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About the Problem of Over-Regulation… by The Elephant's Child
May 20, 2012, 8:56 pm
Filed under: Energy, Environment, Freedom, Humor, Politics | Tags: , ,

If you watched the SuperBowl, you may have seen this, but it’s too good to allow it to fade in the memory. Sometimes serious subjects are best dealt with mockery and humor.  We have a government intent upon regulating. The old quote from World War II is attributed to Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892-1984) and is a reminder…

When the Nazis came for the communists, I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats, I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists, I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews, I remained silent;
I wasn’t a Jew.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.

You are recycling and using twisty lightbulbs aren’t you?

Genocidal Eco-Fascism: How to Save the Planet. by The Elephant's Child

Finnish writer Pentti Linkola is an ecological radical. He demands that the human population of the world reduce its size to around 500 million, abandon modern technology and the pursuit of economic growth.  He compares the Earth today to an overflowing lifeboat.
“What to do, when a ship carrying a hundred passengers suddenly capsizes and there is only one lifeboat? When the lifeboat is full, those who hate life will try to load it with more people and sink the lot. Those who love and respect life will take the ship’s axe and sever the extra hands that cling to the sides.”

He believes that the apocalyptic climactic changes that will soon effect us here in humanity land but he chooses to be brutally honest  and says that we’ve already missed our chance to curb the damage to the world, so we must begin the elimination of human and technological excesses now.

“A minority can never have any other effective means to influence the course of matters but through the use of violence.”

Any dictatorship would be better than modern democracy. There cannot be so incompetent dictator, that he would show more stupidity than a majority of the people. Best dictatorship would be one where lots of heads would roll and government would prevent any economical growth.”

We will have to…learn from the history of revolutionary movements — the national socialists, the Finnish Stalinists, from the many stages of the Russian revolution, from the methods of the Red Brigades — and forget our narcissistic selves.”

“Everything we have developed over the last 100 years should be destroyed.”

“If the present amount of Earth’s population is preserved and is reduced only by the means of birth control, then:

 Birthgiving must be licensed. To enhance population quality, genetically or socially unfit homes will be denied offspring, so that several birth licenses can be allowed to families of quality.

 Energy production must be drastically reduced. Electricity is allowed only for the most necessary lighting and communications.

This man is clearly a lot more worried about global warming than I am, but there are those who go even further. Back to the Pleistocene!  He sees America as the root of the problem:

The United States symbolizes the worst ideologies in the world: growth and freedom.

He has called for “some trans-national body like the U.N. ” to reduce the population via nuclear weapons or with bacteriological and chemical attacks.” Ecologists of this stripe have so glorified “nature” that they become freedom-hating authoritarians, who want control over their fellow humans. They cannot grasp that humans are a natural product of nature and a part of it. They have no interest in meeting the challenges of life on earth, but want government central planning and humans obediently to fall in line.

So he’s a nutcase, but he is not alone. I wonder how many of them inhabit the corridors of the EPA He celebrates, on his website, the Earth Liberation Front, the German Ecofascist Movement, Thomas Malthus and the Unabomber Manifesto. And he has a following.— hopefully very small. But these apocalyptic authoritarians keep popping up, you can probably name several of them.

There are, however, a number of authors who argue openly that democracy itself is the true obstacle and needs to be abandoned. We need to be aware of the nature of the opposition.

Memorable Moments in Presidential History by The Elephant's Child

Magnificent Mockery from American Crossroads. I can’t get enough of it.

Are the Feds Going to Confiscate Musicians Guitars? by The Elephant's Child

Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander is concerned about the summer concert season. Nashville is home to one of Gibson Guitar’s factories, and to many of the famed bands and stars  who use Gibson Guitars. According to the Examiner.federal agents are poised to seize the instruments made by Gibson Guitars, theoretically because the wood used in Guitar frets may not meet Indian and Madagascar environmental law, although the governments of India and Madagascar insist that they do.

Gibson Guitar factories in Nashville and Memphis were raided by armed federal agents nine months ago supposedly for violating the Lacey Act; and though they have been operating in a sort of legal limbo since last August, no formal charges have been forthcoming.  The Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division (whose career staff is notorious for pursuing a green agenda)  and senators are working to solve the situation. Alexander and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) met with representatives from the music industry, the wood import business and environmental and conservation groups on Thursday to settle on a solution. Alexander said:

“We held this roundtable because instrument makers like Gibson Guitars in Tennessee are an important part of our music industry, and if the Lacey Act as written is keeping them from being able to get the wood they need to make instruments, we need to make every effort to fix the regulation,” said Alexander.

“The law was intended to prevent illegal logging and protect U.S. jobs that are threatened by illegal logging, it was never intended to seize instruments or wood products that were obtained prior to the passage of the Lacey Act amendments in May 2008 because they were made from imported wood—and when laws have unintended consequences, Congress has a responsibility to promptly make changes,” he added.

This is a very odd case. It seems like an example of government gone wild, or at least government asserting their power— because they can. The Justice Department is already in difficult territory with their failure to prosecute the voter intimidation case of the Black Panthers, and Congress is pursing the Fast and Furious gun-running case. There is a significant amount of over criminalization going on.  We have a number of departments in the Executive Branch that seem to be out-of-control, and acting illegally. I don’t know how this will play out, but it is very worrying.

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