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First, create a villain, (co2) and then develop a scheme to commoditise and monetise the villain on the high minded, moral pretext that you are saving the planet. The comparison with the tulip trade is closer to the mark than we may think because the Dutch described tulip contract trading as “windhandel” (literally “wind trade”), because no bulbs actually changed hands and was simply trading in thin air. Sound familiar? It is exactly the same with the carbon trade. Nothing changes hands, it is another smoke and mirrors boondoggle which in this case, literally, trades in thin air or thin co2.
The seething, dark underbelly of Multiculturalism is being further exposed as just another taxpayer funded politically correct boondoggle. Another exercise in pc virtue signalling.
“..It takes a long time for ideologues to concede error. One would have thought a mob of African males invading a home and punching a woman in the face might make multiculturalists repent. Perhaps a mob of African males attacking teens on the street might stir Melbourne’s green-left to unmitigated sympathy — for the victims. Rather than stopping gangs punching women, police and children, PC elites are busy discussing terminology. They’re concerned about the term “gang”. Apparently it’s causing the yoof to invade homes, beat up women and children. We are advised to use the term “networked offending”. The PC elites can’t concede their multicultural program is a failed social experiment because it means defunding a big state industry..”
What Kenny points to is the trend by the political class and the Lear Jet elites to virtue signal. That is, being seen to be high minded and doing good deeds when in fact doing little or nothing or even bad and in many instances, creating a problem where none existed or making a bad situation worse. (think energy reliability, availability and affordability) and all at great expense to the taxpayer. Education and addressing aboriginal disadvantage are two more areas of public policy exploited by gestures.
A lot of talk, a lot of gesturing a lot of workshopping and consulting, a lot of expense but no results. The results of their whims and gestures are unimportant. The outcomes simply don’t matter as it is about being seen to gesture and about displaying deference and servility. It is what has come to be known as “gesture politics.” It’s about saying or doing or projecting the image that “I’m a good person” and if you don’t agree you are by definition a bad person.
A bucket of cold water for the never Trumpsters and the media ululating and in rapturous orgasm over the Michael Wolff book, Fire and Fury on the Trump White House. This is seriously Fake News
From Fridays Cut & Paste in the Oz.
The lack of judgement of the party room and it’s failure or it’s inability or just plain stupidity and determination to admit the problem, to read the room as it were as well as the social and political cues, is about to take the nation (and the Liberal Party) over the cliff. It’s time the leader of the Liberal Party was taken out of the hands of the party room and elected by party members, as it’s quite apparent that the radar of judgement of those in the hermetically sealed party room bubble is awry and spinning wildly out of whack with middle Australia.
I originally posted this in January 2017 and reading it once more against the backdrop of the unhinged intolerant behaviour of the campus radicals and the likes of Antifa and Black Lives Matter in the US over the last 12 months it is even more cogent with greater currency and coherence. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve mentioned Obama and Hillary in the same sentence as Saul Alinsky. In fact HRC wrote her final year thesis at Wellesley College on Alinsky and was the only one afforded the opportunity to read the manuscript of Rules for Radicals before it was published.
In a letter to The Boston Globe in 2008, his son, L David Alinsky, said that every element of his father’s teaching had been present at that year’s Democratic convention: ” … the crowd’s chanting of key phrases and names, the action on the spot of texting and phoning to show instant support and commitment to jump into the political battle, the rallying selections of music, the setting of the agenda by the power people”. Two months later an Alinskyite radical, Barack Obama, was elected president of the United States..”
It’s like the “Big Lie” – the propaganda technique made infamous by Nazis Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels in World War II – on steroids, thanks to the advances in technology and communications. One of these insidious Big Lies has landed in my Twitter notifications scores of times in recent months. Because it alleges that it is the result of a court case, it has a patina of credibility. It took me about 30 seconds to locate an analysis of this Twitter claim by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Politifact’s Punditfact. The fake Twitter meme about Fox News began in 2014 initially on Facebook, and Punditfact thoroughly investigated it later in 2014 and labeled it “false.”
Not to put too finer point on it if you want to join the dots and understand and grasp the central problem with our immigration system and unbridled multiculturalism, just remember one single word that will focus your mind and get your attention — Bollards
“..Is it part of a duplicitous plan to undo our civilisation and culture? Christianity being used to destroy Christendom. Personally, as an Anglican, I find it difficult to accept the free-thinking that now appears to characterise the utterances of Archbishops of Canterbury. Let’s be clear. Some people whose values have messed up their own villages want to live in our prosperous and harmonious villages. They want to bring with them the same values responsible for creating the mess from which they are attempting to escape. They want to impose those values on us…”
Dr. Rossiter’s studies may be condensed to the proposition that modern, progressivism is a form of mental illness, characterized by the failure of such individuals to grow up emotionally and thus remain in a perpetual infantile state. Their behaviour is that of “Spoiled Brats.”
The moral preening, grandstanding and intellectual pretentiousness of being widely read and informed continues. “I pride myself on being an informed young citizen,” she said.
Cut and Paste in today’s Australian takes up the story —-