Get ready for global governance

By Henry Lamb
web posted March 6, 2000

Rarely is the term "global governance" heard on the evening news. When it does appear, the term "conspiracy theory" is usually in the context. While America is watching the political circus, the international community is bringing together all the elements of global governance in preparation for the big event scheduled for September. A full calendar of events (which can be found at http://www.un.org/millennium/2000cal.htm) has been prepared.

Americans don't care what the United Nations is doing, in the belief that nothing the U.N. does can affect us anyway. This may have been true in the past. No more. The magnitude of societal change that is underway is almost beyond comprehension. These changes are already affecting individual Americans, but rarely is the impact recognized as the result of U.N. influence.

We are already deeply into the era of global governance. It is a process that began many years ago. The events scheduled for this year, culminating in the September World Summit, will put in place all the international mechanisms necessary to insure that there is no turning back.

It is important to realize that global governance will not be imposed suddenly, upon adjournment of the World Summit. After the Summit, implementation of global governance will accelerate, but it will still take several years to fully transfer sovereignty from nation states to a central global command.

International law will be the supreme law of the planet. Individual nations will be required to conform their laws to international norms. For those who say "never in America," wake up and smell the roses. The World Trade Organization (WTO) already has the power to require conformance of national law to WTO policy. And it has the power to impose financial penalties upon those nations which fail to do so in a timely manner.

The U.N.'s Kyoto Protocol, though not fully negotiated, will have similar power to set strict, legally enforceable limits on the use of fossil fuel in America.

The Convention on Biological Diversity, even though it was not ratified by the U.S. Senate, is being implemented under the guise of the President's "Land Legacy" initiative. The published goal of the treaty is to return "at least 50 percent" of the total land area to wilderness, and manage most of the rest of the land for conservation objectives.

We are seeing global governance at work when policies that originate with the U.N. are implemented in America, despite the absence of Senate ratification, Congressional authorization, or even the awareness of local elected officials. The rash of national monument designations, and the "Roadless" initiative, which closes access to public lands, has the effect of converting land to wilderness - precisely as prescribed by the Convention on Biological Diversity.

We are moving to a system of global governance in which national governments are transformed into administrative units to implement U.N. policies. State governments are being transformed into administrative units to implement national policy, and local governments are being transformed into administrative units to implement state policies.

This transformation has accelerated dramatically under the Clinton/Gore administration, which is one of the strongest proponents of global governance in the international community. International policies that affect land use and energy are most visible. Less visible, are the international policies that affect education, technology development, the flow of information, transportation, and security.

International policy already exists in all these areas, and is in various stages of implementation around the world. The entire plan for global governance was published by the Commission on Global Governance, in 1995. Many of the changes called for in their report have already been implemented. For example, the creation of the International Criminal Court the establishment of a new "Peoples' Assembly" that will hold its inaugural meeting from May 22-26, 2000.

Other recommendations, such as the elimination of the veto and permanent member status in the Security Council; a standing world army; the authority to impose global taxation; and dozens of others, are being systematically implemented throughout the United Nations system. The consequences of this shift to global governance are incomprehensible to those who have not followed its progress. The society resulting from this transformation, though called "democratic," is socialist. Under the published vision of global governance, policy decisions are made by non-elected, carefully selected individuals. All sources and means of production are controlled by the central authority. The flow of information, too, is to be regulated by the central authority, as well as the educational curriculum. Enforcement of policy decisions will be at the hands of the International Criminal Court, and the U.N. standing army. And there will be no hope of rebellion.

Central to the objective of global governance is control by the U.N. of the manufacture, sale, and distribution of all firearms. Possession of a fire arm will be legal only when licensed by the United Nations. The recent call by the President to license all gun owners in America fits quite nicely into the United Nations' plan.

The painful reality is that many Americans see nothing wrong with global governance. The United Nations Association in America boasts hundreds of thousands of members who lobby their elected officials to allow international policies to be implemented.

Non-government organizations (NGOs) such as the Sierra Club and the Audubon Society, claim millions of members who actively support this transformation. School children, even the boy scouts, have been taught that global governance is the answer to the world's problems. Those who challenge the globalist vision are immediately labeled as "right-wing extremists."

The treaties, agreements, and other documents required to bring about global governance have all been prepared, and many are being implemented. When the World Summit convenes in September, there is little doubt that the body will adopt the concept and usher in the era of global governance officially.

The only way to avoid this tidal wave of global socialism, is the withdrawal of the United States from the United Nations. Should we fail to withdraw, and continue to yield our sovereignty to this international body, it will, in relatively short order, drain our economic capacity to the point that we will no longer be able to chart our own course. The coming election may be the last opportunity we have to send people to Washington who value our sovereignty, or our freedom.

Henry Lamb is the executive vice president of the Environmental Conservation Organization, and chairman of Sovereignty International.

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