Monday, June 18, 2012

Canadian Radio Discusses Agenda 21
Mike Marnell sent me the above-linked radio show concerning Agenda 
21. The hosts, Ron Stephens and John Conner, and their guest, 
Jessica Lauren Annis, are knowledgeable. Annis is a trained city 
planner who blanched at the indoctrination in her education in 
Canadian universites. She heads a group called Operation Pushback
Be patient with the tape's quality. I listened to the whole show. It is well 
worth your time. 
Mike Marnell, publisher of The Lincoln Eagle, asked me to listen to it. 
I had just written the following introduction to Agenda 21 for The Eagle

Introduction to Agenda 21

Mitchell Langbert, Ph.D.

Agenda 21 celebrated its 20th birthday this month.  It is an environmentalist plan of action that aims to reduce your standard of living.  It is not a fantasy or theory.  It was signed under the administration of a Republican president, George H.W. Bush.   According to the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs' Division for Sustainable Development's website (
Agenda 21 is 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…
The United States has agreed to be subsumed under the "United Nations System" without public debate.  According to an informal straw poll that The Lincoln Eagle has conducted, no politician in Kingston has heard of Agenda 21; Mayor Gallo and his colleagues cannot assess the degree to which the proposed city plan reflects it. 
The text of UN Agenda 21 is posted on the aforementioned website.   It combines environmental extremism with economic illiteracy.  It advocates globalization and concentration of corporate economic power.  It claims that because Americans have a high standard of living other countries are poor.  This claim is incorrect. Human capital, entrepreneurship, and technological innovation create wealth.  In the 1940s Henry Hazlitt wrote an excellent book, Economics in One Lesson, which anticipated and refuted the fallacies that the UN now perpetuates through Agenda 21.  
UN Agenda 21 serves as a coordinating document for numerous initiatives, including town and city plans that have been proposed by politically connected consultants in Olive, Woodstock, and other towns in Ulster County and around the country.  The initiatives tend to reduce or attack small landholders' property rights while facilitating land grabs by banks and large developers.   Using terms like smart growth, cluster housing, and green development, the plans combine a pretense of environmentalism with intended subsidization of well-connected banks and developers.  The US Green Building Council's Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) is linked to Agenda 21.  I interviewed LEED's sponsors; they told me that they have designed a building code that they would like to see implemented everywhere in the country.  The code would coerce new building standards; some proponents advocate making it retroactive, which would force moderate-income homeowners who cannot afford tens of thousands of dollars in retrofitting costs into city projects.   President Obama's failed Cap and Trade bill would have enforced expensive regulations on individual homeowners and initially called for retrofitting.   The Olive Town Plan mentioned, but did not insist on, refitting.
Under Agenda 21, commercial banks benefit by lending for city projects; developers profit from sweetheart deals; politicians like Senator Bonacic and Congressman Hinchey benefit from campaign contributions; environmentalists empty the rural regions of human population;  special interests celebrate while the average homeowner's life is diminished.  

Sunday, June 17, 2012

A Short History of Progressivism

The Progressives claimed that they could expand government, but freedom's improvement in the standard of living and lessening of income inequality would continue.  The improvement in the standard of living stopped and income inequality increased, but the Progressives said that it wasn't due to Progressivism; it was, they said, due to freedom.


H/t Jim Crum.

Johnson Threatens Romney's Viability

Gary Johnson may prevent Mitt Romney's election in November. Real Clear Politics says that Johnson aims to utilize increasingly important social media; if the strategy is successful and Johnson wins 15% in three national polls, he will participate in the national debates. This will be an important step to ending the two-party system, which has led to increasing corruption and ever bigger government.  Politico notes that an Arizona survey found that Johnson will receive nine percent. The poll, published by Public Policy Polling on May 23, notes that, in a head-to-head race, Romney leads Obama by 50 to 43 percent in Arizona. Although 80% of Arizona voters say that they are not sure of their opinion of Gary Johnson, question 11 indicates this:

11. If the candidates for President this year were Democrat Barack Obama, Republican Mitt Romney, and Libertarian Gary Johnson, who would you vote for?
Barack Obama................................................ 41%
Mitt Romney................................................... 45%
Gary Johnson ................................................. 9%
Undecided....................................................... 6%

According to The New Mexico Watchdog, also based on a Public Policy Polling poll, Johnson was polling at seven percent in a three-way race among himself, Obama, and Romney. Obama wins against Romney in a two-way race, but wins by a 75 percent larger margin (48-44 versus 46-39) if Johnson is included. 

Johnson says that he has an eight percent support level nationally.  Public Policy Polling is a Democratic poll.  Unfortunately, the Republican Rasmussen poll so far has excluded Johnson.  Its results may therefore be distorted in Romney's favor.  If Johnson is polling more than five percent, polling firms should include him. Their margin of error (confidence interval in percentage terms) is smaller than Johnson's support.  In other words, they can't argue that Johnson's effect will be overwhelmed by random noise. It is bigger than random noise, and it will hurt Romney.

It is unfortunate that the GOP has chosen to pursue a big-government strategy.  I would like to see Obama unseated, but the cycle of pitting a corrupt, big-government Republican against a corrupt, socialist Democrat needs to end. Those who oppose the expansive state that Romney advocates will be drawn to Johnson.  His name recognition is still low, so six to eight percent may be significantly less than his ultimate support. The law suits being planned against the Romney campaign by Lawyers for Ron Paul (h/t Mike Marnell) may add to Johnson's support. Lawyers for Ron Paul alleges significant voter fraud and criminality in the Romney campaign.  If these allegations are extended over the next five months, they may raise the support level for Johnson.   The 15 percent target means that anyone who favors less government wastes their vote by supporting Romney.

Lawyers for Ron Paul Alleges Massive Voter Fraud by Romney Campaign

Audio Recording: 'WTPN presents The Liberty Hour - EPISODE19' From 'WTPN presents The Liberty Hour'

About 19 minutes, 50 seconds in: "I am accusing the Romney campaign of organized criminal acts...the Romney campaign moves from state to state like locust committing criminal acts in convention after convention..."