There were about 15 of us here on Wednesday night, including one gentleman in a tricornered hat, to listen to Hal Shurtleff, the regional director of the John Birch Society, explain the plot.
And about early on in Shurtleff's spiel, about when he
referred to the U.N. as "the House of Hiss," and shortly before he
began whacking the U.N. around for the alleged crimes of its peacekeepers around the world, I remembered something I'd forgotten about the Birchers: For all their elaborate and fascinating conspiracy-spinning, they're as dull as dishwater.
"You can take American public transportation," Shurtleff
said, "if you dare.
(He also later described Mexican immigration to this country as "another kind of environmental disaster.
Sooner or later, the old demons come peeking out from behind the sheets.)
In short, the basic pitch of the Birchers has remained the same, even with the disappearance of communism practically everywhere in the world.
maintains that it hasn't really disappeared anyway.
The one-worlders who always have been behind the scheming have simply reconstituted themselves as the environmental movement, and they are pursuing the goals of a communist state, one solar trash-compactor at a time.
Having established the U.N. as the center of this new movement to confiscate all the private land in the world, Shurtleff links Agenda 21 to the 10 Planks Of Communism ("Number Three: abolition of private property.
That's Agenda 21 in a nutshell."), and he
explains how "communitarianism" and "communism" are basically the same thing.
As to the fact that Agenda 21 is merely a set of non-binding resolutions, and that the ICLEI
is a voluntary organization that merely makes recommendations, Shurtleff
pivots neatly to the notion that your local government has bought into the secret plans, that we are all, essentially, "being bribed with our own money."
Later on Wednesday night, Shurtleff
was followed to the podium by Dave Kopacz, a local planning and environmental official from the town of Ware, in the western part of the state.