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Climate Change an Excuse for Big Government

Brett Davis

Posted on September 9, 2019 18:20

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Global warming alarmism is being used to justify expanding the power of the state to control the lives of people everywhere.

“The urge to save humanity is almost always a false-face for the urge to rule it,” H.L. Mencken said. “Power is what all messiahs really seek; not the chance to serve. This is true even of the pious brethren who carry the gospel to foreign parts.”

This observation could easily be applied to climate change (formerly known as global warming), a de facto religion for many on the left. The end is nigh, adherents of the church of climate change tell us, unless there is a massive expansion of government in the form of radical economic and social regulation. It turns out the scariest thing about climate change is the prospect of extreme environmentalism mandated by government to prevent a highly speculative catastrophe.

Consider that cannibalism is now being touted as part of a solution to climate change. Magnus Söderlund, professor of marketing and strategy at the Stockholm School of Economics, pitched the idea at the Gastro Summit, a discussion on the future of food during a climate cataclysm, leaving a bad taste in the mouths of the vast majority in attendance.

Far from being a modern-day retelling of Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal,” the professor is apparently serious about his “Soylent Green New Deal,” saying people can be “tricked” into “making the right decisions,” presumably under threat of government force. Söderlund, naturally, equated resistance to dining on human flesh with capitalist greed. “Are we humans too selfish to live sustainably?” he asked.

Things aren’t any better in America, where Democratic presidential candidates serve as Gaia’s priests, instructing the masses on what to sacrifice in order to stave off a climate change apocalypse.



Touchy-feely frontrunner Joe Biden recently held a young female left-wing protester’s hand and told her as president he will get rid of fossil fuels, which currently meet about 80 percent of America’s energy needs.

Other fairy tales were told at CNN’s recent seven-hour “town hall” on climate change, releasing – ironically – a massive amount of hot air into the atmosphere. For example, longshot candidate Andrew Yang suggested a car buy-back program, “shaping” people’s diets and eliminating air travel. Pete Buttigieg said those who eat burgers and use plastic straws are “part of the problem” on climate change.

This is but the tip of a growing iceberg (again with the irony) when it comes to Democratic presidential candidates’ ridiculously expensive plans to take on climate change by administering every aspect of people’s lives in the name of Earth itself.

Václav Klaus warned us in his 2007 book, “Blue Planet in Green Shackles: What is Endangered: Climate or Freedom?,” of the threat of an all-encompassing state under the guise of a global climate crisis: “The largest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity is no longer socialism. It is, instead, the ambitious, arrogant, unscrupulous ideology of environmentalism.”

Brett Davis

Posted on September 9, 2019 18:20

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Source: Mother Jones

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