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Young Climate Change Maniacs

Posted on | December 3, 2019 | 1 Comment

 

A few weeks ago, Rod Dreher speculated that Maximilien Robespierre, the French radical who ruled during the infamous Reign of Terror, could have been autistic. The evidence Dreher offered was perhaps not conclusive, but I have little expertise in autism so am not qualified to judge. However, it’s been reported that the teenage Swedish climate-change fanatic Greta Thunberg is autistic, and she certainly has the totalitarian tendencies that would remind one of Robespierre:

Far-left climate extremist Greta Thunberg unloaded on the world in an op-ed published on Friday, claiming that fossil fuels “are literally” killing mankind, and that they are a threat to “our very existence” as she said that her “climate crisis” agenda is not just about the environment, but about fighting the “colonial, racist, and patriarchal systems of oppression.”
In an op-ed published in Project Syndicate, Thunberg and two other far-left climate activists attacked world leaders over their pro-capitalist policies, writing that “the politicians let the profiteers continue to exploit our planet’s resources and destroy its ecosystems in a quest for quick cash that threatens our very existence.” . . .
Thunberg has a well-documented history of preaching climate radicalism on the world stage as she recently ranted at the United Nations in a speech that was praised by the political Left and the media while condemned by many others.
My message is that we’ll be watching you. This is all wrong, I shouldn’t be up here, I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean,” Thunberg began. “Yet, you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you. You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words, and yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering; people are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth.”

A few excerpts of Miss Thunberg’s op-ed:

After all, the climate crisis is not just about the environment. It is a crisis of human rights, of justice, and of political will. Colonial, racist, and patriarchal systems of oppression have created and fueled it. We need to dismantle them all. Our political leaders can no longer shirk their responsibilities. . . .
As the science makes clear, we don’t have a single day to lose. . . .
Each and every one of us must participate in the climate resistance movement. We cannot just say we care; we must show it.

Notice the words “need” and “must” here? Notice also the word “crisis.” This is a rhetorical tactic beloved by totalitarians. The problem with which they are obsessed is always a crisis, which demands immediate action — “we don’t have a single day to lose” — and anyone who doesn’t share their sense of dire urgency is dismissed as morally inferior: “We cannot just say we care; we must show it.” In other words, you must either show that you care about this issue as much as young Greta does, by doing whatever it is she demands that you do, or else you are to be classified among the untermenschen, subhuman, without any merit or value. You either join her in the work of dismantling “systems of oppression” or you are Lebensunwertes Leben“life unworthy of life,” as the Nazis described those whom they targeted for eradication.

Autistic people often lack the self-awareness necessary to see the contradictions in their own beliefs. Notice how Greta Thunberg speaks of a “crisis of human rights” even as she demands totalitarian authority to implement measures that would negate basic liberties. You cannot negotiate with such people; they crave absolute power, and will never be satisfied with any compromise or moderate reform measures.

But please, whatever you do, don’t silence Greta Thunberg. Let her keep yapping away on national TV with that demented glare in her eyes for, say, the next 11 months or so, wrapping herself and her agenda around the neck of the Democratic Party, so to speak, and thus dragging them down to defeat next November. She’s so perfect, really.



 

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