When It Comes To “Climate Change”, We Must Follow The Road Called Hope Or Something

There’s a very interesting, and unintentionally ironic, reference within this article at The Nation by Cult of Climastrology member Rebecca Solnit

The Most Important Thing We Can Do to Fight Climate Change Is Try
The future will follow an unpredictable route, but we must still follow a compass called hope.

Of course, by “try”, she and other Warmists mean forcing Other People to comply with the CoC’s unhinged requirements, something Warmists refuse to do themselves.

Most forecasts of the future presume that something in the present will continue to grow and increase its power or influence. It’s as simple as doing a math problem on compounding interest or multiplication tables.

Orwell did this intentionally in 1984, creating the vision of a postwar Stalinist Britain circa 1948 that was taken to its absurd and appalling conclusion. Less imaginative people, however, genuinely believe that history moves in a straight line. Alarm about the “population bomb” arose from the assumption that women would continue to have babies at the rate they were worldwide in the 1960s. But thanks to reproductive rights and other factors, birthrates have plummeted so dramatically that some nations, from Germany to Japan, are now worried about a steep population decline.

Wikipedia’s opening blurb on 1984

Nineteen Eighty-Four, sometimes published as 1984, is a dystopian novel by English author George Orwell published in 1949.[1][2] The novel is set in Airstrip One (formerly known as Great Britain), a province of the superstate Oceania in a world of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance and public manipulation, dictated by a political system euphemistically named English Socialism (or Ingsoc in the government’s invented language, Newspeak) under the control of a privileged Inner Party elite, that persecutes individualism and independent thinking as “thoughtcrimes”.

Other than the perpetual war part, the rest is very much the type of governmental system that Progressives are shooting for, and the CoC is very much a part of the Progressive program. Call them socialists, Marxists, Leftists, whatever, the Far Left wants that big, domineering type of governmental system, one where all aspects of life are controlled. Climate change is about control, about big centralized government. Divergent thought and opinions are not allowed.

The same is true of the younger divestment movement as it spreads even farther around the world. Hundreds of investment portfolios, from college endowments and pension funds to church holdings, have been divested of their fossil-fuel stocks—but that’s far from the only thing the divestment movement has done. Like the resistance to Keystone, the movement has called attention to the broader issue of climate; generated activism and networks, particularly around universities; and shed considerable light on the financial risk of investing in what is now called “the carbon bubble.” With this, it has become possible to see not only that we live in the Age of Fossil Fuel, but that this age is coming to an end.

Yet, these same people refuse themselves to give up their use of fossil fuels. Divestment is a requirement for Someone Else, simply an exercise in forcing compliance.

Among our few certainties about the future are the following: climate change is here, it will get worse, and it is essentially irreversible. What’s uncertain is whether, through extraordinary effort, we will meet the crisis as we should, with a speedy exit from the Age of Fossil Fuel, or whether that age will drag on and foreclose the possibility of our choosing the least rather than the most terrible future. We are now essentially hostages to the small group of people who benefit most from the fossil-fuel industries, as well as the politicians in their pay—although remarkable victories have been won against them in recent years, from Ecuador to Nigeria to New York State.

Au contraire. Said group is anything but small, since most people who are agitating against fossil fuels are consumers of the same. Personally, I’m all for replacing fossil fuels with truly cleaner alternatives that provide the same power for the same or lower cost. The environmental damage is real. Climate change caused mostly/solely by Mankind is not. What the Cult of Climastrology is advocating is, again, compliance with their pseudo-religious tenants while refusing themselves to eliminate fossil fuels from their own lives.

The world of 2115 is unimaginable, and so is the road there. That world may be better than we can now imagine, and in some ways—ecological ones—it may be worse. It may have corrected oppressions we do not yet recognize. But if we are clear about our lack of knowledge, we can move forward, acting on what we believe. The theologian Walter Brueggemann writes, “Memory produces hope in the same way that amnesia produces despair.” Memory itself is a subjective thing. We can tell of a past that was nothing but defeats and cruelties and injustices; or we can tell of a lovely golden age now irretrievably lost; or we can tell a more complicated and accurate story—one that has room for the best and the worst, for atrocities and liberations. A memory commensurate to the complexity of the past produces hope.

What is being done in much of the article is mixing Leftist tropes with “climate change”, as the two are entirely connected, being part of how Leftists get to their Progressive utopia. In 2115, people will either be living in a world that laughs about what rubes and fools people were when it came to the hysteria of “climate change”, or it will be a sullen world of Progressive ideals, where freedom is limited and thought crimes rampant, George Orwell’s book come true.

BTW, include in the article is this painting by Eric Drooker

Open spaces look very appealing in the CoC’s world, eh?

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