property is the most important guarantee of freedom, not only for those who own property, but scarcely less for those who do not. It is only because the control of the means of production is divided among many people acting independently that nobody has complete power over us, that we as individuals can decide what to do with ourselves." - Friedrich A. Hayek - Author of "The Road to Serfdom"
Private property across southern Virginia from the Cumberland Gap to Virginia Beach is at risk. See the "Beaches to Bluegrass Statewide Trail" map below. If you live in these area's of the state, now is the time to protect private property in Virginia and to refuse to participate in the "Beaches to Bluegrass" scheme. We can not continue to trade our freedom for more government controlled "Recreation," scenic rivers and trails. It's time to hold our local governments responsible for the damage that's being done to this state and our country. According to Fraser’s 2013 “Economic Freedom of the World” report: U.S. protection of property rights drops to 30th among nations!!!This is not America. Once a Mecca for those who value their personal and property rights, today the U.S. places a meager 30th among the world’s nations. Even Socialist countries like Finland (1), Germany (15) and Chile (26) have a greater respect for property rights than the U.S. Many of us are aware that using the premise of protecting the environment, we are losing our freedoms at a lightning pace. The end game is to implement The United Nations Agenda 21 Sustainable Development. And unless we finally recognize what we are doing to this country and learn to value the protection of private property again, our "Land of the free" America will be lost forever.
The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property. Karl Marx
5 acres of private property is lost every HOUR in Virginia, That is what Virginia Outdoors Foundation boasts about. http://www.virginiaoutdoorsfoundation.org/ Today, more than 675,000 acres across Virginia is under VOF control, with about 3,500 conservation easements in its portfolio — more than any land trust in the nation. That's 5 acres an hour out of the tax base and into the hands of others to manage your land rights!
From the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Of the estimated total land area of Virginia, 25.27 million acres, almost 3.8 million acres or 15.03% is "currently protected." August, 2012 Almost 20% of VA is regulated under the Chesapeake Bay Act. 50,000 identified endangered species habitats (1/2 are on private property) Without the Crooked Road, 22% of VA is under the US Parks Dept. as National Heritage areas (Shenandoah Battle Fields & The Journey Through Hallowed Ground) All that is just for starters.
Overlay all these maps and VA is almost at goal re: the U.N. Biodiversity Wildlands map.View Conservation Lands Data Online: https://vanhde.org/content/map Click on the link above , then click on Trails in Virginia. You may be surprised; Trails cover the state. Now they plan to link all these existing Trails. Also Click on Managed Conservation Lands, Cultural Asset Model, Recreational Assets, Scenic Rivers to get the picture. Private property in Virginia is under constant assault.
From Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/recreational_planning/tr-sbiib2e.shtml Beaches to Bluegrass Trail The concept is a trail that traverses southern Virginia from its western borders in Appalachia to the Atlantic Coast. Utilizing existing trails that currently traverse spectacular scenery from the mountains of southwestern Virginia to the marshes and sandy beaches of the Tidewater, this trail system would include views of the New River Valley, vistas of the eastern Piedmont from the crest of the Blue Ridge, and encounters with rivers, old forests, and mountain meadows. This trail will also cross through the industrial centers of Martinsville, Danville, and South Boston, and continue through productive agricultural regions along the abandoned railroads that make up the Tobacco Heritage Trail. As one travels eastward, the tobacco, corn and soy bean fields give way to pine plantations, cotton, peanut, and pork farms. Finally, only the busy commercial port of Hampton Roads stands between the trail and the ocean terminus.
The trail is envisioned as a braided trail system made up of paralleling trails sharing a common direction, but managed by different local partners. Some trails will be multi-use and non-motorized. Others may include carriage riders, while some will support paddling. Some sections will require bicycle riding on paved roads, while in other cases, the trail may be too narrow and steep to allow bicycles and only pedestrians will be allowed. As the trail evolves, the multiuse portions may be expanded and connected so that long-range trips are possible for both equestrians and bicyclists.
It is not hard to comprehend the amount of control and force they plan to exert over a large portion of our state. Quotes From Friedrich A. Hayek - Author of "The Road to Serfdom" What our generation has forgotten is that the system of private property is the most important guarantee of freedom, not only for those who own property, but scarcely less for those who do not. It is only because the control of the means of production is divided among many people acting independently that nobody has complete power over us, that we as individuals can decide what to do with ourselves.
It is not who governs but what government is entitled to do that seems to me the essential problem. Once wide coercive powers are given to governmental agencies for particular purposes, such powers cannot be effectively controlled by democratic assemblies.It would scarcely be an exaggeration to say that the greatest danger to liberty today comes from the men who are most needed and most powerful in modern government, namely, the efficient expert administrators exclusively concerned with what they regard as the public good.
If we wish to preserve a free society, it is essential that we recognize that the desirability of a particular object is not sufficient justification for the use of coercion.
The more the state "plans" the more difficult planning becomes for the individual.
The effect of the people's agreeing that there must be central planning, without agreeing on the ends, will be rather as if a group of people were to commit themselves to take a journey together without agreeing where they want to go; with the result that they may all have to make a journey which most of them do not want at all.
Unless we can make the philosophic foundations of a free society ( protection of private property ) once more a living intellectual issue, and its implementation a task which challenges the ingenuity and imagination of our liveliest minds, the prospects of freedom are indeed dark.We must make the building of a free society once more an intellectual adventure, a deed of courage.