h/t Herb Richmond
Long Island is about to undergo a massive change in character thanks to Agenda 21. One of the things that has made it so special, besides the beautiful seashore, is the fact that every community has its own identity and character. Each community and school district reflects the people who live in it. People can be individuals here. That is about to change because the collective mandates we all be the same.
Agenda 21 abhors private property rights and clamors for “fair” social, political, and environmental policies. It has been on Long Island for years, but its potential is fulminating with the development of walkable city-hubs in areas outlined by Agenda 21 years ago by The Center for Biodiversity, an environmental justice organization.
When the acolytes of Agenda 21 refer to “fair”, they mean social justice “fair”. They want all the wealth of land, money, rewards evenly divided, not based on a work ethic, but on need.
The U.N.’s ICLEI (Agenda 21) is active on Long Island through Vision Long Island and it is promoted by Marxist Democrats like Rep. Tim Bishop, Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone and Rep. Steve Israel. Rep Bishop is one of the leading forces in the movement.
The Executive Director of Vision Long Island is Eric Alexander who recently wrote a piece for Newgeography titled “Long Island Needs Regionalism”. He actually means Long Island needs collectivism.
Eric Alexander, collectivist
On the one hand, he says he wants control of redevelopment to be local but he also says Long Island “cannot continue segmented municipality-by-municipality” or “we, as a collective whole, will fail.”
It has been doing fine without these interventionists but they define success differently from the individualists who made Long Island what it is.
He claims Long Island must be “downtown-centric”, in other words, he wants to compartmentalize Long Island into walkable urban hubs.
Whether we like it or not, we are a “singular region” he insists.
He is saying that we are the collective and we will be assimilated.
He insists that our “social, economic, and environmental policies must reflect that fact.”
He wants our policies to reflect the views of the collective.
Then the editorial defines “localism” as a “divide and conquer” approach to fetter the beds of builders, developers and stakeholders.
What he is really saying is individual freedom must give way to the collective. There is no other way to interpret this. He uses an example that sounds like it came out of a U.N. playbook and basically says it proves we must cede to the collective, claiming it’s Urban Planning 101. He even goes on to claim it’s the reason states like North Carolina might get our businesses. I guess he didn’t notice that Long Island politicians are taxing and regulating its businesses out of existence.
Alexander claims that “localism at its worst puts immediate needs first, and Long Islanders as a collective second.” Then he goes on to complain about local zoning laws. It’s transparent to those of us who are paying attention but to those who aren’t, his verbal manipulation will subtly change minds and hearts. By the time Long Islanders realize what is happening, it will be too late.
Long Island is destined to be a collection of urban hellholes with lots of “open spaces” for animals and wildflowers and few property rights. The rezoning he hopes to see gives the government control over private property.
The government wants this type of control, using the needs of the collective as an excuse to ram through their socialist agenda and provide “affordable housing”.
Illegal immigrants have already found a home here and they will soon reap the rewards.
The Sentinel just posted an article about the new HUD rule that will give the federal government enormous influence over housing and zoning rules in every neighborhood in the country. The rule will force racial quotas on communities and if communities balk, illegal immigration organizations will easily win lawsuits against the offending towns and cities.
Goodbye Long Island, you’re about to undergo an overhaul by the collective and it won’t be pretty.