Get PJ Media on your Apple

Belmont Club

Back To the Future

February 28th, 2014 - 1:46 pm

Return with us now to a time when oil drilling was good; damming rivers a priority; racial stereotypes amusing; building smokestack industries a national goal; eliminating the countryside a utopian ideal and when burying protesting dirt farmers a la Rachel Corrie with earthmoving equipment was funny. Come back to an era when being conscripted was the highest ambition of any ‘peace loving’ person;  cast your mind back to a day when people not only didn’t demand a minimum wage, they contributed free overtime. Lots of overtime.

So much overtime they gave it a name. Stakhanov overtime. Alexey Stakhanov was the ideal worker. “On 19 September, Stakhanov was reported to have set a new record by mining 227 tonnes of coal in a single shift. His example was held up in newspapers and posters as a model for others to follow, and he appeared on the cover of Time magazine in the United States”

Hearken to an era before Greens tried to stop polar activities; back to when activists vied with each other for exceeding whaling quotas.

It was revealed in 1994 that the Soviet Union had been systematically undercounting its catch. For example, from 1948 to 1973, the Soviet Union caught 48,477 humpback whales rather than the 2,710 it officially reported to the IWC. On the basis of this new information, the IWC stated that it would have to rewrite its catch figures for the last forty years. According to Ray Gambell, then Secretary of the IWC, the organization had raised its suspicions with the former Soviet Union, but it did not take further action because it could not interfere with national sovereignty.

How to square this with today’s leftist doctrine?  The Daily Caller reports the conclusions of a Washington environmentalist think-tank. “Environmentalists are pushing a new way to deal with global warming and overpopulation: the U.S. needs to ‘de-grow’ its economy.”

“There’s no such thing as sustainable growth, not in a country like the U.S.,” Worldwatch senior fellow Erik Assadourian told Sierra Magazine.

“We have to de-grow our economy, which is obviously not a popular stance to take in a culture that celebrates growth in all forms,” he said. “But as the saying goes, if everyone consumed like Americans, we’d need four planets.”

De-growing the economy means working less and consuming fewer goods and electricity — the foundation of modern life. Most cheap, reliable electricity that businesses and homes rely on to power their everyday needs comes from sources like coal, natural gas and nuclear power — which environmentalists argue are killing the planet.

Well Crimea River. We’ve come a long way, baby.

If the reader is dizzied by this reversal of imagery, by this inversion of black into white or more precisely, Green into Red, which is the same as Red into Green, the point is not to criticize the Soviet Union, which has until recently been rumored to be dead but dreaming. The object of recollection is to look afresh at the faces of their successors in the West to ask ourselves: how much of their ideology is an act? The particulars of their religion may change, in fact it changes all the time. It is their worship of power that remains the same.

When Red was Green.

Galloway on the future of the world.

saddam

assad

It is a mistake to imagine the Left is about making the future. It’s real business is continuously remaking the past. What makes the future are the billions of unplanned people; those who ignore Galloway or escape the clutches of Saddam and Assad. The past is what the Left is constantly trying to re-frame or tax. And our only escape from power is into tomorrow. Perhaps Sarah Connor said it best. The only victory we can claim is having made it this far.

August 29, 1997 came and went. Nothing much happened. Michael Jackson turned forty. There was no Judgment Day. People went to work as they always do, laughed, complained, watched TV, made love. I wanted to run down the street yelling… to grab them all and say “Every day from this day is a gift. Use it well!” Instead I got drunk. That was thirty years ago. But the dark future which never came still exists for me, and it always will, like the traces of a dream lingering in the morning light.


Did you know that you can purchase some of these books and pamphlets by Richard Fernandez and share them with you friends? They will receive a link in their email and it will automatically give them access to a Kindle reader on their smartphone, computer or even as a web-readable document.

The War of the Words for $3.99, Understanding the crisis of the early 21st century in terms of information corruption in the financial, security and political spheres
Rebranding Christianity for $3.99, or why the truth shall make you free
The Three Conjectures at Amazon Kindle for $1.99, reflections on terrorism and the nuclear age
Storming the Castle at Amazon Kindle for $3.99, why government should get small
No Way In at Amazon Kindle $8.95, print $9.99. Fiction. A flight into peril, flashbacks to underground action.
Storm Over the South China Sea $0.99, how China is restarting history in the Pacific
Tip Jar or Subscribe or Unsubscribe

Comments are closed.

Top Rated Comments   
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!
34 weeks ago
34 weeks ago Link To Comment
All Comments   (24)
All Comments   (24)
Sort: Newest Oldest Top Rated
We have already done a thread on the "No pressure" Green advert. Grant the Left this much, they do not hide their present natures from those who wish to see. Their past they boast of. Just ask them about their famous legacy of Democrats: Jackie Robinson, Martin Luther King, and Abraham Lincoln.

We could balance the books on Health Care if we declared that no person who contributed to or registered with the Democratic Party or other Left and Green organizations could have access to any medical procedure invented after 1814 or use any other government sponsored technology, such as air or rail transport, telecoms, and the Internet. The greatest danger with the idea is that under it the government could turn a profit.
34 weeks ago
34 weeks ago Link To Comment
The environmentalists have always been disciples of Pol Pot. They aren't interested in saving the world. They are sociopaths bent on mass murder in the name of an ideal.

