And they call us conspiracy nuts?

We were just thinking about the Total Information Awareness Act (TIA) from the early 2000’s and wondered what happened with all of those DARPA (Defense Dept) programs that sounded like something out of a bizarre 1984 fantasy or a Men in Black movie. By the way, did you know that the Defense Department DOES hire Hollywood screenwriters to come up with scenarios for them? Yep, they do.

Well, anyway, we wondered if TIA was REALLY dead since Congress said that they were not going to fund the surveillance of US citizens within our own borders. You remember, don’t you? One of the programs was going to allow people to BET on the potential for war in different locales. We’re not making this up. When Congress realized it wasn’t a joke they quashed it. The logo for TIA is particularly creepy; it shows that eye on the pyramid that’s on the back of the dollar bill beaming yellow light at the entire planet—the all seeing eyeball.

We didn’t do too much research, just took a look at Wikipedia. And found that some of those programs are still being funded. Now, total information is vital to Agenda 21/Sustainable Development. Really, it’s all about information. What you do, what you think, how to identify you, what you write, what you read, where you live, who you know, how you earn money and where you keep it, meetings you attend, conversations you have, your attitude, your hopes, your fears. Facial recognition software. Software that recognizes you even if you are completely covered from head to toe. Remote surveillance with drones the size and shape of a hummingbird. Audio surveillance. Infiltration of groups. Asset Based Community Development. Community Oriented Policing. Rails to Trails. Community Block Grants. Redevelopment. Neighborhood Stabilization. SMART METERS.

A vital part of Agenda 21 is PREVENTIVE measures to stop crime (thought crime?) before it happens. To actually intercede in communities and identify potential criminals and pay them a little visit BEFORE they commit a crime. OK, you might think to yourself that you like the idea of stopping criminals before they commit a crime.

What’s a crime? Who decides? What is a crime against the community? Who is a criminal? What is terrorism? Who is a terrorist?

UN Agenda 21/Sustainable Development expands the definitions of criminality and terrorism. Countries that used the Communitarian ideology to determine criminality are Russia, China, Franco’s Spain, Mussolini’s Italy, Hitler’s Germany…do you see?

Are you a liberal identified person? Do you see the protection of the planet as something that you are willing to make sacrifices for? Fine. But have you thought about what those sacrifices will be? Do you feel the stress of money going into ‘higher, tighter, and righter hands’ as George Bush 1st stated? That was furthered by Clinton, and then Bush, and now Obama. All faces of the same Agenda.

Part of Agenda 21 is to limit your choices, restrict your money, exhaust you with overwork and commitments, destabilize your personal environment, subvert your education and discourage critical thinking; the list goes on.

STOP AGENDA 21/SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT by educating yourself and talking about it. Turn off the TV. Make this your hobby, your avocation. Have the courage to be a bit unpopular sometimes.

Oppose Agenda 21 in Madison, Wisconsin; Stop Agenda 21 in St. Louis, MO; Fight Agenda 21 in Seattle, WA; Expose Sustainable Development in Camden, NJ; Say NO to Smart Meters in Santa Cruz, CA; Oppose Sustainable Development in Los Angeles, CA—Stand up. Speak out. We’re with you.

See our website: http://www.DemocratsAgainstUNAgenda21.com for more info and What You Can Do!

General AND Comprehensive: The Plan

We’ve been receiving your emails and answering some questions. Here’s one:

Our county (city, village, township, province) is making a Comprehensive Plan now. What is that? Is it related to Agenda 21?

Yes. A Comprehensive Plan is also called a General Plan, and is mandated/required by State law. It is a long range plan for the physical development of the jurisdiction. It may be called Your Town 2020 or 2035, or something similar. You get it from your Community Development/Planning Department. The law requires specific contents of the General Plan (transportation, biological resources, community develoment, energy, and our personal favorite; the Socioeconomic Element.

The Socioeconomic Element will generally include: Community participation (Delphi meetings), Public Safety (Community Oriented Policing), Environmental Justice (curbing or eliminating industry), Child Care (child endangerment/family law), Education (indoctrination), Economy (picking winners and losers), Parks and Recreation (bike lanes).

The General Plan/Comprehensive Plan is adopted by your municipality after lots of meetings where the public is invited and those who are ‘team players’ and toadies are identified and honored as ‘community leaders.’ Those who raise objections are also identified. The General Plan will be used to deny property owners the right to use their land as it was previously zoned, and will identify the rights of the community as ‘balancing environmental protection with the needs of present and future residents for housing, jobs, and recreation, and on the need for transportation options to reduce dependence on automobile use.’ (Quote from Marin Countywide Plan, Marin County, California) Note the word “balancing”. That’s a key jargon word for Communitarians. It means that your individual rights are not as important and will be disregarded for the ‘community’s rights.’

This is the idea of planning a sustainable community. It is an ideology that was formed by people with little or no real-world experience in farming, industry, or property development. It forms the framework and justification for many of the restrictive laws and regulations that strangle opportunity for all but the chosen few. It is a land use plan but it extends far beyond the boundaries of the property lines into the life decisions we make. As with everything impacted by Communitarianism, the governing body knows better than the individual how life should be lived. The General Plan is the method, the document, the comprehensive design for living that is imposed upon us. With our input, they assure us. You’ll hear this: ‘This is YOUR plan. We are just responding to what YOU want.’

In this way, Agenda 21/Sustainable Development is implemented and justified for the masses.

Milk and Water: No Labels and the Third Way

You may have heard about the No Labels campaign. It’s a new political movement, a sort of counter to the Tea Party for those on the left or more left-leaning. No Labels. Not Republicans, Not Democrats, Not Independents. No label.

Ok, we took a look.

They’re Communitarians.
Another term for this is the Third Way.

The enlightened compromise. The civilized synthesis. The educated answer is consensus, they say. This is the heart of Communitarianism. Why? Communitarianism is the ‘balancing of the individual’s rights against those of the community.’ In the US Constitution we are guaranteed rights that we were born with: life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. That last one, as you know, was to be ‘property.’ Property is not just land. YOU are your own property. That was an element of fundamental freedom.

So how can you ‘balance’ those rights with those of the community? The community has no rights under the US Constitution. Individuals have rights and responsibilities, but the community as a whole, what is that? The collective? Whenever you ‘balance’ or subsume, or subordinate, or consensus-ize the individuals’ rights you’ll get something different from what we are guaranteed under the Constitution.

Here’s an example.
Let’s take two glasses and set them on a table.
One glass is full of water. Let’s call it a Republic.
The other glass is full of milk. Let’s call it a Communitarian state.

Now we’ll get a glass pitcher and set it on the table.

Let’s balance the water with the milk by pouring them both into the pitcher.

What do you have?
It’s not water anymore, is it?
It’s milk. Watery milk. But milk. Not water.

The Third Way.

Communitarianism. Balancing your individual rights with the ‘rights’ of the community. This is being pitched to you as the new enlightened form of political discourse. You are ‘selfish’ if you insist on your individual rights and freedoms. This is the justification for Agenda 21-Sustainable Development. For the good of the planet. For everyone’s security. For your health. To protect your children. To limit workplace violence. To stop bullying.

All of these things are laudable, but somehow they always result in more restrictive laws that affect everyone. They criminalize everyone. In our town, the Civil Code has been criminalized. What does that mean? If you don’t mow your lawn it’s a misdemeanor.

Will your child have a criminal record if he calls another kid a ‘queer?’ Will you be held responsible if your employee shoots someone and you knew he was upset over a breakup with his wife? Will your 15 year old daughter be strip-searched at the airport? Will you lose custody of your 10 year old because he is obese? Will you be evicted from your apartment because you smoked on your balcony in violation of a local ordinance? Will you be taxed for driving 15 miles to work instead of riding your bike? Will you be fined for watering your vegetable garden? Will your Smart Meter be used to tell advertisers what to sell you? Will your Smart vehicle with remote shut off capability be shut down by someone in your State capitol while you’re driving? Will your neighbor report you to the Community Oriented Policing Unit of your local PD because you seemed to be acting strangely? Your rights have been balanced.

That was easy, wasn’t it? No Labels. Why not? Maybe they don’t have the guts to say what their label should be. Or maybe they figure you’ll never guess.

For more on this please go to our website: http://www.DemocratsAgainstUNAgenda21.com and look at the blog The Way We See It under ‘Communitarianism’.

The 98th monkey and YOU: CRITICAL MASS

A quick check of the internet will bring you to many hundreds of sites, and millions of pages on Agenda 21, ICLEI, communitarianism, and the impacts that we all see in our communities.

We are reaching critical mass.  The question, of course, is what do we do now?  You are doing it.  Reading, talking about it, blogging about it, tweeting, facebooking—getting the word out more and more.

The Hundredth Monkey story is a good one.  Lots of monkeys on an island, one learns how to open a particular kind of shell.  He shows a monkey, who shows a monkey etc.  Progress is slow on the shell-opening front.  Then, the 99th monkey learns it.  Suddenly, all the monkeys seem to know the trick.

