The workers of the world have picked their leadership, and it isn’t you.
When I first started this blog, the intention was to provide some resistance to the overwhelming “consensus” of the then mainstream media, since renamed to the legacy media, with regard to the reality or not of global warming. Like any other blog of that vintage that raised such doubts, its effect at the time was something less than a thorn stuck in the underside of the green Goliath’s sandals. Because our efforts way out on the periphery of the internet were only read by those odd individuals madly determined to get some real answers, realistically we weren’t too much of a concern.
However, times change, and that combined with the sheer obnoxiousness of the warmist sites, meant the skeptical sites slowly accreted an audience, usually at the expense of the alarmist sites. Their evolving response to that was to develop a profile of what a climate skeptic was. Basically it was a pastiche of all their dislikes; white, male, fascist, ignorant, neo-Luddite etc etc. Calling it painting by numbers profiling would be an insult to thousands of talented daubers out there.
Yes, of course it was a ridiculously childish and offensive stereotype, but what you really need to take a note of is that when they’d tossed it around between themselves often enough and for long enough to ward off any critiques by us, they began to actually believe in it themselves.
When your opponents come up with such a facile perception of who you are and your capabilities, it’s never a notion you would wish to disabuse them of. It’s so much easier dealing with a person who misapprehends and chronically underestimates you, and to a very large extent that was the story of that part of the climate wars which were fought on the internet. We owned them in the end and they’ve now barely got a footprint left on it.
They always mounted assaults on obnoxious stereotypes that had no existence except in their fevered imagination, while we had all the time in the world to select a particular artery we could cut into, with a scapel of our own choosing and at exactly the time and place of our choice to do the maximum damage. There was at times some great arterial spray of scientific reputations all over the walls and ceilings of various blogs as prestigious papers were vivisected.
I will be returning to the effects of this erroneous profiling in a more current context, but at this point, I think it’s worth agreeing a common vocabulary, because of late certain words which could formerly be understood as rough synonyms have parted company to a subtle but real extent.
Historically you could talk about politics or people interested in them as left or right wing. Sure, there were always the political marginals knocking around like the syndicalist-anarchists, royalists and the libertines or whatever they call themselves nowadays, but left and right were the basic ways you sexed all the fowls in the chicken house.
The two words left and liberal which had been roughly equivalent, began to part linguistic company about two decades ago. The split started in the Americas but has by now spread to the rest of the English-speaking world. In the States, being called a left-winger had nearly as heavy a connotation as being called a Socialist, the emotional weight of which lay somewhere between Communist and Marxist. Anyway, being called a liberal had a nicer cachet to it. It said you were a nice and righteous person, even if you were still ill-informed enough to think Abraham Lincoln was a Democrat.
To this day, a true doctrinally-correct left-winger would rather be crucified than term themselves a liberal. In the back of their heads, they still consider themselves hard-assed bastards determined to liberate the exploited masses from the yoke of Capitalism, soldiers in the eternal class war, wheras Liberals are Yackerati airheads, Hollywood and wannabe Hollywood types, hyperactively protesting about their vaginas, other people’s viginas, or the vaginas the state should have surgically attached to them at everyone else’s expense, and even people who actually do have vaginas who think such possession is in itself a political statement.
They are all considered to be Schilli, a German elision of the two words Schicke Linke or chic left, trust fund boys and girls doing a bit of acting out until Daddy’s fund opens its floodgates, or the feckless and decadent offspring of an indulgent bourgeoisie on essentially the same trip for a few years until the right job opportunity opens up. No commitment to anything long term other than an occasional bit of hooliganism at the weekends, while all the time being perceived as being stylish. It’s a win-win for them.
But in the Left’s view, even such shallow creatures as the Yackerati have their uses in the furtherance of the class war that of course still underlies all political reality. Their systemic penetration into the mainstream media makes them a mouthpiece for a useful policy push in the right direction, even though the underlying rationale verges on the laughable at times. They don’t actually know what they want, why they want it but they do know they want it right now or a lot of toys are going to get thrown out of their prams.
The Yackerati styling themselves as liberals ran shielding interference for a few decades in which some of the pillars of capitalism took a severe eroding, but again, times change and it’s a big wave of change this time around. It’s being presented as populism by the liberal media, but it must be apparent to all by now that it’s one of those decadal but seismic changes of political sentiment that not all the spin in the world is going to stop.
The world has had enough of the two decade long experiment with liberalism and is lurching to the right. It died under a lack of real jobs for the middle class, a declining standard of living for most people in western economies, an open borders policy letting in hordes of people who weren’t even literate in their own language and consequently had nothing to contribute to our society except a rape culture and a steady stream of murderous terrorist attacks.
It was like being obliged to take into your home mad dogs whose activities, because they’d been adopted by the liberal agenda, were not only were above criticism but whose crimes and atrocities were presented as a string of unconnected one-off incidents and anyone believing otherwise was of course a racist. Suddenly the ordinary person was being profiled as a racist for having some very basic ground-zero concerns about what was obviously a bad thing happening to their country.
The word islamophobic entered the language and the law, but christianphobic has yet to be invented, in both government thinking and in terms of equality before the law, especially in the Sharia law enclaves within our societies which nobody wants to admit exist but nonetheless are handing out medieval punishments.
If that was what being a racist was, then sod it, we were all racists, but racists with a vote if only a real change candidate could be found. Sweden was ruined by uncontrolled immigration within a year and Germany is not far behind it. As a result, borders across Europe have slammed shut and there will be some interesting elections within it this year as people look aghast at what’s happened in neighbouring states.
The people who voted for Brexit and Trump and who will be going to the polls in various votes across Europe this year will be rejecting the establishment line that all of those concerns are somehow nothing to worry about, but they are of course. All the indignation, finger wagging, telling offs and pointless disruptive marches will not stop it and indeed people on the serious left are now thinking in a very realistic fashion about the transition of the liberals from what was once considered a real asset to a liability.
The Realpolitik thinking is the Right are coming into power across the world for a decade at least, and there’s simply no fighting it. However, there’s no situation that can’t be made worse and the liberals with their quite frankly pointless behaviour since the Trump inauguration look to be in danger of extending the Right’s hegemony by another five years at least.
A lot of people who voted with a certain diffidence for change in the shape of Donald Trump, now watch civil disorder in the streets, film stars on platforms behaving like foul-mouthed slatterns, the cop on the corner you know under organised attack, small businesses and livelihoods being burned and looted under the guise of political protest, ordinary people wearing a MAGA hat being attacked by what is plainly thugs – and they’re thinking “well Lordy, I think I might have just voted the right way after all.”
Coming back to erroneous profiling, the legacy media and all those people disrupting the everyday life of ordinary people are subconsciously projecting the same offensive stereotype of a Trump supporter as they did about anyone who objected to the climate disaster narrative. Yes, of course, I’m sure there are a percentage of Trump supporters conforming to the caricature, but the vast majority are ordinary people fed up with establishment politics which simply doesn’t work for them any more, and offended at being portrayed as such an obnoxious type. All they want is real change.
What the liberals don’t seem to grasp is that it wasn’t a hundred or two people who voted for Trump or Brexit, but millions. All the name calling is just going to distance your cause from them, and in all probability any chance of securing their vote, which is what democracy is all about, or has that subtle point been completely forgotten?
Liberals, welcome to what’s nowadays termed the rule of the silent majority, or what used to be called the dictatorship of the proletariat by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels and quoted fervently by me in my youth when I’d been seduced by the Communist Manifesto. We all have to grow up some time. It’s your turn now.
The workers of the world have picked their leadership, and it isn’t you.