Arizona State University teaching U.S., Canada, Mexico need to be integrated

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Residents of planned union to be ‘North Americanists’
Arizona State University teaches how continent to be integrated

By Bob Unruh
World Net Daily
January 5, 2007

Arizona State University is teaching that the U.S., Mexico and Canada need to be integrated into a unified superstate, where U.S. citizens of the future will be known as “North Americanists,” according to the taxpayer-funded “Building North America” program.

The program openly advocates for the integration of economic issues across the continent, and in many places goes further – such as the call for a common North American currency.

One teaching module made available online for professors to integrate into their teachings was written by George Haynal, senior fellow at the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, and implied a joint military is required. Since the security of the continent “is a joint need; it should be supplied as a common enterprise.”

“Given the nature of the threats against our security in the current environment, the first task is to reinvent ‘borders.’ We must exercise the responsibility for protecting our society against external threats where we can do so most effectively, not where infrastructures happens to be in place,” he added. “Multilateral cooperation is going to be essential among governments.”

“It is clear, to me at least, that we must … move beyond NAFTA and do so with a purposeful determination,” he wrote.

Another teaching paper advocates the adoption of a unified North American currency, the “amero,” modeled after the euro currency of the European Union.

The programming the university is providing for help in teaching the new North American focus is just the latest evidence of the mounting campaign for a de facto North American Union. Although most in the establishment press are not covering the controversy, it has earned the opposition of a number of high-level voices including congressmen like Tom Tancredo, Virgil Goode and Ron Paul, and newsmen like CNN’s Lou Dobbs who has described the U.S. government’s actions in this effort as “Orwellian.”

Paul, a maverick Republican from Texas, has denounced such integration plans and warns that most members of Congress aren’t aware of the situation, and that he is opposing any transnational “superhighway” projects such as the “Trans-Texas Corridor” project in his home state.

Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas

Why? The ultimate goal, he said, is not simply a superhighway, “but an integrated North American Union – complete with a currency, a cross-national bureaucracy and virtually borderless travel within the union. Like the European Union, a North American Union would represent another step toward the abolition of national sovereignty altogether.”

Rep. Goode, R-Va., already has introduced a resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the U.S. should not engage in further NAFTA advances.

But progress already is significant down the road to a joint government, evidenced by confirmation that the U.S. government is planning to provide full Social Security benefits to Mexicans as well as a report by the powerful Council on Foreign Relations, considered by many to be something of a “shadow government,” that calls for the transfer of massive amounts of wealth from the U.S. to Mexico and the setup of a “security perimeter” around North America.

A Canadian website set up by those who fear the loss of their Canadian national sovereignty already has established a timeline for the program.

The Arizona State contribution to the move towards a one-government continent was launched because of “the notion that economic integration in the NAFTA Triad (Canada-U.S.-Mexico) was advancing despite the lack of press and public attention it received …” and a new website would allow “those of us in the Triad” to link up with the growing body of research about “how businesses, governments, and organizations were shaping, and adapting to, the evolution of a shared economic space.”

“We are now bringing together the fruits of this research endeavor in a new, updated and redesigned ‘Building North America’ website…” the group said. “We are betting on the continued existence of scholars and policy practitioners who would benefit from a site which would consolidate the research and data we are all generating, and thereby build community among us.”

A telephone number for the managers of the site was unavailable, and a WND e-mail to the site did not generate a response.

But the goal is clear: “The links, documents, and other materials on this site have been selected, organized, and in some cases designed to advance teaching and research on North American regional integration. … At the same time the site also aims to benefit the broader community of North Americanists, within the academy and beyond, by putting at our collective fingertips – or mouse-reach – the kinds of current and historical material that will benefit research into, and understanding of, North American integration – past, present and future.”

The site cross-references and links to organizations and university centers such as the Center for North American Studies at American University in Washington, D.C., institutional home for Robert Pastor.

American University Professor Robert Pastor

Pastor has been described as a leading intellectual force in the move to create an EU-style North American Community, and recently told WND he believes a new 9/11 crisis could be the catalyst to merge the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

Pastor said that in such a case the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, or SPP – launched in 2005 by the heads of the three countries at a summit in Waco, Texas – could be developed into a continental union, complete with a new currency, the amero, that would replace the U.S. dollar.

In May 2005, Pastor was co-chairman the Council on Foreign Relations task force that produced a report entitled “Toward a North American Community,” which he has claimed is the blueprint behind the SSP declared by President Bush, Mexico’s then-President Vicente Fox, and Canada’s then-Prime Minister Paul Martin.

At American University, Pastor directs the Center for North American Studies where he teaches a course entitled “North America: A Union, A Community, or Just Three Nations?” As WND previously has reported, Pastor is on the board of the North American Forum on Integration, the NAFI, a non-profit organization that annually holds a mock trilateral parliament for 100 selected students drawn from 10 universities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Arizona State also lists government agencies in support of the merging of various functions that historically have been handled by each government, such as the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, “the U.S. Department of Commerce, and others.

The website’s archive contains “influential papers and articles which have shaped the debate on ‘North America,'” including the 2005 document from the Council on Foreign Relations called “Building a North American Community: Report of the Independent Task Force on the Future of North America.”

Also available is a series of “Teaching Modules,” where Haynal’s instructions are available. “The section leads off with an introductory guide to Building North America Into Your Course, as well as a more structured ‘Matrix’ offering sample units by theme and subfield … Each of these TMs either has, or will have in the near future, an accompanying Teaching Note with more detailed suggestions for incorporation into a variety of courses.”

Among the organizations being promoted are the Council of The Americas, the free market thinktank Fraser Institute, North America Works, North American Integration and Development Center, North America’s Super Corridor Coalition, North American Integration and Development Center at UCLA, the Mexican Embassy, NORAD, North American Development Bank, NAFTA Secretariat, North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation and North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation,

One of the teaching notes lists Earl Fry’s work titled: “The Role of Subnational Governments in the governance of North America.”

Subtitled “Mapping the New North American Reality,” that paper argues that provinces in Canada and states in the United States and Mexico are quite efficiently setting up their own integrated North America with or without their “federal” governments’ participation.

It even warns against renegade states like South Dakota, which has undermined “treaties and agreements signed by national governments” with its requirements for inspections of Canadian cattle, hogs and wheat.

The North American Union plans were cited by WorldNetDaily editors as the Number One story on the news site’s list of 10 most underreported stories for 2006.