Local crazy talk gets national attention
Or rather, a kooky conspiracy theory spouted by local developer types is included in a list compiled by The Atlantic — Inside Agenda 21: The International Tyranny of Bike Lanes.
Humboldt joins Georgia, North Carolina and El Dorado County (among others) as places where Republicans are raving about a wicked plot to make people embrace ideas like sustainable growth and non-motorized transportation.
From the article:
Agenda 21 is right now an important issue that is being passionately debated in many state legislatures around the country, but it’s mostly been ignored by our national leaders and the press. It is being ignored because it is an insane conspiracy theory… [Agenda 21] makes your standard calls for sustainable growth — energy conservation and all that. “Principle 1: Human beings are at the centre of concerns for sustainable development. They are entitled to a healthy and productive life in harmony with nature.”
But to some conservatives, all that do-gooder speak is actually just a cover for something much more sinister: the creation of a new one world government.
In Eureka, the lunacy started early this month with an op-ed by Kay Backer, spokeswoman for local Republican big shot Rob Arkley. Since then, failed Humboldt County Supervisor candidate Karen Brooks has taken up the bell-ringing in spirited wave of public comments and opinion pieces.
Not long ago Arkley and friends were trying to convince you that his proposed big box mall was “smart growth.” Perhaps they were possessed by the devil. Or at least the U.N.