"Stop the Pledge of Allegiance"
2007-06-17 14:24:22 UTC
preservation with tax dollars, regulations, or in any way, the government
becomes the violator of property rights.
The purpose of government is to protect individuals and their property from
interference by others. That is why Libertarians, Objectivists, and
freedom-loving people oppose government assistance in historic preservation.
So long as preservationists spend their own money and time, and do not use
government to pursue their petty fetish, they may do as they like with
property they own or purchase, and leave the property of others alone.
As an attorney, the historian Dr. Rex Curry (author of "Pledge of Allegiance
Secrets") is consulted about historic preservation laws, historic districts
and other violations of private property rights. Known as the "Libertarian
Historic Preservationist," he notes that today's historic preservationists
impede greater histories of the future. Historic preservationists block
future historic structures. They prevent historic homes from being replaced
by new homes that would also become historical. Newer structures become
more historical than the old ones, thanks to capitalism.
Historic preservationists owe their entire movement and a debt of gratitude
(which they will never pay) to capitalism. Historic homes and buildings
were built by capitalists and they are historical only because capitalists
kept building other homes and buildings. Preservable history exists only
because change occurred.
Historic preservation is antidisestablishmentarianism. The 28-letter word
describes people who stop others from fighting the establishment and
changing things. Preservationism was thoroughly debunked by the capitalist
philosopher Ayn Rand in her novel "The Fountainhead." Preservationists are
neo-luddites and, like the luddites of 19th Century England, they fight
progress as well as the liberty, property rights and capitalism that bring
progress, and they use old structures as an excuse.
It is the dogma of American socialists like Francis Bellamy (author of the
"Pledge of Allegiance") and Edward Bellamy (author of the book "Looking
Backward") and their desire to nationalize all property in their global
That dogma of socialism not only destroys history and historic structures,
it also destroys prosperity and lives. It did all of that and more in the
socialist Wholecaust (of which the Holocaust was a part): ~60 million
slaughtered under the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; ~50 million under
the Peoples' Republic of China; ~20 million under the National Socialist
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Some preservationists say that they are trying to "teach history." What
lesson is to be learned? Judging from the regulatory slant of
preservationists, old structures are grotesque reminders of how bad things
were before government grew so big and preservationists grew so powerful.
A principled preservation group would restore not just old structures, but
what produced them: free enterprise, progress, and the historic relationship
of government and people. Old homes would teach of times when taxes and
government revenue were tiny, when old neighborhoods and private mass
transit flourished, when historic preservationists could not impose their
whims on private property. Old homes would memorialize a history of
individual rights and capitalism. A principled preservation group would act
without government aid and against it. Now that's historic preservation!
Modern preservationists do not preserve history. All real estate has
history spanning the age of the earth. Why do preservationists fixate on
present structures? "Hysterical" preservationists can only whine, "It's
what's there now!" Preservationism is strange idolatry that romanticizes
old homes as empty symbols of arbitrary times. They do not want to preserve
everything that is historic, and they do not want to restore the historic
Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, nor even remind anyone about those parts
of their romanticized history.
Historic preservation does not involve conflicts between property "rights"
and "responsibilities." There is never such a conflict. People have
property rights and everyone's responsibility is not to violate those
The same government that trumpets preservation destroyed historic
neighborhoods with urban renewal, strangled downtown businesses with taxes
and bureaucracy, and helped build highways through historic communities.
The expansive government preservationists support destroys more historical
private property than it ever saves.
Modern preservationists shirk responsibility. Preservationists do not plan
ahead, but wait until new construction nears and then cry for government to
intervene. It never matters how preservation impacts dreary people who need
jobs, food, clothing, and shelter. Preservationists who enlist government
are cavalier people with a love for old structures no deeper than their
Join libertarians against historic preservation legislation. Learn about the
Committee for the Protection of your Rights (CPR). The fact that CPR opposes
the historic ordinances does not mean that they oppose historic
preservation. They oppose laws about historic preservation.
Learn about Randal O'Toole, a researcher with the Cato Institute in
Washington D.C. He says that government planning does more harm than good.
He is well known for his libertarian opposition to any form of urban
planning. He exposes the nonsensical interventionist moves by government to
disrupt the forces of supply and demand in an effort to engineer certain
outcomes in our sadly mixed economy.
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For more ideas on liberty the historic district problem and others see
Stop historic preservation Nazis and Gestapo.