Tuesday Reads: Dark Ages America

The Georgia Guidestones — supposedly a roadmap for “Agenda 21”

Good Morning! Yesterday I read a (for me) mind-blowing article by Joshua Holland at Alternet about how right wing conspiracy theories are endangering the future of humanity. The main focus of the article is on Tea Party members and other right wing extremists who are obsessed with “Agenda 21,” a United Nations initiative begun at a conference on environmental sustainability in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 and signed by hundreds of world leaders, including President George W. Bush. This was all completely new to me, so I looked around to see what I could find out about it. Here is the gist:

Agenda 21, the international plan of action to sustainable development, outlines key policies for achieving sustainable development that meets the needs of the poor and recognizes the limits of development to meet global needs. Agenda 21 has become the blueprint for sustainability and forms the basis for sustainable development strategies. It attempts to define a balance between production, consumption, population, development, and the Earth’s life-supporting capacity. It addresses poverty, excessive consumption, health and education, cities and agriculture; food and natural resource management and several more subjects.

Its 40 chapters are broken up into four sections:

1. Social and economic dimensions: developing countries; poverty; consumption patterns; population; health; human settlements; integrating environment and development.

2. Conservation and management of resources: atmosphere; land; forests; deserts; mountains; agriculture; biodiversity; biotechnology; oceans; fresh water; toxic chemicals; hazardous, radioactive and solid waste and sewage.

3. Strengthening the role of major groups: women; children and youth; indigenous peoples; non-governmental organizations; local authorities; workers; business and industry; farmers; scientists and technologists.

4. Means of implementation: finance; technology transfer; science; education; capacity-building; international institutions; legal measures; information.

The full report (300+ pages) is here (PDF).

Apparently, fears about U.N. Agenda 21 are the basis for Michele Bachmann’s campaign against energy efficient light bulbs and for Bachmann’s and other right wingers’ drive to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency. Here’s Bachmann, quoted in an article by Tim Murphy in Mother Jones:

“This is their agenda—I know it’s hard to believe, it’s hard to fathom, but this is ‘Mission Accomplished’ for them,” she said of congressional Democrats. “They want Americans to take transit and move to the inner cities. They want Americans to move to the urban core, live in tenements, [and] take light rail to their government jobs. That’s their vision for America.”

And here is Murphy’s explanation for the light bulb obsession:

Although she didn’t say it right then, Bachmann likely had something specific in mind: Agenda 21, a two-decade-old United Nations agreement that has taken on a life of its own on the far-right. The agreement, forged in 1992, nominally committed signatories to a set of shared values designed to mitigate the environmental impact of human development. Member countries agreed to a range of sustainability goals, from preserving the ozone layer to ensuring that forests are managed so they’ll be around for future generations. (The United States is a signatory, but the treaty has not been ratified by the Senate.)

But to some conservatives, Agenda 21 became something far more nefarious—a gateway to a global government built on a radical doctrine of secular environmentalism.

As these conservatives saw it, the agreement paved the way for the entire planet to be controlled by a central bureaucracy: Humans would be cleared out of vast swaths of settled areas—like the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, for example—and instructed to live in “hobbit homes” in designated “human habitation zones” (two terms embraced by tea party activists). Public transportation would be the only kind of transportation, and governments would force contraception on their citizens to control the population level. A human life would be considered no more significant than, say, that of a manatee. “Sustainability,” the idea at the heart of the agreement, became a gateway to dystopia.

Can you believe it? If you google “Agenda 21,” you’ll find scads of crazy stuff about it all over the internet. Bachmann recently answered questions about Agenda 21 in New Hampshire. She explained that Al Gore, who is apparently the Antichrist to the Agenda 21 freaks, was {gasp!} at the conference in Rio back in 1992.

Al Gore was there at the Rio Conference and the whole goal is really about global control.
It’s essentially a one world government view where there’s political body and the United States would have to subsume our sovereignty into a global body, but more than that, we would also have to give away our wealth.

So the wealth of the United States would be redistributed to other countries.
As a matter of a fact, that’s what the Durban Conference was about in South Africa this weekend, also about redistribution of American money.

These people truly live in a different reality than you and I. Unfortunately, they want to make their reality our reality too.

Ron Paul is also a hero to the Agenda 21 freaks. Here’s an announcement at the Connecticut Ron Paul for President website.

Agenda 21 is Coming to your Neighborhood!


