Jeremy Rifkin, STW, and Sustainable Development
From: Maureen email@example.com
I'm titling this one "Soylent Green 2". These guys are doing it for
deviant kicks, while citizens in North Korea have been known to be doingit for the past 2 years due to massive starvation (politically
motivated, natch). We are living in truly spiritually sick times.
May God continue to be with you and ours!
From: Take Back Arkansas firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 98 00:57:07 GMT
(Connect some more dots.)
The following is an article on Jeremy Rifkin, the Church of Euthanasia, the California League of Cities, SCHOOL-TO-WORK and Sustainable Development that was printed in the DeWeese Report (Dec. 1997) from the American Policy Center.
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ONE MAN'S DEMENTED VISION BECOMES A NATION'S NIGHTMARE
By Karen Anderson & Tom DeWeese
At the California League of Cities annual program, recently held in San
Francisco, more than 60 workshops were offered, covering topics such as
sustainable development, "traffic calming," environmental equity and
building a volunteer community. Keynote speaker was Jeremy Rifkin,
President of the Foundation on Economic Trends, located in Washington D.C.
Rifkin is a frequent speaker before business leadership forums, commanding
speaking fees ranging from $10,001 to $20,000 per speech. The National
Journal reports that Rifkin is one of the 150 most influential people in
the U.S. in shaping government policy. Rifkin has made appearances on Face
the Nation, Nightline, 20/20, Larry King Live, The Today Show and Good
Rifkin has written thirteen books on the impact of technological changes on
the economy, the workforce, society and the environment. An activist since
the 1960s, Rifkin's first claim to fame was as an opponent of the
consumption of meat. He hates McDonalds.
Rifkin, in fact, has emerged as one of the leading anti-industry,
anti-civilization, anti-people advocates. He, along with Dave Foreman, are
the two great driving forces behind the radical green agenda that calls for
the destruction of modern civilization that is becoming part of America's
mainstream thought and policy guide. That's why Rifkin was the keynote
speaker at the California League of Cities. Such conferences are being
used across the nation to organize and drive the radical, anti-industrial
vision through elected officials.
But if these elected officials knew Jeremy Rifkin's real agenda, unmasked
from his witty delivery and double-speak dialogue, would they be so ready
to unquestioningly follow his policy suggestions?
THE REAL "MEAT OF THE MATTER"
Incredibly, Rifkin has close connections with a crazed group of nuts called
the "Church of Euthanasia." He has even delivered sermons to its
congregations. The "four pillars" of the Church of Euthanasia are
"suicide, abortion, cannibalism and sodomy."
The church produces materials and a newsletter, called "Snuff It," covering
such topics as Eating Fetus in China, Butchering the Human Carcass for
Human Consumption; Gaia (the earth as a deity) Liberation; Top Ten Reasons
to Vote Unabomber; Cross-dressing for a Cannibalized God; Europe Must Die;
The Case Against Babies; and Humans as Cancer.
The materials go on to include: Fun Fact - Everything You Always Wanted to
Know About Eating Flesh - But Were Afraid to Ask; and SCUM (Society for
Cutting Up Men) Manifesto, which advocates that men should "go to the
nearest friendly suicide center where they will be quietly, quickly and
painlessly gassed to death." The church has one commandment; "Thou Shall
And just like Earth First's Dave Foreman and his insane plan to "re-wild"
America, the Church of Euthanasia is as serious as a heart attack.
"Absolutely," says the church's Rev. Chris Korda. "We are for real. It's
as simple as that." The Rev. Korda claims to have received communications
from "The Earth Being," which has manifested itself into their slogan,
"Save the Planet, Kill Yourself."
"We're trying to slow down the rate of entropy and alleviate suffering by
getting people to reduce their demands on the ecosystem," says Rev. Korda.
"If someone kills themselves at this point, I'm going to clap for them.
I'm going to be glad for them. I'm going to make them a saint.
Particularly if they mention the Church of Euthanasia in their suicide note
and/or leave all their money to the church."
"You may laugh but it's true," he concludes. Unfortunately, Rev. Korda
hasn't yet set himself up for sainthood.
