There’s a pattern in human affairs:
The cruelest manipulators hold out the prettiest symbols and visions, promising those if you just put them into power.
Like dogs rushing toward offal, the crowd eats it up and surges forward, then finds themselves in chains. “How did that happen? They didn’t say this was going to happen!” they say, and then happily go about their miserable lives because they never expected change anyway, nor would welcome it because it would challenge them.
A philosopher might say, “Verily, the appearance of things and their social symbols do not constitute a thing-in-itself, but instead the token of another mind’s processing of appearance.” But no one can understand that complexity anymore.
So it will happen again. Here’s one candidate. While I will always encourage green thinking and environmentalism of the oldest sort, Conservationism, I am suspicious of the motivations of the Crowd that has taken over the left, and suspect they will wreck the environment while using it as a symbol of their own righteousness and need for Power and Control.
A United Nations document on “climate change” that will be distributed to a major environmental conclave next week envisions a huge reordering of the world economy, likely involving trillions of dollars in wealth transfer, millions of job losses and gains, new taxes, industrial relocations, new tariffs and subsidies, and complicated payments for greenhouse gas abatement schemes and carbon taxes — all under the supervision of the world body.
Those and other results are blandly discussed in a discretely worded United Nations “information note” on potential consequences of the measures that industrialized countries will likely have to take to implement the Copenhagen Accord, the successor to the Kyoto Treaty, after it is negotiated and signed by December 2009. The Obama administration has said it supports the treaty process if, in the words of a U.S. State Department spokesman, it can come up with an “effective framework” for dealing with global warming.
I’m not blown away by our news media. They cheer one side or the other, but serve the same lobbyists and oligarchs. However, this is interesting enough to report for discussion.