Articles & Interviews
Michael Shaw, an attorney and accountant, is a founding member of Freedom Advocates (www.freedomadvocates.org and www.libertygarden.com), formerly known as Freedom 21 Santa Cruz, www.Freedom21SantaCruz.net). Freedom Advocates tries to help local, grass-roots groups defend their unalienable rights, including private property rights, from federal and local programs associated with U.N. Agenda 21, Sustainable Development, and Smart Growth. Shaw has been dealing with these issues since the mid-1990’s, when he was active with the Santa Cruz County Planning Board. Santa Cruz County was one of the first counties in America to be targeted to implement Agenda 21 policies. Shaw’s recent articles include: “Sustainable Trouble: The Attempt to Transform the Vision of America” (www.newswithviews.com/guest_opinion/guest66.htm) and “Liberty or Sustainable Development?” (www.newswithviews.com/Shaw/michael13.htm).
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Michael Shaw- 5/19/09
Agenda 21 is the United Nations’ Agenda for the 21st century that was unveiled at the 1992 U.N. Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro- the so-called “Rio Earth Summit.” 179 nations have agreed to implement Agenda 21 policies, so the policies are now being implemented worldwide. In America, it is being implemented by all federal agencies and in every county. Shaw asserts that Agenda 21 is a global/local program intended to wrest sovereignty from individuals and existing political structures and invest power and control in the United Nations.
Joan Veon (In Prince Charles: The “Sustainable Prince”), paraphrases Agenda 21/Sustainable Development as follows: “The world has too many people, and if we do not reduce the number of people on planet earth they will use up all of the earth’s resources so that future generations will be left without any resources. The United Nations is the best global body to monitor, manage, and preserve the resources of the planet.”
In practice, Agenda 21/Sustainable Development goals are advanced by “Public-Private Partnerships” – an alliance between government, big business, and non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) that are allied with big business. The common name for political systems controlled by corporate government, of course, is “fascism.” A current example of a state/region now completely under corporate rule is Queensland, Australia, which is now under the authority of the Brigalow Corporation (http://www.nickmaine.info/Documents/update_re_brigalow_corp.htm). Shaw refers to this corporate take-over of entire states and regions as “a thousand points of darkness.”
The sponsors of Agenda 21 utilize programs such the Wildlands Project, World Heritage Sites, National Heritage Areas, roadless programs, and wolf re-introduction programs, to move towards their stated goal of making at least 50% of America off-limits to the American people. They advocate re-apportioning the country into “core reserves” (which are completely off limits to people), corridors, and buffer zones (where only public-private partnerships could operate). People would be herded into “Smart Growth” zones or “human settlements,” where they would be confined to high-rise buildings. Individual rights, including private property rights, would be stripped away. Agenda 21/Sustainable Development documents call for reduction of the human population from the present 6.6 billion down to about 1 billion people, that is, by 85%.
Who would benefit from such a system? Shaw says we need to understand that “funny money” is made out of thin air by a small ruling elite- and that this tiny ruling elite is the driving force behind Agenda 21. Today, both Republicans and Democrats are completely committed to implementing Agenda 21. Whereas Republicans have joined forces with political parties from numerous other nations in the International Democratic Union (IDU), Democrats have signed on with another international coalition, the Democratic Leadership Council, which is the brainchild of Britain’s Tony Blair. Both of these internationalist groups advocate the adoption of the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights.
What’s wrong with that? In contrast to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees that individual rights and civil liberties, including private property rights, are unalienable rights given to us by God, the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights (Article 29, Section 3) states that our “rights” are subject to U.N. policies and dictates. In other words, our rights are what the U.N. tells us they are. In this kind of system, all people can become serfs and slaves of the tiny ruling elite.
