After all, what's wrong with being 'sustainable'? What's wrong with thinking of us as 'one world'? Aren't we one world, really?
As one of us said recently, it's the tactics they use. Silencing dissent. Vicious verbal attacks. Slander. Taking over neighborhood associations. Taking over sections of a city. Using groups to create subgroups and more sub sub groups that then support each other and crowd out any real, actual community input.
Frankly, I feel that my civil rights have been chilled. Frozen. Speaking out is not tolerated. In a sense, a 1984 sense, I am concerned that the only ones reading this will be those who are watching. Funny, we've been called property rights advocates like that's a bad thing. Private ownership of property is a fundamental cornerstone of our nation. Is it that so few people own property now and they feel envious and angry that others do? I noticed that ICLEI, if you search on it as an employer, shows that it employs about 220 people, median age 29, and 55% female. Are these young women paid a decent wage or are they only able to afford an apartment in one of the high density urban rental buildings next to a freeway? Why wouldn't they want to share the wealth? They don't have any.
Recruitment for the splinter groups seems to focus on those who are misfits, extremists, zealots, and generally rigidly regimented and controllable by 'group leaders'. The environmental groups have morphed from those who like to hike and appreciate the outdoors to those with a social engineering agenda. There was a program put together by Sonoma County Conservation Action, a political environmental group which endorses candidates, a program called "Know Your Neighbor." A very nice young woman was in charge of it. She came to my door to talk to me about it. The goal was to have someone on every block who would know everyone and also know their political opinions so that they could be engaged when issues were coming up for a vote. NO KIDDING.
Have you read 'LIfe and Death in Shanghai' by Nien Cheng ? A true account of Ms. Cheng's experiences living through the Gang of Four's control of Communist China in the 1960's. I read it and thought, I've witnessed some of this myself. Here. In Sonoma County.