The UN's 'Mommy Earth' Charter
Jude Wanniski
September 5, 2000


To: American “democrats” and “republicans”
From: Jude Wanniski
Re: “Fascism,” “communism,” now “mommyism”

Every institution on earth has its mommy component (yin) and daddy component (yang). Mommy represents the collective good and daddy represents the individual good. The Republican Party is, generally speaking, our “daddy party” and the Democratic Party is our “mommy party.” The United Nations is a “mommy” organization, which grew out of the allied coalition that defeated “fascism,” which is “daddy” in the extreme. Conservative Republicans do not like the United Nations, or at least they do not trust it, because it appears to be trying to evolve into a “world federalism,” which would dilute U.S. sovereignty to a vanishing point. I tend to agree that the international bureaucracy -- which is the visible component of the organization headquartered on the East River -- would like nothing better than to run the world, without any interference from democratic institutions that must answer to real people.

On the other hand, as long as she understands who really wears the pants in the family, there is something to be said for a “mommy” of organized nation states that puts diplomacy ahead of force in a world that is supposed to be at peace. New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who always has tended to put force ahead of diplomacy, struck exactly that note last week when announced that Cuba’s Fidel Castro was not welcome in NYC and should not attend the UN’s “Millennium Summit,” which begins today. Hey, the whole idea of the UN is that it is the one place on the planet where even the black sheep could come to state their case. If the heads of state of all the so-called “rogue nations” could show up, maybe they would not be so roguish.

Having said that, I appreciate the summary of this “summit’s” aim and agenda as seen by S. Fred Singer, a political philosopher as well as a physicist, who has grappled with the “mommy” bureaucracy of the UN on the issue of global warming. An old friend, Fred sent the following alert to his fans and followers and I pass it on to you.

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The Week That Was September 2, 2000
UN Earth Charter
by S. Fred Singer

Grandiose plans are underway for the 55th annual gathering of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City September 5-9, 2000. Titled the Millennium Assembly and Summit, it is scheduled to take at least two actions designed to turn the corner from a world of sovereign nation-states to a world of disparate peoples subordinated to the supreme authority of the United Nations.

The two actions expected to be taken by consensus are adoption of the Earth Charter, a document whose text has evolved through several drafts since the Earth Summit in 1992, and adoption of a declaration authorizing a new UN commission to implement the various recommendations necessary to bring about global governance.

The Earth Charter's advocates speak of it as though it were the "Magna Carta" of a new regime, but it's not a regime of freedom from arbitrary kings like King John at Runnymede in 1215. It's a charter for submission to global bureaucrats possessing unprecedented powers.

The UN Millennium meetings could draw more media than the presidential debates, and the candidates should state whether they are for or against these radical UN goals.

A portion of the Millennium Assembly is designated as the Millennium Summit, which President Clinton and 160 heads of state are expected to attend, the largest gathering of heads of state in history. Also meeting at the same time at the New York Hilton will be Mikhail Gorbachev and his State of the World Forum, hoping to help induce heads of state to concur in the Millennium Assembly's historic actions.

The Earth Charter demands that we adopt "sustainable development plans and regulations" (i.e., to subordinate human needs to global fads enforced by environment dictators), and that the UN "manage the use of renewable resources such as water, soil, forest products, and marine life . . . [to] protect the health of ecosystems" (i.e., not the health of mere humans).

The Charter affirms that "all beings are interdependent" (i.e., personal freedom is irrelevant) and "every form of life has value regardless of its worth to human beings" (i.e., animals, plants and insects, but not unborn babies). The Charter demands that we "ensure universal [i.e., global] access to health care that fosters reproductive health [i.e., abortion and contraception] and responsible reproduction [i.e., UN-dictated population control]."

The Charter demands that we "act with restraint and efficiency when using energy" (i.e., lower U.S. energy use and standard of living). The Charter requires that we "eradicate poverty," "promote the equitable distribution of wealth within nations and among nations," and "relieve them of onerous international debt" (i.e., redistribute wealth around the world).

The Charter exhorts us to affirm "gender equality" and "eliminate discrimination in ... sexual orientation" (i.e., adopt the feminist and gay agendas). The Charter demands that we "integrate into formal education [i.e., assign a UN nanny to monitor our schools] ... skills needed for a sustainable way of life [i.e., indoctrination in how we must subordinate sovereignty to the UN dogma of sustainability]."

The Charter demands that we "demilitarize national security systems" (i.e., eliminate our armed services and their weapons). The Charter concludes by proclaiming that the "Way Forward" requires "a change of mind and heart" as we move toward "global interdependence and universal responsibility." Also to be considered by the Millennium Assembly and Summit is a lengthy Declaration, developed by 1,000 UN-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs), called "Strengthening the United Nations for the 21stCentury."

This Declaration calls for "a fair distribution of the earth's resources" (from the United States to the rest of the world, of course), and for the "eradication of poverty" by "redistribution [of] wealth and land." It demands that we "cancel the debts of developing countries." The Declaration demands the disarmament of all conventional and nuclear weapons, the prohibition of "unilateral deployment of nationwide missile defense by any country," and a "standing Peace Force" (i.e., a UN standing army). It calls for a "UN Arms register" of all small arms and light weapons, and "peace education" covering "all levels from pre-school through university."

The Declaration demands UN "political control of the global economy so that it may serve our vision," and that we "integrate" the World Trade Organization under UN control. It calls for "eliminating" the veto and permanent membership in the Security Council.

The Declaration calls for implementing UN treaties that the United States has never ratified, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (which denies the right to private property). The Declaration calls for the unratified International Criminal Court to exercise "compulsory jurisdiction" over all states, enforced by the UN Security Council.

This Declaration also calls for the UN to impose direct taxes such as "fees on foreign exchange transactions (i.e., the Tobin Tax).

Comment: Comments may be superfluous, except to remind that this is the logical outcome of the 1992 Rio UN conference that gave us the Global Climate Treaty (and Kyoto Protocol). Support comes from the sort of people that signed the Morelia Declaration. (You have to read it to believe it.)