“What good would politics be, if it didn’t give everyone the opportunity to make moral compromises.”
— Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain
Greta Thunberg wrote an opinion piece today for The Guardian. In it she expresses the need for the fossil fuel industry, and its remoras – the banks, and related industries – to end investment in fossil fuels, immediately.
She and her allies will be making this case at Davos where the people who finance the running of the world empire gather and where if you listen closely, you can hear a cart full of oxygen tanks rattle down the hallways at night.
Most people don’t listen.
Obviously Thunberg is correct. As we outlined in multiple posts ecocide is occurring and we’re all going to die because of it.
The next president should build on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s point, that because the energy companies knew they were destroying the environment, they are guilty of murder – and add to that accusations of crimes against humanity.
To knowingly destroy the environment is to organize the deaths of billions.
Imagine being more successful at it than Mao, Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot and Henry Kissinger combined.
Using the Patriot Act for good instead of the depravity and tyranny for which it has been used, the next president should declare the energy companies (in the generally absurd patois of the political and chattering class) an existential threat to the nation’s national security.
And seize their assets.
Predictably such action will produce hysteria and cries of godless Bolshevism, and calls for armed resistance not to mention endless lawsuits.
Lincoln and FDR would say: I welcome their hate.
The next president of course won’t do any of that so relax.
You’re trajectory towards dystopian horror remains on track.
But then there’s Greta.
She’s young and single-minded and earnest.
And a fool.
In her polemic she expresses a kind of temper tantrum.
And graciously admits it’s all complicated.
She does not admit that people with the ethics of a virus are using her to generate click bait revenue (which is why she was plucked from irrelevance to “relevance”) and she says nothing about what would happen if the powers that be suddenly pulled the switch – and oil production and investment just stopped.
For example, consider the utterly odious, decadent, depraved sadistic poet warlords of the Gulf – and we mean both Texas and Saudi Arabia.
Think ISIS, Syria and Iraq are a mess?
Now add in the collapse of the these regimes (and again, we also mean Texas and we’ll add in Louisiana, and Mexico, and Iran, and Venezuela, and Nigeria, and Libya, and Canada and Russia) and the aristocrats will run for the border (and their estates in London, and Manhattan) and the poor will be in desperate need of food, and a way to heat their homes, drive their cars and move things like people and food from a to b.
Resulting in a humanitarian crisis and calls for UN (i.e., American) intervention.
Which means dead marines.
And car bombs.
Lots and lots of money.
And, well, you know the rest.
Yes, they should not be driving cars that need gas and they should not be heating their homes with non-sustainable energy.
But that requires an infrastructure.
Which requires people to build the infrastructure.
Which requires either nationalization of the means of production, or a shift in investment.
And many of the people involved have the right to vote.
And many don’t.
China for example does not hold elections per se, and the transformation of the Chinese economy from its current Mao sings the capitalist blues gangsterism, to something else is like asking King Kong to dance – in a teacup.
Should it happen?
Is it necessary to save the environment?
Exactly how is it going to be accomplished?
Well, on that point Greta is apparently silent.
Does the technology exist to make the change?
But in order to use it the gangsters in China will have to convert their investments in the use of indigenous slaves by the plantation owners in America – you know all of those environmentally consciousness liberals at Apple, IBM, and Walmart.
Or as Ricky Gervais said – if ISIS launched a streaming service you would all be calling your agents begging for a deal.
Obviously Tim Cook and Bill Gates and Warren Buffett and the Waltons are guilty of making their fortunes off the labor of slaves.
That should be a crime against humanity.
It won’t be though unless as someone said about Jeff Bezos changing his mind – not until someone puts a gun to his head.
And notice that wee Greta has said nothing even remotely left wing – nothing about seizing the means of production, nothing about nationalizing the banks and the hedge funds, nothing about grabbing the tech lords by the balls and saying it is immoral and poses an existential threat to the planet to keep using conflict resources and slave labor to make your government sanctioned tracking devices.
Because if she did the click bait pimps would drop her because she’d be ginning up the peasants and the plebes to think about direct action.
Instead of ginning up gangs of teenagers to get angry on a Friday afternoon.
And then go home.
Because of course Greta is a bourgeois gnat.
Who has been adopted by bourgeois liberals as a pet.
If she were educated, or aware, she’d call on her followers to boycott the internet for a week.
No texts, no apps, no internet, no videos, no calls no nothing for a week.
And then the aristocrats would get the jitters and shakes as the revenue river began to evaporate.
And someone would probably hire someone to hire someone to give her the full Khashoggi.
So instead she’s off to Davos.
Where they will nod their heads and say yes yes Greta you’re right, we should do something.
While the planet burns.
See the piece here:
We also take note that a few months ago senior investment lords made the public point that a failure to change investment strategies would lead to catastrophe.
But then there were people who said similar things in 1914.
And so on.
And so on.
And so on.