Greenpeace’s climate action at New Zealand’s parliament failed to finger the blame at the primary cause of what is, in fact, planet-wide ecological collapse. Consequently their mono-causal presentation of the climate crisis, which is part of a much broader set of colliding crises, leads to oversimplified and dangerous solutions. Snoopman, Iggy Swind and Sophia Bigg-Storm find that Kermit the Puppet and his Muppet friends have empathized with a Woolly Mammoth that escaped from a climate camp, because nobody would listen to his warning that Monopoly Capitalism is the whammy cause of all human-made environmental catastrophes. It turns out that a Smart Green Economy is a cover-story that hides the construction of hi-tech dystopian super-states. (Contains satirical particulates. 20 minute read).
By Snoopman, Iggy Swind and Sophia Bigg-Storm
Mono-causal argument misleads membership
At dawn on Thursday 27 June 2015, four brave Greenpeace volunteers abseiled down the front of the New Zealand economy’s parliament buildings to focus attention on the climate change issue. They unfurled a banner, featuring an image of the many-hatted prime minister, John Key, and a caption that read: “Cut pollution, create jobs? Yeah nah.”
After initially being reasonably open-minded about the action, ‘at the end of the day’, the Extreme Media deflected from the climate issue to security. In the New Zealand economy’s two main six o’clock television broadcasts, known colloquially by the brainwashed population as ‘the news’, the reporters of OneNews’ and 3News’ emphasized the breach of security in their lead stories. By doing so, these media missionaries behaved like submissive school prefects armed with microphones. OneNews’ Katie Bradford described the abseiling feat as “a stunt”, “a chilly dawn raid”, and “an attack”, while 3News reporter Tova O’Brien adopted a similar affectation of neutrality to claim Greenpeace’s action went “sideways” because it was overtaken by the breach of security issue.
For this, the Extreme Media deserves to be ridiculed with satirical cartoons for presenting what is, in fact, the logical fallacy of diversionary argument by way of a trivial objection, as the author of Attacking Faulty Reasoning Professor T. Edward Damer might readily point out.
Furthermore, it was the New Zealand government that capitulated to the terror-sponsoring French state after it had sent 13 secret agents to New Zealand in Operation Satanique (Satanic) to attach two bombs to Greenpeace’s Pacific Ocean flagship, the Rainbow Warrior. Indeed, the United Nations brokered a ‘compensation’ sum of $13 million for the French state’s terrorist attack after two of the terrorists were repatriated to France, and, in effect, this meant the world officially condoned terrorism.
Greenpeace also has itself to blame. For one thing, it took down it’s only post from its website.
But, the main reason for the Extreme News Media’s diversion to the trivial breach of security objections is because, essentially, Greenpeace had nothing new to say. Greenpeace spokesman Nathan Argent stated that the action was intended to pressure the government “to put in place a real climate action plan now.” He claimed the government had not enacted a single piece of legislation to reduce emissions.
Argent also argued that a climate action plan could create many tens of thousands of jobs that would be a multi-billion dollar boost to the economy. He asserted this would take pollution out of the economy and build a smarter, safer, healthier New Zealand.
Here, we sketch why Greenpeace failed to present a new-inspiring narrative. We also outline a major flaw in Greenpeace’s argument from which springs solutions that will ironically result in the construction of a dystopian sci-fi-esque world – a project that is already underway.
Unfortunately, Greenpeace, like that of 350.org, Generation Zero, and many other non-government organizations that campaign on the climate crisis, promotes a mono-causal view of climate change. The mono-causal position holds that pollution from industrial emissions, ‘fossil’ fuel vehicle fumes and burning-off forests are the sole cause of climate change. While these factors are serious, this view is bunk.
The planet’s climate is changing due to many causes, including: deforestation (over millennia); desertification (massive soil erosion); species extinction (including ‘fisheries’ collapse); geo-engineering weather modification programs; industrial agriculture, pollution and planned obsolescence; resource destruction caused by war; imperial and corporate driven migration to mega-cities; the cult of consumerism; and the whammy of all human-causes, hierarchical patriarchies (foremost among them is Monopoly Capitalism).
Another way of stating these causes would be: greed and the cult of world domination, both related to ego gratification and cultivation of psychopaths in the planet’s ruling families (as is made clear in David Livingstone’s excellent book, Terrorism and the Illuminati: A Three Thousand Year History). A further cause is also solar activity and the planet’s trajectory in the galaxy, which we cannot do anything about, so we shall focus on the human causes. (See section below: The Woolly Mammoth in the Climate Changing Room).
