Fear Of Agenda 21 Sweeps The Nation

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Who would have thought that fear of the United Nations would bring right-wing Republicans together at last? Slate reports on the amazing Agenda 21:

State lawmakers in Missouri last week revived an effort to significantly curtail local planners’ ability to adopt the type of smart-growth policies long touted by urban developers, demographers, and climate scientists. The bill, which sailed through the state’s lower chamber this past Monday, represents the latest victory for a onetime fringe movement that has spent the past two decades slowly gaining traction among conservatives by warning of an actual, real-life U.N.-orchestrated global takeover.

The specific target of the Missouri legislation may be well-known to heavy consumers of conservative media, but most Americans have probably never heard of it: Agenda 21, a nonbinding resolution that was signed by President George H.W. Bush and 177 other world leaders at the end of the United Nations’ 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. The effort was hailed at the time as an important, albeit voluntary, action plan to promote sustainable development in the face of a rapidly expanding global population, but ultimately failed to become much more than a feel-good Democratic talking point back in the United States. In 2012 a full 85 percent of Americans didn’t know enough about the U.N. resolution to have an opinion on it, according to a poll commissioned by the American Planning Association that summer.

Not everyone forgot about it, however. Agenda 21 remained front and center for a subset of right-wing conservatives who warned that it was a harbinger of a looming new world order that would culminate with the seizure of land and guns, and an end to the American way of life. If that last part sounds like the plot of a dystopian novel written by Glenn Beck, well, that’s because it is.

But what began as a far-fetched conspiracy theory has since transformed into an effective, almost methodical movement to block the type of “livability” initiatives that President Obama and his allies have made a priority. If you look past the black helicopters in the anti-Agenda 21 origin story, you’ll find a series of smart-growth-blocking victories at the state and local levels in nearly every corner of the country…

[continues at Slate]


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36 Comments on "Fear Of Agenda 21 Sweeps The Nation"

  1. Liam_McGonagle | May 6, 2014 at 1:27 pm |

    You know, the longer the Republicans keep their majority in the house, the less I fear the end of the American way of life.

    • In some sick ways, I actually prefer Republican governance. The elevator drops much more quickly when they have more power.

      It’s more honest that way. But Either/Or…⏏

      • Liam_McGonagle | May 7, 2014 at 9:49 am |

        You’d think so, but it’s not actually Republican governance, per se. It’s more like a Republican lack of governance. There is nominal Democratic opposition in the executive and the Senate that they can always blame sh*t on.

        As far as I’m concerned, it’s already over. I’m just a little embarrassed that it had been over for 40 years before I even twigged on.

        • Purely or partially anecdotal, its just the frog in the slowly boiling water.

          Or I guess the Allegory Of The Cave would be a much more literate answer. Same disclaimer on anecdotes probably applies though…

  2. Please please please just take the time to READ the actual document. It’s not about taking your land and guns, IT’S ABOUT THE SUSTAINABILITY OF THE PLANET AND YOU CAN READ THE WHOLE DAMN THING! They’re trying to fix it, but for whatever reason people want to stop this. LIke, WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO STOP THEM FROM FIXING THE PLANET AMERICA?!

  3. Robert Guerrero | May 6, 2014 at 1:39 pm |

    Please please PLEASE take the time to read the actual document the UN put into motion so many years ago. It’s not about taking your land or guns, it’s about the sustainability of the planet. I wouldn’t be saying anything if I didn’t look it up when I was trying to be a smart ass to a buddy of mine. After reading it, then doing a bit more research things are as follows: It’s “Evil” because Glenn Beck wrote a book saying it’s evil.

    That’s it.

    Educate yourself because this document is available for everyone to read.

    • If someone believes without a doubt that the authors are liars with a secret plot to take over the world and tax breathing (*stifles guffaw*), what could reading the document possibly convince them of? “Hello, I wish you good health,” could be interpreted as a death threat.

      • Number1Framer | May 8, 2014 at 1:04 am |

        Don’t you know that the plot involves the original authors waiting a few decades to die of old age before implementing the nefarious plans? Just another 20 years, and they’ll have us sheeple right where they want us!

    • Anarchy Pony | May 6, 2014 at 1:48 pm |

      Don’t you know that the environment is a communist conspiracy and that caring about species other than humans makes you a dirty hippie tree hugger pagan? And global warming is a hoax and argle bargle flargle garble!

    • overdone | May 7, 2014 at 8:21 am |

      George H.W. Bush signed it, and that man NEVER did anything good for anybody but himself, including promote the ‘New World Order’. So Glen Beck writing a book about it isn’t the only thing evil about it. If it couldn’t have been twisted into a tool for the NWO, it wouldn’t have been signed by H.W., you can take that to the bank.

  4. BuzzCoastin | May 6, 2014 at 2:35 pm |

    let’s all say Agenda 21 repeatedly
    let’s all pretend that the UN can bully Uncle Homeland into submission
    while we’re at it
    let’s prentend that the bill of rights still existes
    and that UN boogeyman isn’t Uncle Homeland in disguise

  5. Oginikwe | May 6, 2014 at 4:45 pm |

    The subtitle says it all:
    “How right-wing scaremongering about a U.N. global
    takeover has evolved into a surprisingly effective political strategy
    across the country.”

  6. Conspiracy Carrot | May 6, 2014 at 5:08 pm |

    I remember the Jeff Rense & Alex Jones douche brigades crying about this bullshit 15 years ago. Wasn’t impressed then either.

    • Cortacespedes | May 7, 2014 at 12:37 am |

      Exactly CC.