Rev. Korda goes on to explain, "Cannibalism is probably the most difficult
of the four pillars to understand. To reduce it to a sentence, if you must
eat flesh, make it human flesh because that's just about what it's come
down to... People have got to understand that we really aren't too
interested in whether or not the human species survives. That's the bottom
line. If you're going to eat flesh, it should be your own flesh... And, I
know it's true that in the case of older people, the meat's not going to be
that tasty or good to eat. Well, again, my heart bleeds for all you
carnivores out there. Frankly, there's a lot of young people dying too,
there's no shortage of young stiffs. So there will be a little demand,
you'll have to pay extra for these tasty cuts. There's 60,000 automobile
fatalities in the United States alone every year. Right there, that's a
substantial portion of meat. That should be going straight to McDonalds."
When asked about sodomy, the Rev. Korda replied, "I've said it before and
I'll say it again; no one ever got pregnant from sodomy... There's oral
sodomy, anal sodomy, bestiality is considered a form of sodomy...
technically masturbation is a form of sodomy... Simple enough. If you
shoot the stuff somewhere else, the woman doesn't get pregnant."
CRACKED HISTORY AND NON-SCIENCE
And should you think that a respected and leading spokesman for America's
future society, like Jeremy Rifkin, couldn't possibly advocate such
horrors, the church offers Rifkin's sermon called, "A Day With Jeremy
Rifkin." And clearly, the literal translation of Rifkin's message leads
straight to the positions of the Church of Euthanasia.
Preaching to the congregation, Rifkin says, "Our tale begins... five
centuries ago, and it's going to climax at the Earth Summit in Rio. It
began rather inauspiciously, in Tudor England, in the fifteen hundreds, on
the village commons. All of Medieval Europe was organized collectively.
Sustainable agriculture. Generation after generation, the serfs, the
landlords, they farmed the same lands, trod the same path, and they
organized themselves commonly in order to sustain their existence."
That all ended, according to Rifkin, when capitalism and private ownership
of the land replaced the feudal system. Rifkin's botched and twisted
version of history helps one to gain a clear insight into the purpose and
implementation of the radical plans of the modern-day environmentalists'
agenda for Sustainable Development.
Rifkin rambled on before the admiring congregation of the Church of
Euthanasia, "A leap of consciousness to a new conscious plateau, we begin
to think of ourselves, not as a nation, not as a series of ethnic and
religious groups, we begin to think of ourselves as a species... How do we
leap in consciousness to species politics, how do we go beyond rhetoric?
First of all, we can't have cheap grace... God forbid, we don't
redistribute our wealth... I sat in a room... for four days, three years
ago, on the first little planning session on Rio with Maurice Strong..."
HOW INSANITY BECOMES INTERNATIONAL POLICY
Ah, there it is - the connection with Dave Foreman and the true goals of
the Wildlands project and the Earth Summit in Rio. Here Rifkin's dementia
takes on international implications. Here he admits that the Earth Summit
and the Environmental agenda is truly about "redistribution of the world's
wealth, resources and population reduction."
Rifkin's message was heard loud and clear at the Earth Summit, led by
Maurice Strong, the former director of the United Nations Environment
Programme and a member of the Commission on Global Governance. "It is
clear that current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the middle class
- involving high meat intake, consumption of large amounts of frozen and
convenience foods, use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and work-place
air-conditioning and suburban housing are not sustainable." Those words
were spoken by Strong at the Earth Summit in Rio, but they could easily
have been said by Jeremy Rifkin or even Rev. Korda. It is the true
underlying message of the radical environmental movement.
In his book, Biosphere Politics, Rifkin writes, "Saving our planet will
require a fundamental change in our thinking about security and a new world
view that is more compatible with our species' awakening ecological
It is no coincidence that the 1992 Earth Summit echoed Rifkin's ideas.
Chairman Strong said of the goals of the Summit, "It is simply not feasible
for sovereignty to be exercised unilaterally by individual nation-states,
however powerful. It is a principle which will yield only slowly and
reluctantly to the imperatives of global environmental cooperation."
Rifkin has had a strong impact on our federal government as well. The
Report for the President's Council on Sustainable Development says, "Human
beings are at the center of concerns for sustainable development. They are
entitled to a healthy and productive life in harmony with nature." So,
according to this official document of the Clinton Administration, humans
are entitled to the good life - only if they are in "harmony with nature."
And what is to become of the violators of the new edict? Do Jeremy Rifkin
and Rev. Korda have a solution? Will a trip to McDonalds have a much more
horrifying meaning in the future?
If the ravings of Rifkin weren't in the mainstream, they would be great for
party jokes. But, in fact, your tax dollars are paying Rifkin to bring his
lunacy to planning meetings like the California League of Cities. From
there, once-sane elected officials may take Rifkin's gospel back to your
hometown to become policy.
