UN Agenda 21 has worked its way into city and county plans for years. But now even some Democrats are sounding a very loud alarm against it.
Democrats Against UN Agenda 21
That is the title of a new website. Your editor discovered it by accident this morning. The site gives the same history of UN Agenda 21 that the UN’s own sources gives:
- The Earth Summit in 1992, where President George H. W. Bush signed on to it.
- How President William J. Clinton pushed the program further in his eight years.
It does not mention that President George W. Bush let the program grow unchecked during his eight years. But whoever put up this site does not want to reserve blame to one party or the other. They want to stop UN Agenda 21, no matter who propounds it.
Details of UN Agenda 21
The site richly describes the endgames of UN Agenda 21:
- To abrogate completely the rights of landowners to do what they please with their own lands.
- To subvert one man’s rights to those of “the community.” (They cite “communitarianism” as the governing philosophy of UN Agenda 21.)
- To force people to live, dormitory-style, in dense city centers. The UN Agenda 21 documents give this stark title to these dormitory centers: “islands of human habitation.” Islands, that is, in a sea of United Nations-managed wilderness. Which brings us to:
- The Wildlands Project, for managing these wilderness areas.
Precursors to UN Agenda 21
The flag of the United Nations. (Public domain as per UN policy.)
This program has its precursors, and has had them for years. Most of the lands of many Western states are Federal Wilderness Areas. No human may enter them, except on foot or perhaps on horseback or muleback. Before too long, even that will be unlawful.
The problem: UN Agenda 21 extends that rule to the town level. The International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) is the means to that end. As of one week ago, ICLEI claims 1200 members. Its avowed mission: to encourage cities and towns to do things as the United Nations wants them to do them.
By way of example, the Democrats Against UN Agenda 21 site describes a new kind of zoning called “mixed use.” This typically means one building, or a complex of buildings, having retail stores on the ground floor and condominiums on the floors above. The idea is alluring: live directly above your favorite shops. So that you don’t have to drive!
But such projects do not happen by accident. Usually a Redevelopment Agency is behind it. Such an agency can float bonds, without voter approval, that taxpayers must pay off. And the bonds go toward projects of this kind. The aim is simple: to conflate the residential with the commercial, and lure people in to a high-class dorm.
The problem is worse than that. The Redevelopment Agency puts up the funds. To get the land, the town simply condemns large tracts of residential or commercial land as “blighted.” The case of Kelo v. New London set the precedent that allows cities and towns to do this.
A neat racket, that. And the Housing Crisis makes it easier. Many houses are foreclosed, or about to be foreclosed. Their owners bought them with money they didn’t have, using loans they should never have taken. Those loans are now due. The simplest thing to do: cut off the utility and sewer lines, and build these high-class dingbat dorms for them to live in. And once they all live in the center of town, the authorities can control them.
Another part of the plan: bicycle riders agitating for special lanes. All this to make driving unnecessary. And what starts with making cars unnecessary, goes on with making cars unaffordable. And eventually illegal. First, the parking permit fees go through the roof. Then the city denies them to all but those who can somehow “prove” an “essential need.” Eventually the only persons who qualify are law-enforcement officers. So that, though a person might find everything he needs in town, he may not go out of town. He would have no way to go any farther than his town limits.
The First Amendment guarantees “the right of the people to peaceably assemble.” This is a direct and insidious violation of that right.
The webmasters of Democrats Against UN Agenda 21 keep a separate weblog, called “The Way We See It.” They also published this link to a small on-line bookstore with titles that they recommend. One title is especially relevant: “The Anti-Communitarian Manifesto.”
Their most important resource is this site, “The Post-Sustainability Institute.” That site goes into greater detail on how UN Agenda 21 might play out, and what people can do to stop it.
See the previous article on this subject.