"This nation couldn't move toward socialism if its
Congressional leaders didn't believe in it."
According to an article in the November/December 1995, Eco*logic, "Maurice Strong has become the single most influential person in the international environmental arena..." even though, were you to ask 100 Americans at random, probably not one would ever have heard the name.
How is it that this man, who was born "dirt poor" in Oak Lake, Manitoba, in 1930 has become such a force in the world? According to Joan Veon, financial consultant and author, his meteoric rise to power can be traced back to an early association with David Rockefeller, whom he met when he was about eighteen, when he went to New York to take a job as assistant pass officer in the Identification Unit of the Security Section at the United Nations.
Following that, his rise to power in the business world was phenomenal. At 19 he was an investment analyst. At 25 he was vice-president of Dome Petroleum. At age 31 he became the president of Power Corporation of Canada.
Elaine Dewar, author of Cloak of Green, says Maurice Strong is a Socialist, who has connections to Communist China where he is well received, partly because his cousin, Anna Louise Strong, a Marxist, and a member of the comintern, spent two years with Mao and Chou En-lai in China, where she was buried in 1970. Her funeral was personally organized by Chou En-lai.
Strong was Secretary-general of the UN Conference on the Human Environment, the first "Earth Summit," held in Stockholm in 1972. This became the nucleus from which the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) was created. Strong served as the UNEP's first Executive Director for two years. He has become closely aligned with Mikhail Gorbachev and was a participant in Gorbachev's State of the World Forum in San Francisco in 1995.
Strong was closely associated with the writing of the book Our Global Neighborhood. Many of the proposals from that book have been incorporated into the UN's Agenda 21.
Strong owns 63,000 acres in colorado known as Baca Grande, which has now become a haven for mystics. Strong and his wife, Hanne, set up a $1.2 million Manitou Foundation, which also receives an annual grant of $100,000 from Laurence Rockefeller, to assist in the preservation of various faiths at Baca.
In his essay, Stockholm to Rio: A Journey Down a Generation, Strong says that industrialized countries have:
developed and benefitted from the unsustainable patterns of production and consumption which have produced our present dilemma. It is clear that current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class -- involving high meat intake, consumption of large amounts of frozen and convenience foods, use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and work-place air conditioning, and suburban housing -- are not sustainable. A shift is necessary toward lifestyles less geared to environmentally damaging consumption patterns.
This is the man who has been selected as senior advisor to the UN Secretary General and charged with the responsibility of reforming the United Nations bureaucracy. As part of that reform there would no longer be permanent membership slots on the Security Council and the veto power would be eliminated. The United States would have the same say-so as the least member of the United Nations, and without a veto override.
This has been just a brief introduction to Maurice Strong. We hope to have an addendum that will elaborate on this hardly known but very powerful individual later.
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