Agenda 21 - Sustainable Development
Using the admirable Sustainable Development catchphrase, Agenda 21 uses people's natural concern about the world's future to advance a more hidden agenda. A YouTube video, produced by the United Nations, defines sustainable development as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It aims to accomplish this by meeting 17 goals that make everyone feel warm and fuzzy. You can watch this video (or read similar published documents) several times and still not get any real information out of it. But you'll end up feeling really hopeful about the future, knowing that something can be, and is being, done about it.
Over the last few decades, Agenda 21 has spread widely and deeply within western society. Non-profit organizations, particularly ICLEI, promote Agenda 21 and its goals to local and regional governments, who seem more than willing to accept its benefits. Something that makes voters feel good about themselves, about the future, and about what government is doing to protect them and their descendants; what more could a politician want?
The problem is, beyond the warm and fuzzy aspects, most of the actions being undertaken toward achieving these 17 vaguely defined goals don't actually do much good. Who cares that private land is expropriated in order to build bicycle paths that don't go anywhere and will barely be used? It's the appearance of doing something to improve our lifestyles and protect future generations that is important.
What these goals actually do accomplish though, is to increase the dependency of individuals on government, to get citizens comfortable with governments that are able to control things for the good of their future. And with regional committees and councils and public meetings, it's easy to fool people into thinking that they are actually providing useful input and helping make decisions. (Exercise: check the historical definition of soviet and research how the Delphi Method can be abused.)
It's not the Big Brother state that we need to worry about (that's already here); it's the Big Mother state that we should 👇