I was lucky enough to have received a signed copy of Glenn Beck and Harriet Parke’s fictional thriller Agenda 21 as a Christmas gift from my brother and his wife, who’d gone to see Glenn at a recent book signing in King of Prussia PA. Since my involvement with the Tea Party movement, I’ve become very familiar with this diabolical UN program which one of the speakers at the April 2010 Martin County Florida Tea Party rally outlined in all of its freedom-killing “glory”.
But one of the best things about Beck and Parke’s novel is that it provides an entertaining (if thoroughly frightening) narrative of a USA that has been fully transformed according to the Agenda 21 dictates, though the words “Agenda 21″ are never employed in the course of the novel. While those who are politically engaged will notice that immediately, those who aren’t as involved and informed as they should be will be transfixed by this tale of oppression, hope, enlightenment and adventure. The ultimate goal of the authors is to capture the attention of American citizens first with a gripping tale of tragedy and triumph, which will hopefully entice them to read the Afterword, where Agenda 21 is explained in great detail, along with practical ways for all concerned patriots to resist it.
The day after Christmas I opened the book and ended up reading all 277 pages in one sitting. This nightmare vision of a statist controlled future is a compelling, hard-to-put-down and disturbing read. Reflecting the urgency, hopelessness and peril of their situation, the main characters speak in short, clipped sentences, revealing just enough to help the reader understand how they and their former countrymen went from being free citizens of a thriving country to slaves of an all-powerful Authority known as the Republic.
Told through the eyes of an 18 year-old girl who is living with her mother at a compound when the story begins, Agenda 21 chronicles their daily struggle for survival, complete with water and food rationing and the mandate to walk a prescribed amount of hours daily on an “energy board” — or else face the wrath of the soulless collectivists who basically control every aspect of their lives.
A former history teacher and farm owner who remembers what it’s like to be free and resents her current nightmarish circumstances, the mother does her best to shield her daughter from the more chilling facts of life under this new regime. But as the story unfolds, her heart-breaking attempt to protect her child from the state is also shown to be futile. One of the “lucky” ones, she’d been “allowed” to raise her daughter, who’d just turned four — the magic number — when the statists had created a new law forcing all parents to hand their children under four years of age over to the government. From that point forward, in keeping with the mandate that all subjects on the compound “produce and reproduce”, all babies born were to be confiscated by the state immediately after birth for the purpose of proper indoctrination and subservience.
Eventually, the mother is brutally taken away (i.e. killed by the state for not being productive) from her teenaged daughter when another resident of the compound rats her out for not walking her energy board and allowing her daughter to “do what is mandatory” on her behalf. The daughter herself must cope not only with the devastation of losing her beloved parent to the state but also her own baby, who’s been cruelly taken away from her post-labor, sight unseen. Although the daughter, through her mother, has been afforded glimpses of what life used to be like before the state took over, it’s nearly impossible for her to fathom, having been a very young child when she and her parents lost their farm and their freedom and arrived at the compound.
Even scarier than their current plight is the mother’s explanation of how they’d come to live under such oppression: while she doesn’t actually use the term “low-information voters”, the inference is there that the underlying cause of their nightmarish circumstances is at least partially the result of formerly free people voting “stupidly”. There’s also plenty of dialogue spoken by Republic authorities and fully indoctrinated prisoners raised by the village (as opposed to “home-raised”) laced with the “green” propaganda we hear today about “evil” humans destroying the earth and its resources. In this dark world, animals are elevated to God-like (who is forbidden, of course) status above humans and as punishment for allegedly wasting the earth’s precious resources, citizens are forbidden the use of electricity. Thus, they are mandated to sleep from dusk until dawn when it’s time to greet the day by donning their state-mandated, color-coded (according to the type of work they must do) uniform and produce on behalf of the state. “Praise be to the Republic”.
The best part of this grim tale is the transformation of the protagonist from obedient subject to questioning free-thinker, instigated not only by the clues her prescient mother had hidden in a sleeping mat (which she discovers after losing her to the state) but by her giving birth to a baby girl after a forced “pairing” with a “reproductively sound” male (who along with her father is also “punished” by the Authority, never to be seen again). State authoritarianism — while brutal and unforgiving — is no match for maternal instinct, human reasoning and basic human decency in this tale, though reuniting with her child and winning their freedom will not be an easy task.
Leading up to its riveting conclusion, Agenda 21 is an absolute page-turner. Read it today, then be sure to share it with the uninformed voters in your life who are blissfully unaware of the dangers America faces as we begin the year 2013.
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