Back on January 15 of this year I posted an essay titled An Agrarian Take on Exercise vs. Labor. I have decided to make a series on this concept, posting a “An Agrarian Take” essay once (every mid-month) and a standard post on each 1st of the month.
“I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day”. —famous speech of Greta Thunberg, hysterical climate change activist
Okay, so what does wacky little Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg have to do with an agrarian worldview? Nothing, which is the point of this essay. Greta, and her solutions, are a product of cosmopolitan urbanism.
First note the source. Who is Greta Thunberg that the world should (and is) listening to her? She is not even an adult. She is a 16 year old high school student with some openly acknowledged mental struggles (Aspenger’s, OCD, and selective muteness). At what point did noted national news outlets start to take note of the opinion schoolgirls, and see them of value in the national political dialog? She has even been given an audience by the United Nations in New York. Is this campaign to boost her popularity truly an organic mass movement and social media phenomenon, or is it fueled by *big money* behind the scenes?
Greta is Swedish by ethnicity. Though see appears fully White, she is not your typical Nordic looking Swede. She was raised in privilege, her parents both professionals living a very lavish lifestyle, the mother a former internationally performing singer. Little Greta got so upset about the climate change things that her teachers told her that it consumed her, to the point that she could not eat, and stopped talking. Only environmental activism could restore her drive to live. Or so the official story goes.
Greta wants us to “panic” about what she believes is going on in regards to pollution and climate change. She wants to lead massive student protests to stop climate change. She wants adults, including experienced male leaders, to listen to her take on complex scientific issues that scientists with Ph.D.’s do not all agree on. She just knows because, well, her teenage estrogen fueled emotions tell her so! Everyone should listen to her!
That there have been synchronized and large scale student protests set off by her this year is more than the result of one girl ranting on social media. It is an orchestrated campaign to engineer public consensus, financed by the powers that be. This pattern has been occurring in America for at least the last century, as evinced by (((Edward Bernays’))) 1928 work Propoganda.
But Greta does not want to inspire people to lead *truly sustainable* traditional lives. Oh no. Greta wishes to conserve the modern social paradigm, but with less pollution and greenhouse gasses, and thus avoid the catastrophic climate change that she and AOC think is imminent. Greta does not want you to disconnect from the power grid, ditch your electronic devices (whose uses requires coal power plants sending smoke into the sky), and began to produce one’s food from the land in an organic and sustainable way. No, Greta just wants you to stop eating meat, and for the government to pass more laws.
Greta’s solution is not a return to sustainable agrarianism. Greta’s solutions are only about individual action in the very narrow sense of individuals protesting to put pressure on the state to act. Greta is a collectivist. She does not want to change the world, she wants people to band together and demand the government change the world for them.
I admit that we are wasting fossil fuel resources through unnecessary travel, but I see that as an area for personal restraint, not government action. I rarely travel more than 50 miles from my house, but I occasionally do. I will probably take a 200+ mile Kentucky daytrip next year. Not every week, or month. Next year. The easiest way to conserve resources, reduce pollution, and cut back on those fabled “carbon emissions” that exit an automobile’s tailpipe is not the passing of even more government regulations on auto manufacturers. It is to simply not use the car as often. Problem solved.
That this strange little Swedish girl rocketed to stardom earlier this year is a pathetic commentary on our society. Why should you or I care what Greta Thunberg thinks about literally anything? Would George Washington have waited with baited breath to hear the assertions of Greta, that he might reform his worldview thereby? What about Daniel Boone, or Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee? Would John Calvin have sought Greta’s insight (pause while I laugh)?
I wish to see people reduce their pollution. I wish to prohibit industry from massive environmental destruction, like pouring raw sewage and industrial waste straight into the Ohio River. (Yes, that happened in the past, to the point that catfish were developing cancerous lesions on their bodies). But mankind cannot exist without some mild “pollution”, such as smoke from the woodstove that keeps him warm (and alive) in the winter. Warmth and heat for cooking have to come from somewhere, preferably a local and sustainable source.
Eating red meat daily is not a problem, and creates no real pollution and is fully sustainable, if the animals are raised locally on an organic diet. Their manure, and what is left after butchering, go back to the soil to enrich it, creating more grass to nourish the next generation of livestock. It is a lifecycle, organic and sustainable.
Cities are not sustainable. They must be powered and fed from without, filled with people who do not produce *any* of their daily needs. Why is Greta against eating steak, but not against the existence of cities. Why? It really does not matter. I have wasted enough time on her valueless opinions already.
While there can be periods of abnormal heat or cold, along with floods and earthquakes, the Bible clearly informs us that: “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and night and day shall not cease”. (Genesis 8:22) God did not stop man from defiling the earth with pollution, poisoning the very food he eats; but he did proclaim that the change of seasons will not end as long as the earth exists. Global warming resulting in an eternal summer with rising ocean levels that submerge the continents is not possible, per the word of God. But I doubt that the people enthused by Greta’s rhetoric care what the Bible says about it (or about anything else).
That, my readers, is an agrarian take on Greta.