I accidentally rediscovered this a few months back. It seems an age ago since I last posted anything here.In the intervening time we have had global warming, Brexit and now a massive farrago around gender identity politics, all of which seem to have confined me to the scrapheap of history in terms of my attitudes towards them.
From my own perspective I can rationalize the positions I have taken on each which seems to be more than the groundswell of opinion I find myself alienated from has been able to.
I do not subscribe to the man made global warming theory as I do not subscribe to a causative notion of reality. The emphasis it places on the individual and their carbon footprints seems too close to a totalitarian attempt at mass control and limitation rather than anything seriously concerned with environmental issues. Talks about Carbon Rationing and everybody getting a specific amount (see George Monbiot) to buy and sell seems to be ushering a new age where the quality of your life resides in your ability to afford carbon top ups. Monbiot’s recent statements concerning how the Coronavirus situation has left us with an opportunity to wipe out the fossil fuels industry altogether is merely a re-run of Thatcher vs. the Miners all over again as far as I am concerned.
Capitalism is capitalism and I see no actual real alternatives available that don’t draw heavily on carving great chunks out of the landscape for profit. There is no actual difference between deforesting carried out for coal mine expansionist purposes and Palm Oil plantation establishment. A choice between an oil refinery and a nuclear waste dump is not an actual choice, merely an apparent one.
I would rather subscribe to the cyclical theory, as that reminds us of how feeble humanity is and that there are things in life over which it is not intended we have any control. I would not listen to anybody who stated that if the entire world was to sit in an extended field slowly rotating custard filled socks clockwise around their heads, it would stop tectonic plates causing earthquakes, so I remain cynical as to other like sounding claims.
That is not to say, of course, that I do not favour the lessening of pollutants and toxic waste dumping and doing something about all the mountains of plastic that wash up on beaches et al, I would just rather solutions were found that did not involve putting millions of people out of work or keeping the peasants chained to their bedroom walls hooked up to carbon usage meters checking their every exhalation.
From all the responses to the Coronavirus crisis I have seen pointing how much the CO2 emissions have decreased and how wildlife is reclaiming various places, I detect there is a certain attitude of “wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could round up and exterminate 95% of humanity” about the whole ethos. Those attitudes and the sudden resurgence of interest in Thomas Malthus and his theories among the likes of David Attenborough et al merely make me even more suspicious regarding the actual (as opposed to the stated) aims of the “opening a packet of crisps sinks polar bears” school.
We are also told that the whole MMGW argument is backed by science as if that meant anything. Science also backed the persecution of Galileo (it didn’t recognize his theories as being facts until the mid 19th century when the equiptment was there to be able to follow up Aristotle’s calculations re. Parallax shifts et al), the mass marketing of Thalidomide, the idea that pharmaceutical corporations putting opiates into everyday medicines and children’s tonics was harmless (even though Marx in part one of “Capital” talks about whole villages being rendered slaves to the corporations because of it), eugenics (once very popular among the upper echelons right across the political spectrum and even Richard Dawkins that it remains scientifically valid though it would be immoral to actually put it into practice) and a whole host of other crimes against humanity. It used to be fashionable to view science as being on a higher plane of ethics than religion but it is much easier to deal with the sundry evils provoked by superstitious beliefs wrapped in clerical vestments than to deal with the same sundry evils being presented as a blackboard full of obscure mathematical formulae by people in white coats. Both are based on appeals to authority and I am no great fan of such things anyway.
Yowzas, I only intended this to be a brief post as well. Of course it now means I shall have to explicate my positions on Brexit and gender identity as well I guess. But not just now. This was just an update post that got lost in the woods.