Greenpeace presents its over-simplistic mono-causal climate change narrative because its membership and the people they are seeking to influence are middle class. A mono-causal presentation necessarily leads to over-simplistic, and we argue, dangerous ‘solutions’.
It’s not all Greenpeace’s fault. Mass-hapless populaces are the witless victims of relentless psychological operations (Psy-Ops), or sophisticated propaganda, manufactured by highly networked institutions with vast resources. Particularly vulnerable are middle class people who have been subjected to multi-generational brainwashing by governments, corporations and universities who play on their susceptibility to believe authority figures. Furthermore, key insiders that comprise the ‘Western Deep State’ manufacture a ‘myth of mistakes’ to hide their covert plots to trigger war, orchestrate coups and assassinate leaders if governments fail to submit to economic warfare identified as ‘the Shock Doctrine’ and other intrigues.
This ‘myth of mistakes’ has entire populations believing that governments are relatively benign, and that their policy choices are simply due to ignorance, rather than malice and submission to unseen coercion. This coincidence theory paradigm, which ignores the continued operation of ‘the Shock Doctrine’, sits comfortably with middle class people, because as a social group, they tend to be sissies addicted to sanitized ‘bedtime’ stories that they call ‘the news’.
Unfortunately, this mono-causal view permeates the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand (along with Green Party’s around the world). Indeed, while the protest was underway outside the New Zealand parliament, Green Party’s co-leader James Shaw, essentially, expressed the mono-causal view in a question from the floor of the parliamentary debating chamber to the governing National Party. Shaw asked why New Zealanders shouldn’t sue the government over an increase in net emissions of 13% during its time in power.
Shaw’s emissions argument is ironic because, as his bio-page on the Greens’ website brags, he evidently played a role in getting his former employer, accountancy giant PricewaterhouseCoopers, to join the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and also apparently helped develop a sustainability business practices program. It’s ironic because PricewaterhouseCoopers is one of the ‘big four’ anti-competitive accountancy cartels, which together have a presence in every major and significant tax haven.
As the world’s foremost experts on financial secrecy havens wrote in their book, Tax Havens: How Globalization Really Works, the big four accountancy cartels are the auditors and advisors of the world’s largest tax-evading companies, because they have written the legislation for tax haven jurisdictions, and gained favorable agreements with tax authorities to condone tax havenry. In other words, PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, Ernst & Young, and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu are not even trying to make their clients, the world biggest corporations, pay for the enormous environmental degradation of the planet that they have caused in the pursuit of capital accumulation and global transformation. Instead, an ‘Offshore Magic Circle’ of accountants, lawyers and bankers collude with regulators in a secret global infrastructure, as journalist Nicholas Shaxson makes clear in Treasure Islands: Uncovering the Damage of Offshore Banking and Tax Havens.
It in the next section, it will become clear why the world’s biggest anti-competitive cartel corporations are protected by at least 60 secrecy jurisdictions, or tax havens (the largest being the continental European havens, the Fourth British Empire, the American Empire, and smaller ad hoc zones). In turn, it will become clear why it is that an over-simplistic presentation of causes and solutions to ‘climate change’ is dangerous.
The Woolly Mammoth in the Climate Changing Room
Because people are so myopically focused on their battles, their ambitions and their immediate needs, wants and desires, nobody notices the presence of the Woolly Mammoth in the Climate Changing Room. In the ongoing exchanges over climate change, people with institutional hats can’t (or won’t) see the big picture of Planet Earth’s troubles. Indeed, the Woolly Mammoth has tried to tell ‘climate activists’ that the whammy cause of all human-made environmental catastrophes – as well as economic, financial and military warfare – is Monopoly Capitalism.
Monopoly Capitalism is a private political system wherein the ownership or control of huge combinations of industrial, banking, and media corporations by highly networked, super-rich individuals (or oligarchs), is protected by tax-sheltered trusts and captured governments. Monopoly Capitalism’s core motive is social control by limiting as many people as possible from having access to land and other resources, as Frances Hutchinson argued in, What Everyone Wants to Know About Money and Jonathan Nitzan and Shimson Bichler presented in Capital as Power. This political control is primarily achieved through a deliberate scarcity of cash and an abundance of credit/debt, as English economist Michael Rowbotham showed in his book, The Grip of Death: A Study in Modern Money, Debt Slavery and Destructive Economics and Goodbye America! Globalisation, Debt and the Dollar Empire.
