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When ideologues demand power but cannot achieve it politically because they are cruel ideologues, expect more of their insanity to follow.

 

 

"Madness! Madness . . . madness!"

— The Bridge on the River Kwai

With that exclamation, director David Lean ended his epic film about a dutiful but vainglorious British officer who sought to display to his Japanese captors superior British discipline and morale in a prisoner of war camp. As proof of British engineering superiority, he pursues his agendas by ordering his POWs to build for their Japanese captors a strategic bridge that otherwise they could not have built—only to try to destroy the efforts of fellow Allied soldiers sent to blow-up his masterpiece. For the delusional ideologue, reality must never intrude.

So it is now. When the rock of green and woke ideology hits the hard place of reality, sheer madness always results.

The world prices of oil and natural gas are skyrocketing. At the time of a major war in Ukraine, the Western democracies have framed the conflict as existential, with a Russia/Mordor on the attack against a declining West/Gondor. 

 

A subtext of the struggle is that the world’s illiberal regimes—fossil-fuel exporting Russia, Venezuela, Iran, and the various Middle Eastern autocracies—are getting richer by the day while destroying Mother Earth, as noble gas and oil importing green Western nations can scarcely afford to drive or heat their homes. 

Normally, the mad Left would not object terribly to the ensuing fuel price hikes. Remember, Joe Biden bragged on the campaign trail that he would end fossil fuels during his tenure. 

Obama’s soon-to-be Energy Secretary Steven Chu said during the 2008 campaign he wished to see American gas prices match those in Europe (i.e. $9-10 a gallon). And then President Obama himself did not disagree. He meekly added that such increases should be “gradual.” He had also warned that his cap-and-trade initiatives would necessarily “skyrocket” electricity prices—without suggesting that his off-guard brag was even a gaffe of unexpectedly telling the truth. 

So green orthodoxy dictates that the highest possible fossil fuel prices are good. Unaffordability will hasten the end of gas and oil, ensuring currently subsidized but uneconomical green energy as the only remaining alternative. :snip:

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1 hour ago, Geee said:
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American Greatness

When ideologues demand power but cannot achieve it politically because they are cruel ideologues, expect more of their insanity to follow.

 

 

So green orthodoxy dictates that the highest possible fossil fuel prices are good. Unaffordability will hasten the end of gas and oil, ensuring currently subsidized but uneconomical green energy as the only remaining alternative. :snip:

 

Actually I am coming to believe They (the leadership at least) don't really care about "Saving The Planet".  What they Really care about is destroying Liberal Western Society/Capitalism. When this happens it will be replaced be (cue the trumpet fanfare) Utopia...The Millennial Kingdom (Without The King) As James Lindsay calls it Marxism 2.0.  Right now it is in control of Large parts of our Society (Academia, Entertainment, Corporate News Media, many corporate board room, A Major Political Party, Big Tech).

The Good news is The mask has slipped off, they have moved too fast. It started with The Tea Party, then came The Tea Party 2.0, a certain orange man rode down an escalator, ad people realized They Could Fight Back. (Examples available on request).

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