How did smart growth become politically divisive?

I do three things in this video. First – I explain what Agenda 21 REALLY is. Second, I describe smart growth, the city planning concept that Agenda 21 promotes. And finally, I give you my explanation for why smart growth became tangled in a conspiracy theory that also relates to climate change denial and fears of a one world government.

Resources on this topic:

Obama Will Abolish the Suburbs? (Slate):

Anti-Government Conspiracy Theorists Rail Against UN’s Agenda 21 Program (Southern Poverty Law Center):’s-agenda-21-program

I Got Duped by Glenn Beck (

Agenda 21 Revealed (Conspiracy theorist website):

Agenda 21 Revealed – You Need to Know This

Agenda 21: Conspiracy Theory or Real Threat? (Conspiracy theory website):

U.N. Agenda 21 – Coming to a Neighborhood Near You (Conspiracy theory website):

Video sources:

Photo sources:
– Flickr user Beyond DC
– Flickr user National Renewable Energy Lab
– Flickr user Number 10
– Flickr user Reg Natarajan
– The United Nations
– Wikimedia Commons user Gage Skidmore

Music sources:
– Metaphysik by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (

Filmed in sunny Sacramento, California.


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