Progressives; They keep failing.
Greta Thunberg and the Green New Deal
Jonathan Cook’s latest Consortium News article, titled “Greta Thunberg & the Consolation of Doubt” is awful. I am flabbergasted that this solid progressive could jump on the let’s abuse Greta Thunberg bandwagon. And he not only jumped on it, but he smeared anyone who expressed normal, genuine concern for Greta. (The article is also terrible in other ways.) Others (visitors leaving comments attached to articles) elsewhere (WSWS, Off Guardian) noticed and were, like myself, appalled.
Jonathan Cook isn’t one of the many leftwingers who deny climate crisis, which is good. But by supporting Greta’s campaign – which, for gosh sake, is not her campaign – Jonathan (and other self-identified leftwingers) supports the very people who caused the climate crisis and will continue to, albeit with tweaks. He explicitly acknowledges climate crisis, but by getting behind the Greta Thunberg-fronted, corporate-inspired Green New Deal, he in fact supports those who have done the most to ruin (spiritually and physically) the world.
Jonathan Cook (in italics):
“The more Greta Thunberg articulates the terrifying emotions of awakening to our imminent extinction as a species – as she did, filled with trembling rage, at last week’s UN “action summit” on the climate crisis – the more a section of the progressive left digs its heels in to resist her role as an agent of change…”
“It is strange to see how some on the left suddenly turn into Victorian prudes the moment the 16-year-old Swede says exactly what they have been thinking but does so to much greater effect. Children, it seems, should again only be seen, not heard…”
Perhaps. But they should not be exploited.
“But we all conspired in the planet’s destruction. We bought the unnecessary goods they produced and marketed. We believed in their fairy tale of endless growth on a finite planet. We allowed ourselves to be distracted with mindless entertainment while the planet grew hotter and choked on our pollution…”
I think that Jonathan should really speak for himself.
“The proof that Thunberg is not to be trusted, it seems, is that she is now receiving so much coverage. The corporate media is owned by big business, so if they are prepared to air Thunberg’s grievances it must be because it serves their – that is, a corporate – agenda. Thunberg is a tool of the rich and powerful, so we are told, whether she herself understands it or not…”
If that – seeing a newly minted hero being embraced wholeheartedly by the entire corporate media – does NOT make you pause, then you’re dull.
“When I hear this reasoning, I wonder how we would have reacted back in the 1950s and 60s to Martin Luther King. Had all-pervasive social media been around then, would we have been filled with such certainty that MLK was nothing more than the black mascot of the white establishment?…”
There wasn’t social media back then, or, yes, we would have been more careful with information received on it (especially if it proved to be as evil as social media today is), which wouldn’t have stopped us from investigating and discovering that, indeed, Martin Luther King isn’t a tool of the 1%. People have investigated the Green New Deal and Greta Thunberg’s connection to it and they have found serious problems. And if those same caring people were alive when MLK was making speeches and there was social media and an internet with info at their fingertips, the they would have embarked on the same sort of investigation into MLK that, today, they have embarked on in relation to Greta Thunberg and they would have come to the appropriate conclusions. Duh!
“It goes without saying that the corporations hope to maintain for as long as they can the neoliberal capitalist system that has enriched them and conferred on them almost limitless power. Their best tactic at this stage, given how real-world events are unfolding, is to abandon their denial of a climate crisis and persuade us instead that it is too late for action, that we have missed the boat…”
That’s my position, partly. That’s not the position of the powerful special interests behind Greta Thunberg. Get your basic facts right Jonathan. Their position is that we need to panic right now, as though our houses were on fire, and get governments to act (and hand over pension funds). That’s Greta’s primary role here. She’s telling everyone that their house is on fire and to go march in the street or go on a school strike, namely anything that will make governments do the right thing. Corporatocracy governments are ready and willing and able to work with the rich investors here but need that plausible deniability – The people asked for it! – before they can plunder.
“Does it mean, now that she and her protests have exploded on to the international scene, that our corporate rulers will not try to coopt Thunberg or her cause? Of course not.”
It’s already been done!
