Two Steps Forward and One Step Back

By Michael Shaw
September 11, 2008


The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors is preparing to issue a water moratorium in South County on well drilling and new construction water hook ups. This action is a direct result of successful litigation that eliminated the Pajaro Valley’s illegal tax imposed on farmers for the water withdrawn from their own wells. The water agency now owes tens of millions in reimbursement that it cannot pay.

Here and elsewhere, under “Sustainable Development” policies, government officials are eager to exercise control over water. In the local rush toward everything “Sustainable” the average citizens have not acquainted themselves with the political-economic system that is labeled “Sustainable Development”.

Sustainable Development is promoted through a “Think Global – Act Local” rhetoric that has been longstanding in this community. Many people are now operating, often as “useful idiots”, in furthering these objectives. Although catchy, Sustainable Development is a scheme for a one world government – a government that does not recognize unalienable rights.

Sustainable Development is a comprehensive program that implements the United Nations Agenda 21 – the global Blueprint for the 21st Century. Summarily, it is a philosophy and ‘Action’ plan that seeks to abolish private property, redefine education in order to create global citizenship and to drastically reduce human population levels.

Water control is critical to the Sustainable Development program as it determines how and where people can live. With control of water there is control of food. Catherine Bertini was executive director of the United Nations World Food Program. She stated at the U.N. 4th World Conference on Women: “Food is Power. We use it to change behavior. Some may call that bribery. We do not apologize.”

As an element of Sustainable Development, water policy is designed to facilitate the establishment of Smart Growth, (the concentration of human population into dense living zones reliant on public or mass transportation systems), while simultaneously implementing the Wildlands Project (the program to remove humans and prohibit resource extraction from over 50% of the United States land mass).

Our ancestors developed systems of water transfer and water storage to adapt to annual fluctuations in area rainfall. Today, California Senators call for the acceleration of dam busting operations. Local officials in Santa Cruz have, long ago, precluded the creation of water storage facilities necessary to capture the enormous annual rainfall in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Why have they created an artificial shortage in order to develop a crisis?

Efforts to destroy a south county neighborhood water company, necessary to link public agencies together, failed in the early part of this decade. In the northern section of the County the globalist water Action agency, “FLOW”, succeeded in blending the Felton water agency into the powerful San Lorenzo Water Agency.

British Fabian Socialism has been the guiding force behind Sustainable Development. George Bernard Shaw, an early Fabian Socialist, said the road to world governance would be accomplished by a repeated process of “two steps forward and one step back”. Local water policy reflects that process.

As local officials adjust to the court loss (their “backward step”) they prepare their next and most comprehensive steps in this war over water and against private property. A new two-pronged attack against private interests in water has been unveiled. First, a water moratorium is being prepared in the chambers of the Board of Supervisors and second, long-time water activist Doug Deitch announced an even more aggressive Sustainable Action plan – the combining of all water authority in three counties, Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito, into a single water agency with control over all uses of water.

Beware central coast. Beware America.

Two Steps Forward and One Step Back by Michael Shaw

Michael Shaw is a founder and is President of In the 1990’s Shaw was recruited to participate in the Santa Cruz Local Agenda 21 committee. He now writes and speaks around the country on the subjects of Liberty verses Sustainable Development.


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