By now, most Americans have heard the terms “sustainable development” and “smart growth” but are largely unaware of UN Agenda 21. While many people support the United Nations for its peacemaking efforts, Agenda 21 is a whole life plan that involves the educational system, the energy market, the transportation system, the governmental system, the health care system, food production, and more. The plan is to restrict your choices, limit your funds, narrow your freedoms, and take away your voice.


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Getting back to the article in Alternet that I began with, Joshua Holland writes:

The important thing to understand about Agenda 21 is that there is absolutely nothing binding or compelling member countries to implement any part of it. It’s not a treaty — it is entirely voluntary and certainly doesn’t have any connection to local governments. Yet for the right, with its long John Birch Society undercurrent of paranoia about international institutions, Agenda 21 represents some kind of dark UN conspiracy to impose socialism on the “free world.” ….

Last year, during the Denver mayoral race, Tea Party candidate Dan Maes argued that a local bike-sharing program, a popular initiative among city residents, was a “very well-disguised” part of a plan by then-Denver mayor (and now Colorado governor) John Hickenlooper for “converting Denver into a United Nations community.” Alex Jones constantly hawks the conspiracy [Here’s one example from Jones’ website Infowars]. Glenn Beck warned it would lead to “centralized control over all of human life on planet Earth.” And in September, Newt Gingrich, hoping to burnish his wingnutty creds, told a group of Orlando Tea Partiers that, if elected, his first order of business would be “to cease all federal funding of any kind of activity that relates to United Nations Agenda 21.” (Currently, no federal funding of any kind is used for implementing Agenda 21.)

But Holland argues that, although conspiracy theories like this may seem weird and silly to us, the people pushing them are succeeding in harassing and intimidating politicians and public officials; and thus these conspiratorial beliefs may make it impossible for us as a society to deal with environmental issues like global climate change.

Holland links to a June 2011 article in the Washington Post by Darryl Fears, a science correspondent, about efforts to deal with rising sea levels which uniquely threaten the Virginia Beach area. Then on December 17, Fears reported that local residents are fighting these efforts to deal with future flooding of the area.

The sea level is rising in Virginia Beach and the entire area known as Hampton Roads because of the warming climate, and the area also happens to be sinking for other geological reasons.

Within 50 years, a big part of Virginia Beach’s identity — its beach — could be lost if nothing is done, said [Clay] Bernick, the city’s environment and sustainability administrator. Large pieces of land could also be lost to the ocean in Norfolk within a few generations.

In fact, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warns that, outside of greater New Orleans, Hampton Roads is at the greatest risk from sea-level rise for any area its size.

“It’s a significant threat,” Bernick said. “At this point, I wouldn’t put it in the category of fear, because it’s a long way off.” But he added: “You’ve got multiple factors with flashing lights saying, ‘Okay, guys, what are you going to do?’ ”

The residents’ opposition has focused on a central point: They don’t think climate change is accelerated by human activity, as most climate scientists conclude. When planners proposed to rezone land for use as a dike against rising water, these residents, or “new activists,” as [public planner Lewis L.] Lawrence calls them, saw a trick to take their property.

Here’s what some of the “activists” had to say:

“Environmentalists have always had an agenda to put nature above man,” said Donna Holt, leader of the Virginia Campaign for Liberty, a tea party affiliate with 7,000 members. “If they can find an end to their means, they don’t care how it happens. If they can do it under the guise of global warming and climate change, they will do it.” ….

When planners redesignated property as a future flood zone, activists said officials were acting on a hoax. They argued in meetings and on Web sites that local planners are unwitting agents of Agenda 21, a United Nations environmental action plan adopted in 1992 that the activists see as a shadowy global conspiracy to grab land and redistribute wealth in the United States.

“My professional credentials have been challenged,” said Lawrence, who holds degrees in municipal planning and provides professional and technical planning advice to municipalities throughout the peninsula. He said he has heard whispers behind his back after meetings: “I’ve been brainwashed. I’ve been called a dupe for the U.N.”

These kinds of irrational public protests are happening in other places too. Here’s an article posted at Alex Jones website Prison Planet.

MISSOULA, MT – In a move that would have made Joseph Stalin jealous, the City Council of Missoula, Montana on Monday approved the use of local tax dollars to an organization out of state known as ICLEI (International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives).

The ICLEI board can be found directly under the treasonous United Nations Agenda 21. The council room was almost in uproar as over 50 voices that opposed the funding of dues to the UnConstitutional initiative fell on deaf progressive “public servants’” ears.

