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TNA 08-14 19920713RIO

TNA 08-14 19920713RIO

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Volume
B,
Number14
July
13,
1992
FEATURES
FRONTPAGE
.
4
TheUnitedNationsEarthSummithaslittletodowith savingtheearth,butmuchtodowithshacklingit
NATION·
16,19
WhileglobalgreeniesmetinRiodeJaneiro,anotherkindofenvironmentalconferenceconvenedinReno, NevadaFewAmericansunderstandtheimportanceofour ElectoralCollegeinchoosingaU.S.President
AMERICANOPINION
.
23
Whilesocialistclichesmaybeconvincingtotheun informed,eachhasaflawinreasoningthatcanbeexposedwithpatientconsideratonofevidenceandfact
LETTERSOFTHEREPUBLIC
.
33
In
DeconstructingtheLeft,
ex-radicalsPeterCollierandDavidHorowitzofferaninterestingviewofthe charactersandatmosphereofthetumultuous'60s
EDUCATION
.
37
Environmentalgroupsareenlistingthousandsofyoungpeopleintotheirmilitantgreencampaign
ECONOMICS
.
40
Althoughgoldhasbeenadisasterformanyinvestors,itstillhasaplaceinabalancedportfolio
PUBLISHER'SPAGE
.
44
TheissuesurroundingtheNationalEndowmentfortheArtsisnotcensorship,butwhetherornottaxpayersshouldbecompelledtofund
any
art,goodorbad
Cover:
DesignbyScott
J.
Alberts
Groovin'
at
the
Earth
Summit
(page4)
DEPARTMENTS
LETTERS
TO
THEEDITOR
.
3
REVIEWOFTHE
NEWS·
13
YeltsininWashington;Weinbergerindicted;Earth Summitover;WiderroleforNATO;Female
paws
sexuallyassaulted;DanQuaylevs.culturalelite
DIDYOUKNOW?
.
21
THERIGHTANSWERS
.
22
WORTHREPEATING
.
31
OUT
IN
LEFT
FIELD
.
35
LessonsfromLosAngeles;Preventivegovernment; "Gay"studies;MoreaboutMurphyBrown
GUN
REPORT·
38
Wherethecandidatesstandonguncontrol;NewJerseycombatsgunlaw;Newschiefcallsforgunban
CORRECTION,PLEASEl
.
42
Yeltsinlookingforahandout;WhatSisterSouljahsaid;RecallingtheRosenbergs;China'sherointrade
 
ECO
'92:
Launching
Pad
for
Intern
ThemajesticformofRiodeJaneiro'sChristtheRedeemerstatuestoodsilentvigiloverthechaoticdinoftheEarthSummit
E
nvironmentalmilitantsaremoaningthattheEarthSummitwassabotagedbyPresidentBu
sh'
selection-yearpolitickingandaselloutto
u.s.
industrialinterests.
Republican
stalwarts,meanwhile,arepaintingtheresultsoftheUnitedNationsConferenceonEnvironmentandDevelopment(UNCED)asavictoryfortheUnited StatesandforMr.Bush,whostoodfirm forAmericaneconomicinterestsagainsthostileworldopinion.
The
significance
of
the
summit,hailedashistory'slargestgatheringofworldleaders,willnotbecomeknownformonths,perhapsyears.Noonehas yethadachancetoread,letalonedigest,allthefineprintinthevoluminousagreementsanddocumentshammeredoutduringthetwofractiousweeksof
negotiation
sinRiodeJaneiro.
One
thingiscertain:Theywillbesourcesof muchfutureargument,negotiation,lob
bying
,
and
le
gislation.
As
Maurice
Strong,executivesecretaryoftheconference,said,"Thisisalaunchingpad, notaquickfix."Theleadershipofthe hugeenvironmentallobbyingnetworkinWashington,DCfullyrealizethisand isgearingupforsustainedwarfareon themanyissuesaddressedatthesum mit.Allthemorereasonforconstitutionaliststofocustheirenergiesonthis November'scongressionalelections.
Summit"Accomplishments"
Fromthestandpointoftheawfulpotentialthatthesummitheldforsaddling theUnitedStateswithsovereignty-destroyingtreatycommitmentsandenor mousfinancial-aidoutlays,theresultsoftheglobalconfabcanbegreetedwithsomerelief;itcouldhavebeenworse.
After
all,wedidn
't
signthelegallybindingBiodiversityConvention.We
did't
agreetotheUNplanfordoublingourfinancialaidtodevelopingcountriesto0.7percent
of
U.S.grossnational productbytheyear2000.Theglobal
warming
treatysignedbyPre
sidentBush
was"watered
down"
fromtheoriginalversion;itsetsnofirmtargets ortimetablesforreductionofCO
2
andother"greenhousegas"emissions,re ductionsthatcoulddecimateAmerican
4
industryandjobs.Ontheotherhand,morethanafewof
the
summit's
"accomplishments"
willbearoundtohaunt,harrass,andin creasinglytroubleusintheyearsahead:Agenda21,the
SOO-pa
geblueprintforgovernmentalactiononeverythingfromforests,deserts,oceans,andrivers towomen'srightsandhealthcarewill setinmotionacontinuouslyevolving processofenvironmentalpolicyforma tion.AnewCommissiononSustainable DevelopmentwillbeestablishedattheUNtom
onitor
national
compliance
withtheenvironmentaltargetsagreeduponatthetalks.TheCommissionwillalsoreview thedevelopmentassistancecontributionsfromtheindustrialcountriesto makesurethesecontributionsaresufficienttoenabletheimplementationoftheAgenda21policies.AnewInternationalGreenCrossforworldwide"emergency"environ
mental
as
sistance,
tobe
headed
byMikhailGorbachev,willbeformallyes tablishednextyear.PresidentBushhascalledforaninternationalconferenceonglobalwarm-ingJanuaryIst,forthenationstoreportonspecificplanstoreducegreenhousegases.
President
Bushhas
pledged
todoubleU.S.aidtointernationalefforts aimedat"protecting"forests.
Flying
Down
to
Rio
FromthemomentIsteppedaboardtheRio-bound747atMiamiInternationalAirport,itwasobviousIhaden teredalienterritory.Long-hairedrefugees fromthe
'60
sinBirkenstocksandtie dyedshirts,yuppiesindesignerdigs wearingGreenpeacebuttons,andsilver
haired,
socialist
grandmother
swithhandfuls
of
ZeroPopulationGrowthpamphletsmixedwithUNstaffersin
three-piece
suits
clutchingreams
of
notesontreatynegotiationsandmembersofthepressstudiouslypreparing
fortheupcomingevent
by
poring
throughthelatestbriefingsfromtheWorldwatchInstitute,FriendsoftheEarth,ortheBusinessCouncilforSustainableDevelopment.Butwhatelsewouldonewouldexpectenroutetothe.GreenWoodstockknownastheGlobal
Forum
andtheplanetaryconferencedubbedtheEarth
THENEWAMERICAN
/
JULY
13,1992

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Wow. It's stunning to see how on top of Agenda 21 and other Communist agendas JBS was.....in 1992! This is a fascinating read. It's also a very insightful juxtaposition to contemporary issues.
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