Nazism murdered millions, Communists murdered tens of millions. The Greens seek to murder in the hundreds of millions. When you confront an environmentalist, you are confronting the new face of political sociopathology.
34 weeks ago
34 weeks ago Link To Comment
The tragedy is... I can remember when being an environmentalist meant, like, planting a tree, man. Because it's like Nature's air filter, man. Pick up a piece of litter every day and plant a tree every year, man. If we all did that, everything would be clean and nice and natural and stuff. There's, you know, like, no organism that can live immersed in its own waste products. And that's what pollution is. So show Mother Earth you love her back! Plant a tree, man! Jesus would want you to...!

Oh and watch what you put into your body too. Health is super important. And the most super important part of that is, like, water. Did you know we're like 95% water? So don't let those big companies keep killing the rivers by pumping waste and sewage into them. We should pass laws and have like tax incentives and stuff. I mean, you don't want to shut down the FACTORY. People WORK there, man. They have like FAMILIES and stuff. But definitely they shouldn't be polluting the water table. We have to make democracy work for us and pass some good environmental laws, otherwise all the rivers will be dead and everything outside of the national parks will all be strip malls and asphalt. We have to get back to listening to what Nature has to tell us, you dig...?

And somewhere along the way we didn't merely overcorrect. We allowed environmentalism to be kidnapped by the same shrieking Marxist trash that used to infiltrate peaceful protests in the Sixties and throw bricks at the cops to bring on the great class war.

Here they are, half a century on. They occupy many positions in power, many loud voices. And they're still throwing bricks.
33 weeks ago
33 weeks ago Link To Comment
I suppose if you were a Russian worker circa 1937, giving away some of your labor for free was better than giving away all of your labor for free in a labor camp in Vorkuta.
34 weeks ago
34 weeks ago Link To Comment
Finally someone in power has told the truth.

De- growing the economy has been policy for many a year now. Now, they are finally ready to admit it.
34 weeks ago
34 weeks ago Link To Comment
But as we see from the made up word 'de grow' they still cant tell the whole truth.
34 weeks ago
34 weeks ago Link To Comment
Socialism sees capitalism – or really any productive endeavor - as a cow to be milked. Communism sees capitalism as a cow to be slaughtered, or as the Czechs describe it, an aquarium to be turned into fish soup.

The current “crisis” we are in is that the socialists, having seen communism fall apart, are horrified to discover that capitalism is not productive enough to grant all their wishes, constantly increasing as they are, while submitting to their constantly increasing fads that limit it. Their first reaction to this situation is to decide that capitalism is not working well enough to render up all the goodies they want and so needs specific direction and control. So, in essence, they are trying Communism again in order to support socialism. If they allow the private firms to keep their names rather than People’s Tractor Factory No. 46, then it’s Socialist Fascism.
34 weeks ago
34 weeks ago Link To Comment
"Socialist Fascism" is a misnomer: fascism is a variation of socialism. Not any other way.
34 weeks ago
34 weeks ago Link To Comment
BC Alexis:

I disagree about Nicholas tho you're correct about the Treaty of B-L. Nicholas was weak and indecisive, cruel, oblivious to what was going on in his country. The roots of the revolution were well underway but, yes, the war hastened everything.

''Honorable'' in helping France? I'd say poorly informed and advised.
34 weeks ago
34 weeks ago Link To Comment
I think she means that Nicholas saw treaty obligations as binding, as a matter of honor. He kept on fighting a pointless war long after the costs had become too great because he couldn't accept reneging on the agreement with France.
34 weeks ago
34 weeks ago Link To Comment
It is conventional wisdom that France lost in 1940, but did it? Nobody forced France to surrender to Nazi Germany. France could have fought on, but its leading politicians chose not to. The Third Republic's collapse and France's surrender to Nazi Germany were political decisions orchestrated by Pierre Laval. It should be remembered that Pierre Laval and Marshal Petain were once regarded as France's greatest statesmen by French public opinion.

Charles de Gaulle only became popular because he was on the winning side.
34 weeks ago
34 weeks ago Link To Comment
Thomas Sowell, in Society and the Intellectual, advances the theory that France collapsed so quickly because the people were so subtly demoralized by the pacifist intellectuals during the interwar years, that when Jerry came across the border, the country surrendered instead of trying to fight. It's a good read, I'm probably not doing the theory justice with this post.
34 weeks ago
34 weeks ago Link To Comment
This is just a reiteration that unemployent is good for you, since that is all the Obama administration is capable of providing.

Remeber, they are government and government is good.
34 weeks ago
34 weeks ago Link To Comment
Much can be said for how dishonorable Bolsheviks were. However, the reason for the collapse of the Romanov Dynasty was that Nicholas II was too honorable for the good of Russia. Imperial Russia succeeded in rescuing France from getting defeated by Germany, but at what cost? Was it truly in Russia's interests to keep on fighting a war that was throwing away millions of men's lives for nothing? The Bolsheviks stopped Russia's involvement in World War I at the cost of the humiliating Treaty of Brest-Litovsk; there is reason to believe that Nicholas II could have gotten better terms years earlier.

Russia turned Red because Russia was bled white.
34 weeks ago
34 weeks ago Link To Comment
Being "transformed" is quite similar to being raped.

It's against your will, it's an act associated with love but when forced on you it's about power and domination instead, some people fight and some freeze...but in the end the rigged reports will blame the victim.

And, you are told to sit back and enjoy it. You deserved it, you had it coming...the way you acted was an invitation.

You wanted it.

In Obamaland...no doesn't mean no.
34 weeks ago
34 weeks ago Link To Comment
1 2 Next View All