Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Bernard writes: More than one year ago, I was writing to Pat Buchanan that in my humble opinion, Henry Ford was the greatest businessman and the greatest economist of all times. Reaction – zero.
You are much better than Buchanan, Stockman, Luongo and all the rest of ” experts,” as you are in touch with reality and the things we need for Freedom and Fun: The car.
Now you have written about the car that almost was and about Nissan. Again right on the money.
Yesterday, here in Germany, Eisenmann, one of our major automotive suppliers, filed for bankruptcy. The chickens come home to roost. Maybe you have heard about the total disaster of Deutsche Post with their electric vehicle Streetscooter. What a nonsense waste of money. But then, the Post have us to bail them out. Now, we have to pay 80 cents for a regular letter instead of 70 cents. A 2 percent increase in sink with official inflation rates if you calculate like the Friday for Future Kids. Our city is oh so modern and has a couple of loading stations for electric cars where it says: “zero emissions.” All Free. It is a blatant lie, as you have pointed out rightfully. But I often can see Teslas, which cost 90.000 Euros, loading up for free while another poor schmuck who earns minimum wage or less has to pay 6 Euros per gallon at the gas station. Germany is oh so modern and oh so socially motivated. I would say it does not get any dumber than this. On top of it: The electricity at the free loading station has to be produced. We citizens now have to pay 30 cents per kWh, the highest price in Europe. Really good for the economy and really good for the well being of all of us. So Thank you again. Keep on writing.
My reply: H.L. Mencken wrote that “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”
It’s the same today as it was when Mencken wrote the above more than 100 years ago.
The fanaticism embodied by the “climate change” cult reminds me of accounts I’ve read of Klan rallies and backwoods tent-show holy rolling religious revivals in Mencken’s time.
The great danger in our time is that the mania has become mainstream. It’s no longer a sideshow.
Millions of people now believe – in a religious sense – in the imminence of environmental catastrophe, notwithstanding that this imminence – which has been predicted for generations – never seems to actually arrive. To notice this telling fact would require critical thinking, which has been systematically undermined for generations – deliberately, with the aim of creating what another philosopher I admire (George Carlin) styled “obedient workers.”
But this practical aim has metastasized into a general hysteria – and that presents a danger of immense magnitude. We’re no longer talking about a chicken in every pot but about people – “deniers” – being arrested, charged with crimes and possibly put into prison for questioning the religion of “climate change.”
It may already be too late for reason to persuade. Reason being held in general disrepute.
I’ve read accounts of pre-revolutionary (Tsarist) Russia and also of post WWI Weimar Germany. We all know what came after.
The same – in theme – may well recur, here. In our time. Violence is already percolating up, having been encouraged from the top. Once this beast is loosed, it’s hard to get him back in his cage.
I will do everything I can to help prevent this but sometimes the cynic in me whispers to myself that the smart move would be to get out while there is still time.
But then, where to go?
Russians who wanted to avoid being consumed by Marxism could flee to Western Europe, then largely still sane. Germans who wanted to avoid being consumed by National Socialism could flee to America, then still sane.
But America is going insane – and Europe has already gone.
Our options are not what they were. Therefore, we must stand and fight – even if we might end up losing. It’s a fight worth picking. And more to the point, it’s a fight we can no longer avoid.
Thanks for the kind words!
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