By: Renee Nal
The main selling point for “smart cities” is that they are “sustainable,” a vague but applauded term that often used in context of combating what this author strongly believes is a non-existent problem: man-made climate change.
During a speech at the Siri Fort Auditorium in India, Obama, who met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the tour, declared:
We are ready to join you in building new infrastructure…roads and airports, the ports and bullet trains to propel India into the future. We are ready to help design smart cities…
President Obama declared that taxpayers will foot the bill for $4 billion dollars in “investments and loans” as reported at Reuters.
Obama’s visit was discussed on Twitter under the hashtag #ObamaInIndia.
#ObamaInIndia: India wants to build better infrastructure, airports & smart cities, we want to be the 1st in line to help be a part of this
— EconomicTimes (@EconomicTimes) January 27, 2015
Smart cities are a part of the United Nations Agenda 21 plan and are defined in “fuzzy” ways as acknowledged at Wikipedia, which highlights several vague definitions. Some of the biggest common threads is “smart governance,” “smart technology,” “smart mobility,” and of course, “sustainability.”
Although rarely discussed, it seems that the ongoing “open data” initiative is heavily intertwined with the concept of “smart cities” (see here, here, here, here and here).
“Open Data” is a benign-sounding initiative dedicated to “transparency” in data, but falls under the “Open Societies” concept of global governance as promoted by billionaire George Soros, who “proposes that the open societies of the world should form an alliance for the dual purpose of fostering the development of open society within individual countries, and to lay the groundwork for a global open society by strengthening international institutions and rules of behaviour,” according to an Amazon description for his book “Open Society: Reforming Global Capitalism.”
Under President Obama, OpenData.gov was born.
The Economic Times in India laid out the involvement of the U.S. Taxpayers in India’s smart cities,
…the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) signed Memorandums of Understandings (MoUs) with Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh for cooperation to support the development of three smart cities.
The cities are Allahabad, Ajmer and Visakhapatnam. Under the MoUs, the USTDA will contribute funds for feasibility studies and pilot projects, study tours, workshops or trainings and other projects that would be determined mutually.
The Times of India reported:
As per the agreements, USTDA will collaborate with other US government agencies like the Department of Commerce, the US Export Import Bank and other trade and economic agencies to promote greater US-India infrastructure development cooperation and to support development of smart cities.
USTDA will enable US industry bodies to mobilize private sector expertise and resources to address important aviation and energy related infrastructure connected to developing smart cities.
The USTDA twitter feed promoted the initiative and posted a press release on the effort:
We’re ready to help design smart cities to serve citizens better & we want to develop more advanced tech with India – President Obama — USTDA (@USTDA) January 27, 2015
“As we deliver more energy/electricity, let’s do it with clean, renewable energy” – President Obama at India’s Republic Day @WhiteHouse
— USTDA (@USTDA) January 27, 2015
USTDA Director Zak signed a grant in India with IL&FS Energy Development Company to support wind & solar PV projects pic.twitter.com/SyrCPbWcSb — USTDA (@USTDA) January 27, 2015
Video: President Obama Speaks at the U.S.-India Business Council Summit http://t.co/zsMyb6IIjg — USTDA (@USTDA) January 27, 2015
In the above tweet with the embedded video, President Obama further discusses the American “investment” into India’s “smart cities.” It should be noted that through the USTDA, taxpayers fund similar initiatives around the world.
Part of the award to India will involve financing of small business loans.
New #blog post: @BarackObama highlights OPIC’s role supporting #development in #India http://t.co/UfGgBbcdz3 — OPIC.gov (@opicgov) January 27, 2015
Trevor Loudon, author of “Barack Obama and the Enemies Within,” and his latest jaw-dropping book, “The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress” told the author that he believes the ultimate goal of Agenda 21 (smart cities) is to move the populations of the world into small urban areas.
A population confined to “concentrated areas,” Loudon explained, would make citizens much more manageable. In his view, it is a part of an age-old battle between the “collective versus the individual,” a concept that can be illustrated in ideologies as far back as Plato and Aristotle, who both advocated for what they believed was “the superior role of the collective and the relatively inferior position of the individual.”
In an article at Forbes magazine, author Sarwant Singh wrote glowingly of “smart cities” in light of “urbanization.” Singh’s organization Frost & Sullivan “identified eight key aspects that define a Smart City: smart governance, smart energy, smart building, smart mobility, smart infrastructure, smart technology, smart healthcare and smart citizen.”
It should be noted that while the term “Agenda 21” has been progressively scrubbed from America’s newsrooms as it became marginalized in America, the plan lives on throughout the country in “sustainable” city planning initiatives.
An interesting discussion of smart cities can be found here from an Alternative Media source, TRUTHstreammedia:
Are Americans happy about their tax dollars going toward such a venture? Does Congress even have a say anymore?
Listen around the 52:00 minute mark:
This article has been cross-posted at Broadside News.