When public policy is made by elected officials who are accountable to the people who are governed, then government is truly empowered by the consent of the governed. Sustainable development has designed a process through which public policy is designed by professionals and bureaucrats, and implemented administratively, with only symbolic, if any, participation by elected officials. The professionals and bureaucrats who actually make the policies are not accountable to the people who are governed by them. Henry Lamb, Sovereignty International
Public Private Partnerships
The third path to Sustainable Development, is Public/Private Partnerships. PPPs are business ventures that are undertaken with a partnership between the government (public sector) and private business entities. The businesses promise the government that they will operate under the laws of sustainable development and the government then acts as a bullying big brother to the businesses and forces onerous rules and regulations on those who won’t play the PPP game; this tactic often results in putting the competition out of business while the PPPs get more powerful -- thanks to Congress.
We are bombarded constantly by the PPPs messages of going “green” with their products from toilets (that often take several flushes thus negating their claim to use less water) to wind power to building materials. Are all of these products really better for us and the environment? What about the new, green light bulbs?
GE used their partnership with government to ban their own product – the incandescent light bulb and replace it with the new “green” bulbs. Soon we won’t be allowed to buy incandescent bulbs. Why? Because GE can make three times as much from the new ones as they are more expensive. But they are less green than fuel oil. They come with instructions on how to deal with them if they break -- don’t touch with your hands, you could absorb some of the mercury; don’t vacuum, the mercury vapor could be released into the air and you or your children could breathe it causing great harm, etc. It is a miracle they don’t require wearing a Hazmat suit when cleaning one up. Nevertheless they are considered “green” because the government decreed them to be because their manufacturer is a PPP and thus only produces “green” items.
And now there is a new kind of corporation being developed through Public Private Partnerships –it’s called “benefit” corporations.
As Michael Shaw of Freedom Advocates describes it, “imagine a legislated brotherhood of business where favored businesses get to go to the front of the line for permits, licenses and opportunities merely because they agree to advance the principles of Sustainable Development and Agenda 21.
Five states already have Benefit Corporation legislation: Hawaii, Virginia, Maryland, Vermont and New Jersey. And six more are in the process of making it part of their states corporate legal system, including California, Colorado, Michigan, New York, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.”
The fourth path to Sustainable Development is called Stakeholder Councils. In our local governments -- city and county -- an unelected, self-selected group of people are steadily taking over the control of planning and then running the government. Who are these unelected people? First there are the employees of the NGOs (Non-governmental organizations affiliated with the UN) that were working on a visioning plan or another regional planning scheme in the area(see regionalism coming in subsequent article). The Council usually will be composed of several of these NGO workers and one or two globalist-leaning, leading members of the community.
How do these Councils take control? They usually come into town to help run the process of a “visioning” plan link or other program designed to regionalize the area. Once they have completed the plan, if they like that area of the country, they stick around to take over and become unelected officials who have no allegiance to the community and no accountability to the electorate while the locally elected, and thus legitimate, office holders are reduced to being rubber stamps for the Council’s decrees.
There will not be just one Stakeholder Council, there will be numerous ones, all overlapping other Stakeholder Councils (again see regionalism in subsequent article). The best way I can describe this is like when you make something out of paper mache. you overlap a piece on top of another and another until you have completed your piece of art. In this case it is not art but totalitarian control of the country. Each of these Councils will be autonomous in their sphere. And none of them will be beholding to the citizenry.
Let me give you an example from here in Knoxville. We are being “sold” on planET (plan East Tennessee), also called Five Counties, One Vision. The areas of our lives that will be controlled by this stakeholder council will be transportation, housing, economic development/jobs, environment and community health. Think about it, a group of people who have very different views on what is needed vis a vis these areas of our lives is going to be controlling every aspect of housing, the environment and transportation. Here is the UN’s Conference on Sustainable Development’s description of what defines good jobs “. . . green and decent jobs defines these as positions across all sectors that contribute to greening, preserving or restoring the quality of the environment, promoting social inclusion and aiding in a transition to a low-carbon economy.” Those are necessary factors in jobs for the future in America; if a job doesn’t fit all those qualifications then it must be phased out.