“I am concerned that (the) Missoula City Council may be moving in a direction that could ultimately affect my property rights, which are guaranteed to me by both the Montana Constitution and the Constitution of the United States,” Trish Auras said during the council’s Monday night meeting. “Before you agree to paying dues to ICLEI, I would like somebody on the council to assure me that my property rights will not be affected in any way. Can you do that? Anybody?”

Read it and weep. Our future is being determined by ignorant people who take the bible literally and disdain science. They are leading us back into a new dark age. All you have to do is listen to the Republican presidential candidates to realize this is no exaggeration.

There’s another aspect to this conspiracy theory that Joshua Holland doesn’t mention. If you’ve read much of Alex Jones’ propaganda or listened to Glenn Beck, you know that another right win obsession is population control. Jones claims that once the “New World Order,” or global government is established, the elites will kill off 90% of the world population in order to make the planet sustainable for the rich and powerful who will remain. This also ties in with the mysterious Georgia Guidestones, pictured at the beginning of this post. Here’s an excerpt from an article (also linked above) from Jones’ website Infowars: “Al Gore, Agenda 21 And Population Control.”

When you start doing deep research into Agenda 21, you will find that describing it as a “comprehensive plan” is an understatement. Virtually all forms of human activity impact the environment. The rabid “environmentalists” behind the green agenda intend to take all human activity and put it into a box called “sustainable development”.

One of the key elements of “sustainable development” is population control. The United Nations (along with radical “environmental” leaders such as Al Gore) actually believes that there are far too many people on earth….Al Gore made the following statement regarding population control….

“One of the things we could do about it is to change the technologies, to put out less of this pollution, to stabilize the population, and one of the principle ways of doing that is to empower and educate girls and women. You have to have ubiquitous availability of fertility management so women can choose how many children have, the spacing of the children.

You have to lift child survival rates so that parents feel comfortable having small families and most important — you have to educate girls and empower women. And that’s the most powerful leveraging factor, and when that happens, then the population begins to stabilize and societies begin to make better choices and more balanced choices.”

Do you notice how whenever global leaders talk about “empowering” women these days it always ends up with them having less children?

The article concludes with a reference to the Georgia Guidestones, pictured at the top of this post, and at left.

Most Americans don’t grasp it yet, but the truth is that the global elite are absolutely obsessed with population control. In fact, there is a growing consensus among the global elite that they need to get rid of 80 to 90 percent of us.

The number one commandment of the infamous Georgia Guidestones is this: “Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.”

One of the biggest issues for the right is the dis-empowerment of women. They want to make sure that women cannot choose whether or not to have a child or how many children to have. They’d probably like to force women out of the workplace and back into the home. That also ties in with the obsession with fighting population control. Why is it that this anti-woman agenda is so often ignored by the media–even by alternative media writers like Joshua Holland?

This post is getting way too long, and it probably makes no sense. But that’s my offering for today–a sample of what right wing conspiratorial madness and fear of science is doing to us. Holland is right. It has the potential to wreck wreck what’s left of our country.

31 Comments on “Tuesday Reads: Dark Ages America”

  1. Pat Johnson says:

    Population growth is a serious problem as natual resouces continue to decline. Yet no one is talking about this or offering serious solutions in how to cope with the effect it will have on this planet.

    The oceans are rising. The food supplies will eventually be endangered. Technologies are overcoming human employment in many industries. Air quality is at risk. Shorelines are eroding. The ecological system is under attack.

    Yet the Right continues to assault the reproductive rights of women thus guaranteeing more unwanted births around the globe that will only increase the demand on resources that will soon be in short supply. It makes no sense.

    It is not too far fetched to consider that we may be heading straight back into the Dark Ages when riots were a daily occurrence as food and water supplies were subject to rationing.

    Dire consequences are predictable if these policies are followed through from those who worship biblical renderings in place of commonsense.

    • bostonboomer says:

      It’s all so overwhelming. There doesn’t seem to be any way to beat back this kind of willful ignorance.

      • Pat Johnson says:

        It is all based on “tolerance”. Once we accept the toleration of these radical points of view we are doomed.

        Someone coined the phraise: Tolerating the intolerant invites intolerance. Very true.

        The religionists take issue with non believers. This was all too true during the Middle Ages when the Crusades marched into countries and forced the population to “believe” whether they wanted to or not.

        What is happening now isn’t much different in that they have managed to put down the sword and resort to the pen by turning superstitious beliefs into law.

        It may serve us much better by eliminating tax exemptions from religious institutions who use that money to buy congressmen through legislation to achieve their goals. The Faith Based Inititative should be first on any chopping block as it allows them to further their reach into our secular lives which only leads to a form of theocracy that most of us resist.

