Recently a friend forwarded me a 2008 PowerPoint presentation titled Public Participation and Social Justice that was presented to the American Institute of Certified Planners, also known as AICP (the professional institute of the American Planning Association, also known at APA) based out of Chicago with a staff in Washington, DC.
We could say, “Chicago—that figures!” It just so happens that their office is in Chicago because this is a global effort based on Marxist theories and Progressive community organizers.
So what is a planner exactly? The Bureau of Labor Statistics defines what they do.
Urban and regional planners develop plans and programs for the use of land. They use planning to create communities, accommodate growth, or revitalize physical facilities in towns, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas.
You probably have one in your community. It seems innocent enough, but when did you attend your last local city or county council meetings?
Most of them have professional certifications. According to Wikipedia, a “professional certification, trade certification, or professional designation, often called simply certification or qualification, is a designation earned by a person to assure qualification to perform a job or task. Not all certifications that use post-nominal letters are an acknowledgement of educational achievement, or an agency appointed to safeguard the public interest.”
While this subject is much deeper than I have room to completely touch on here, I found some very interesting activities going on with this group, so I started by checking out their social media link.
In the About section on AICPs Facebook page, we read the following phrases:
We seek…advances for the principles of sustainability (read Agenda 21), inclusion, and nondiscrimination. …America’s communities face challenges of the future, including globalization and global warming (read Socialism)….We value choice and community engagement, diversity, inclusion and social equity….(read Communism).
Judge for yourself from these additional excerpts off of their website:
APA and AICP have worked to increase social equity, diversity, and minority participation….
APA’s Community Planning Assistance Teams (CPAT) address issues of social equity, inclusion….
Discover three essential components of any successful meeting. Learn to deal with troublesome attendees and work effectively with the media.
(Troublesome attendees? Hmmm. Who could that be—Conservatives?)
We measure our success by the successes of our members and the communities they serve. Our vision is of a nation of vital communities, fully accessible to all people, with:
· Social, economic, and racial equity and integration;
· Decisions based on sustainability at all levels;
· Natural resources protected or managed in a sustainable way;
· Citizens who actively participate in making the choices that determine their future.
The APA is actively engaged in promoting Agenda 21 and has issued Agenda 21: Myths and Facts. The second paragraph in this piece of propaganda trash reads as follows: “Below are some of the misconceptions, exaggerations and outright mistruths that have been disseminated by opponents as it relates to planning and planners in the United States.”
Planning at the local level is a necessary part of their process to accomplish their Agenda 21 goals. They know that getting government agencies (city/county planning commissions, mayors, city councils, etc.) involved is a key component, but they also realize that governments have constraints. They attempt to overcome those by developing citizen advocates into community organizers.
So you might think that the Agenda 21 movement is harmless and say it’s a global matter, kind of like people who say Communist brainwashing does not take place in my child’s neighborhood school.
Oh yes it does, and we see the results in the last two presidential elections.
What started in 1992 with the United Nations has now moved to your community, and it’s all about the Green Movement, redistribution of wealth, shelter for all (government housing), public health (watch for vaccinations), changing consumption patterns (food distribution), changing population (how many children you can have and killing off the seniors via ObamaCare). You will be told what land you get to keep, what car you can drive, where you can live and how much energy you can use (i.e., Smart Meters). We have one installed on our home—not by choice! Please watch the video.
Speaking of seniors—they know history. Get rid of them and we have a population who doesn’t know history. George Santayana, who, in his Reason in Common Sense, The Life of Reason, Vol.1, wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
It is about controlling every aspect of your life.
Now it gets even deeper. Look at two of the four people they cite on how to accomplish their goals. They labeled them as Pioneeer(s) of Citizen Participation and Advocacy Planning.
One is Sherry Arnstein. In the 60s, Sherry developed the Ladder of Participation. Two of the eight rungs in the ladder mentioned are Citizen Control and Manipulation (i.e. nonparticipants).
There is that word again—control.
Another individual they named as a “Pioneer of Citizen Participation and Advocacy Planning” is someone we are all familiar with, Marxist Saul Alinsky. In his book that he dedicated to Lucifer titled, Rules for Radicals, he lists his rules as follows:
- Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.
- Never go outside the experience of your people. It may result in confusion, fear and retreat.
- Wherever possible go outside the experience of the enemy. Here you want to cause confusion, fear and retreat.
- Make the enemy live up to his/her own book of rules
- Ridicule is the man’s most potent weapon.
- A good tactic is one that your people enjoy.
- A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag. Keep the pressure on, with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose
- The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.
- The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition. If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside.
- The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.
- Pick the target, freeze it and polarize it.
After doing some more digging, I found that APA conducted a Boot Camp in 2011 for its members. The term Boot Camp is not militaristic; a lot of corporations use that term to define their new employee training.
The planners talk about “What You Can Do: Strategies for Reframing the Message”, which they had to reframe because they have effective opposition (us).
At one point, the planners reveal their self-importance. Please read these carefully.
1. Planners are the guardians of the future.
2. Planners protect the public interest, safety and welfare.
3. Planners have a special concern for the long-term consequences of present day actions.
4. Planners add value by communicating the outcomes of planning, with a special focus on the economics of land use decisions.
5. Planners ensure that elected officials make smart, efficient and equitable decisions that work for the long term.
6. Planning is about leading, innovating and inspiring the next generation.
Alinsky’s rules are basic common sense, and to some extent they are very valid. It’s very much like a gun. It’s not the gun that’s the problem; it’s who’s handling the gun that causes calamity.