Rockefeller-funded video – the future “they” want for us, travel edition

The video is at the bottom of this post. If you’re not interested in my post on “traffic calming”, please scroll past it to watch the video. I think you’ll be glad you saw it, as it’s very informative. It was found on “The Future We Want” website, funded by the Rockefeller Institute, and produced by America 2050. Pretty creepy.

How I found the video

While searching my city’s website for instructions on how to report a street light outage (it was too complicated, just like everything run by the government) I came across a FAQ on how to request a “traffic calming” evaluation. Traffic calming? Sounds like a red flag for Agenda 21. Here’s what I found:

On the one hand, traffic calming has to do with creating physical and psychological barriers to manipulate traffic, such as slowing it down. Speed bumps are added, streets are narrowed, and cognitive load is increased.

On the other hand, it has Agenda 21 written all over it. From Wikipedia:

…car traffic severely impairs the social and recreational functions that streets are now recognized to have. The Livable Streets study by Donald Appleyard (1981) found that residents of streets with light traffic had, on average, three more friends and twice as many acquaintances as the people on streets with heavy traffic which were otherwise similar in dimensions, income, etc.

People who live on quiet streets have more friends? Since that discovery, streets are no longer designed simply to get us from here to there, but engineers must now consider the social implications of roadways. From a website called the Project for Public Spaces:

The tools of traffic calming take a different approach from treating the street only as a conduit for vehicles passing through at the greatest possible speed…

Developed in Europe, traffic calming (a direct translation of the German “vekehrsberuhigung”) is a system of design and management strategies that aim to balance traffic on streets with other uses. It is founded on the idea that streets should help create and preserve a sense of place, that their purpose is for people to walk, stroll, look, gaze, meet, play, shop and even work alongside cars – but not dominated by them.

According to Wikipedia, the term “traffic calming” was first used in an English publication in 1985 by Carmen Hass-Klau. He was part of a study which determined that reducing road space results in “disappearing traffic“. In other words, decreased road capacity didn’t result in traffic congestion, but in behavior modification. People began to carpool, walk, etc. Or, they just stopped going to certain places.

The Project for Public Spaces prominently displays this quote:

“In almost all U.S. cities, the bulk of the right-of-way is given to the roadway for vehicles, the least to the sidewalk for pedestrians… just suppose that Americans were to extend their walking radius by only a few hundred feet. The result could be an emancipation… –William H. Whyte (CITY: Rediscovering the Center)

Emancipation from what? Most Americans like driving their cars, particularly because it offers personal independence. From an article, “Cars, Individualism, and the Paradox of Freedom in a Mass Society”:

A car owner need not worry about train schedules, or of taking a predetermined route through various out of the way locations to get to his destination.  He could leave at 10 am, or he could leave at 10:15 am.  He was master of his time.  He could take one route to work on Monday and then choose a more scenic route on Tuesday.  To Americans at mid-century, the car, perhaps more than any other object, represented freedom—the freedom of the individual.

The connection of privately-owned transportation and personal freedom was not unique to the previous century. Agenda 21 is about controlling the masses. It’s packaged in the prettiest of terms, but it’s all about restricting personal freedom.

My search for “traffic calming” brought me to the following websites.

Here’s the video. It was funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and produced by America 2050. You can also view it on The Future We Want website. This is what they’re pushing us toward, the future “they” want for the rest of us:

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