The Plantocracy has big plans for the Twin Cities

The illusion of local decisionmaking is a ruse for top-down master planning.

Sweeping changes are in store for the 3 million residents of metropolitan Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, and most of them will come courtesy of unelected local bureaucrats, working hand in glove with a coterie of “stakeholders” and Obama Administration officials.

The goal is to transform the Twin Cities and surrounding jurisdictions from the diverse communities that have arisen organically over the past century and a half into fully regimented blocks of residential and commercial buildings, where every move will be planned and monitored by self-appointed environmental and social stewards.

All-Powerful Body of Master Planners

Writing in the Wall Street Journal (May 20), Katherine Kersten of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) describes the grandiose scheme known as “Thrive MSP 2040.”  Thrive is the brainchild of the region’s Metropolitan Council, known locally as the Met Council.  Created in the 1960s to deal with problems relating to regional infrastructure, the Met Council has evolved into an all-powerful body of master planners who are determined to circumvent local government and impose their vision of an environmentally and economically “sustainable” society on largely unsuspecting citizens.

mspIn keeping with the practice of other regional development councils across the country, the Met Council is composed of unelected members. All 17 of its members were appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton (D).  Thrive, the Met Council’s 30-year master plan for the region’s 186 municipalities spread out over seven counties, aims, among other things, to put low-income housing in high-income areas, push “travel modes other than the car at all levels of development,” and promote all future housing and economic development within “easy walking distance” (one-half mile) of major transit stops.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has gotten into the act by awarding the Met Council a $5 million grant to identify suburban land-use and zoning practices that allegedly deny minorities opportunities for economic development, Kersten points out.  Thrive also foresees huge expenditures of public funds for mass transit, including light rail, at the expense of badly needed upgrades to road and highways.

The “Lens” of Climate Change

“The Thrive plan’s most radical element may be to evaluate all future development policies through the ‘lens’ of climate change,” AEI’s Kersten writes in the WSJ.  “Over time, this could give the council a license to dramatically remake the entire metropolitan area.”

That, of course, is exactly what Thrive and similar regional planning schemes in Portland, San Francisco, and scores of other metropolitan areas are pottedplantdesigned to do.  Once such plans are fully implemented, elected officials can do little more than stand around like potted plants while decision-making authority devolves to unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats and activists.

CFACT has coined the term “Plantocracy” to describe this emerging political force.  The blueprint for this kind of arrangement was drawn up at the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.

The toxic brew uncorked there is being enthusiastically imbibed by the plantocracy.

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About the Author: Bonner Cohen, Ph. D.

Bonner Cohen, Ph. D.

Bonner R. Cohen, Ph. D., is a senior policy analyst with CFACT.

  • Aplus

    CA Master planners @ work…..doin’ the thing here w/zoning changes, community re-use, land re-use, energy chokeholds, water restrictions, smart growth b. s. , nefarious gov. eminent domain /inverse condemation claims, re -booting efforts to close the social injustice gaps, re-purpose the media feed to compliance readers, reform education, re-purpose school properties for the greater use for community medical health centers and more. For some of these reasons custom t-shirts are big business and plenty of jobless people willing to work a “cause” for 25 bucks per event. Transportation included and maybe a snack lunch. The sunshine state…….kinda gloomy lately.

  • jenkem5

    Bwwwwaaahahahaha! This is America pinkos! Good luck with your illegal bologna! Never gonna happen, because we aren’t going to tolerate your crimes. Moving poor blacks into richy-rich areas! Bwwwahahaha! Fools, the rich whites will leave and you’ll have Detroit in no time! Idiots abound in the democrat party.

    • Cali Curmudgeon

      As long as they gain control, they don’t care. Detroit is a cesspool, but the Commiecrats run it, so they are happy.

      • Thomas Faddis

        And they have a self – perpetuating ‘reason’ to need more $ & political power to solve the increasing problems in said cesspool!

  • The Gizz

    Reason #200,003,456,696,060 why I’ll never live in a big city. Full of [email protected]$$ ideas and low info fo0ls, who will go along like sheep to the slaughter, with these ideas.

    • Pettyfogger115

      Grizz, I hate to bust that bubble, but in the last several years now but the assholes in our city have been pulling strings like preventing a guy 2+ townships away from pointing his new garage in a certain direction…..no shit.