And let me tell you what they mean by community health. Have you heard of Gross National Happiness? No? Well you better learn about it now, it is going to replace Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as the measurement of our national well-being. I said replace not complement.
Here are The Four Pillars of GNH
• the promotion of equitable and sustainable socio-economic development
• the preservation and promotion of cultural values
• the conservation of the natural environment, and
• the establishment of good governance.
By now you should be able to figure out what most of that Newspeak means to us normal people. Equitable and sustainable socio-economic development means to take us back from industrialized society to a meaner, more primitive one thus we are all poor together struggling with survival. You can bet the cultural values being promoted are not those of Western Culture and Judeo-Christian values. The so-called conservation of the natural environment is actually the preservation of pre-Columbian environment and the establishment of good governance is global government.
The fifth path to Sustainable Development is education. Perhaps I should have made it the first, but one needs to know what the goal is to understand what is happening in our schools -- or a better term is retraining facilities. Our children are no longer being educated or taught as we think of education -- reading, math, science, history. To cut to the chase, let me quote from the introduction to Charlotte Iserbyt’s The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America, “ Iserbyt has also documented the gradual transformation of our once academically successful education system into one devoted to training children to become compliant human resources to be used by government and industry for their own purposes. This is how fascist-socialist societies train their children to become servants of their government masters. The successful implementation of this new philosophy of education will spell the end of the American dream of individual freedom and opportunity. The government will plan your life for you, and unless you comply with government restrictions and regulations your ability to pursue a career of your own choice will be severely limited.”
Our children are being programmed to be good global citizens, to believe in social justice instead of equal justice thus to sublimate themselves to the common good. Their values, attitudes and beliefs are being altered to make them viable citizens of a serfdom with earth worshipping as their religion. Again from the intro to DDDoA, “Americans forget that the present government education system started as a Prussian import in the 1840’s–’50’s. It was a system built on Hegel’s belief that the state was “God” walking on earth. The only way to restore educational freedom, and put education back into the hands of parents where it belongs, is to get the federal government, with its coercive policies, out of education. The billions of dollars being spent by the federal government to destroy educational freedom must be halted, and that can only be done by getting American legislators to understand that the American people want to remain a free people, in charge of their own lives and the education of their children.”
You know how the globalists are effecting the so-called education of our children, but how are they effecting the transformation from a Republic (the greatest one the world has ever known) to a Regionalized slave state? Through the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) and the American Planning Association (APA) and a myriad of other programs to achieve the same goals (Green Cities, Cool Mayors, Urban Environmental Accords, etc).
This is a lot to grasp, but you must realize that it is but a drop in the bucket of what is being done under the guise of protecting the environment. As I put it at the beginning of this piece, back in part One, Agenda 21/Sustainable Development is the end of civilization as we know it. It is the end of private property, the elevation of the collective over the individual. It is the redistribution of America’s wealth to the global elite, it is the end of the Great American Experiment and the Constitution. And, it is the reduction of 85% of the world’s population.
There are a lot more aspects that you need to understand. But most importantly, we -- every American who loves his or her country and the republic formed by the most incredible forefathers the world has ever known -- must fight this with everything we have. There are so many of us and we have reason, right, sound science and the glory of Western Culture and our Judeo-Christian heritage behind us. If we truly want to win this fight, we can.
This is the end of the overview of Agenda 21, the end of Western Civilization or a wake-up call. The next part will cover ICLEI, the APA and the other means of achieving the goals set out in the Agenda.
© 2012 Kathleen Marquardt - All Rights Reserved
Kathleen Marquardt has been in the freedom movement since before it was called that. She was founder and chairman of Putting People First, a non-profit organization combatting the animal rights movement. Her book, AnimalScam: the Beastly Abuse of Human Rights, was published by Regnery in 1993. Kathleen has been Vice President of American Policy Center since 2000 and is the Agenda 21/Sustainable Development expert for Rocky Top Freedom Campaign. She is a contributing writer and researcher for Freedom Advocates.