Peter Koenig’s recent article pooh poohs the idea of climate crisis while absolutely getting Greta Thunberg right. I feel for anyone just now trying to learn about what’s going on the world and who the players are. Looking at where various self-identified progressives stand on climate crisis, Greta Thunberg and the current talk about impeaching Trump (for one of the few right things he’s done) is going to make it difficult for him or her to nail down what a progressive is. Another recent article looking at the real movers and shakers behind the Greta phenomenon is by F. William Engdahl. It’s excellent. But he too pooh poohs climate crisis. The Democratic Party and that part of the establishment that supports it has it’s Trump Derangement Syndrome and half of the progressive community has it’s climate crisis denial syndrome. And they all call me deranged for believing that Jehovah God will, as he has promised, “bring to ruin those ruining the earth.” (Revelation 11:18) So be it. Chomsky sneers at those who only look to the Second Coming, rather than getting behind the corporate-inspired and -led Green New Deal, in a truthout article, looked at below. This Christian doesn’t follow the teachings of fake, mainstream Christianity, which indeed has wrong ideas about Jesus’s second coming. Rightwingers, I’m guessing, probably have (or would profess to have) less trouble with my Christianity than leftwingers. If that’s correct, then they should look closer at my Christianity, for they would find in it absolutely no reason to be happy with me.
Cory Morningstar (“A 100 Trillion Dollar Storytelling Campaign”):
“On August 20, 2018, Ingmar Rentzhog, the founder and CEO of We Don’t Have Time posted the “lonely girl” tweet. The tweet featured Greta Thunberg. This was the first day of her climate strike. She sat on a sidewalk and said nothing beside a sign. Just two months prior, social media accounts had been created in her name. Rentzhog, whose tech corporation is partnered with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, tagged five Twitter accounts: Greta Thunberg, Zero Hour (youth movement), Jamie Margolin (the teenage founder of Zero Hour), Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, and the People’s Climate Strike Twitter account.
“The third person to respond to Rentzhog’s tweet was We Mean Business co-founder Callum Grieve. Grieve responded to Greta with a personal message adding the hashtag #WeDontHaveTime. We Mean Business represents 477 investors with 34 trillion USD in assets. [July 4, 2019] The founding partners of We Mean Business are BSR, CDP, Ceres, The B Team, The Climate Group, The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG), and the WBCSD. Together, these organizations represent the most powerful – and ruthless – corporations on the planet, groups salivating to unleash 100 trillion dollars to fuel the fourth industrial revolution. To save a global economic system teetering on collapse.”
Peter Koenig (“Climate and the Little Green Women and Men”):
“Seriously, imagine – the use of CO2 producing fossil fuel and an industrial agriculture infesting the atmosphere with greenhouse gases, the engine for 90% of the world’s economy – and let’s not forget the CO2 produced by wars and hostilities around the globe – all of which is also the engine for huge corporate profits! – Does anyone seriously believe that hundreds of thousands, or even millions, demonstrating against climate change – will have an iota of influence on corporate behavior and profit oriented growth policies?
“These kids – the LGWMs – are dreaming. Most of them anyway. Some of their leaders are directed by the same corporations they pretend to fight and to demonstrate against. Generally, the LGWM movement doesn’t have a clear agenda, other than talking loosely and abstractly about CO2 reduction. But they don’t really know how to go about it and what this means, what steps need to be taken and by whom, what implications and consequences this would have for our today’s civilization and every-day life, yes, theirs too, the climate kids’ every-day life. Thy have no program of what has to change; they just believe the change has to come from ‘outside’, i.e. the politicians. No idea either that these same politicians are captured by the same industrial, financial and specifically the war industrial complex and that this highly capitalist money-making machinery also commands the propaganda apparatus on which they drive and thrive.”
F. William Engdahl (“Climate and the Money Trail”):
“Climate. Now who wudda thought. The very mega-corporations and mega-billionaires behind the globalization of the world economy over recent decades, whose pursuit of shareholder value and cost reduction who have wreaked so much damage to our environment both in the industrial world and in the under-developed economies of Africa, Asia, Latin America, are the leading backers of the “grassroots” decarbonization movement from Sweden to Germany to the USA and beyond.
“Is it pangs of guilty conscience, or could it be a deeper agenda of the financialization of the very air we breathe and more?
“Whatever one may believe about the dangers of CO2 and risks of global warming creating a global catastrophe of 1.5 to 2 degree Celsius average temperature rise in the next roughly 12 years, it is worth noting who is promoting the current flood of propaganda and climate activism…
“Several years before Al Gore and others decided to use a young Swedish school girl to be the poster child for climate action urgency, or in the USA the call of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for a complete reorganization of the economy around a Green New Deal, the giants of finance began devising schemes for steering hundreds of billions of future funds to investments in often worthless “climate” companies…
“At this point events take on a cynical turn as we are confronted with wildly popular, heavily promoted climate activists such as Sweden’s Greta Thunberg or New York’s 29-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Green New Deal.