  • gatekeeper96740

    This is part of a nightmare called the VENUS Project . This needs to be
    stopped…part of it calls for a huge reduction in population…. What
    is The Venus Project?
    The Venus Project proposes an alternative vision of what the future can be
    if we apply what we already know in order to achieve a sustainable new
    world civilization. It calls for a straightforward redesign of our
    culture in which the age-old inadequacies of war, poverty, hunger, debt
    and unnecessary human suffering are viewed not only as avoidable, but as
    totally unacceptable. Anything less will result in a continuation of
    the same catalog of problems inherent in today’s world. Today many
    people believe what is needed is a higher sense of ethical standards and
    the enactment of international laws to assure a sustainable global
    society. http://www.thevenusproject.com/

    • gatekeeper96740
    • John Julian

      WOW! The Venus Project is a wide-open Agenda 21/ NWO plot! Incredibly Orwellian right in your face!

      • gatekeeper96740

        John the second part of this vision of the future is called “Rewilding N.America. “Half of the U.S will be Rewilded back to the Pleistocene,
        http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/48568

        Perhaps the most jaw-dropping part of the rewilding plan involves
        reintroducing long-gone American animal groups back onto the North
        American continent. This could happen in several ways. The first would
        be to reintroduce former indigenous species who once roamed our
        land—such as elephants and the (wooly) rhinoceros. The second,
        reminiscent of a sci-fi movie, would be to find DNA materials to
        recreate extinct animal groups. For example, under this plan,
        well-preserved extinct animals—such as glacier-bound woolly mammoths,
        recently disappeared passenger pigeons, or the La Brea Tarpits’ saber
        toothed cats could be raised as fetuses from scratch. On this Science
        Daily published: A Plan For Reintroducing Megafauna To North America:

        • Thomas Faddis

          Sick, but as a comedian I Do wonder what wooly rhino tastes like?

      • gatekeeper96740

        There is the Map of America Rewilded see Dave Forman’s book “Rewilding N. America” and Google the projects that is why they are driving ranchers and farmers off their land though the EPA.

      • gatekeeper96740

        There is the Map of America Rewilded see Dave Forman’s book
        “Rewilding N. America” and Google the projects that is why they are
        driving ranchers and farmers off their land though the EPA.

    • Thomas Faddis

      Wow, thanks Gatekeeper! There’s 10 minutes of my life wasted reading their standard collectivist/communist drivel! Funny, there is an entire branch of scientific study that would truly benefit these idiots, as well as all of our politicians! IT’S CALLED ECONOMICS! (See Julian Simon’s, The Ultimate Resource II)

  • Gary Williams

    A frightening future. Government autocracy has never been competent to handle anything larger than an Office.

  • omega2

    They cant run the V A nor BOZO CARE, how well do you think these JACK ASS’S can run this MONSTROSITY!

  • Stealth

    This action is also well under way in Palm Springs CA. Too much GOvt –

  • Allen Barclay Allen

    Management simple Find the God given talent, Utilize the God given talent, And recognize the God given Talent. Just three steps replaces libraries of Management Books.
    Central Management, Agenda 21, is ELITIST MICRO MANAGEMENT.
    MICROMANAGEMENT IS NOT A FORM OF LEADERSHIP.
    MICROMANAGEMENT IS A FORM OF INFERIORITY COMPLEX OF A PERSON THAT DOES NOT TRUST HIS PEOPLE AND CANNOT BE CONFUSED WITH LEADERSHIP.
    MICROMANAGEMENT IS THE COMPLETE LACK OF LEADERSHIP !!!!!!
    GOT IT !!!!!!! OK LETS MOVE ON !!!! 33 YEARS OF SUCESFULL MILITARY SERVICE TAUGHT ME THAT IN CASE YOU WANT TO KNOW !!!

  • Allen Barclay Allen

    MICROMANAGEMENT by these people in florida gave permits for third class home construction septic drain fields with no Lime rock for, BY US Patent required, dissolving PH of 7 and less (ACID), by just putting perforated plastic pipe only. PEOPLE That is why Jeffery Bush is DEAD in a Sink hole underneath his bedroom never to be found.!!!!
    DO YOU REALLY WANT THESE I-D-I-O-T-S RUNNING THINGS ??????

  • Allen Barclay Allen

    Jeffery Bush was overcome by plantocracy !!

  • Trisha313

    Agenda 21

  • Pericles Xanthippou

    “Plantocracy”

    O, boy! One so much laments the demise of classics. Thank you so much, ‘progressive’ education!

    Try ‘Epinomocracy’.

    ΠΞ

  • Charlie

    Have a KISS ( keep it simple stupid ) plan for all political servants at all levels of our country’s government. Instead of trying to place more regulations upon the citizens of our country deregulate so that the free market actually works.
    Have a major money saving idea for all citizens of our country. We the People should insist that all servants at all levels of our government can not belong to any union.
    Another KISS idea is that to at least slow the corruption done by our political servants term limits need to be imposed on all political servants.

