Straight Out of the Communist Manifesto: Richland County’s Town & Country Plan

as published in The Columbia Star

Posted 12/11/03

In Warren Bolton’s article, “Maintaining status quo would doom chance for orderly growth in Richland” (The State, 11-07-03), he states, “Decisions about how the county develops cannot be left in the hands of individual property owners….” He also writes, “We agree to allow our elected representatives to make decisions for the greater good and not in the best interest of a few individuals or small groups. When it comes to zoning and land use, the best interest of the broader community must be preserved,” and this “…is at the heart of Town & Country.”

First of all, I did not “agree to allow” any “elected representative” or anyone else to destroy my property rights. It’s sickening to know that we are debating this in the United States of America.

John Adams said, “Property must be secured, or liberty cannot exist.” There’s nothing in that quote that states, or even implies, that I should give up my property rights for some “greater good.” There can be no greater good, if we lose our rights to manage our own property.

Second, for those who don’t know, “town and country” comes straight out of the Communist Manifesto: “…gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the populace over the country.”

In case anyone missed the message in the above passage, let me state it more clearly. It is speaking of what is now called by many different names: smart growth, sustainable development (favorite label of the United Nations), sustainable living, livable communities, smart communities and more.

Richland County’s “Town & Country” plan, which includes the proposed Land Development Code, seeks to do exactly what the quote from the Communist Manifesto promotes: The plan will attempt to limit what you can do with your trees, vegetation, landscaping, home improvements and so much more, to make all areas seem more like the countryside (“…gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country…”), all in the
name of environmentalism, conservation and the fight against “sprawl.” To accomplish this, they will use restrictive planning techniques to manage how, when and where people can build upon and use their own property, and distribute the people more evenly across the area (“…by a more equable distribution of the populace over the country.”)

Another passage of the Communist Manifesto says that communist plans cannot be effectively implemented “except by means of despotic inroads on the rights of private property.” That sounds exactly like the Town & Country plan to me.

In 1993, the Head Honcho Communist himself, Mikhail Gorbachev, founded Green Cross International, devoted to worldwide environmentalism. Through GCI, his plan is to foster “a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure world” - and The State newspaper and our county planners seem hell-bent on pushing the same kind of agenda.

Actors such as Pierce Brosnan, Woody Harrelson, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and corporate players such as Carly Fiorina (Hewlett-Packard) and Ted Turner (TBS, Atlanta Braves owner), have received individual Millennium Awards from GCI. TIME Magazine and US senators, Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar, have received the "Designing a Sustainable and Secure World" Award.

You no longer need to worry about whether or not communism will someday come to this country, because it’s already here. The thing you need to be worried about, now, is how to fight it.

Richland County Council members and Planning Commissioners who are behind this "Town & Country" communist-style threat to our American way of life should be removed from office immediately.

With less than five percent of the surface area of this country being developed, “sprawl” is not the problem; communism is!

Doug Kendall
SC Libertarian Party Executive Committee Member & Membership Chairman
Co-Host & Producer of the “Unauthorized Access” radio show on WCEO 840


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