Just this past summer Presidents Clinton, Bush, Carter and Ford joined in
an effort to scold all Americans for not volunteering enough in the
community. It was no coincidence that the White House staged the event at
the same time Rifkin issued a new book called "The End of Work." In it,
Rifkin advocated shorter work weeks so that our citizens would have more
time to volunteer for non-profit work. His basic concept was that we all
stop working for pay and, instead, produce the nation's needs for free.
SUICIDE IN THE CLASSROOM
And Rifkin doesn't just poison community development and environmental
regulations with his buddies like Dave Foreman and Maurice Strong. Rifkin
has also been found with his fingers in your child's classroom with another
well-known enemy of basic education, Marc Tucker.
Rifkin was a guest speaker at the Massachusetts' School-to-Work conference,
along with J.D. Hoye, the director of the National School-to-Work office.
Rifkin told the audience, "When Susan Stroud of the office for National
Service and I got together and we talked about the need to begin rethinking
the mission of American education... we hammered out a seven-point program
to weave a seamless web between school and community... We are working on
citizen education and service-learning programs..." That program calls for
children to be put on career paths as early as kindergarten, ignoring their
desires and predetermining how the children can best serve the dictates of
Meanwhile, Marc Tucker, president of the National Center on Education and
the Economy, the organization behind the School-to-Work system, said,
"Radical changes in attitudes, values and beliefs are required to move any
combination of these agendas... A seamless system of unending skill
development that begins in the home with the very young... We will know we
have succeeded when there are enough transformed schools in any one area...
then there will be no turning back."
Just what will these radical changes in attitudes, values and beliefs be?
Could they be along some of the lines of the Church of Euthanasia? Could
children now be taught that suicide, cannibalism, abortion and sodomy are
Sound too radical, you say? In a textbook called "Making Life Choices,"
now being used in many high school classrooms, students are led through
discussions on the importance of young people preparing to die (page 562,
subhead, Preparation for Death). School curriculum is being saturated with
the subject of death. Class field trips are taken to mortuaries to observe
how dead bodies are prepared. Jeremy Rifkin's shadow falls over the
And what is the connection between Rifkin's appearance before the
California League of Cities to discuss community development and his
appearance before the Massachusetts" School-to-Work Conference? A task
force report called "Public Linkage, Dialogue and Education" prepared by
the President's Council on Sustainable Development (PCSD) says, "Educating
workers and employers for a sustainable world needs to become a national
priority... School-to-Work opportunities offered through partnerships
between industry and educators also should be encouraged... Educating for
sustainability does not follow academic theories... but rather emphasizes
connections among all subject areas..."
The PCSD report goes on to say, "The first step in each municipality's
long-range planning for sustainability is to initiate a 'visioning'
process... From their collective vision emerges support for implementation
plans... For this reason, people need to embrace their own vision of the
advantages of living in a sustainable world before they will be inspired to
act and making the necessary behavioral changes."
JUST LIKE THE "COLLECTIVE VISION" OF HEAVEN'S GATE
Lest we forget, the members of "Heaven's Gate," the cult that committed
mass suicide in order to board a space ship that was said to be following
the Hale Bopp comet, were also given a "collect vision" to support
implementation plans. All of them had to make the "necessary behavioral
changes." They died. Rev. Korda would have given them sainthood if only
they had left their earthly belongings to him or Jeremy Rifkin.
Jeremy Rifkin is called one of the most influential people in shaping
government policy and around the world. Indeed he is. And the world seems
to be racing at breakneck speed to embrace his nightmare vision of the
future. Rifkin, the PCSD, the Clinton Administration, the United Nations
and other like-minded individuals, organizations and government officials
call for "collectivism," "social equity," and a "redistribution of wealth,"
all in the name of saving the environment.
The truth is, Rifkin and his disciples hate technology, hate modern society
and the people who make it work. He has set about organizing and
implementing a plan to eliminate it all. Americans who refuse to believe
such sinister whackos can actually exist, let alone influence our society,
are helping him do it.
NOTE: Calistoga's (Napa County) city government attended the California
League of Cities meetings and has initiated a "visioning" process for
sustainable development. Napa County is a School-to-Work demonstration
site for the Departments of Labor and Education. Napa Valley also has a
web site on "community planning" that includes sustainable development
links, how to get rid of cars, and goes on to warn about a dangerous new
movement of people who believe in property rights. This web site is run by
Mick Winter, the husband of one of Napa County's Supervisors.
Mary Denham, State Coordinator
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