Leftists on the March
The crazies are evidently everywhere. After 18 years of zero global warming, global climate hysterians have decided that we should no longer debate the finer points of all those climate models that have so completely failed to predict any of this. While scientists have by now forwarded altogether 52 different “explanations” (read: guesses, or rather excuses) about where the “missing heat has disappeared to”, a great many people seem to have made up their minds already and don’t want to wait for any progress in what appears to be a science that produces an ample amount of papers, but seems to actually not really certain about a great many things just yet.
Instead they are demanding action, and they want it now. What action? That is not 100% clear, but most of the organizations taking part in worldwide demonstrations over the weekend had the term “justice” in their name, as Byron York points out in the Washington Examiner. That is usually not a good sign – your wallet and your liberty are likely to suffer in order for others to be able to properly provide all this justice in your name.
Supported by a cast of usual suspects – various deluded Hollywood celebrities, Al Gore (usually the guarantor of cold weather wherever he shows up, in spite of his giant carbon footprint), socialist NY mayor Bill de Blasio, and a platitudes-spouting Ban Ki-Moon (who apparently heads the UN at present), every leftist issue one can think of was apparently promoted. The “climate change” banner, which they say is the defining issue of our times, apparently manages to unite quite a disparate group of would-be planners.
As York writes:
“At times it seemed as if the whole Lefty world, pushing every Lefty cause, had showed up to march down 6th Avenue. Who was that guy with the “FREE LEONARD PELTIER NOW!” sign? Okay, that was just one person. But what about the people waving the “INDIGENOUS RIGHTS PROTECT US ALL” banners? The “Resistencia Indigena”? What about all the unions — Teamsters, UAW, SEIU, Amalgamated Transit Union, and more? What about the VOCAL-New York marchers, who say their mission is to “build power among low-income people affected by HIV/AIDS, the drug war and mass incarceration”? What about the Jews for Racial and Economic Justice? And the “TAKE BACK THE CITY — HOMES FOR ALL” people? What about the Fresh Direct protesters, angry at the company that wants to build a facility on a Native American burial ground in the Bronx? What about the “WE ARE ALL MIGRANTS” people? And the ones who seemed to step out of a time warp to chant “the people, united, will never be defeated”? And of course, what about all those jugglers and guys banging drums?
The genius of the People’s Climate March, at least as far as its organizers and participants were concerned, is that the concept of climate is broad and flexible enough to cover everything. It’s about saving the Earth, and all of its inhabitants. (Well, maybe not for the woman shouting and waving a sign saying “ONE CHILD PER FAMILY,” who apparently wants to save the Earth by depopulating it.) When People’s Climate is the banner, any sort of Lefty cause can be subsumed underneath it. Thus the “DECOLONIZATION COOLS THE PLANET” people, and the “CLIMATE CHANGE IS A HEALTH CARE CRISIS” people, and the “VEGANISM SAVES THE PLANET” guy all march together.
Just as the world’s indigenous people are threatened by climate change, so are vegans, and those affected by HIV/AIDS and mass incarceration, and SEIU shop stewards, and more. The People’s Climate March was kind of a reverse “Seinfeld” — it was a protest about everything.
It gets even better – the “Climate Justice Alliance” (yes, there really is such a thing), offers the following as its raison d’être:
“Climate justice activists seek to “forge a scalable, and socio-economically just transition away from unsustainable energy towards local living economies to address the root causes of climate change.”
York remarks to this:
“Put it all together — all the justice demanders, the tax Wall Streeters, and the spirit of Occupy symbolized by the angry pacifist — and the People’s Climate March was one long, loud, loosely organized demand that vast sums of money be taken from the wealthy and given to the clients of the coalitions and alliances and networks and task forces that make up today’s environmental justice movement.”
He neglected to point out that the hose through which all this forcibly taken wealth is then supposed to flow is going to be a very leaky one indeed. The “justice demanders” naturally all expect their cut. After all, one must eat while keeping the alarmism going. It is amazing that after a full 18 years of temperatures not rising in spite of CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere rising by one third, and every single forecast made by alarmists since the late 1970s turning out to be completely wrong so far (even the frigging Pacific islands are growing instead of sinking beneath the waves and Antarctic sea ice extent has just reached a new all time record high, with people beginning to wonder when it will reach South America), the hysteria remains as pronounced as ever, if not more so.
However, the “Climate Justice” March reveals one thing quite clearly: they may all be green on the outside, but they sure as hell are red on the inside. Greenpeace founder Patrick Moore was undoubtedly correct when he once mentioned that all the authoritarian leftists who lost their sugar daddy when the Soviet Union expired have simply moved on to the next cause that promises to make their dream of destroying the market economy come true.
Apparently they have no sense of irony … never before has a non-issue produced a greater racket.
(Photo via solidarity-us.org)
It can’t wait? Sure it can.
(Photo credit: AAP/Greg Wood)
Because of the distinct lack of panic-inducement this chart would presumably cause, alarmist climate “scientists” now want to “remove the Holocene from the geological timescale” – we kid you not.
“People’s Marches” are a bit reminiscent of “People’s Democracies”. The more the people figure in the name of countries, the less individual liberty the people living in them tend to possess. The various world improvers we are saddled with all believe they have the best idea how others should live – and of course they all expect the State to execute their plans by means of coercion. We are not against caring for the environment (although we think the best way to ensure a clean environment are strictly enforced property rights), but climate science is not “settled”, and ruining our economies on the say-so of a bunch of inept computer modelers in the face of by now glaring countervailing evidence is simply suicidal nonsense.
Charts via: The Hockey Schtick
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