The U.N.’s Land Redistribution Scheme

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If those desiring to use someone else’s land happen to take the law in their own hands and occupy land which they do not own, Mr. De Schutter is fine with that. “The non-violent occupation of land by landless movements should not be criminalized,” he writes in his report.

In response to my question at his press briefing, Mr. De Schutter shared a couple of his suggestions with reporters about how governments can best redistribute land. One of his suggestions was to tax large landowners at such a high rate that they will be incentivized to sell their land to small farmers at below market rates. Another suggestion of his was for the government to simply expropriate land from large landholders if the government does not believe that the land is being used productively.

The bottom line for Mr. De Schutter is that “State-led agrarian reforms” (i.e., government-enforced land redistribution) are preferable to “market-led agrarian reforms.”

And, says this UN czar, where UN member states fail to establish land redistribution schemes, “they should provide justifications for not having done so.”

To whom should these justifications be submitted for review? Mr. De Schutter wasn’t very specific, except to suggest some sort of global governance structure:

“International human rights bodies should consolidate the right to land and take land issues fully into account when ensuring respect for the right to adequate food. The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights could play a leading standard-setting role in clarifying the issue of land as a human right by issuing a general comment in that regard. Acting in their monitoring capacity, human rights bodies should examine the justifications offered by Governments that fail to put in place land redistribution programmes or policies with similar aims, despite the existence of a high degree of concentration of land ownership, combined with a significant level of rural poverty attributable to landlessness or inequitable land distribution.”

The United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights is one of those unaccountable UN bodies of “independent experts” that monitors the implementation of a UN treaty by its state parties. In this case, the treaty is known as the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which the United States ratified back in 1977 during Jimmy Carter’s thankfully short presidency.

The “Covenant” itself is simply an expression of goals and aspirations of the member states toward which they pledged to work. It provides for “international assistance and cooperation” toward the improvement of basic conditions in the member states, while leaving it up to each member state to devise its own legislative measures as it deemed appropriate. The Covenant contains no compulsory enforcement provisions. Nor does it provide a basis for interference in the political or judicial mechanisms of each member state.

Enter the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which took it upon itself the right to issue its own interpretation of the provisions of the Covenant. The committee took the general aspirational language of the Covenant and filled in the gaps with its own specific “elements” such as which groups had standing as aggrieved parties, the “entitlements” ensuing from each right, and the “justiciable” aspects of each right.

For example, the committee expounded on the Covenant’s “recognition” of a “core right” to adequate housing as including much more than basic habitability. The committee in its infinite wisdom concluded that “(A)dequate housing must be in a location which allows access to employment options, health-care services, schools, child-care centres and other social facilities.” Moreover, the committee warned, “the building materials used and the policies supporting these must appropriately enable the expression of cultural identity and diversity of housing.”

The committee went far beyond anything found in the actual Covenant itself by claiming that the “right to housing should be ensured to all persons irrespective of income or access to economic resources” and instructed the state parties to “establish housing subsidies for those unable to obtain affordable housing.”

One wonders how many of the members of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights have actually built a house or a business or have risked their own capital to develop land for productive use. Yet it is this unaccountable body, trumpeting their own interpretations of treaty provisions as if those interpretations were to have any binding effect on the member states, to which the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food would turn for enforcing his notion of a ‘human right’ to someone else’s land.

Socialism and global governance go very much hand in hand at the United Nations.

Joseph A. Klein is the author of a new book entitled Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations and Radical Islam.

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  • WSG

    And thus is explained, yet again, the UN's continued effort to undermine the US and the US Constitution. I am a very small land owner in the US – Hey Un Czar De Schutter come meet the Second Amendment !

  • tim heekin

    It seems to me that many U.S. gov agencies are in what appears to be a desperate need for Arabic speaking personel. Copts speak Arabic. It should be a relatively simple procedure to import Copts and their immediate families to work in these departments. Pay them a decent salary, get them out of Eygpt before the memfecane (crushing). There is probably all the arabic/english speakers you need. There is also a supply of Christian arabic speakers in Lebanon, Iraq, etc. They would all be glad to help.

  • Hammer2

    If you read the founding charter of the UN, you will realize that it was a socialist organization from it's inception. How much longer will the United States continue to provide the majority of the funding for this anti-free market, anti-western, anti-Israel, anti-freedom organization? The UN is like 2 wolves & a sheep voting on what to have for lunch.
    Time to tell these third-world freeloaders that their free lunch is over!
    The US out of the UN, and the UN out of the US!

  • Steeloak

    If you read the UN charter it is clear the it was a socialist entity from it's inception. Why the US continues to provide the bulk of the funding to this anti-freemarket, anti-freedom, anti-western, and anti-Israel organization is beyond me. Time to tell these third world freeloaders that their free lunch is over.
    The US out of the UN, and the UN out of the US!

  • hrayspitz

    There is no right to food.
    There is no right to shelter.
    There is no right to medical care.

    NOBODY has a right to ANYTHING that someone else must pay for. To say otherwise is to endorse slavery.

