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Private Property Rights For the Future of Freedom and Prosperity

Eighth Annual National on Private Property Rights

Turf Holiday Inn
Albany, New York

Saturday, October 23, 2004

"Challenges to Our Vision" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, Welcome Address, Eighth Annual N.Y. Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Oct. 23, 2004)
With our conviction for private property rights, we can counteract the do-gooders who are using environmental schemes to force rural people off their land and using eminent domain to destroy downtown urban neighborhoods.

Richard Miniter at the PRFA 2004 Conference

Opening Address - "International Property Rights and How to Win in This Country" - By Richard Miniter, Founder and President, Brussels Institute, Brussels, Belgium; Speech to the Eighth Annual Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y. October 23, 2004)
Property rights are already lost in Europe, but in the United States only a few battles have been lost. It is time to win. Modeled after successful movements, Richard Miniter's ten steps to win start with recruiting a legislative champion.
Scott Jones at the PRFA 2004 Conference

Scott Jones
Executive Vice President, Forest Landowners Association
Atlanta, Georgia
"A Voice for Forest Landowners in Washington—Protecting Productive Private Property" - By Scott Jones, Executive Vice President, Forest Landowners Association, Atlanta, Ga.; Speech to the Eighth Annual Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y. October 23, 2004)
By partnering with organizations like the Forest Landowners Association, we can educate Congress about private property rights. Working together, we stopped regulations like TDML, which would have hurt forest management. We can eliminate the "death tax" and make incremental changes to the Endangered Species Act.
Craig M. Call at the PRFA 2004 Conference

Craig M. Call
Utah Property Rights Ombudsman
"Utah Property Rights Ombudsman — A National Model"
The first property rights ombudsman in the world is a powerful negotiator for small property ownersmainly homeowners facing eminent domain, land use takings and land use ordinances imposed by state and local government.

Matthew McKeown at the PRFA 2004 Conference

"Greetings" - By Matthew McKeown, Deputy Solicitor, U.S. Department of Interior; Speech to the Eighth Annual Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y. October 23, 2004)
The Secretary of Interior is committed to protecting water rights of ranchers, using the Healthy Forest Initiative to restore communities in the Northwest, working with landowners to protect habitat under the Endangered Species Act, and establishing a way to settle RS2477 access roads.
Michael Shaw at the PRFA 2004 Conference

Michael Shaw
Freedom 21 Radio Talk Show host, Proprietor of Liberty Garden
Aptos, California
"Abundance Ecology—The Liberty Garden"
By using intensive management, native plants whose seed bank was long dormant returned in great variety to Liberty Garden in Santa Cruz County on coastal California. Abundance ecology, based on private property rights, is the opposite of shortage ecology, based on the Endangered Species Act.
Dick Patten at the PRFA 2004 Conference

Dick Patten
Executive Director, American Family Business Institute, Washington, D.C.
"Repealing the Death Tax—Preserving Small Businesses"
Private property rights were held to be absolutely inalienable in the American constitutional system. But the Communist Manifesto of Marx and Engels began to have influence, calling for the abolition of private property and inheritance. The 10% inheritance tax of World War I rose to 77% by 1941, and is currently at 48%. A close battle rages in the U.S. Senate for permanent repeal.

Becky Norton Dunlop at the PRFA 2004 Conference

Keynote Address
Becky Norton Dunlop

Vice President, The Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C.
"Restoring Constitutionality and Rationality to Environmental Protection"
Environmental policies that emanate from liberty are the most successful. But constitutional principles of liberty, private property, due process, speech trials, and just compensation have been diminished in the name of environmental protection. We must advance an ownership society. Communicating with Congress and networking with potential allies are essential.
James E. Morgan at the PRFA 2004 Conference

Panel III - Restoring Property Rights and Communities in Urban America
Chaired by: James E. Morgan, Partner, Galvin & Morgan, Delmar, N.Y.
Biography of James E. Morgan
Jim Malatras at the PRFA 2004 Conference

"Eminent Domain Reform" - By Jim Malatras, Legislative Director, Office of Assemblyman Richard L. Brodsky, New York State Assembly; Speech to the Eighth Annual Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y. October 23, 2004)
People across the ideological spectrum have joined Mr. Brodsky to successfully reform New York's eminent domain law, requiring notification of individual property owners. More reform lies ahead.
Biography of James E. Morgan

Dr. Mindy Fullilove at the PRFA 2004 Conference

Dr. Mindy Fullilove
New York State Psychiatric Institute and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Public Health at Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
"Root Shock—How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It"
People love the buildings they live in and their neighborhoods. When urban renewal destroyed 1,600 African American neighborhoods in the fifties and sixties, the losses were horrific. The black people called it "Negro removal." Vibrant neighborhoods were lost. Nine out of ten jazz clubs died.
Mark Alpert at the PRFA 2004 Conference

Mark Alpert
Attorney, Hart, King & Coldren, Santa Ana, California
"Hope for People Fighting Rent Control "
In the decision Chevron USA v. Lingle, the Ninth Circuit ruled that a rent control law has to substantially advance a legitimate state interest, e.g., to provide affordable housing. Rent control laws are an example of the "tyranny of the majority" feared by Madison, which was why the framers of the Constitution adopted the Fifth Amendment.
Mark Nix at the PRFA 2004 Conference

Mark Nix
Executive Director
South Carolina Landowners Association
"Landowners United to Defend Private Property Rights"
This speech includes good advice for all property rights groups, including: Form alliances with homeowners associations, churches, and other groups to defend property rights. Frame the issues to be understood. Warn people that government is "taking away your property's value," instead of about "zoning." Get the news out to your members at least once a month.

Robert J. Smith at the PRFA 2004 Conference

Robert J. Smith
President, Center for Private Conservation & Senior Adjunct Scholar,
Competitive Enterprise Institute, Washington, D.C.
"Landownership in America"
The federal government owns about one third of the American land. All government landownership is between 42 and 48 percent of the land in the United States, the most socialized land system in the world.

Henry St. John FitzGerald
Attorney at Law, Arlington, Virginia
"Inverse Condemnation—
The Rationale for Compensation for Regulatory Takings"

The Constitution is the biggest bulwark to protect our rights, including private property rights. Government keeps trying to expand its power, and important cases hold its power in check. The cases protecting property owners from regulatory takings began in 1922 with Pennsylvania Coal. "Inverse condemnation" is when so many land rights have been taken away that a Fifth Amendment Taking occurs.

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