More Monckton madness: Agenda 21 means concentration camps for all

by Gareth on March 12, 2013

Christopher “I could be the next Pope”1 Monckton is no stranger to outrageous overstatement, but on his current tour of Australia he’s really been pushing the boat far out onto the sea of craziness that passes for his political philosophy. As well as his usual climate nonsense, he’s been telling his Aussie audiences all about a new bugaboo: Agenda 21 – the new face of fascism, apparently. This is how he describes it in an article titled Agenda 21’s Terror Down Under:

…the U.N.’s anti-irrigation, anti-pesticide, anti-farming, anti-business, anti-environment, anti-population, anti-human, anti-Western, anti-capitalist, anti-everything Agenda 21 program…

But what does this mean for humanity? UN-created concentration camps, as Monckton explained to an Aussie audience last month…

“The remaining few areas where the last few humans allowed to exist in America in what they call human settlement zones — and what we would call concentration camps — all ideas of freedom and individual liberty will have gone if this is implemented…”

Agenda 21 is a terrible UN plot that has got it in for everything we hold dear, as this slide from one of his talks handily summarises.


Sounds horrible, doesn’t it? I’d vote against that. Unfortunately, as is true of so much that Monckton promotes, it’s a complete work of conspiracist fiction. Agenda 21, according to Wikipedia, is:

…a non-binding, voluntarily implemented action plan of the United Nations with regard to sustainable development.

The demonisation of this anodyne initiative is a product of the wilder shores of American conservatism, where opposition to environmental regulation in any form can be traced back to the days when ranchers were fighting restrictions on their use of public lands. Agenda 21 paranoia has been picked up and popularised by Tea Party Republicans, but Monckton’s version of the beast is one of the most extreme out there. In MoncktonWorld™, climate change is a scam put together by the UN in order to bring about world government. Tin foil hat territory, in other words.

It doesn’t seem to matter just how lunatic and extreme Monckton’s public utterances are, he will still find a warm welcome amongst climate sceptics. Here’s NZ’s very own Richard Treadgold, taking Monckton’s agenda at face value

Agenda 21 values human life below every other kind of life — people are less worthy than plants and animals, rodents, reptiles and insects. I didn’t believe this when I first heard about it, so I started reading about this monstrous programme for myself, and it’s true — this “agenda” threatens our freedom.

…and swallowing it whole:

Monckton is in the forefront of opposition to Agenda 21. Thinking people everywhere support him. We should, too.

I shudder to think what definition of “thinking” Treadgold is using, but if it involves taking Monckton seriously then it’s probably a clinical condition and the unfortunate sufferers should consult a medical professional.

MoncktonNZposter2013Monckton’s on his way to New Zealand in April, and his sponsors2 have started to promote his speaking engagements with a charming little poster (left). Quite how a pregnant hippie chick is supposed to appeal to sceptics is not something I can be bothered trying to fathom out, but I do note that Monckton is scheduled to travel from Matakana to Gore speaking at some of the nation’s smaller venues. I’m sure he’ll be warmly welcomed by the Flat Earth Society and the nation’s climate cranks — but I wonder if Federated Farmers, who are sponsoring his Marlborough talk, really want to be associated with a man who thinks the UN is plotting to bring in world government? And does the NZ Institute of International Affairs, a rather august and respectable body, really think it should be promoting3 the views of a conspiracy nutcase?

The last word I shall leave to the Viscount Monckton of Brenchley. Here he is describing (with some glee) the deep emotions he’s been rousing in Australia:

[a farmer in South Australia] was so delighted that someone – anyone – is speaking up for the farmers menaced not only by the carbon tax but also by daft environmental over-regulation that he is naming this year’s prize bull “Lord Monckton.”

At least the bullshit produced by that beast will be useful around the farm.

  1. Seriously, he did write that — and “in one vital respect I am an eminently suitable candidate”, here. []
  2. Includes all the usual suspects, especially Bryan Leyland, who has been desperately trying (and failing) to find real scientists and genuine academics to engage Monckton in debate. []
  3. In Hamilton, on April 8th. []

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

cindy March 12, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Agenda 21? BORING. Yawn! I’ve sat through enough council meetings to know…

Nick March 12, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Agenda 21 seeks to ‘confine humans to settlement zones’? My local government has been doing that for generations. Clearly we are too late.

Seriously,the more Monckton talks, the less we need to worry. Though my sides are permanently aching.

nigelj March 12, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Why the pregnant hippie? Get the mums that are concerned about climate change, then the denialist nonsense can commence.

cindy March 12, 2013 at 3:37 pm

just searched “Agenda 21” on Auckland City council site. No results.

John Mashey March 12, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Google: agenda 21 texas golf courses

HarryWiggs March 13, 2013 at 3:42 am

You think THAT’S fun? Googlize “Agenda 21 Denver International Airport.”

An easy bus ride for me, when the herding begins….:)

jh March 12, 2013 at 6:39 pm

why would Federated Farmers sponsor Monkton? Are there any polls on farmers attitudes?

Gareth March 12, 2013 at 10:33 pm

Good question, jh. Even better is why the NZ Institute of International Affairs is involved? I am enquiring…

jh March 13, 2013 at 6:49 am

Dairying seems to attract money; money believes in markets and doesn’t like rigidities?

Beaker March 13, 2013 at 3:59 am

Daft enough to be no longer welcome in UKIP, is very daft indeed.
Wish he would hurry up with his cancer cure instead of exposing our reptilian overlords.

bill March 17, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Just spotted this.

By coincidence I found an old ‘Agenda 21’ branded glossy leaflet at work yesterday.

They’re a cunning bunch: on the surface it appeared to be an innocuous pablum suggesting all the nice things we might do to live more in harmony with our local environment if we really put our minds to it and could afford it and all.

And yet I awoke this morning to discover I had begun to construct a small gulag in a corner of the backyard in my sleep! The cat was eyeing me very warily, I can tell you…

‘Pathological’ doesn’t get a tenth of the way to describing some world-views.

{ 1 trackback }

Previous post:

Next post: