Jim covered Congress and The White House during the George W. Bush administration for The Washington Times, and worked as a reporter, editorial writer and columnist for newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California. He has appeared on the Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, and many local and national talk radio shows to talk politics and policy.
Latest posts by Jim Lakely (see all)
- Yes, New York Times Commenter Maggie Mae, ‘The Heartland’ Matters - January 9, 2017
- The Year in Climate Realism: A Review of 2016 - January 6, 2017
- Dear President-elect Trump: Don’t Listen to Ben Santer - December 28, 2016
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Before we get into this revelation of the environmental left, let me first present The Heartland Institute’s Seventh International Conference on Climate Change as the place to counter what is outlined below. We’ll be live-streaming from May 21 -23 here.)
When you use the word “fascism” in a blog headline, a reader’s first impulse is: “C’mon. Stop exaggerating.” But as a writer with the nom de plume Tyler Durden notes at the Zero Hedge blog, such a term is not an exaggeration when it comes to “prominent” Finnish thinker Pentti Linkola.
Linkola is convinced that the earth is doomed unless its human population is slaughtered to number just 500 million, the humans who are left abandon modern technology (but, apparently, not condoms), and any thoughts of economic growth and prosperity be abandoned. (In Linkola’s Utopia, a punishment of death for such a crime seems logical.)
As Zero Hedge notes, Linkola likens Earth today to an overflowing lifeboat:
What to do, when a ship carrying a hundred passengers suddenly capsizes and there is only one lifeboat? When the lifeboat is full, those who hate life will try to load it with more people and sink the lot. Those who love and respect life will take the ship’s axe and sever the extra hands that cling to the sides.
Nice. So what is Linkola’s dream society? You get three guesses, and the first two don’t count:
Any dictatorship would be better than modern democracy. There cannot be so incompetent a dictator that he would show more stupidity than a majority of the people.The best dictatorship would be one where lots of heads would roll and where government would prevent any economical growth.
First hands. Then heads. Whatever it takes to save the planet. So what are Linkola’s model societies from history? Again, you only get one guess.
We will have to learn from the history of revolutionary movements — the national socialists, the Finnish Stalinists, from the many stages of the Russian revolution, from the methods of the Red Brigades — and forget our narcissistic selves.
One man’s annoying narcissism is another man’s … what’s the phrase? Oh yeah , the right to live. But, hey! We’ve got to cover the Earth in a protective omelette, and there’s eggs to crack. Or something. Genocidal socialism didn’t work when Stalin did it — only because his plan wasn’t global. If we can pull that off, we get to paradise, right?
Like all who dream of Utopian society, Linkola has trouble with those pesky individuals who have historically mucked up the works with their desire to run their own lives — in a word, liberty.
A fundamental, devastating error is to set up a political system based on desire. Society and life have been organized on the basis of what an individual wants, not on what is good for him or her.
Ah, yes. Me, you, your spouse, your kids, your best friend, the guy who hands your receipt after you swipe your check card at the convenience store … everyone you love and everyone you can interact with in the world does not know “what is good for him or her.” Those who do are on high, and have all the answers about how you should live your life. And you — the individual who cares only about taking care of yourself and your family — lack the “proper” sense and viewpoint on life. And, logically, your existence has no value. So you must be made to submit to your betters.
Just as only one out of 100,000 has the talent to be an engineer or an acrobat, only a few are those truly capable of managing the matters of a nation or mankind as a whole. In this time and this part of the World we are headlessly hanging on democracy and the parliamentary system, even though these are the most mindless and desperate experiments of mankind. In democratic coutries the destruction of nature and sum of ecological disasters has accumulated most. Our only hope lies in strong central government and uncompromising control of the individual citizen.
As the socialist “Utopias” around the world have proved, those who thought they had the “talent” to run our lives have come up short. But, like Stalin, they were able to kill most of those who would point that out … at least long enough to cling to their dictatorships to survive to old age.
Surely, you say, Linkola is a nut. And you’d be right. Surely, you say, he is an outlier. Again, correct. Surely, you say, that is not the real agenda of the environmentalist left. Well … the aims are similar, of not the means. As written by Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge:
Now Linkola is just one fringe voice. But he embodies the key characteristic of the environmental movement today: the belief that human beings are a threat to their environment, and in order for that threat to be neutralized, governments must take away our rights to make our own decisions and implement some form of central planning.
The goal of “mainstream” environmentalists is to limit our liberty — but through the democratic process. Kyoto? The world’s democracies tried their best, and failed. Cap-and-trade? Failed in Europe, never embraced in the U.S. President Obama’s dictates via the EPA on emissions? Well, that’s just quasi-democratic, but currently “law.”
The goal of the environmental left has always been to cede our economic and individual liberty to central planners. The argument now is only about tactics.