BOOK REVIEW

Dystopian Thriller about the Very Real UN Policy of Sustainable Development

  • Agenda 21
  • By Glenn Beck with Harriet Parke
  • Threshold Editions/Mercury Radio Arts
  • HC, 295 pages, US$26.00
  • 978-1-4767-1669-5

  • Click here to buy Agenda 21

Conservative commentator Glenn Beck has co-authored a frightening new book about the future of our society under the local auspices of ‘sustainable development,’ called Agenda 21. Although it is a work of fiction, it could become nonfiction. Agenda 21 is the United Nations program that is being implemented piecemeal by nations under a stealth plan that can be found out in the open seeking to achieve “global sustainability,” one community, one town, and one city at a time. Agenda 21 will create a planned central economy that will determine the way we live, eat, learn, move and communicate, all under the guise of “protecting the environment and saving the earth” from the human footprint. The totalitarian society portrayed in the book is eerily reminiscent of the 1949 satirical dystopian novel written by British author George Orwell entitled Nineteen Eighty-Four-1984, portending daily life under the system of totalitarian communism. In Agenda 21, humans live under severe government regulations so burdensome that life has become virtual slavery. There is no Congress, no President, or freedom. The United States has been replaced by “The Republic.” Co-author Harriet Parke decided to write the novel after discovering the truth about Agenda 21 from Beck’s exposes.

Written from the perspective of a young woman, Emmeline, the story takes place less than a generation after Agenda 21 has radically transformed American society. The goals and lingo of Agenda 21 have become fully intertwined with drastic government regulations. People were “promised Paradise” in the beginning in order to persuade them to move into “Planned Communities.” They were told that it was necessary in order to preserve the earth. Once living in these cramped quarters where the government could spy on them, it became difficult to object to anything. Elections were ended because “the officials felt that people kept making the wrong decisions.”

In Agenda 21, the government has complete control over family life, in order to ensure that citizens do not make irresponsible decisions and waste resources. Citizens are told who to marry and urged to have babies. Women are prohibited from living alone. Children are taken from their parents at birth and raised in “The Children’s Village,” where their parents are forbidden from visiting them. Babies born with defects are destroyed. Emmeline becomes pregnant and has a baby, Elsa, who is taken away from her and placed in the Children’s Village. Fortunately, she obtains employment at the Children’s Village, where she is able to occasionally sneak visits with Elsa. Emmeline goes through three husbands in a short period of time. The instant she reaches the reproduction age of 14, she is “paired” with a husband. He is eventually taken away by the Authorities when they suspect him of plotting with her father to escape from the Planned Community. Her second husband is taken away when he becomes stressed out and refuses to go to work one day.

This extreme ideological environmentalism pervades every aspect of a person’s daily life. Citizens cannot walk about freely because it is “an expense of energy that cannot be afforded.” Citizens are only permitted to wear assigned clothing, which is coded by color to reflect their various occupations. Paper, pencils and reading materials are forbidden. “Energy bicycles” have replaced cars, and the friction level on them can be increased in order to generate more energy for the State. Workers must check in with “Gatekeepers” every few hundred feet as they walk or bike to work. Those who don’t have regular jobs are required to walk every day in their sparse “Living Space” on an “energy board.” Each person is given two “nourishment cubes” per day for food.

Government propaganda is prevalent and becomes an imposed requirement. Citizens are required to greet each other with, “Praise be to the Republic.” They are required to attend “Social Updates” where they repeat verbatim after their leaders, “Praise be to the Earth we serve….praise be to the animals….I pledge to produce more than I consume.” The leaders tell them that they are better off than in other parts of the world, where others are supposedly envious of them. Citizens are required to attend “Social Reorientation Sessions” where they are told how to think. They are rewarded for reporting violations made by other citizens. Those who don’t comply fully with the system are taken away by the government and never heard from again.

What should alarm anyone reading Agenda 21 is that the heightened level of government control over society does not turn out favorably for people who want and rely upon Big Government, such as those on welfare. Those who cannot keep up with the required rules and regulations for “sustainable living,” or who are an additional burden on society due to medical conditions or other reasons, are treated as disloyal or lazy and taken away to be eliminated. Living conditions continue to deteriorate. Changes in the near future include putting friction on the children’s play energy boards, increasing the friction on citizens’ energy boards and decreasing the size of the nourishment cubes.

Emmeline’s mother-in-law sadly admits to her that the mistake they made was to trust the government too much. What gives Emmeline hope is hearing there may be people outside of the system living free somewhere, called traitors by the Authorities and “shadow people” by the citizens. Her goal is to escape outside the compound she lives at and find the free people.

The book ends with an Afterword from Beck about the history and real goals of Agenda 21 headlined by a quotation from the intellectual father for the UN’s Agenda 21 program, Dan Sitarz:

Effective execution of Agenda 21 will require a profound reorientation of all human society, unlike anything the world has ever experienced – a major shift in the priorities of both governments and individuals and an unprecedented redeployment of human and financial resources. This shift will demand that a concern for the environmental consequences of every human action be integrated into individual and collective decision-making at every level.

-Dan Sitarz, Agenda 21: The Earth Summit Strategy to Save Our Planet

Rosa Koire, author of Behind the Green Mask: UN Agenda 21, who is head of ‘Democrats Against UN Agenda 21,’ describes the UN Agenda 21 plan, not as a “conspiracy theory, but as a “factual theory.” It is all about “inventory and control” – that is having the government, on a local level, inventorying and controlling everything in our lives.

In order to stop the gradual yet steady onslaught of this radical Green global agenda that has already paralyzed Old Europe, Americans must educate themselves and as many others as possible, especially the young. Agenda 21 was written and promoted by Beck with that precept in mind because some people will learn about it easier by reading a futuristic novel.

The similarities between the changes taking place currently in our society and what has happened in the book will jar anyone. Agenda 21 is the 1984 of this century. Just as 1984 effectively warned people about the dangers of communism, Agenda 21 today warns people about the dangers of totalitarian environmentalism, innocuously disguised as “sustainability” by the United Nations.

In the meantime, this Beck-Parke book, Agenda 21 (2012) is destined to become the classic of our day joining the genre of such socially undesirable and frightening dystopian novels as Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World (1932), George Orwell’s 1984 (1949), Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 (1951) and Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange (1962), adapted to film of the same name in 1971. Except for the actual ongoing worldwide implementation of these UN Earth Summit Agenda 21 policies at local levels adopted by member countries, this too would be just another fictional novel.


Rachel Alexander is the founder of the Intellectual Conservative and an attorney. Ms. Alexander is also a contributor to

SFPPR News & Analysis .

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