By Mary Taylor - All News Pipeline
Making our cities smarter and smarter may pacify our enemies—the dynastic elites and other “globalist thugs,” that endorse Agenda 21 and the New Urban Agenda--but what will we do when those same cities disintegrate into no-go zones?
When you read this week’s headlines about problems in “progressive” cities like Portland, you may want to head for the hills rather than live in one.
A Fox News article headlined “Trouble in Portlandia” details the death threats, homelessness and rampant crime that is driving companies and families away from making a home in this oh-so-progressive city.
At the same time, world leaders have adopted the New Urban Agenda to show us how a “fundamentally transformed” world should look. And, surprise--the agenda promotes building Smart Cities just as liberal and progressive as downtown Portland.
Its message is, “Run—don’t’ walk—to join our utopian communities!”
But looking closely at the Agenda’s major goals, we can guess just how utopian these cities will be. While supporters promise they will be “centers of cultural and social well-being,” the ultimate outcome will be the end of free enterprise and capitalism, moving us closer to a one-world economic paradigm.
In other words, people will live as one big, bland homogeneous society with a single-minded purpose that parallels that of Babel—to build a worldwide order without God. And God’s response may be as drastic as the one he gave to Babylon’s Tower builders.
“Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other. So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city.” Genesis 11:7
While Babylon’s aims were high—right to the gates of heaven, in fact—the sky isn’t necessarily the limit for modern builders with today’s resources. Just consider that the new urban cities will have cutting-edge technology to build “cyber systems” that can monitor and control everyday physical processes that we take for granted.
The danger is that liveability gives way to a Big Brother-type society where secrecy and paranoia abound, as in George Orwell’s book “1984”. Emerging technology could provide a way to punish individualism and independent thinking as "thoughtcrimes".
Due to the widespread use of sensors and videos, data collection will abound in the cyber cities, according to an article on the U.S. Patriot website. It cites research from innovative centers like the Qualcomm Institute where “we can look at future cities and imagine a world where cars and buildings are alive and function like a nervous system.”
“In these cities, you’ll see billions of sensors throughout all walls, frames, floors, and doors which track all forms of movement, and monitor every aspect of life,” the site reports.
“It’s like Nazi Germany on steroids.”
Prospective Smart City residents may consider the loss of privacy and ask themselves who is collecting all this data. But they can look back thousands of years and see that people living in Old Testament times had the same problem:
“Do not revile the king even in your thoughts, or curse the rich in your bedroom, because a bird of the air may carry your words, and a bird on the wing may report what you say.” Ecclesiastes 10:20.
A Wall Street Journal article points out that in theory, most cities have policies designed to safeguard citizen privacy, preventing the release of information that might identify any one person. But the reality is different, as WSJ writer Michael Totty points out.
“Even when publicly available data is stripped of personally identifiable information, tech-savvy users can combine it with other data to figure out an awful lot of information about an individual,” he explained. “New technology is forcing cities to confront questions about privacy risks that they haven’t considered before.”
Nevertheless, the transformation has already begun, with the designation of Columbus, Ohio as the nation’s first Smart City. Columbus received $50 million in government funding to use the city as a test track for “intelligent” transportation systems.
The funding assures that Columbus will have driver-less vehicles roaming the streets, increased access to electric vehicle charging stations and cars that communicate with traffic signals.
Then there is Belmont, a future Smart City to be built in Arizona by a real estate investment firm owned by Bill Gates. The firm bought some 25,000 acres west of Phoenix to create what Belmont Partners called “a forward-thinking community.”
According to the New Urban Agenda, developers of future Smart Cities will be committed to following established guidelines that encourage all people, like it or not, to dwell in them. The fear is that even country folk will be forced out of their homes in the rural areas.
But the Agenda mandate is that no one will be left behind. This includes even suspected terrorists, because one of the 15 key commitments is to “fully respect the rights of refugees, migrants and displaced persons regardless of their migration status.”
Protesting for civil or any other kinds of rights won’t be necessary in this quasi-utopian world, because no groups, however violent or destructive, will face discrimination.
Moreover, the Agenda calls for authorities in our smart cities to assure that the needs of all citizens, including “marginalized groups” will be met.
So while the smart cities will be populated by refugees, migrants, and immigrants, along with various fringe groups claiming they are under-served and underprivileged. But where does that leave the truly marginalized—those willing to take a stand for God and Country? Not surprisingly, they are not among those mentioned as welcome in the Agenda paradigm.
Once Christians are labeled persona non grata, it is sure that the widespread creation of smart cities will hasten the divide in this country--between right and left, conservative and progressive, and ultimately, between good and evil.
But according to prayer walker Henry Gruver, the exclusion of Christians from Smart Cities won’t be a worst-case scenario. When Gruver appeared recently on the Quayle site, he shared a vision he received several years ago.
“In the vision I saw the wicked rushing into sinful cities,” he said. “By his Spirit God will draw the wicked into cities marked for destruction. He told me, ‘I will draw them as I drew the animals into the ark.’
“As they are in the cities, God will send destruction. But he will provide places of refuge for the righteous. They will be spared by God’s divine intervention.”