“However sincere these activists may be, there is a well-oiled financial machine behind promoting them for gain.
“Greta Thunberg is part of a well-connected network tied to the organization of Al Gore who is being cynically and professionally marketed and used by such agencies as the UN, the EU Commission and the financial interests behind the present climate agenda.
“As Canadian researcher and climate activist, Cory Morningstar, documents in an excellent series of posts, what is at stake is a well-knit network that is tied to US climate investor and enormously wealthy climate profiteer, Al Gore, chairman of Generation Investment group.
“Gore’s partner, ex-Goldman Sachs official David Blood as noted earlier, is a member of the BIS-created TCFD. Greta Thunberg along with her 17-year-old US climate friend, Jamie Margolin, were both listed as “special youth advisor and trustee” of the Swedish We Don’t Have Time NGO, founded by its CEO Ingmar Rentzhog.
“Rentzhog is a member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Organization Leaders, and part of the European Climate Policy Task Force. He was trained in March 2017 by Al Gore in Denver, and again in June 2018, in Berlin. Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project is a partner of We Don’t Have Time.”
Going forward, Let’s see how much support those leading the progressive community give to the let’s abuse Greta and jump on the New Green Deal bandwagon crowd.
I should note that when I tried to attach some comments to the Jonathan Cook article on CN, nothing showed. I didn’t even get an ‘awaiting moderation’ message. I then left it alone for a few days before trying again. This time, I left a few comments; One was a “Thank you!” to a commenter named Daniel Lazare and another was a brief line or two about having my comments disappeared there. This time there were ‘awaiting moderation’ messages. They are slow to approve messages – at least for me – on CN, so I’m giving it one more day, especially seeing how today is Sunday and it was earlier in the morning that I typed my comments. It’s now later in the day, on Monday and the comments on that article are devoid of anything by me.
Is Consortium News also jumping on the abuse Greta and Green New Deal bandwagons? If it is, then CN is showing solidarity with the American-dominated Corporatocracy, the same forces that are behind the persecution of CN’s hero Julian Assange. So much for those hours and hours and hours of Consortium News video footage in which assorted progressives, all supporting CN, shed tears for Julian.
The Desire To Threaten Donald Trump With Impeachment
I’m wondering about Strategic Culture Foundation, which threw up a (non stickied) link to a Real News Network show that featured an interview with establishment pundit John Nichols, who writes mainly for the fake progressive outlet The Nation. John is taking the position that the [fascist] American system is fine, notwithstanding a few bad apples like Donald Trump. This is precisely the thinking behind the enduring ad that features JFK, the supposed white knight fighting the forces of darkness, for which reason they killed him.
I wouldn’t call The Real News Network (TRNN) genuinely progressive. If it ever was – and it seems to me that an organization can get away with faking it for a long time – it isn’t now. (Actually, The way powerful special interests undermine the progressive movement is something that I’ve wrote about before. They fund this or that org, like TRNN, and go away. But they don’t go away forever. At critical points they return to exert influence, changing the org’s direction and dragging its following with it to wherever those special interests are now steering the org. The Intercept and Democracy Now! may be good examples of that. See “Reality Includes Hidden Crap” and “The Progressive Movement is a PR Front for Rich Democrats.” And the intertwining of progressive orgs that have huge establishment funders lurking behind some can’t help.) I was checking out the offerings on the Strategic Culture Foundation website when I happened upon this entry to a Real News show. Why is it even there? There’s no commentary from anyone at SCF about it. (You’ll find there, attached to the link to the TRNN show, a disclaimer that “The views of individual contributors do not necessarily represent those of the Strategic Culture Foundation.”) That’s not really cool. I’ll never do that. I don’t just throw a link up on my blog and give you zero idea why.
Is SCF supportive of faker Nichol’s message here? And the fool interviewing Nichols, Marc Steiner (who isn’t listed on TRNN as a staffer!), starts off by smearing progressives. He does that by referring to fake progressives but failing to point out that they are ‘fake’ progressives. (Which figures. Steiner is so pleased to talk with fake progressive John Nichols. He gushes over him in the show, which is about the desire [not the actual effort] to impeach Donald Trump, not for his [standard] criminality, but for something he did that was ‘not’ criminal or insane or wrong at all. Those people [Nichols et al] are going to lie and manipulate, period.) Real progressives and rightwingers who are being honest know that the whole impeachment thing is a fabrication by the Democratic Party, and other elements within the establishment aligned with them, to keep annoying the life out of Donald Trump as punishment for stealing, as they see it, the White House from Hillary Clinton.
You can’t find two more destructive and evil people than Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. But that just underscores that the American system itself is hopelessly corrupt and evil. They are ALL bad apples. Nichols’s efforts represent the same motivations and objectives behind the enduring ad that is Camelot. Camelot, here, refers to the propaganda that portrays John F. Kennedy as a shining knight fighting the forces of darkness. JFK and his brother were terrorists and every bit as psycho as any American President has ever been. And it figures that Nichol’s organization, The Nation, is behind a huge campaign to encourage media, but especially alternative media, to accept pro Green New Deal articles, as I learned after looking a little deeper into a truthout article in which C.J. Polychroniou interviews Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin. (I placed truthout in my “Selected Mainstream” bookmark folder a long time ago. You just have to look at some of the fakers who they publish to get an idea why I would do that.) The Nation-created org is called Covering Climate Now and it includes, among it’s member organizations, truthout. Ding!
“Our initiative, co-founded by The Nation and Columbia Journalism Review, includes hundreds of outlets worldwide, with a combined audience of over 1 billion people.” – Covering Climate Now
The subject of the interview is the Green New Deal, which Chomsky and Pollin have gotten solidly behind. The article/interview is unimpressive, and, to those who have looked into Cory Morningstar’s research on this, alarming. Chomsky is really off into la la land here and I won’t be buying and reading his forthcoming book dealing with and selling the Green New Deal, co-authored with Polychroniou and Pollin. Nor will I be buying and reading Naomi Klein’s book on the same subject. (The last book by her that I bought and read was “This Changes Everything,” in which she blames God and Christianity for everything wrong in the world.) Savvy investors, however, might be very interested in their books. Interestingly, While I was checking around on the WSWS website (looking for any info on the “visionary” labor leader who Chomsky refers to in his above interview and finding only two mentions of Jeff Johnson, both presenting him in a negative light), I came across an article about Gilbert Achcar (who leftwingers have known for a while is a real faker), looking at his work with the British Army. I am keeping a list of fakers (which keeps growing, unhelpfully), including articles by them and about them, and so I bookmarked this right away, since Achcar is one of the fakers I’ve been keeping an eye on (poorly; I’m just too busy to keep at it). I also came across a mention of a book that Chomsky co-authored with Gilbert Achcar. I can’t remember where I found that reference, but I didn’t know about that book. It’s titled “Perilous Power: The Middle East And U.S. Foreign Policy.” The fascist masquerading as a socialist (Achcar), who gets solidly behind the imperialists’ R2P (Right To Protect) doctrine, co-authored a book with the leftwinger who later went to the UN where he discussed R2P with other panelists, who were both pro and con R2P, making it crystal clear that he thinks R2P is evil. Wrap your head around that! That book was published in 2008, if that makes any difference. Who’s Chomsky going to co-author with next? Christopher Steele maybe?
Returning to John Nichols interview with Marc Steiner; What Trump’s enemies (elements in the deep State, the Democratic Party, and John Nichols and The Nation) are basing their claim (that Trump is acting un-presidentially and illegally) on is a phone call that Donald Trump made to Volodymyr Zelensky, the President of Ukraine. The Duran (on Bitchute, featuring editor-in-chief Alexander Mercouris and his associate Alex Christoforou) helped me to see clearly exactly how much substance there is to the claims that Democrats are making about that phone call. While Christoforou and Mercouris are rightwing, they seem to have principles and, as reporters, a good work ethic, although Christoforou has issues, which Mercouris probably shares, since he fails to educate his associate about the basic meaning of ‘neoliberal’, which has to do nothing to do with political parties or people but with systems. (If you’re going to refer to a group, whether it’s a political party or something else, as neoliberal, then it makes sense only if the ‘neoliberal’ label refers to neoliberalism, which is a social economic system. Some might not like that, but that’s too bad.) Neoliberalism is a social/economic system, period. (Mercouris is a smart guy. What is this?! Also, Christoforou likes to call ‘all’ self-identified leftists ‘leftists’ and makes no distinction between fakers and the real deal, which is annoying. I have heard Alexander Mercouris make the distinction. But I haven’t been following these guys for a long time, so I can’t say more.)
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