We are at the 98th monkey.  Read our page: What you can do!  and do it!  Let’s turn back the tide and stop this in Sonoma County, Marin County, Los Angeles County, San Francisco …Portland, Seattle, Boise, Las Vegas, Phoenix.  Let’s stop Agenda 21 in Chicago, in New Orleans, Atlanta, Asheville, Richmond, Tampa, Raleigh.  Let’s block Agenda 21 in Dallas, Houston, Galveston, and Detroit, Nashville, New York, Pittsburgh.  Join us in kicking ICLEI out of Spokane, Cleveland, Georgetown and YOUR TOWN.

There is power in true grassroots activism.  Don’t be swayed by dogma.  You can be green and conserve energy and be a responsible world member without losing your rights and liberty.  Just because others have used the communitarian trick of ‘balancing your rights with the community good’ doesn’t mean that this makes sense.  A + B does not equal F and you are smart enough to see it.

BE THE 99TH MONKEY.  STOP AGENDA 21.  JOIN US.

WWW.DEMOCRATSAGAINSTUNAGENDA21.COM

Why Communitarianism threatens a free society

I have been reading articles by Amitai Etzioni, the professor at George Washington University, who is the director of the Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies.  He founded the Communitarian Network, a non-profit ‘dedicated to the moral, social, and political foundations of society,’ and is the world’s leading proponent of communitarianism.

It doesn’t do you much good to criticize a theory without thorough research into it, so I’m doing my homework.

An article by Etzioni in the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs entitled The Common Good and Rights, A Neo-Communitarian Approach (Winter/Spring 2009), is a concise argument for the central tenet of communitarianism: The common good must be a central part of our public morality, and human rights  and liberty must be subsumed into the service of all members of the society.  This is what he calls ‘balancing.’

Etzioni states that where there is no ‘community’ the people are disaffected, lonely, anti-social, alienated, and prone to finding artificial community such as gangs and militias.  Without community, in his view, there are no informal social controls that will serve to enforce the moral code and commitments of the residents. The antidote, he says, is to produce a community that uses censure, or pressure, to control behavior.

Here’s an example of what’s wrong with that concept.

Now, in an open society, such as the one we are now building, a gay person can live freely in many places.  An outsider just 25 years ago (and of course, still, in many places), a gay person is now able to form loving attachments without fear of job loss, loss of children, or shunning by society.  But if you take a look at the ‘community’ of Etzioni’s making, you’re looking at America in the 1950’s.  At a society that can shun you, shame you, reject you, attack you, and claim it’s for the common good.  And they truly believed that.  And many of them were good people.  And still are.  And if you define the common good as producing uniformity, and regulated, wholly expected results, then I suppose homosexuality is not in line with the common good.  But why would you want complete uniformity in your culture?  There is a perceived threat.  Whether it’s valid or not, the group can decide to reject and stigmatize a whole segment of the population.  For the common good.

Now, this is the kind of thing that was done in the name of religious prosecution.  Community morality.  How many have been persecuted or killed because they didn’t have the right religion?  This empowers mob rule.  Enforcement of morals outside of the law is not serving the Constitution of the United States.  Etzioni says that common moral beliefs make a community.  That sounds like a religion. Like environmentalism?  Has ‘green’ been hijacked and transformed to a secular religion?  Is it being used as an excuse and justification for restriction of individual rights?  Etzioni is defining the community as the planet.  The global village.  So, by extension,  just your use of the resources on the planet can endanger it, and make you a threat to the common good.

Your rights have been ‘balanced’ against the rights of the community as determined by some.  Whoever is the most dominant group.  Some group is going to be making these decisions.  How is the good of the community determined?  By the Delphi Technique?

Our constitution guarantees individual rights for a reason.  Because they are the first thing to go when a community takes on the role of the arbiter of behavior.

I do not feel comforted by the idea of community rule.  I have been at the receiving end of community attack.  Abuse.  Cruelty.  Why?  Because I dared to speak out about what was wrong.  Are these the people we want dictating what is for the good of the community?  The only way you can get to what Etzioni is talking about is to overthrow our entire system of law.  Our constitution and legal system are based on individual rights.

In Etzioni’s article he states:
“The neo-communitarian position seeks to understand as well as design society in light of the inevitable conflicts between rights, which privilege the person, and concerns for the common good, which privilege the community or society.”

Did you catch that? Design society in light of the inevitable conflicts between rights and the common good.

Re-Designing society. This is happening now.  In your town.  Right in your neighborhood association, your PTA, your city council, your place of worship, your local planning department, your schools.  This is not a remote, scholarly concept.  This is being imposed and enacted across the nation.

The overthrow of our legal system is in progress by the election of politicians  and judges who support communitarianism and Agenda 21.  For the common good.