  • JF Hubel

    The first land we should divvy up is his

  • Muchiboy

    In the light of the stark failure(s) of Communism,we overlook the moral righteousness of that innately beautiful ideology.While ultimately unsuccessful and trampled by the bountiful excesses of a paradoxically ugly and profane Capitalism,Communism may have been the more Christian of the two.Maybe.
    Perhaps the failure of Communism was more a failure of Humanity then the failure of the ideology itself.In the face of starvation,homelessness or sickness,the idea of a right to food,shelter or medical care may appear cruel ,stark and hopeless.Yet,man cannot deny the value of his ideals ,as unrealistic or unrealized as they may be at any point in time.
    The fact that Jews who found themselves captives in the Nazi death camps could retain their dignity,hopes and humanity (i.e.ideals) demonstrate the value of those very ideals.These victims were true human heroes who held on to their,and our,ideals.No matter how wretched,depraved or hopeless it may seem,ideals will survive and Humanity will strive to fulfill them.Muchiboy

    • Philosopherking

      Theft has never been a christian thing to do.

    • swathdiver

      Nope, Communism even as written by Karl Marx is immoral and EVIL. It denies man his Natural Law rights to Life, Liberty and Property.''

      Marx's own poetry said that he wrote Das Kapital to separate man from God. Thereby, Marxism is opposed to God and stands with Satan.

    • ajnn

      "we overlook the moral righteousness of that innately beautiful ideology"

      I have a great deal of sympathy for your emotional remarks.

      I also have sympathy for the ideal of Santa Clause. Would it not be wonderful if some objective source guarenteed to each deserving child a beutiful gift each December. i would like to vote for that.

      Communism and Santa Clause are both ideals dissociated from reality. We can rhapsody all we like about their beauty, but in the end we must acknowledge that hoping for a constructive form or application of communist or Marxist theories is about as helpful as waiting up all night for Santa Claus.

      • Muchiboy

        "hoping for a constructive form or application of communist or Marxist theories is about as helpful as waiting up all night for Santa Claus. "

        I guess,ajnn.Like hoping there will never be another Holocaust.Pity,eh.Muchiboy

  • Tar_n_Feathers

    A fact of human history that has never changed: Taking stuff from people who have, and giving to people who have not, is and will always be popular among those who have not. The UN exploits this principle by equating human needs with human rights. They're not equivalent.

  • USMCSniper

    With every passing day it becomes more evident that Obama is nothing more than a globalist, it is obvious from health care reform that he doesn’t care about the middle class, he is in the pocket of the internationalist elite like Kissinger and the rest of the global elite that wish to establish a World Government Dictatorship under the auspices of the United Nations.

    • swathdiver

      Obama cares about the middle class. Like every good socialist his mission is to smash it!

  • 080

    Saturday, October 24, was United Nations Day. Didl anyone hear anything about that? Did the masses descend into the streets to celebrate the occasion. If so I didn't see it or hear about it. But don't give up hope. I hereby recommend that United Nations Day be moved up one week so as to merge it with Halloween. That's more like it.

  • Ciccio

    I have just had occassion to go through the figures of theUN's world food program and they are an eye-opener, a brief summary would be that 75% of the food bought by this agency to feed the starving in any country are bought in the country of starvation. In other words most of the so called starvation has nothing to do with lack of food, only lack of money since, for example, the Ugandan farmers prefer to sell ( as they recently did) $100 million worth of food to the UN at world market prices rather than selling it to thwir starving countrymen.. Go to their website and click on the sourcing of food. They spent $40 million to feed the starving in Pakistan whilst Pakistan is the largest seller of food to the UN.

  • 1776again

    This jerk commie "expert" should be forced to live in the former Rhodesia, after Mugabe took over millions of white farmers' land. What really caused the mess in Zimbabwe ? The blacks that had no concept of farming were given land free of any knowledge of farming. What else did they expect but murder, mayhem and raging inflation when these they were starving ? They thought they could just print counterfeit monopoly money , just like our FED.

    It's not too big a stretch to see the same thing happening here if we don't get our brainwashed military elite, NEA run schools and those expecting free rent and board at the expense of the productive. It has been happening very gradually for the last 97 years, since the Central bank that was slipped into our country, as well as the IRS , took control of our government. These are nothing but socialistic organizations that are redistributing the wealth, with the so-called elected officials given the FED credit card in order to obtain lifetime positions at the expense of the productive population.

    The so called financial crisis was not accidental, but obviously a planned event, in preparation for the central bankers of the world to put in place a one world government which is their front for the world power elite.

    Obama was put in place to do the dirty deed as well as complete the destruction of our REPUBLIC in his finale.

  • Terry

    I bet this un leftofascist owns a house. Maybe more than one.

    When he gives it away and lives in a mud hut himself, after donating the sale proceeds to the starving of the world, then he can preach to us about socialist purity. I suspect, though, that as is usual at the U(nited)N(azi) organisation, is for westerners to do as he says and not as he does.

    Answer – kill the un, wind it up, expel it from America, western countries resign from it, give it no money, damand back the money it has been given.

  • Scott

    I'm glad there are individuals in places of "power" that understand that no human being created Land and it is something which we all need in order to live and therefore a Right by Birth. Land is the one thing that needs socialized equally among all peoples so that a True and Pure Market Economy can emerge where each individual is sovereign within God with the ability to monetarily share his/her God given talents with the world on his/her own terms by following the dictates of their own hearts and minds and belief systems. There are simple ways to implement this that are fair and just for all. What pure socialization of Land does in the long run is create an atmosphere of personal responsibility and liberty for each Living Soul and opens the doors to a full range of human expression and invention that can only exist within a system based on individual sovereignty.

    Best wishes to you all.