  • jba

    Appointed by a fool and on a fools errand …… Not a one of them has a clue as to what a proper development plan is… Also….” … among other things, to put low-income housing in high-income areas…” (except where they own property of course.. and you can check public property records to confirm that…)

  • jameshrust

    It appears the Atlanta, GA metropolitan area is destined for the same planning. Our roads are deteriorating to being unusable with growing potholes while trolley rail will soak up billions for a few thousand to ride. Tax dollars are being thrown away for stadiums for the Falcons and Braves costing citizens more than one billion. Crony capitalism is this new style of planning. Taking from the poor and giving it to the well placed.
    James Rust

  • Dr Tim Ball-Climatologist

    Dear Bonner

    I want to let you know of my new book for your perusal.
    ‘The Deliberate Corruption of Climate Science’
    I have been silenced for 40 years by the MSM.
    Thank you.
    Tim
    Historical Climatologist

    PS My website is

  • rosettabailey

    Yes, and it is happening and it will continue to happen as stated by the HUD department head sean donovan that the government will go into every neighborhood.
    You must read books on the “our common goal’ also Spreading the Wealth by Stanley Kurtz, amazon has the Earth Summit Agenda 21 for your reading pleasure.
    You must educate yourself first then make you statements. Look up “regionalism” that will eliminate county lines and will be ruled by regional councils. Florida has 67 counties and the goal is to take those counties and make 11 regions. It is a fact, google Seven/50 seven counties by the year 2050. Do your homework. Richard Nixon signed the bill for regionalism in the 60’s.

  • gatekeeper96740

    The people will be herded into Mega cities where there are no cars and this is the reason for the big push for mega trains. There is another part to this called rewilding N.America.

    http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/48568

    Perhaps the most jaw-dropping part of the rewilding plan involves
    reintroducing long-gone American animal groups back onto the North
    American continent. This could happen in several ways. The first would
    be to reintroduce former indigenous species who once roamed our
    land—such as elephants and the (wooly) rhinoceros. The second,
    reminiscent of a sci-fi movie, would be to find DNA materials to
    recreate extinct animal groups. For example, under this plan,
    well-preserved extinct animals—such as glacier-bound woolly mammoths,
    recently disappeared passenger pigeons, or the La Brea Tarpits’ saber
    toothed cats could be raised as fetuses from scratch. On this Science
    Daily published: A Plan For Reintroducing Megafauna To North America:

  • timbofire

    San Diego is head deep in “sustainable” growth. We have wildlife corridors, water fluoridation, oh, and let’s don’t forget, the plans for a $65 BILLION DOLLAR high speed rail to connect urban centers. Our roads and bridges are crumbling but the “flower child” governor (Jerry Brown) keeps pushing for the funding. And the idiots in Sacramento are either too spineless, or are in the pockets of the sustainable agenda pushers, to do anything about it.. Don’t get me wrong ,it’s the idiot citizens who continue to vote these fools in! It’s not like we don’t already have the highest sales tax rate in the nation, but we have an unelected bureaucracy calling the shots. We have a 17 city regional planning commission that answers to NO ONE.

  • Poppiexno

    The administration recently published a document regarding “climate disturbance. Notice how we have gone from the dire “global warming” to the less threatening “climate change” to the more benign “climate disturbance.” This stunning document is frightening in its scope – not because of the predicted apocalypse but because of the measures it proposes among which are: a smaller population, “de-development,” redistribution of wealth both between and within countries, draconian reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, a phase out of fossil fuels and other measures.
    A president who believes in this lunacy will a. Be a staunch supporter of abortion (it holds down population growth ) b. Institute policies which inhibit economic growth (GNP growth was 2% in the first quarter) c. Use every means at his disposal to inhibit the use of fossil fuels (the Keystone pipeline, severe regulations of the coal industry, an illegal moratorium on gulf oil drilling) d. Government funding of solar manufacturing.
    He wasn’t kidding when he promised change, and he still has three more years

    • Thomas Faddis

      Sorry Poppi, I can’t press ‘like’ because, though I Agree with your every word, I Hate that it is true!

  • kku6

    Well folks……Welcome to the State of Oregon type of land use planning. The type of planning described has been the way of Oregon for at least the past 25 years. Metro, a bureacratic planning organization has complete control over the planning process in the Portland Metro area and the State has adapted land use guidelines that circumvent desires of local communities, all for the good of us all. Hope you like it. If not, you may want to contact a citizens action group called “Oregonions in Action” for input on how to fight it before it gets out of control like it is here. We waited too long to fight back in Oregon. Don’t let it happen to you.

  • Angela Cleveland

    Our street was redone in 2008 and everyone had to have rain gardens put in on our side of the street?!?