Shaw notes that Agenda 21 is an attempt to implement “fascist Communism” or “communist Fascism”- or a political system where “the social policies are communist and the economic policies are fascist.” The program is entirely Fabian socialist (or communism in slow motion). In order to obtain their New World Order by stealth and slow, imperceptible changes, Fabian socialists have adopted motto is “Two steps forward and one step back.” But once this kind of feudal “collectivism” is implemented, human life will be completely altered, much as in George Orwell’s 1984..
How are Agenda 21 policies being implemented in America today? When local governments accept the carrot of federal grant monies and begin to utilize the standard “consensus process” (manipulated by trained “change agents”), communities begin creating their own “visionary plans.” However, somehow each community’s “consensus process” typically leads to the implementation of identical “Local Agenda 21,” “Smart Growth,” and “Sustainable Development” initiatives. And invariably, these initiatives strip citizens of their private property rights, etc. Invariably, the changes also lead to “regionalization” of governments and weakening of democratic structures or eradication of democracy altogether.
Our “globalist manipulators” get people to buy into these programs with the innocuous-sounding phrases like the “Three E’s:” equity, economy, and environment.” However, if we look carefully, we see these the meanings of these words have been distorted in Orwellian fashion, such that each term means something completely different from what we thought it did.
Today, federal and state governments are completely on board U.N. Agenda 21 and each federal agency submits an annual progress report demonstrating their progress toward implementing Agenda 21 programs. The Dept. of Interior, for instance, now defines humans as “biological resources.”
According to Sun Tzu, the Chinese expert on warfare, we need to understand our enemy and ourselves. Shaw observes that the American education system, which has been transformed by Dewey and others into a system for “robotizing” America’s youth. Another area of concern is that local groups are typically heavily infiltrated. Thus, we can expect to be lead down paths that are dead ends. Think tanks are particularly affected. The primary m.o. of our globalist manipulators is to “divide and conquer.” Another goal of our globalist manipulators is to create (artificial) resource shortages; which they can use to justify and implement population reductions. By re-designating large areas as wildlands, for example, government can create water, oil, or food shortages. And of course, another common practice is to sell off public assets to private companies in a process known as “privatization.”
Agenda 21 policies directly attack rural America in order to gain control of resources in rural areas. Thus, those who own a ranches or a farms are under intense economic pressure. Shaw believes that if America’s rural landowners lose this battle, all Americans lose.
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) should really be called “extra-governmental organizations” because they serve corporate interests rather than those of citizens. Shaw asserts that the Sierra Club, for example is an NGO that, like the other approximately 2000 NGO’s, has been accredited by the U.N. under the condition that they will help implement Agenda 21. He notes that the Sierra Club currently sits on many water boards throughout the West. Again, their goal is to control water resources in order to create artificial water shortages. Shaw notes that whereas Americans today use an average 140 gallons of water per day, the World Bank is calling for a reduction of global per capita water to only 10 gallons per day. So get used to not taking showers.
The good news? Our globalist manipulators are behind schedule in their drive to global tyranny. Their “consensus councils” are not working at the local level. Citizens are waking up and resisting intelligently. And there may be divisions within the ruling elite themselves. For example, the forces led by Prince Charles are not necessarily compatible with those lead by Gorbachev. And some of our politicians are waking up too. Representative Ron Paul, for example, has recently raised the issue of “honest money.”
Freedom 21 (Freedom Advocates) convened their 9th Annual Freedom21 National Conference in Dallas, Texas in July, 2008. The theme was connecting the dots between such policies as the Real ID Act, the Animal Registration Act, regional water policies, the Trans-Texas Corridor, and the North American Union.
We need to realize that the battle is in our counties, where Local Agenda 21 is being implemented. In order to fight more effectively at the local level, we need to understand the global dynamics of Agenda 21/Sustainable Development.
Co-host interviewer Dr. Eric Karlstrom recommended that those interested in learning more about Agenda 21 read his recent summary article: “Global Green Dictatorship: Regional Governance, U.N. Agenda 21, Sustainable Development, and the Wildlands Project”