As many of you know, today is Earth Day. The Media as well as various stores and businesses have promoted today as “let’s take care of the Earth”. Even Google has a Earth-Day graphic for its search page.
What hasn’t been mentioned is today is Lenin’s birthday. Coincidence? After reading the below, you decide.
Recently, the EPA declared that greenhouse gases linked to climate change “endanger public health and welfare,” setting the stage for regulating them under federal clean air laws. This declaration means that the EPA is more than willing to assume authority in regulating carbon dioxide emissions from the citizens of the United States in order to protect the public’s health. While initially targeting vehicles and industry emissions, will the EPA stop there? Since humans and every living animal exhales carbon dioxide, can you just think of the impact that if taken to extremes, limits on the number of people in your house, how big a house you can have, the number of pets, etc.?
We have already observed the actions of government in dealing with businesses, especially the automotive industry. Regulations including CAFE have done nothing to shift consumer preferences for large vehicles. Higher gasoline prices did what government couldn’t – move the consumer to higher mileage lower polluting vehicles. Now with the government basically in the driver’s seat (pun intended) of two of the three domestic automakers, government now has the control of dictating the direction of the course automakers must take. The recent Administration’s direction to the automakers to manufacture “green vehicles” powered by “green energy” is just the latest in this saga.
Lenin stated in his “Collected Works Volume 30” from 1917:
We must show the peasants that the organization of industry on the basis of modern, advanced technology, on electrification which will provide a link between town and country, will put an end to the division between town and country, will make it possible to raise the level of culture in the countryside and to overcome, even in the most remote corners of land, backwardness, ignorance, poverty, disease, and barbarism.
Does this sound familiar? And just who are the peasants, and who are the “elite” that will show the peasants the way?
Now before anyone wants to tell me that I’ve flipped out and need to be placed in a padded room with members of the Tin Hat Society, please consider the following.
There are responsibilities that each and every person on this planet must assume in order for society to continue to function and provide a world for our offspring to safely live in. This means that each person must do their part willingly, without coercion by regulations & government. We don’t pour used motor oil on the ground, we limit our burning of waste, and we responsibly dispose of items that pose a hazard to the environment. These items are part of our modern society which have allowed us to live in the high standards that we are accustomed to.
Radical environmentalists have stated that we need to get back to our roots, the basics that we, mankind, have forgotten. In other words, we need to regress back to the “good old days.”
The late Michael Crichton had this to say about the “good old days”:
There is no Eden. There never was. What was that Eden of the wonderful mythic past? Is it the time when infant mortality was 80%, when four children in five died of disease before the age of five? When one woman in six died in childbirth? When the average lifespan was 40, as it was in America a century ago. When plagues swept across the planet, killing millions in a stroke. Was it when millions starved to death? Is that when it was Eden?
And what about indigenous peoples, living in a state of harmony with the Eden-like environment? Well, they never did. On this continent, the newly arrived people who crossed the land bridge almost immediately set about wiping out hundreds of species of large animals, and they did this several thousand years before the white man showed up, to accelerate the process. And what was the condition of life? Loving, peaceful, harmonious? Hardly: the early peoples of the New World lived in a state of constant warfare. Generations of hatred, tribal hatreds, constant battles. The warlike tribes of this continent are famous: the Comanche, Sioux, Apache, Mohawk, Aztecs, Toltec, Incas. Some of them practiced infanticide, and human sacrifice. And those tribes that were not fiercely warlike were exterminated, or learned to build their villages high in the cliffs to attain some measure of safety.
How about the human condition in the rest of the world? The Maori of New Zealand committed massacres regularly. The dyaks of Borneo were headhunters. The Polynesians, living in an environment as close to paradise as one can imagine, fought constantly, and created a society so hideously restrictive that you could lose your life if you stepped in the footprint of a chief. It was the Polynesians who gave us the very concept of taboo, as well as the word itself. The noble savage is a fantasy, and it was never true. That anyone still believes it, 200 years after Rousseau, shows the tenacity of religious myths, their ability to hang on in the face of centuries of factual contradiction.
There was even an academic movement, during the latter 20th century, that claimed that cannibalism was a white man’s invention to demonize the indigenous peoples. (Only academics could fight such a battle.) It was some thirty years before professors finally agreed that yes, cannibalism does indeed occur among human beings. Meanwhile, all during this time New Guinea highlanders in the 20th century continued to eat the brains of their enemies until they were finally made to understand that they risked kuru, a fatal neurological disease, when they did so.
More recently still the gentle Tasaday of the Philippines turned out to be a publicity stunt, a nonexistent tribe. And African pygmies have one of the highest murder rates on the planet.
In short, the romantic view of the natural world as a blissful Eden is only held by people who have no actual experience of nature. People who live in nature are not romantic about it at all. They may hold spiritual beliefs about the world around them, they may have a sense of the unity of nature or the aliveness of all things, but they still kill the animals and uproot the plants in order to eat, to live. If they don’t, they will die.
Environmentalism by itself is not a bad thing. I am an environmentalist, but I’m also a realist. The individual is responsible for their actions, not a governmental body nor a special counsel of the UN. Countries are responsible for what they allow within their borders. Anyone who remembers the Love Canal knows that there is corporate responsibility as well. When corporations and individuals fail to meet the requirements of society, that is when government steps in. Once government steps in, government will never step away.
So what has now happened is that government is showing the silly peasants that they cannot take care of themselves because the peasants have screwed up and thus transferred their responsibilities to the government. And for the most part, the peasants were happy until the costs and moronic stupidity of the government became too blatant to ignore.
Enter Global Warming/Climate Change and it’s child, Earth Day. The distraction that the elites needed to call attention to something that appeals to the responsible person in most of us – a clean Earth for our children. The sad part of it is that Global Warming/Climate Change is not a known fact, but a theory that is more conjecture and consensus. And consensus is the refuge of scoundrels because it makes the erroneous claim that the matter has been settled. Which reminds me of this quote:
The great masses of the people will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one.
And who stated the above? Adolf Hitler.
The masses of people have a new leader, a new cause, and very few questions. But don’t worry – government will take care of everything, right?