How do we effectively fight to restore private property and our freedom of movement in America? Most think that just getting a president elected is the answer, but what if we lose that race?


Or what if we win the presidency but lose the House of Representatives and the Senate? What chance do we then have to make any progress in protecting liberty? We have to live in the days after an election.


We have to make our way forward in our lives. So, do we simply surrender and accept our fate? Or do we create a new path to protect and promote the ideals of freedom?


The first step in answering this question is to stop depending on one person to lead us. We must take responsibility ourselves to assure that government does not act unattended. We need to be directly involved at every level, especially on the local level.


Change the debate to attack antifreedom policies, expose nongovernmental carpetbaggers hiding in the shadows dictating policy, force elected officials to be personally responsible for their actions and organize to assure the election of leaders who promote and defend the principles of freedom.


Picture how different our nation would be if we dug in to create a majority of governors across the nation who understood and operated under the Tenth Amendment, which acknowledges the states’ power to stand against federal overreach. What if you had a county commission that refused to participate in unelected regional government?


How would your life change if your city council were made up of individuals who guided your community under the three pillars of freedom, including protection of private property, encouragement and support for local businesses to operate and compete in free enterprise, and the lifting of rules and regulations that stifle personal choices in individual life? How do we make all of that a reality?


Set a goal to turn your local community into a Freedom Pod.


Focus on making these goals a reality in your community and, if successful, as prosperity spreads, the idea will certainly spread to a neighboring community, and then to the next. The challenge is to create a successful blueprint and a cadre of dedicated elected representatives that begin to move from the local into the state level of government. That will set the stage for effecting a federal government as conceived by our forefathers. The result will be the growth of Freedom Pods across the nation.


For several decades, the radical Left has been dedicated in its efforts to organize at every level of government while advocates of limited government failed to do the required “dirty work” of local organization and activism to protect our freedoms. We gave the Left a pretty clear playing field to organize and seize control, and now we are suffering under the result.


For the dedicated Left, no position is too small. No appointed board is ignored. When was the last time local conservative activists cared about positions like city attorney? Yet these are the very officials who enforce the COVID-19 lockdown policies dictated by governors and mayors.


After witnessing the recent election crisis, don’t you wish people with conservative values had been interested in gaining positions on local boards of elections? Local government is now infested with planners, NGOs, and federal agencies dictating policies. The only reason they have power and influence now is because the Left fought to elect representatives who then gave it to them. So, if you want to transform your community into a Freedom Pod, you must start from scratch.


Here is the end game for the forces of freedom. No matter who is president, we must take control of our cities, counties, state legislatures and governorships. Only then can we stand up to potential tyranny from Washington, D.C. To live your life as you choose, start to grow a Freedom Pod.


The American Policy Center is working with organizations across the country to train and motivate local residents to take action in their own communities to begin to push back and restore American freedom. APC has created a Local Activists Handbook and a Tool Kit to help with training and improving communications between activists and organizations, and to share tactics, ideas and successes. Learn more at www.americanpolicy.org.


Tom DeWeese is President of the American Policy Center, www.americanpolicy.org.

The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office recently awarded the 11 millionth U.S. patent. It went to inventors of a medical device for positioning prosthetic heart valves. Arthur Daemmrich, director of the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the Smithsonian Institution, describes some of the milestones from the first patent, granted 231 years ago.


We’ve come a long way from 1790 and that first patent on an improved method of making potash. An estimated 10,000 inventions secured private patent rights from 1790 to 1836. The 100,000th patent issued in 1870.


Invention then soared further, with 900,000 more patents granted by 1911. The pace of the progress of useful arts picked up again, and the 5 millionth patent was issued in 1991. The USPTO granted the 10 millionth patent in June 2018. And now, another million patents issued in three years.


In 1899, Punch Magazine ran a comedic conversation about the coming century. Part of it read: “‘Isn't there a clerk who can examine patents?’ ‘Quite unnecessary, Sir. Everything that can be invented has been invented.’”


Everything invented by 1900? Consider that the inventors of the 19th century, which included such greats as Edison, Bell, Goodyear, Westinghouse, Tesla, McCormick and quite a number of other notables, added about a million patented inventions.


Twentieth century inventors, starting with the Wright Brothers conquering sustained, powered, manned flight, put invention and patenting on steroids. The inventors of the American Century added another 5 million patents, give or take, in 100 years. Then in the first two decades of the 21st century, about 5 million more patents came forth.


Pretty impressive.


Yet, the past two decades have seen more self-inflicted damage to our patent system’s foundations while China has ramped up stealing our inventions and intellectual property.