One of the world’s biggest cartels, the debt-producing United States Federal Reserve central bank, provides an excellent example of an institution that manufactures catastrophes and exacerbates the present environmental collapse. The Federal Reserve System is a privately owned-cartel corporation that has monopoly control over the manufacture of credit. This is significant because the major driver of the resource plundering growth-oriented world economy is debt-based money – or credit. The stockholders of the Federal Reserve are dynastic banking families, such as the Rockefellers, the Morgans, the Warburgs, the Schröders, the Schiffs, the Vanderbilts, the Stillmans, the Lazards, the Bakers, and the Harrimans, as journalist Eustace Mullins makes clear in his lifework, The Secrets of the Federal Reserve. Through their banking cartels, such as JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, and Goldman Sachs; and along with other dynastic banking families, including the Rothschilds, the Browns, the Wallenbergs and the Meyers, dynastic bankers have come to control most of the world’s governments through war, capitulation to terrorism and economic coercion, so that virtually no government exercises the sovereign power to issue money debt-free, as Ellen Hodgson Brown makes clear in The Web of Debt and G. Edward Griffin shows in The Creature from Jekyll Island.
The dynastic banking families, that own the Fed’s stock, preside over a debt-based money system that is backed by the coercive power of the state, which leads a double-life as a financial-secrecy haven known as the United States of America. The bankers that own the Federal Reserve reap ‘dividends’ off the public credit that the US Treasury ‘borrows’ from the Federal Reserve. This public credit, or national debt, is now $18.3 trillion, a colossal figure that hapless American taxpayers cannot pay.
As former World Bank economist Herman Daly stated in a documentary, the Four Horseman, that investigated the causes of the Global Financial Crisis, commercial banks do not ‘lend’ other peoples’ savings, but actually manufacture credit. In other words, “money as credit is borrowed into existence”, as Michael Rowbotham states in The Grip of Death. It turns out that the term ‘borrowing’ is a euphemism for the ‘privilege’ to receive purchasing power in the present due to a structural alliance among ruling classes to maintain debt-based financial systems, which are characterized by scarce debt-free cash and abundant debt. Therefore, the ‘need’ for ordinary people to find the artificially scarce cash to ‘repay’ public and private ‘debt’ and the exponentially compounding interest (which is not created when public and private ‘loans’ are manufactured) are the major drivers of the growth-oriented, resource-plundering global economy.
Smart Green Economy, or Technocratic Nightmare?
Greenpeace, the Greens and other Greenwashed people believe in their enthusiasm that in order to address the impacts of human plunder, a Smart Green Economy is the only way to deliver a sustainable world. It’s a seriously dangerous belief because a Smart Green Economy would leave the same unseen super-rich people that have become so wealthy off Monopoly Capitalism still at-large, and will transform Monopoly Capitalism into a more awesome private political system of social control.
A carbon credits market, widely promoted to deal with carbon emissions as a crucial component to build-out a Smart Green Global Economy, is actually a means to establish carbon-based technocracy, as former financial analyst Patrick Wood argued in Carbon Currency: A New Beginning for Technocracy? Under the rubric of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, every stage of the extraction-production-
By gaining the means to measure every material, process and exchange with a single metric, the financial industry will be able to combine these carbon equivalent values with financial derivatives, which can price risk into a single unit (of whatever currency is stipulated to settle transactions). The major cartel banks intend to create carbon-backed currencies, that will become the means for the super-wealthy to commodify, monetize and financialize every process, every human relation and every stage of precious life. Under this planned carbon-based technocratic regime, the biosphere would become more vulnerable to the kinds of speculative, predatory and private strategies exploited by dominant capitalist coalitions when they made complex bets to destabilize targeted firms, industries and governments and enabled them to engineer the Global Financial Crisis (as was shown in a thesis entitled, “It’s the Financial Oligarchy, Stupid”).
A technocracy is an economic system that exploits technology as a means of social control through the allocation of energy and resources rather than the market price system of capitalism. This means that a carbon credit trading market is a mechanism for big corporate producers to pollute, extract, plunder and privatize not only the atmosphere, but also the entire planet.