      This new interest in a fairly old and fringy conspiracy plot seems really fishy to me. What they have done is, they’ve high-jacked the old anti-communitarian treatise, “The Anti-Communitarian Manifesto”, and purged it of its anti-Zionist rhetoric. This white-wash made it more palatable to your average tea party dupe.

      Rosa Koire plagiarized the hell out of the more than 10 year old ACL (Anti-Communitarian League) tracts. Then she removed any hint of “the vast Zionist conspiracy” that the ACL claims is at the heart of communitarianism.

      What we have now is watered down bullshit derived from an even older, yet exceedingly more pungent, pile of BS.

      A nice new polished turd from our “good friends” at the JBS.

      • gustave courbet | May 7, 2014 at 1:35 am |

        Do you have any links to demonstrate Rosa Koire’s plagiarism (not arguing, just curious)? I did a bit of research on this subject, including listening to Koire’s perspective but could never find her hard evidence connecting this fairly innocuous document to her world view.

        • Cortacespedes | May 7, 2014 at 2:55 am |

          Yep. Niki Raapana and Nordica Friedrich are the authors of the “Anti-Communitarian Manifesto” and they are the ones behind the ACL.

          I have the link, but am hesitant to post it here.

          There are two reasons I do not wish to link to their site. One being you’ll get this reply two days from now and not in a timely fashion, and two, I wish to keep my distance from this “ideology”. If you would do me the courtesy of doing a search on Niki Raapana and reading her latest blog-post “Living Outside The Dialectic: Behind the green mask of Rosa Koire”; that’s where you will find evidence for plagiarism.

          Scroll down to get to the pertinent bit, it’s a little long winded.

          • gustave courbet | May 7, 2014 at 12:06 pm |

            Understandable. I’ve gotten into arguments with all sorts of crazies and
            have followed links to Stormfront and other receptacles for human
            refuse. Thanks.

  7. Anarchy Pony | May 6, 2014 at 5:22 pm |

    Bike lanes, renewable power, energy efficient buildings, sustainable agriculture, common use of land and capital? Worse than Hitler.

    • misinformation | May 6, 2014 at 10:08 pm |

      The UN wouldn’t know sustainable agriculture if it upended their addiction to annual feed crops…

  8. marshall | May 6, 2014 at 5:57 pm |

    It’s easy to logically deduce that Agenda 21, the Green movement and all other environmental austerity movements are pro oil, pro big business and pro capitalist elitism. Think about it, and if you can’t figure it out, ask me.

    • VaudeVillain | May 6, 2014 at 6:25 pm |

      Tsk tsk, if you have a point to make, then make it.

      • The point is that activists are not focusing on the right issues, the right people and the right courses of action. The big industry is banking on that fact, and hoping that people stay misguided.

    • If “logical deduction” = “subject/motive shift.”

      • It is proven that we have the technology to enable true sustainable living conditions mixed with an ecological balance that is harmonious with nature. All of the people whom call themselves activists are ignoring, nay, negating that fact, and preaching austerity versus actually challenging and changing the paradigm. The rich moguls whom control the economy are banking on the concept that everyone reduces the standard of living they have, compared to ever increasing monetary value of the living standard. Anyone who is supportive of ecological balance, and not revolting against the paradigm, are wrong, and should evaluate their belief system.

  9. lilbear68 | May 7, 2014 at 1:12 pm |

    agenda 21 can never happen no matter if signed by the congress or not, article VI of the supremacy clause states that the fed can only have supremacy in pursuit of the constitution and the powers given. the power to usurp the the bill of rights is not given to the congress.
    o and if anyone is curious about O being the ‘commander in chief” he can say it all he wants same as the other POTUS but they are the CinC ONLY when war is declared as also stated in the constitution

    • VaudeVillain | May 7, 2014 at 9:46 pm |

      We’ve been formally at war since the 50s. The Korean War was never formally ended. That’s why POTUS is allowed to deploy troops without Congressional permission, and why their only “oversight” is that they can pass resolutions specifically ordering POTUS to recall them or to use budget control to defund the military. There are very few, and shrinking, people who have lived through any amount of time where the US was not in a State of War. This is the real “New Normal”, and it’s hardly “New” anymore.

      • lilbear68 | May 8, 2014 at 8:58 am |

        the term your referring to is ‘the war powers act’ and its supposed to only be for 90 days at a time.
        they have misguided and lied to the people over many years but a new day is dawning in the awareness of the people. like the supremacy clause they used to beat us over the head with to get their way. people took it without question and just grabbed their ankles without really reading it. similarly they demonized ‘states rights’ using slavery as a catch all to play the guilt card. now people are waking up and are coming to understand what the constitution really means.
        now its a race to see if the govt can be reigned in to adhere to its 30 enumerated powers assigned by the constitution or we hit the tipping point at full speed. IMHO either way it aint gonna be pretty

  10. Number1Framer | May 8, 2014 at 1:06 am |

    If there’s any conspiracy afoot regarding Agenda 21, it’s to keep us all distracted and arguing while the TPP passes and ACTUALLY undermines our sovereignty.

  11. gpenglase | May 10, 2014 at 10:18 pm |

    You are truly naive if you have read it fully, in context of the UN and their plans and still think Agenda 21 is about bike lanes and planting trees. You might want to look up the term eugenics and environmental socialism and do a bit more research. And to make this about whether it is Republican or Democrats is also facile – half of you are calling it a wonderful Democrat initiative and half of you are saying it’s gotta be suspect because Bush signed it into existence… puhlease. If you are going to jump on a bandwagon at least figure out what that bandwagon is going to be. It just demonstrates how little readers of this blog actually understand about the forces that drive things. More in depth research and a lot less clichéd journalism (and comments) would be good.

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