Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.
— Lenin

We must create out of the younger generation a generation of Communists. We must turn children, who can be shaped like wax, into real, good Communists…. We must remove the children from the crude influence of their families. We must take them over and, to speak frankly, nationalize them.
— Communist Party Education Workers Congress (1918)

Great authoritarian minds apparently think alike.

Debbie Bacigalupi is leading CFACT’s team to the UN’s World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur (thanks supporters!) and she reports that the Secretary General of the UN’s Envoy on Youth, Donovan Gutierres, stated there are about 1.8 Billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24 today — the largest youth population ever.  To him this creates “unprecedented potential for change in economic and social progress.”

During a session entitled “One Planet Cities,” Debbie reports that a Danish presenter said, “we’ve been educating our children for the last 25 years on anthropogenic global warming” and since many are now adults “they are actively implementing policies to combat climate change.”

Unable to persuade experienced adults with their junk science and repressive urban agenda, our would-be urban masters plan to indoctrinate the young before they mature enough to think for themselves.

It’s full-on Orwell, but it doesn’t stop there.  Debbie was shocked to see how prominently “surveillance” features in the UN’s new urban agenda.  Keeping tabs on all of us via drones, microphones, cameras and online monitoring are a big part of the UN’s urban vision.

The UN also unveiled two new model “micro” homes for our future urban life.  One measures a paltry 265 square feet.  The other boosts our future allotment to a “luxurious” 320!  I wonder how long you and I would be on their waiting list to upgrade to the big one?

Migrants and refugees also figured prominently at the forum.   EU official Corina Cretu got people’s attention when she fretted that “if we allow ghettos or segregation of migrants, this will become a nuclear bomb in the future.”  Her solution is the “cohesion” of a massive policy of wealth redistribution – one already underway in Europe and for which the EU has already allocated $428 billion.

No one’s solutions at the UN conference in Kuala Lumpur appear to include free markets, individual liberty or natinal sovereignty.  These are the wellsprings of the kind of prosperity that is truly sustainable.

The UN has it backwards.


  • Craig Rucker

    Craig Rucker is a co-founder of CFACT and currently serves as its president.