To be super-clear, the rich and super-rich do not expect to foot the bill to ‘fix’ the planet. By their very design, Smart Green Economies would ensure that ordinary people are to be charged for the uniquely numbered micro-chipped products, services and resources they consume and dispose of, as Katherine Albrecht and Liz McIntyre argued compellingly in their book Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Purchase and Watch Your Every Move. This covert agenda is also made plain in the documentary Take Back Your Power, which shows that through smart meters, power companies and their ‘partners’ will gain the power to snoop into peoples’ lives with the next generation of chipped-appliances hooked up to ‘The Internet of Things’.
There is more bad news.
Although many radical-thinking people have come to terms with this bad news, those who wear institutional hats in the so-called Green Movement have yet to acknowledge it, publicly.
The transformations in the global economy, such as huge economic protective trade-blocs, under the slogan of ‘free trade’, are really about creating a worldwide technocratic superstructure. As American journalist Chris Hedges has identified, corporate totalitarian super-states are being constructed that will thrive inside fictitious democratic shells. Technocracies are totalitarian systems of government that appear to be controlled by technocrats, engineers and scientists, but they are merely the administrators of the technological apparatus for unseen oligarchies, or super-rich people who steer the politics of whole societies.
Killing the Metaphorical Sacred Cow
With these challenges outlined briefly here, Kermit the Puppet’s lyric that ‘it’s not easy being Green’ has never been truer. It is essential that the Greenpeaces, the Green Party’s and the Amnesty Internationals of the world resolve to metaphorically kill off their sacred cows. These sacred cows are their middle class memberships. Because, while the middle class has spare cash, a conscience and compassion, they are – as a bunch – scaredy-cats who want to believe that the badness of the world is not too bad and can be fixed without upsetting their lifestyles.
However, for any bold institution to succeed in its trailblazing vision or quest, it is essential that the object that it fears losing the most – its sacred cow – is risked. It is ironic, therefore, to recall that what all governments, even totalitarian ones, fear above all else, is losing the support of their middle-class base, as we pointed out in a satirical piece about America’s support of Israel during its serial bombing of Gaza in 2014. For no government can withstand the sustained loss of legitimacy with its middle-class. In other words, the Greenpeaces, the Green Party’s and the Amnesty Internationals fear losing the same ‘sacred cow’ that their opponents fear losing.
So, if the Greenpeaces, the Green Party’s and the Amnesty Internationals of this beautiful but deeply troubled far-flung planet are serious about creating a peaceful, resilient and sustainable world, they need to resolve to dismantle Monopoly Capitalism before Kermit the Frog is captured and made to market the technocratic Smart Green Economy.
Ordinary people need to strategize, organize and mobilize grassroots radical actions to pursue mass land reform (or redistribution), community-controlled cooperative enterprises, and resilient permaculture communities. Concurrent to these positive solution-oriented projects, the damaging institutional constructs need to be dismantled. Corporate cartels (including debt-based banking and financial conglomerates) have to be broken up. Tax havenry needs to be confronted head-on. The Shock Doctrine of economic, financial and military warfare engineered by key insiders of Western banks and other major corporations, governments and think-tanks also needs to be challenged.
In other words, we need Kermit the Puppet and his Muppet friends to orchestrate a global-scale mutiny inside and outside our institutions.
Related article coming in July: Geo-Engineering: The ‘Invisible Hand’ of Climate Change?
By day, Snoopman works undercover as an ordinary mortal, editing news at a television station. By night, Snoopman researches the wicked deeds of the powerful and enjoyed experimenting with his pyrotechnic super-powers as a Snoopling. Iggy Swind has worked alongside reporter Clark Kent at the Daily Planet and photojournalist Peter Parker at the Daily Bugle. Swind investigations proved both super-heroes work undercover for the Hollywood media cartels, Time Warner and The Walt Disney Company, to distract their mass audiences with their mediocre ‘saving the world’ sagas, leaving the real psychopaths that run the world, at-large. Those investigations have been suppressed. Amazonian-American journalist Sophia Bigg-Storm investigated how an Anglo-American Brotherhood conspired to dominate the world by controlling oil and finance, enforced by military aggression, subversion and other intrigues. Her investigations were also suppressed by her former employer, The National Enquirer, a newspaper that movie critics think is just make-believe because it was depicted in the film Citizen Kane.