May 18, 2010

Maurice Strong - Socialist or Communist

Recently Glenn Beck focused on Maurice Strong and asked for some feedback on him. As a refresher, here's a clip of that show.

Who is Maurice Strong?  He's the man who halted the development of nuclear reactors at Ontario Hydro after being appointed to the role by the province's socialist Premiere Bob Rae.  He further gutted thousands of talented Ontario Hydro staff leading later to shortcomings in the provinces nuclear capabilities.  But that's not the worst of who Maurice Strong is.  He's a man with an agenda.

Maurice Strong has proposed letting China buy Detroit. Why? Ostensibly for saving the environment. But Strong, who now lives in China, is really more interested in the advancement of socialism, and/or communism. Environmentalism is the vehicle he uses to covertly push his far left agenda. It's a tool of misdirection.  He wants cars that have zero emissions.  What on earth does that have to do with letting China buy the Detroit automakers?  None!  Cars are still cars.  The environmentalism is a ruse.

Strong defended China to Maclean's magazine last year, despite some indefensible attitudes in China.
Almost a year ago, Maclean’s published an essay by controversial former Canadian diplomat and entrepreneur Maurice Strong in which he passionately defended his adopted home, China, from those who would criticize its authoritarian regime. He lauded the government’s move toward a “socialist market economy” and said that Western engagement and understanding would inevitably lead to more openness and respect for human rights in the Middle Kingdom. “The Chinese will be much more influenced by our example than by the uninformed and hypocritical content of so much of our criticism,” Strong wrote. And in so doing, he summarized the prevailing sentiments among much of Canada’s political and business class: more support for China will inevitably make them more like us.

This week, Martin Jacques, a journalist, academic and author of the new book When China Rules the World, provides some sober (and sobering) second thought. In recent years, it has become accepted as a given that China’s rapid economic growth will allow it to eventually eclipse the United States as the world’s pre-eminent financial power. But Jacques says this shift in influence will certainly go far beyond commercial heft. It will bring profound and, in many respects, unwelcome changes to Western culture. The ruling classes in China are not interested in adopting foreign values like racial equality, human rights and political openness. Rather, they are dismissive—and in some cases outright hostile—to many of the political and cultural touchstones that we take for granted. They view the world as a hierarchy, with China at the top and the rest of the world representing various degrees of inferiority.
Apparently, he even told Maclean's magazine back in 1976 that he was "a socialist in ideology, a capitalist in methodology."  Although I haven't yet found that quote on Maclean's website.  Strong is also a supporter proponent of the U.N.'s radical Agenda 21.  But is that the cart or the horse of the Strong agenda? Is environmentalism pushing his socialism or vice-versa? Or have those two things now become so inextricably linked that it doesn't even matter?  There's much more to Strong than meets the eye, and more is sure to surface in the coming months.

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