In this autumn of 2015, humanity is being subjected to an unprecedented mass brainwashing campaign in the name of pessimism and the renunciation of a better standard of living for oneself and one’s children. This campaign is advancing under the banner of climate change, global warming, overpopulation, industrial pollution, and general historical and cultural pessimism. Unfortunately, Pope Francis and the Vatican bureaucracy are playing a deplorable role by supporting this campaign, which is touted in the current pope’s first encyclical entitled “Laudato Sii.” The Roman Catholic bishops of much of the world have demanded the phasing out of all fossil fuels, including coal and oil, a reckless, irresponsible, and potentially lethal recommendation for the poor of the planet whom Francis says he is trying to help.
The controlled media of much of the world are laboring hard to create a pessimistic block universe, a new prisonhouse of the human mind. The problem is obviously that only the increased application of science, technology, and modern industry – including production facilities on the moon and other planets and in interplanetary space – can provide significant improvements in the standard of living, longevity, and quality of life of billions of poor people across the globe. But if every proposal for modern production, including modern energy production, is immediately dismissed with the slogans of climate change, then the situation of mankind is a blind alley, and thus truly tragic.
Fortunately for all of us, although there has been some global warming lately, it seems to have stopped about 15 years ago. In addition, whatever warming has occurred is far more likely to be attributable to solar activity than to the carbon emissions of which the climate charlatans prate.
To be a climate scientist is almost automatically to be a charlatan. Climate science is not a real discipline, like history, philosophy, mathematics, geology, astronomy, meteorology, and others. All of these disciplines maintain an open mind as to where scientific inquiry will take them. But climate science is automatically bound hand and foot to a specific conclusion – anthropogenic global warming caused by carbon emissions, which must be fought by wholesale deindustrialization and the introduction of anti-economic and backward technologies like windmills and solar cells.
One does not have to be a climate scientist to have an educated view of the anthropogenic climate change/global warming claim. For a historian like the present writer, it is easy to refute the exaggerated claims of the foundation funded thinkers of our time by going back to about 1000 to 1200 AD, the time which has long been known as the Medieval Warm Period, when, in the absence of widespread use of coal and oil, ocean and air temperatures rose to levels as high as today, and higher. The historian does not have to muck around with ice cores or other inherently problematic forms of evidence; we are lucky enough to have a written document to use as our source. We refer here to the medieval scholar Adam of Bremen, who wrote in northern Germany in the 11th century A.D., telling us of Winland, an island in the North Atlantic, where grapevines spontaneously grow. We would say Vineland.
The earliest record of the name Winland is found in Adam of Bremen’s Descriptio insularum Aquilonis (“Description of the Northern Islands”, ch. 39) written c. 1075. Adam implies that the name contains Old Norse vín (Latin vinum) “wine” (rendered as Old High German win):
“Moreover, he has also reported one island discovered by many in that ocean, which is called Winland, for the reason that grapevines grow there by themselves, producing the best wine.” (Praeterea unam adhuc insulam recitavit a multis in eo repertam occeano, quae dicitur Winland, eo quod ibi vites sponte nascantur, vinum optimum ferentes).
Be careful when consulting, online reference works on the Medieval Warm Period, since the climate science charlatans long ago identified the Medieval Warm Period as one of the main vulnerabilities in the junk science they were peddling.
Over the years, the more cynical and outspoken of the Malthusian demagogues like Maurice Strong, Alexander King, and Aurelio Peccei have admitted that the principal purpose of campaigns around the limits of growth, overpopulation, or climate change is to prevent the scientific, technological, and industrial development of the Third World (or developing countries, or the postcolonial sector). This is already a very serious matter, since it amounts to saying that anthropogenic climate change/global warming is an ideology of genocide, just as surely as Alfred Rosenberg’s ravings were an ideology for genocide in the 1930s and 1940s.
The oligarchy as a whole is compelled to seek an ideology like global warming in order to prevent the development of technology, which constantly erodes the irrational privileges of financiers and similar figures, while providing upward mobility to scientifically trained representatives of the lower classes. The oligarch must assert overpopulation, since this allows him to classify some people as superfluous and inferior, thus helping to cement oligarchical privilege.
Another reason is the one discussed by Sigmund Freud. Oligarchs who fear that their outrageous class privileges might be taken away can easily develop into paranoia. Under these circumstances, the interior of the oligarchical mind feels that all available objects have been deprived of libidinal cathexis. This is experienced by the oligarchical paranoiac as the end of his world. A frequent reaction to this internal impoverishment is to project a zero level of libidinal cathexis onto the outside world, as for example in the claim that the end of the world is approaching. The oligarch is then delighted to find that this warped intuition provides an admirable rhetorical tool for duping and stampeding the weak minded.
The argument here today is that Malthusian thinking, otherwise known as environmentalism, radical ecology, zero growth, or other names represent the inherent mental and emotional attitude of oligarchy (the rule of the few) as it has been expressed over almost 3 millennia, going back to archaic Greece. In a profound sense, today’s acrimonious debates are not primarily concerned with scientific hypotheses, evidence, or findings in the theory of anthropogenic climate change/global warming. We are rather dealing with the perennial, compulsive attitude of the oligarchical mind towards human society.
Right now, the oligarchs, charlatans, and demagogues of the world are straining mightily to bind humanity into the straitjacket of their discredited ideology. They want to see anthropogenic climate change/global warming and their view of its consequences enacted into a binding treaty imposed upon all nations of the earth, an agreement which could in theory be enforced by military measures.