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The State of Florida has repealed its 30-year old growth management law (also called “smart growth,” UN Agenda 21 , “compact development” and “livability”). Under the law, local jurisdictions were required to adopt comprehensive land use plans stipulating where development could and could not occur. These plans were subject to approval by the state Department of Community Affairs, an agency now abolished by the legislation. The State approval process had been similar to that of Oregon. Florida Governor Rick Scott had urged repeal as a part of his program to create 700,000 new jobs in seven years in Florida. Economic research in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States has associated slower economic growth with growth management programs.In the comments to this article on the It Makes Sense Blog a commenter, stating he was a conservative and that "this is a very bad idea" posited the following …
This subject always leaves me thinking of the sobering quote by Agent Smith in the movie The Matrix:
“I’d like to share a revelation that I’ve had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species, and I realised that humans are not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment; but you humans do not. Instead you multiply, and multiply, until every resource is consumed. The only way for you to survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern… a virus.”
Every citizen, stakeholder and community leader should ask themselves, with respect to development decisions, are we behaving like “Viruses” or visionaries?To which I responded …
You do realize that Agent Smith was the bad guy and this comment was hypocritical because he himself was the problem when he saw himself as the solution.
Although the Matrix series ended very poorly this stood out to me.
Agent Smith: “Why Mr. Anderson? Why? Why? Why do you continue?”
Neo: “Because I choose to.”
Of course unbridled reckless consumption of any type is beyond irresponsible; it’s sinful and gluttonous.
* Thanks to Johnelle Raines for the link