Big government, and its influence over an increasing percentage of our private activities, is a grave concern for those of us involved in the liberty movement. We the people do not intend to live under the constant control of the political class. We the people will not be ruled. It is for this reason that we should make ourselves aware of Agenda 21, or the Agenda for the 21st Century.
You probably haven’t heard the name Agenda 21 on the news. You didn’t hear it during the presidential debates. However, knowing what it is will be important for understanding the actions of our increasingly tyrannical government. I will not attempt to give a full description here. There is far too much for me to cover. Instead, I will give you an introduction.
Agenda 21, as described on the United Nation’s own website, “a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments, and Major Groups in every area in which human impacts on the environment.” From the site you can download a PDF of the plan, or even order the hard copy.
This plan was adopted by most of the countries in the world at the Earth Summit in Rio De Janerio, Brazil in 1992. It is a plan for what is referred to as “sustainable development.” To achieve sustainable development, Agenda 21 calls for the management of all land and most human activity by the governments of the world. Through the prescribed actions in this plan, the concept of private property will be annihilated. That is why this matters.
Just a side note: Have you ever heard of the New World Order? If you did, you probably dismissed it and haven’t thought about it since. I remember being followed down a street in Florida by a man who hadn’t seen the inside of a shower in weeks and was loudly proclaiming that the new world order was coming. Understandably, I didn’t take him very seriously. However, if you’re curious as to where that phrase came from, I’ll tell you. President George H. W. Bush had returned from the Earth Summit in Rio and said this.
Shortly after the Earth Summit, Bill Clinton issued executive order #12852, establishing the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, or PCSD. This council was given 10 goals on which to counsel the president. This council presumes to manage everything from the economy to the environment to education. Perhaps the most openly sinister sounding goal is number eight: population. The description of this goal reads, “Move toward stabilization of U.S. population.”
Currently, the driving force for Agenda 21 is an organization called ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives). Working under ICLEI are over 3,000 non-government organizations, commonly referred to as NGOs. Because these organizations are not filled with democratically elected members, they are free to support Agenda 21 without answering to the people.
Like I mentioned above, there is a lot to talk about and I’m far from an expert on most of it. The rest of this article will deal with two major issues related to Agenda 21, its effect on education and on private property.
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