A West Virginia website describes life in the USA after Agenda 21 is implemented. It's a TreeHugger dream:
Imagine the year is 2025. Your city has just declared their "Vision 2025 Plan" completed. And, life in America has forever changed. You can no longer call your city a "city", but it is now called a "hub". You awake each morning in your highrise apartment situated on one acre of land. You and the other people living in your building work downstairs in the same building for the same wage. If you or a member of your family needs to travel out-of-town for a doctor's appointment or to visit a relative in a nearby hub, you must use the pre-determined schedule of the high speed railroad system that has been built to remove the need for private vehicle ownership. Instead of planning a vacation to the beach, mountains, or overseas, you will walk to the cookie-cutter park and recreation area that has been built for you. The weekend get-away to a lake for fun and picnics or a day fishing on your local creek is a thing of the past, as is, hunting and hiking. There will never be vacations to see and enjoy nature again, as this will be buffered off from human habitation and visitation. Instead, for exercise and enjoyment, you will be able to choose bicycling or walking, as the hub contains many bicycling and walking trails just for the residents of the hubs. For food, you will be able to walk to the store to purchase food deemed appropriate, with limited calories and portion control. For fresh vegetables and fruit, you will be able to walk onto what was, in the past, called a street to gather produce from a communal garden.
It all sounds rather bucolic. But while you and I might think that bike lanes, community gardens, high speed rail and dense cities with lots of people to talk to sounds like a good idea, others don't; In Asheville, North Carolina, the Tribune newspaper editorializes:
There is currently a frightening movement on the international arena. The progressive leftists are attempting to establish an international order that supersedes the freedom of everyone, even here in the land of the free. This movement, known as Agenda 21, is steeped in the leftist principle known as sustainability. What is touted on the surface as helping save the planet is much more down deep. When it is looked at fully, it is an international plan to redistribute wealth and remove individual liberties and property rights. To fight this, everyone must become aware of what Agenda 21 really is...... When you hear local governments, such as the City of Asheville, touting sustainability programs and budgets, you must stop and question the true reach of these programs. Agenda 21 is truly an infiltration of leftist principles into every facet of American, and international society.
That is not an op-ed or a letter to the editor, that is an editorial. Oh, and you have to be careful when you go to those public meetings where planners try to push these changes through, because they are using secret mind control techniques. They are delphi-ing you! (Oh, I wish I had become a planner instead of an architect. Such power!)
Delphi is a mind control technique developed by the RAND Corporation in the 1960′s to manipulate groups of people to accept that plans presented to them were ‘their idea’ when in reality the meetings were managed to direct people to a pre-determined outcome unaffected by their input. This method is being used on us by our government and it’s consultants in these planning meetings.
Fortunately, cooler heads are beginning to speak out against all this. In another Asheville newspaper, columnist John Boyle writes:
When it comes to Agenda 21, the paranoia and conspiracy theorists just muddy the waters on sustainability, which basically is an effort to develop responsibly while maintaining the world’s beauty, which we’ve got plenty of here in the mountains....As a friend said to me, ‘if not sustainability, do you want unsustainability?’ If not ‘smart growth,’ do you want the opposite?”
Just don't read the comments.
In other Agenda 21 News, Salon picks up and mangles an Alternet article (I think they cut once, pasted twice) Alabama defeats communism with anti-sustainability law
And while banks will still be allowed to foreclose on and evict folks for failing to repay their loans, at least our land will be safe from the clutches of the so-called “environmentalists” whose true goal is to deliver Americans into the hands of a global government run by shadowy, unelected elites who will move us around like chess pieces and control every aspect of our lives.
Jim Boyd at Common Resources thinks we should pay attention, particularly to the use of the word "sustainability."
If you were worried that the term “sustainability” was becoming irrelevant, those fears are unfounded. With some success, far-right activists have this spring managed to turn it into an inflammatory word that conjures fears of world government, lost freedoms, and economic decline. Depressingly, even the Republican National Committee is paying at least lip-service to this conspiracy theory. The argument may seem laughably paranoid, but it’s not a good idea to ignore this negative branding of a concept that undergirds critical thinking about nature, society, and our economies.
He thinks we need a new brand.
I personally welcome less frequent use of the word “sustainability”. The word is vague, too all encompassing, and screams liberal intelligentsia. It’s not totally empty, but its value is limited, and it’s easy to co-opt. Try to go a whole week without using the word at all. You can do it!
A study released by the American Planning Association this week about attitudes toward planning revealed some interesting insights about Agenda 21. When asked whether or not they support Agenda 21, about 85 percent of respondents said they didn't know enough about it to answer. Only 6 percent of respondents said they oppose the policy.
The poll questioned 1,308 U.S. adults in March. It was conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of Austin firm Collective Strength, which was hired by APA. The results suggest that the volume of Agenda 21 rhetoric likely exceeds the number of people who express it.
"My takeaway is I genuinely believe the Agenda 21 phenomenon is highly manufactured," says Robin Rather, CEO of Collective Strength, "It's not out there in the mainstream."
I believe that is wishful thinking.