U.S. Backs UN Plan to Control Land The Utah Independent 07.22.76
Helena. (UP) - Use of all land, public and private will be controlled by the federal government in the future, Assistant Secretary of Agriculture Rexford Tugwell predicted this week.
Land which cannot be operated effectively under private ownership will be held by the government as public forests, parks, game preserves, grazing ranges, recreation centers and the like, Tugwell asserted.
Privately owned land will be controlled "to whatever extent is found necessary for maintaining continuous productivity," he said.
State officials here were studying Tugwell's statement today to see how they might affect Montana.
"We have depended too long on the hope that private ownership and control would operate somehow for the benefit of society as a whole. That hope has not been realized."
Tugwell said present acreage reductions plans were only an emergency stop gap.
"What is done is merely to keep a part of each field of each farm out of use," he said. "It seems to me obvious that this cannot be characteristic feature of a permanent policy."
As an alternative, Tugwell advocated controlling the total volume of farm products by limiting the area available for production, the government acquiring and devoting to other uses all land in excess of that needed for production.
He envisioned "a commercial agriculture made up of the most efficient farmers operating the best of our lands."
Contrary to the desired trend 2,000,000 persons have returned to farms during the depression, he said.
"We already had too many farmers," Tugwell said. "We could probably raise all the farm products we need with half our present farmers, or 12 and one-half percent of our total working population."
"Private control has failed to use wisely its control of the land," he concluded. "We are preparing a land program not merely for the benefit of those who held title to it but for the greater welfare of all the citizens of the country."
A resolution favoring sharp restrictions on the private ownership of property was endorsed by a United Nations conference and supported by the United States on June 11.
The UN's Conference on Human Settlement recently met in Vancouver, British Columbia, and asked that land be managed as a public resource rather than a profit-generating commodity. It called for redistribution of land in poor countries and for a more equitable distribution of wealth.
"Land, because of its unique nature and the crucial role it plays in human settlement, cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market," the conference declared.
In a scathing attack on human rights, the conference added, "Private land ownership also is a principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth and therefore contributes to social injustice; if unchecked it may become a major obstacle in the planning and implementation of development schemes."
The U.S. delegation, headed by the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Carla Hills, endorsed virtually all of the resolutions. The U.S. delegation said that the land-management proposals were not inconsistent with established national practices in the United States.
Although the conference's resolutions are nonbinding, they will be introduced to the General Assembly for ratification. With support from both the U.S. State Department and communist nations, the measures are certain to be approved.
The Utah Independent, July 22, 1976.
Reprint of an article, "Tugwell Predicts New Regulations for Land With Federal Control," PHILLIP COUNTY NEWS, Malta, Montana, dated Thursday, January 4, 1934. Rexford G. Tugwell, longtime propagandist for international banking interests, authored THE NEWSTATES CONSTITUTION which seeks to "legalize" federal regionalism, reduce Americans to the status of economic serfs on the land which once was theirs, and erect a dictatorship of the financial elite upon the ruins of the Republic. The Newstates Constitution, produced at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, was funded by the Ford Foundation at a cost of $25,000,000.00.