The War on Things That Work (National Review)
“Like your stove, your dishwasher, your lawn mower?
‘The interesting thing about the Green New Deal,” admitted Saikat Chakrabarti, the former chief of staff to Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, “is it wasn’t originally a climate thing at all.” It was, in fact, “a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.”
He wasn’t kidding.
The Green New Deal’s literature called for mobilizing “every aspect of American society” to eliminate greenhouse-gas emissions from “every sector of the economy.”
It called for upgrades and retrofits to “every building in America,” “charging stations everywhere,” the shuttering of “every” fossil-fuel or nuclear power plant, the forced obsolescence of “every combustion-engine vehicle.”
Its architects’ ambitions knew no limits.
And while the Green New Deal may be dead, the universalism to which its advocates adhered is very much alive.
Armed with unchecked self-confidence and possessed of an abiding faith in the idea that you must be coerced into altruism, the activists seem to be coming for almost everything you own.
In the process, they are waging a crusade against convenience, an assault on comparative advantage, and a war on things that work.
Securing the fossil-fuel-free future that (Pedo) Joe Biden imagines for us sometime in the 2030s will not be a pain-free proposition — at least that appears to be the conceit of the more radical wing of the environmentalist Left.
The scale of the challenge, as they see it, demands sacrifice from us all.
One of their most controversial moves is to give up natural gas-powered appliances, your gas kitchen range foremost among them.”
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Is Conformity Virtuous?
Our country has become a conformist society where free expression is rewarded with the swing of a truncheon. We’re on a road that leads to repression, and we are not far from the destination.
This nation owes its existence and its never-seen-before prosperity to free thinkers.
The founders were men of the Enlightenment.
They stand in stark contrast to our ruling class of today, a corrupt and depraved cabal of politicians, state media, institutional leaders, militant activists, and corporate executives that is hurtling us into an era of darkness.
In the 2020s, the only “truth” is what the narrative, invariably fabricated by the worst people who have ever held power and influence in this country’s history, says it is.
We see those yard signs, the ones that proclaim their occupants’ unwavering grand tolerance and thirst for diversity.
But we know that those who put up those signs are the most intolerant, limited thinkers among us.
They don’t believe in diversity of thought.
Their objective is to force conformity to their way of thinking while immodestly displaying their superior virtue.
All countries, societies, and cultures have a natural gravitational pull towards conformity; it is one of the glues which hold societies together. But in order to grow and flourish, society must maintain and protect its diversity of thought and opinion. Throughout our history, the proponents of conformity of thought and opinion have sought to dampen and suppress divergent views, but never more so than in the present, when the pervasive intrusion of media of all types can bring incredible pressures to bear on those who do not share the prevalent views of those who control the government and/or the media.
** Overdoses involving fentanyl were behind one in five deaths of people ages 15-24 in California, the latest indicator of an emergency that shows no signs of slowing. Drug overdoses now kill two to three times as many people in the state as car accidents, according to data compiled by the consulting group California Health Policy Strategies. Since 2017, deaths related to the synthetic opioid, which is 50 times stronger than heroin, have increased 1,027%.
** The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has announced a 42-month program to develop a maritime propulsion system, a magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) drive, that uses no moving parts, silently propelling ships and boats with magnets and an electric current.
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