        And yes, it is theocracy when women are placed in a submissive position because somebody designs it as “god’s will”. No matter the country or the culture practicing these fundie values it all adds up to the same thing.

        Religion disguised as law based on the “tolerance” of practices we dismiss as intrusion.

      • ralphb says:

        I think the key is “willful” ignorance. With so much evidence to the contrary, it can be nothing else.

      • dakinikat says:

        They hide behind the religion mantle and scream persecution.

      • Roofingbird says:

        Think Bush’s Bolton. The reproductive issue, though important to them is a nice screamer and distractor for the real work of the yippers, which is to destroy the UN, and return our country to “True Sovereignty”. It’s all of a piece, just like CEDAW. It’s why Kerry was so dangerous to them.

    • dakinikat says:

      That is science. Why use science when you have iron age end of time myths and savior hero stories?

  2. Delphyne says:

    Thanks for this, BB – I had no idea of Agenda 21 and will read the entire Holland article.

    Why is it that this anti-woman agenda is so often ignored by the media–even by alternative media writers like Joshua Holland?

    The question of the century – this one and the ones before. Women are treated as mere afterthoughts, however, the focus is really on us – or rather, what we, as women, are not allowed to do under the rules of patriarchal institutions. Many women in this country are not self-policed with the “rules” and are a dire threat to those institutions which is why, imo, there is such a strong reactionary backlash to us and to feminism.

    The raping of women and girls is no different than the raping of our Earth. Unless and until this connection is made, that question you asked will remain unanswered. And the insanity that ensues will definitely lead humanity back into another very dark age.

  3. ralphb says:

    BB, thanks you’re right. The world is under siege by forces of greed and ignorance, at all levels. I would think that Thomas Edsall’s piece about the upcoming campaign ties into it as the Republicans again use their patented fear/hate the “other” strategy.

    The Anti-Entitlement Strategy

    Mitt Romney wants to stigmatize most “safety net” spending – the array of social insurance programs from Medicare to food stamps to unemployment compensation to free school lunches — as a form of welfare that is “cultivating government dependence.”
    Romney and his aides have designed his rhetoric to define pretty much all spending on entitlements, including provisions for the injured, unemployed, sick, disabled or elderly as benefits to the poor who, Romney implies, are undeserving. And it doesn’t matter whether the money to pay for these programs comes from employer and employee contributions and not just tax revenue — they are all under suspicion.
    Romney’s adoption of an anti-entitlement strategy comes at a time when he appears to be looking up from the primaries toward Election Day, which suggests that his hard-line stance will be central to his campaign against Obama and not just a temporary maneuver. We are headed toward an ideological confrontation over the next 11 months of an intensity rarely seen in American political history.

    Before they are finished, everyone who isn’t in the 1% will be “welfare queens”.

    • ralphb says:

      Of course women and children will be hit the hardest as usual.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Yes. And the ignorance is what permits superrich people like Romney to convince people to vote against their own self-interest. I think the homeschooling movement is helping this along too. How can parents who are this ignorant teach their children? It’s insane.

      • ralphb says:

        Insane is an accurate word for it. This election cycle should be a declaration of war against this ignorance and greed.

    • Pat Johnson says:

      Do we get to wear crowns?

      Romney is just a milder version of the most radical form coming out of the GOP. A wimp with about as much charisma as a rock formation.

      As much as I dislike Obama, I cannot see too many flocking to Mitt in the general as he will be carrying the weight of the Tea Party on his shoulders. A huge percentage of the public has voiced its distaste for most of their “austerity” measures and Mitt cannot affort a too rapid move to the middle for fear of losing even that support.

      A man “who stands for nothing” against a man who “stands for just a little bit” are going to be working overtime to draw the voters to their side. Mitt can’t seem to get himself off the 22-25% poll ratings as the GOP scrambles to find a replacement is going to face the same challenge in 2012 no matter how much money he raises from the establishment.

      Shoving “austierity” down the throats of the American public is bad medicine especially when you yourself are deriving a 16 million dollar income from past businesses you drove out is not going to earn him much favor.

      The only “positive” we can look forward to is perhaps a return of like minded Democrats who will challenge the status quo.

      (Unrealistic, yes, but I need something to hold onto for the next 12 months.)

      • ralphb says:

        From Edsall’s article, it looks like Romney has decided to go hard right for the general election going after the crazy greedy vote. I think we may still be a better country than that when push comes to shove. At least I hope we are.

