Glenn Beck’s new book with coauthor Harriet Parke has two parts so I’ll review it like that…
First the novel. In Agenda 21 the authors depict a 1984ish feel of a dire future world or somewhat like the Hunger Games series. A world very different from what we have. A world that is frankly hard to imagine where a young women struggles with understanding her world and the bits and pieces she learns of the previous world. The story follows the life of this women as she comes of age and faces difficult challenges.
Beck and Parke wrote a compelling story that was interesting to read. I wished for more which is generally a good thing, but in the case of Agenda 21 I thought there could have been more depth to the characters; more connection to the past; more details about the transition; more details about many things; more drama. In this I feel the novel falls short of its potential.
Agenda 21 is still a worthy read and short at a scant 277 pages. It’s funny as I reread this review and said 277 pages was scant. I certainly is not Atlas Shrugged, but it is a decent length. Perhaps the authors fooled me and provided just enough to compel me to finish the book in just one day which generates high praise from me.
So to the second part of the book which Beck is calling “Faction.” Mr. Beck provides an afterword about the reality of Agenda 21 which is an ACTUAL United Nations initiative. Beck provides the fertile ground, but expects the reader to do the research for themselves as he often extolls his listeners. I expected a long, drawn out diatribe about Agenda 21, but was pleased to find a succinct history and summary of the program. The afterword ends with a list of resources. I challenge anyone to read the Agenda 21 principles and not find examples of them in your community; not find examples in what they have been teaching our children.
“Like most plans with evil, world-changing intentions, Agenda 21 doesn’t exactly advertise itself that way. Those who are behind it know that they would never get the support they need if they simply stated their true objectives. So instead they couch their ideas in all kinds of flowery language that makes it sound as though their only goal is to leave a better, healthier planet to our children – and who doesn’t want that?”
Agenda 21 the novel illustrates what that planet may look like in an extreme. The problem that I cannot get away from is that the history of the planet gives us plenty of examples of “well-meaning” individuals who just wanted a better planet. Their ideas generally resulted in the deaths of millions of people and a worse planet.
Hopefully this faction work will get people to start waking up.