John Birch Society Is Back: Municipal Planning & Environmentalism Targeted

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Anti-world government types have a new boogey man. It's us. Like a treasured book rescued from the dusty stacks by being digitized, John Birch Society (JBS) is on the leading edge of awareness building and activism against local planners, conservationists, and anyone else taking climate adaptation seriously. See example cited below if you think this is not going to have an impact.

I grew up near Appleton WI, where a bust of former Senator Joe McCarthy once stood in the County courthouse and where JBS is currently headquartered. Back in the late 1950's and early 60's, on a drive through the surrounding countryside, you'd occasionally see 'Stop UN World Government ' type signs sloppily painted on barns. The local paper would periodically print Letter-to-the-Editor rants about the UN.

People I knew shrugged it off, mostly. No one could explain to me how dairy farmers became involved with this stuff, as card-carrying Commies, and especially UN officials, were extremely scarce thereabouts. With the post-war economy booming, people gradually became too busy entering the middle class to pay attention. By the time the Berlin Wall caved, anti-UN signs faded to the background of far older chewing tobacco ads.

Climate adaptation roused the sleeping zombie.
In the rural Virginia Middle Peninsula. area, for example, Washington Post reports:

A well-organized and vocal group of residents has taken a keen interest in municipal preparations for sea-level rise caused by climate change, often shouting their opposition, sometimes while planners and politicians are talking.
Here's a cite from the article which epitomizes the mindset.
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.
Read that cite a couple of times and see if you don't agree that it feels like the polar opposite of Occupy movement thinking? Rolls off the mind like...'Investment bankers and speculators, right wing Think Tanks, a bought-off problem. It's the UN working through local environmentalists that's ruining the American Dream.'

One if by brain waves, two if by car.
Via the JBS website, the citizens of Kulpsville PA, population 8,267, will be warned of dangers of UN Agenda 21 on Wednesday, January 04, 2012. Here's the promo:

INTRODUCTION OF AGENDA 21: "Effective execution of Agenda 21 will require a profound reorientation of all human society, unlike anything the world has ever experienced — a major shift in the priorities of both governments and individuals and an unprecedented redeployment of human and financial resources. This shift will demand that a concern for the environmental consequences of every human action be integrated into individual and collective decision making at every level."

When: January 4, 2011
Where: Towamencin Fire House (1590 Bustard Road Kulpsville, PA)

I highly recommend reading the entire WaPo article.

Found in the "No Surprise Here" File.
The Wikipedia entry for JBS includes this tidbit: "One of the founding members[21][22][23] was Fred Koch,[24] founder of Koch Industries, one of the largest private corporations in America.[25]"

John Birch Society Is Back: Municipal Planning & Environmentalism Targeted
John Birch Society-style paranoia has the T-partiers fired up against planning, environmental protection, and climate change adaptation.

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