        I’m just waiting on the TV ad showing the black woman in her Cadillac with a welfare check. That’s about all that’s missing now.

  4. ralphb says:

    The Molotov Party

    For the new GOP, conservative isn’t nearly radical enough.

    Frank Rich has a good story here and some cogent analysis of the GOP.

    Whoever ends up on the GOP ticket or in the White House, the 75 percent is no sooner going to disappear than the aggrieved 99 percenters in the blue populist camp. What Republican aristocrats in denial like Karl Rove can’t bring themselves to recognize is that “the most unpredictable, rapidly shifting, and often downright inexplicable primary race” they’ve ever seen is not just a conservative revolution but one that has them in its sights.

  5. Roofingbird says:

    Yeah, the yippers are always after the anything to do with an UN resolution that the US might ascribe to. It’s treasonous, TREASONOUS, DON’T YOU KNOW?!!!

    God forbid that we should agree to, and voluntarily enforce international agreements developed by an agency that isn’t even our country or any other sovereign state.

  6. foxyladi14 says:

    Population growth is a serious problem but what is the answer?

    • peggysue22 says:

      The answer is contraception and empowering women, which means controlling their own biological destiny for starters. Putting our fingers in our ears and singing la-la-la will only ensure our own demise. Natural resources are finite and we have reached the 7 billion marker–a billion person increase in a mere dozen years. Consider this: global population was around 1 billion at the start of the 19th century.

      We’ve come a long way, baby [babies]. And it ain’t all good.

      The anti-science, anti-reason push is based on fear and capitalizes on generating fear in the population. Glenn Beck, Alex Jones are the high-priests of fear-mongering and historical rewrites. I for one believe in religious tolerance. But many of the anti-reason groups use religion as an excuse, a poweful weapon to control their followers in taking unreasonable and stupid stands. It doesn’t help that so many citizens are poorly educated.

      Terrific article, BB. I’m headed home tomorrow. Hope everyone had a great holiday!

      • bostonboomer says:

        Thanks, Peggy Sue. Empowering women is the answer, and the wingers can’t stand the thought of powerful women.

  7. Roofingbird says:

    Why did Michelle Bachman say that? 70% of us are already in the cities. What is she really saying? (Or did she know what she was saying?)

  8. Roofingbird says:

    This feeds so well the unrest many of us have over the 1%:

    “Most Americans don’t grasp it yet, but the truth is that the global elite are absolutely obsessed with population control. In fact, there is a growing consensus among the global elite that they need to get rid of 80 to 90 percent of us.”

    What a load of crap. If we, the 99%, are truly are intended to muck about in the mud, they need us and our personal reproduction to “serve them”.

  9. ralphb says:

    The Big Lie

    Wall Street has destroyed the wonder that was America.

    At the end of the day, the convulsion to come won’t really be about Wall Street’s derivatives malefactions, or its subprime fun and games, or rogue trading, or the folly of banks. It will be about this society’s final opportunity to rip away the paralyzing shackles of corruption or else dwell forever in a neofeudal social order. You might say that 1384 has replaced 1984 as our worst-case scenario. I have lived what now, at 75, is starting to feel like a long life. If anyone asks me what has been the great American story of my lifetime, I have a ready answer. It is the corruption, money-based, that has settled like some all-enveloping excremental mist on the landscape of our hopes, that has permeated every nook of any institution or being that has real influence on the way we live now.

    I love the level of invective reached by this old style Wall St investment banker. He predicts a coming fire storm for Wall St.

  10. Minkoff Minx says:

    BB, thank you! This post was enlightening. I had read about the conspiracy Tea Party places with Agenda 21 last week…some T.P. nuts were ranting in New Jersey about it. I had no idea it was this bad. Geez, the Mayans were right, but it isn’t some doomsday asteroid that will do us all in, its the damn right wing and christian extremist!

  11. quixote says:

    Yikes, BB. I come back from three (or four, or five?) fine days of doing nothing, and now this!

    I had no idea about any of the “Agenda 21” psychotic paranoid claptrap. After reading about it, I think I’m starting to agree with the global elite on one thing:

    the global elite are absolutely obsessed with population control. In fact, there is a growing consensus among the global elite that they need to get rid of 80 to 90 percent of us.

    Getting rid of 80-90% of “them” sounds like a plan. When do we start?


    • bostonboomer says:

      I thought if anyone knew about Agenda 21, it would be you, Quixote.

      • quixote says:

        Problem is, biologists study biology, not psychology, so reports about hallucinations blow right by. And then we stand around, puzzled, about why all the Congresscritters are acting strange….