Hassinger: Ahh, yes, those “right-wing conspiracy theorists” like Rosa Koire, the self-described “pro-choice Democrat” and “extreme social liberal” with 30 years in the property appraisal business. She may be just another kook, but she’s at least stable enough to have written a book about the topic, which grew out of her experience fighting eminent domain abuse in California. So when you dismiss the whole notion with an ad hominem on the right wing, please be sure to include her.
But before you do, ask where those folks got their crazy ideas. A single drip? Not exactly. The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives was founded in 1990 (at the UN) and now calls itself ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. “ICLEI is a powerful movement of 12 mega-cities, 100 super-cities and urban regions, 450 large cities as well as 450 small and medium-sized cities and towns in 84 countries.” Whoa, that’s crazy, right? No, that’s how the organization describes itself on its own website. And it’s not like they’re in our backyards or anything, except for the ICLEI members Athens-Clarke County, Chatham County, Fulton County, and the cities of Atlanta, Savannah, Decatur (of course!) and Tybee Island.
The real problem with the anti-Agenda 21 people is that it’s impossible to go only halfway down a slippery slope, and some of those involved in shrieking about this are as crazy as Gen. Jack D. Ripper in Dr. Strangelove. (Substitute “fluoridation of our water” for “Delphi mind control” and you’ll see what I mean.)You ever see a Rooskie using the Delphi mind control techniques, Mandrake?
I’ve seen nothing in Agenda 21 that “forces” local governments to adopt UN-approved zoning and housing regulations. And while I have seen public-private partnerships, (conservatives call that “privatization”) and regional governance (T-SPLOST, anyone?) being touted as good things, (they often are) I think American property rights were damaged far more by the Kelo vs. New London decision by the US Supreme Court than they will ever be by the blue-helmeted eco-warriors at the UN.
Turkheimer: It’s not about the left or right wing (the 9/11 truthers and voting machine folks are primarily left wing), it’s about extremism. It’s about discrediting ideas that disagree with your own, not on the merits, but by ascribing them to a shadow society with mind control tactics (the Delphi principle) with a plot to take over the world.
ICLEI provides research information and programs to cities that would be too expensive for them to get on their own. I’d say they should be burned at the stake, except I’m worried about the carbon emissions.