The Trump administration’s PTO director Andrei Iancu, Antitrust Division head Makan Delrahim and NIST director Walter Copan made several strides to reverse course. But courts, such as the Supreme Court’s antiproperty rights ruling in Oil States v. Greene’s Energy Group, have continued to drag us in the wrong direction. And Congress has done little to undo the damage to formerly reliable, enforceable patents.


A good sign, though, is growing bipartisan recognition of the danger Chinese theft of our IP poses to America’s national and economic security. The Schumer-Young Endless Frontier effort, though not perfect, aims to improve U.S. competitiveness in cutting-edge technologies in which China works to leapfrog us and grab the innovative lead.


The Republican Study Committee has produced important policy papers on issues plaguing our patent system and threatening our innovative edge. It’s also put forward legislation to act on some of these matters.


Maintaining U.S. Tech Supremacy Through IP Protection” ties these vulnerabilities to our competitiveness from China. This paper discusses PTAB “patent death squads,” the eBay v. MercExchange barrier to enjoining infringers, Oil States’ demoting private property to a mere “public franchise,” the Google v. Oracle exception sanctioning theft of swaths of copyrighted computer code, and the Alice-Mayo framework that turns patent-eligible subject matter into the spin of a roulette wheel.


An earlier RSC backgrounder, “The Patent Trial & Appeal Board and Big Tech,” exposes how special interests have destabilized patent rights. It illustrates how Big Tech’s antipatent agenda builds the Administrative State into its plaything for wiping out issued U.S. patents through biased administrative proceedings with egregious fairness and due process failings. Read along with the latest paper, you get an indication of how weakened domestic patent rights aid and abet China’s aggressive, whole-of-society scheme.


Unless Congress acts to save Americans’ private property rights in inventions, including restoring patents' reliability and the means to enforce them, the next milestone might be subtraction of total U.S. inventions.


You may be sure that China’s patent count is skyrocketing, and it’s no longer limited to just copyist clowning.

The increasing encroachment of government regulations, pontificating politicians and the enforcement of “social justice” schemes has led to a loss of understanding of the terms “private property” and “property rights.”


Once, it was understood that the unauthorized entering of private property was a violation to the utmost. The property owner was justified and supported in taking necessary actions to remove the trespasser and secure that land. Today, such ideas in the new America are considered radical, old fashioned, out of touch, even reprehensible.


The homeowner can be arrested for defending against an armed intruder. The intruder can actually sue a homeowner for shooting her even as he breaks down the door intending to rob and do harm. Home protection is called violence, perhaps even racism. It’s a whole new world of compliance, fear and acceptance rather than pride, protection and prosperity in ownership.


The Green New Deal is the current name for the agenda to control living standards and obliterate private property and sound energy sources. Massive wind and solar farms bury massive amounts of land under their steel and concrete infrastructures, as private land and farms lying in their path find it nearly impossible to coexist. Driving people off rural lands and into the cities is the goal.


Inside the growing high-rise city forests, the Biden administration is preparing an all-out assault on private property ownership. In the name of climate change, Biden plans to form “denser, more affordable housing next to public transit.” This is be done by removing zoning protection for single-family neighborhoods, destroying property values as public housing complexes are moved into the neighborhood. This is already being done in Oregon and in cities such as Minneapolis, where the mayor calls single-family zoning “racist.”


Landlords are also under attack as some new policies actually forbid them from even asking if a potential tenant can afford to pay the rent. Meanwhile, more regulations on landlords are raising costs, yet forbidding them to raise rents.


Most of these programs come under such names as “smart growth” and “sustainable development.” They are enforced through community comprehensive development plans mandated by state legislatures and funded through federal grants, primarily from HUD, EPA or the Department of Transportation. Compliance with the grants dictates even more “sustainable” policy.

The most recent attack on property rights, gaining momentum across the nation, is called 30x30. The plan calls for locking away 30 percent of America’s land and waters. Under Biden’s executive order, at least 30 percent of all U.S. land would be permanently set aside and maintained in a natural state.


The 30x30 edict would prohibit such activities as energy development, forest management, livestock grazing, mineral exploration and development, and many recreational uses. This would require at least 680 million acres of land to be set aside – more land than the entire federal government currently manages.


Most of the land dedicated to achieving the 30x30 goal necessarily will be the federal land found in the 11 western states and Alaska. Forcing rural communities and businesses that depend on the use of public lands and national forests to bear the brunt of the program would be inequitable. However, there is no other alternative. The bottom line is that “30x30” is a pretext to end the productive use of public lands and national forests and to set aside massive tracts of land to remain fallow.


If these policies for community development, landlord control and confiscation of rural lands are allowed to reach their logical conclusion, eventually there will be no private property in the United States and all housing, farming and industry will simply be government programs — in a word, communism.


Tom DeWeese is President of the American Policy Center, www.americanpolicy.org.

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