Agenda 21

by lizard

When I hear the term sustainable development, I don’t think of a nefarious secret agenda seeking to enact global control over the world’s population.

But last January, thanks to the very vocal opposition of a few concerned citizens to Missoula’s membership to the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, we humble citizens of Missoula can’t say we weren’t warned.

The Missoulian linked the protests to the John Birch Society and it’s campaign to stop Agenda 21.

For a bit more context to this nefarious plot, check out The Green Agenda:

Agenda 21 was the main outcome of the United Nation’s Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Agenda 21 outlines, in detail, the UN’s vision for a centrally managed global society. This contract binds governments around the world to the United Nation’s plan for controlling the way we live, eat, learn, move and communicate – all under the noble banner of saving the earth. If fully implemented, Agenda 21 would have the government involved in every aspect of life of every human on earth.

The person most associated with the development of Agenda 21 is former under secretary general of the UN, Maurice Strong.

According to wikipedia, Strong “had his start as an entrepreneur in the Alberta oil patch and was president of Power Corporation of Canada until 1966.”

Sure, it may seem ridiculous to think an oilman would be a primary force behind a “sustainable development” conspiracy to destroy national sovereignty and enslave Americans, but it might be wise to refrain from knee-jerk dismissal and/or ridicule.

Why? Because fringe conspiracies aren’t as fringe as they use to be, as evidenced by Montana’s 2011 legislative session, where this bill urging the US to pull out of the UN actually took up taxpayer-funded time being formulated and introduced for—ahem—serious consideration (to be fair, there is nothing in that bill mentioning Agenda 21).

The influence of corporate funding for environmental groups is a serious problem, and part of that problem is how it fuels paranoid speculation from both ends of the political spectrum.

Here is another “article” I found, titled The Nature Conspiracy in Southeast Colorado, by Deanna Spingola. Here’s a snip:

Today, the Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA), created by the Rockefeller Family Fund in 1985, represents 225 foundations and is an affinity group of the Council on Foundations. [3] It is described by the American Land Rights Association (ALRA) as “a cartel of eco-money” that “lavishes millions on eco-agitators.” This “cartel,” through its “hundreds of millions” controls the environmental activist movement to carry out Agenda 21. Money is also appropriated through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to government schools to create an “environmentally literate public” to produce “a public that accepts the Green Gospel uncritically.” [4]

These conservation efforts appear noble! To conceal their agenda and gain public approval, corporations sedate the tax-poor public through influential tax-exempt foundations which finance non-profit groups that purportedly promote peace, health and conservation. Some people can see through the conservation charade. On October 13, 2006, Kimmi Lewis, Secretary of the Colorado Independent Cattle Grower’s Association pointed out that the Army and TNC are partners in this land and water seizure. A first step in this partnership is the establishment of buffer zones.

What started me digging around last night on this topic was a tweet from Roseanne Barr, who—if you didn’t know—announced her candidacy for the Green Party nomination for President last February.

Here’s an excerpt from the LA Times article:

In a campaign-announcement speech delivered in May 2010, Barr put out a more detailed three-step platform (read the speech here): First, make war illegal and legalize hemp (marijuana too). Second, change the demographics of government to include more women. Third, outlaw — how do we say this politely? — outlaw bull. Yes, that’s it. Outlaw bull.

“After the passage of this one law,” she said in the speech, “the Patriarchy will inevitably begin to crumble, as will the concept of War itself, which is largely a large load of,” well, bull.

Following Roseanne on twitter makes it hard to take her seriously. She’s a fan of conpiratianment charlatan, Alex Jones, who I really can’t stand, so I’ve been a bit weary of her judgement when it comes to understanding the issues she advocates for.

In the tweet I mentioned, Roseanne uses the hashtag #agenda21. The problem is that a well-meaning celebrity can take issues and amplify their prominence, and unfortunately Roseanne Barr is using her celebrity to spread the tangled propaganda lurking behind Agenda 21.

Like I said, I think dismissing those who believe in global conspiracies is a mistake. Conspiracy pimps like Glenn Beck and celebrities like Roseanne Barr have plenty of followers who take them seriously.

We can’t underestimate the depths of paranoia that are taking hold of our society.

  1. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is neither a “conspiracy pimp”….. nor a “celebrity…,” and I don’t think of him as paranoid either.

    So, what is it about global, neo-liberal economics people just can’t grasp? I wish I knew so we could begin to organize dissent and resistance sufficient to end it before it ends us. Agenda 21? I don’t know, but something is certainly afoot.

    Press Release
    Brown Statement on Reports Over Leaked Trans-Pacific Partnership Documents
    Brown is Circulating a Sign-On Letter in the Senate Demanding More Transparency, Consultation in TPP Negotiations

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012
    WASHINGTON, D.C. —Following reports on leaked documents that show that parties involved in Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations may be prepared to expand upon the controversial investor protections of trade agreements like NAFTA, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) issued the following statement:

    “After more than a decade of broken promises from NAFTA, CAFTA, and normalized trade relations with China, we can now add a credibility deficit to the trade deficits we’ve seen,” Brown said. “The leaked documents surfacing today only underscore the secrecy surrounding TPP negotiations and confirm worst suspicions about the direction trade negotiations are heading. It’s telling that it is easier for the CEO of a major corporation to access information about the negotiations than the American people’s elected representatives. The negotiations must involve more transparency and bring more voices to the table.”

