The Green party is ubiquitous in German life. Public broadcasters are gushing. The corporate media is gushing. Legend has it that they even recycle their bathwater as drinks. And yet polls suggest that they will only win around 20% of the votes in the upcoming general election.
Why bother then? Because the other parties – with the exception of the AfD – are following the same script. It is their policies that will be pushed through, no matter what. They are the equivalent of the AOC-wing of the US Democrats which has driven every concern for the little guy out of their party. We are witnessing a snobbish cult infecting one public institution after the other and leaves behind nothing but empty shells, exclusively answerable to their political whims.
Finally an initiative is propping up info posters in the big city where political education is in dire need: Green Feces, #GruenerMist!
On Wednesday, May 26th, our economy was dealt a major blow. The oil industry came under attack at three neural points at once. Royal Dutch Shell lost an absurd court case in the Netherlands, Exxon got two of their directors ousted from their executive board and Chevron committed to reducing the consumption of their own product. All of the three blows were delivered by hysteric climate activists.
The Dutch court referred to Shell’s obligation to the government’s ‘Climate Plan’ to reduce CO2 emissions, including ‘Scope 3 emissions.’ Scope 3 stands for the consumption of fossil fuels. The court demands that the business seeks to change the behaviour of their customers with the effect of lowering the demand for its own product.
On the same day Chevron’s shareholders (stockholders in US English) voted on their general convention to cut said Scope 3 emissions voluntarily. Other climate policy moves were only voted down narrowly with 52% (rejections and abstentions).
Meanwhile, Exxon lost two of its executives during it’s own general convention. Activist Hedge Fund ‘Engine No. 1’ led a ‘proxy fight’ to ‘harness the power of capitalism.’ They managed to get large investors such as Black Rock, D.E.Shaw, CalPERS, CalSTRS and the NY State Common Retirement Fund behind their move. Proxy advisory firms ISS and Glass Lewis helped organise the support for the placement of environmentalists right on the executive board of Exxon.
While we still struggle with the very real consequences of the Covid-19 epidemic and our responses to it, our elites think ahead already. John Kerry (US special envoy for climate) and Ursula von der Leyen (President of the EU Commission) are on record portraying your struggles as a ‘chance’ or as an ‘opportunity.’ They gave their two cents at the World Economic Forum which pushes the Great Reset.
And while this sounds just as callous as they are, they have really only arrived at the logical end of their ideology. Your life must be reset unless you want to continue living with all your “wrong” decisions. In the eyes of the all-truth-hogging elites, people who wish to conserve their “backward” lifestyles do this for one or more of the following four reasons.
1. They are dumb.
2. They are crazy.
3. They are evil.
4. They are dependent on the false paths taken in the past.
At the first glance the only-good-no-bad choices like ‘green’, ‘renewable’ or ‘clean’ energy are only refused by monsters. After all there can be no discussion of negative effects of various technologies. They are perfect. And some left-wingers have spent decades finding the villains in soulless corporations, inanimate objects only frequented by people with jobs. The soul of the world is already bound in trees, nature and the planet.
But some left-wingers have found clemency in the concept of “path dependency.” It suggests that the change to the only-good-no-bad option were too big. Now, with costs running out of control anyway, their opportunity has come to convert the benevolent, yet previously stubborn, to pure perfection.
Meanwhile the underlying current is speeding up. The reassurance of the left that the time for only-good-no-bad options has come can be read in innumerable international treaties and, if you are German like the organiser of the World Economic Forum and the mastermind of the Great Reset, you hear it literally everywhere and all the time. And it concentrates itself in one word: sustainability.
What is in a word? A rose is a rose is a … For Elisabeth Wehling at the linguistics department of Cal in Berkeley, the answer is ‘framing.’ Framing is the emotional content a word has outside of its pure verbatim meaning. Sustainability (and far more broadly in use right now: the German equivalent ‘Nachhaltigkeit’) is a propaganda term designed to make you feel safe and well just when you are expected to consent. In German TV commercials, TV shows, news casts and other media products the word is increasingly replacing the words ‘good’, ‘permanent’, ‘lasting’, ‘safe’, ‘robust’ and ‘positive.’ Parallel to that, the new word is constantly dropped around left-wing and environmentalist policies and lifestyle choices. This is classical conditioning. The new word ‘sustainable’ is that sweet organic-flour applepie and immigration. The legions of people who don’t entertain weighing arguments for and against a choice is growing. And a solid portion still identify the first three possible reasons why you don’t agree: asininity, madness and evil.
Additionally the old ghosts of anti-Capitalism are rising from their tombs. The World Economic Forum seeks to revive the aged and almost forgotten discussion about ‘stakeholder value.’ This is the notion that businesses should not only care about money (pronounce ‘only’ with utter disdain), but also immaterial goods such as happiness of the workers, cleanliness of the ponds and the wishes of other interested parties, ominously called ‘stakeholders.’ While, at first glance, everybody agrees on the basic idea of kindness to women, blacks, customers, gays, borrowers and other potential stakeholders of a given enterprise, the notion is operated primarily as an excuse for external involvements. One face of this is the current diversity management swamp bogging Western corporations.
The Great Reset would be a lame duck if the only-good-no-bad option were merely about organic flour freeing us from our sin of baking with ordinary flour. The pepper is the professed urgency of the climate change. When Greta Thunberg started as a child, we had 12 years to go until the point of no return. The Swedish pro-panic activist is now at an age at which Britney Spears had already preserved her virginity with Justin Timberlake and I have no idea what clock the left is counting down right now. But the idea of utmost urgency is still at the heart of their mission.
The discussion of the urgency of the climate change is fundamental to understand what changes a society must accept, but such discussions have no place in a good-good-sustainable-good world.
This week the mandarins of the EU came together to strike a deal on the next generation or however you call bludgeoning the future of the people to come. They call it EUNextGeneration and they tank somewhere between 750 billion EUR and 1.8 trillion EUR mostly for the sake of CO2 reduction. At least when they get away with it.
They call it the ‘Hamilton Moment.’ And indeed this is the nature of the deal which is nothing short of the creation of a nation. But unlike Alexander Hamilton’s vision of a republic, it is not designed to be a free society in which everybody, no matter who he is, can organise a majority for the things that are dear to his heart. The Eurocrats only assume fiscal power to assume power. People are just a pesky disturbance in their brave new world which makes sure your soylent green is both soy and green. Nothing is openly discussed. The citizen is presented with the facts after the facts. I also happened to find out that I have actually got a citizenship I did not even know I had.
Big things are moving fast right now. Merkel already announced a big transformation (great transformation, grand transformation) at her speech at the last international economics summit in Davos. She wants to abolish our way of living that ‘we got used to in the industrial age.’ On a different occasion Christine Lagarde, head of our central bank ECB, said she is willing to buy bonds from environmental corporations. Up to now the ECB adheres to market neutrality and does not privilege one business over the other. But the EU has already compiled a “green list” of financial products from green companies. It is a matter of time until the central bankers will cave and find a market where they can’t see one now. Why this is undermining the currency is explained in the video.