    During ongoing TPP negotiations, Brown has repeatedly called on the Obama Administration to enact protections for American jobs and businesses. In May, he asked U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk not to trade away glass tariffs during TPP negotiations, and in October 2011, he sent a letter urging the President to change course in trade policy and rewrite trade rules to put Ohio jobs and Ohio workers first. The letter also requested specific benchmarks on jobs as the U.S.-Korea agreement is implemented and called for a fundamental reorientation of U.S. trade policy. In November, as Japan announced its intent to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Brown sent another letter to President Obama raising concerns over the existing automotive trade deficit with Japan and seeking more support for American manufacturing in the TPP.

    Brown is now leading a sign-on letter in the Senate demanding more transparency in the negotiations to ensure, among other issues, that all relevant stakeholders in matters involving internet freedom are officially consulted.

    Many U.S. trade agreement texts are not made public until they are finalized and signed, preventing any significant changes to be made before Congress considers the agreement. Brown’s letter to USTR Kirk emphasizes the importance of negotiations regarding copyright language and internet freedom. The debate on the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act last year demonstrated the far-reaching implications of intellectual property proposals, and the importance of public feedback. The letter proposes expanding the Industry Trade Advisory Committee to include a broad swath of public stakeholders—not just trade officials—and posting summaries of TPP terms to keep the public informed of potential proposals.

    Brown led the House opposition to the Dominican Republic – Central America Free Trade Agreement in 2005, falling just two votes shy of blocking the agreement after the vote was held open for nearly two hours. The author of the book Myths of Free Trade and described as “Congress’ leading proponent of American manufacturing,” Brown also stood up to President Clinton during debate of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994.


    • lizard19

      Steve, Sherrod Brown is trying to bring attention to the terrible TPP in a reasonable way. you’re right, he’s not a paranoid conspiracy pimp, because he isn’t cashing in on it like Beck, or pushing some borderline extremist agenda, like the John Birch Society.

      having a conversation about the negative impacts of neoliberal economics is one thing. showing up at a city council meeting to shout about Agenda 21 is quite another.

      people in the mainstream can more easily dismiss the encroachment of powerful interests (like evil corporations named Monsanto) when it’s tied to the kind of conspiratorial rhetoric that immediately turns many people off.

      I know first hand—there are probably readers of this blog who think I’m a nutjob for how I frame my perception of info wars, unknown unknowns, blowback, Bin Laden’s death, etc.

      anyway, thanks for mentioning the Trans-Pacific Partnership. it’s just another indicator—at least to me—of why it won’t really matter much who wins the presidential race in November.

      from the link:

      “The leaked document,” says Todd Tucker, the research director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch division, “shows that in all of the major respects, this is exactly the same template that was used in NAFTA and other agreements that President Obama campaigned against.” Public Citizen warns that the provisions of the agreement would allow other countries to join in the future, giving it the potential to become a new global trade agreement, larger than NAFTA.

      Consumer groups and unions are particularly outraged over the Obama administration’s plan that would allow corporations from TPP countries to bring suit before a multinational tribunal when laws or regulations in another member country harm their profits.

  2. Lizard,

    Please consider the possibility that you’ve entered into a space where something important is going on. Like you, others are investigating too. Previously hidden information is being exposed.

    It’s time for a “limited hangout” to prevent a greater exposure and more detailed knowledge. “Red Herrings” and disinformation — lots of noise, dueling clebs and elaborate cover stories — are swirling aroung this space. The pace seems to be quickening.

    Key facts remain unknown. Consider the recent amplification of obvious false trails, like the U.N. Agenda 21. Could this be a ready-made distraction?

    What if the veil of secrecy is coming down. The phony cover story used in the Clinton years to misinform the public has lost its effectiveness. Admitting some small portion of the truth may keep the public from investigating further. I thinnk you are getting closer to something very important.

    Please consider TNC’s recent foray into public lands issues (Sage Grouse “mitigation) and traditional wedge politics of the interior West as a solid lead. Real links can be traced back to Goldman Sachs and former TNC chairman (2004-2006) and former U.S. Treasury Secretary under Pres. Bush, Henry Paulson Jr.

    One of the biggest criticisms of TNC is that their programs green-washes industry actions, especially their “Development by Design” collaboration programs that bring together “non-traditional partners,” with substantial sums of redirected private and federal money.

  3. lizard19

    for a brief time I was interested in the occult, especially when I learned the poet William Butler Yeats was associated with Aleister Crowley via the Golden Dawn. luckily my survey of that material included Robert Anton Wilson, who describes that whole field of inquiry as chapel perilous:

    In researching occult conspiracies, one eventually faces a crossroad of mythic proportions (called Chapel Perilous in the trade). You come out the other side either stone paranoid or an agnostic; there is no third way. I came out agnostic.

    what concerns me more than the predictable ridicule that comes with talking about this kind of stuff is the possibility that there are those in positions of great power and influence who actually do believe themselves to be members of some divinely appointed elite destined to control the world’s population, and are therefore working toward those ends.

  4. KC Whistle

    It’s like 1992 all over again, with anti UN Montana Freemen and Steve Kelly, green republican, all yapping their crazy nonsense.

    • lizard19

      your response is predictable and lacking substance.

      • I agree. There are layers upon layers designed to fool us and keep us divided. Alexander Wolcott said once that we should investigate one conspiracy theory a week because there is always some kernel of truth in them. I agree that the elite most often believe they are destined to help humanity and are blessed with insight than mere mortals do not have.

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