Whatever man made global warming is, it’s not artificial: The root of “artificial” is artifice, which implies intelligence, art and skill. Global warming, recently re-branded as “Climate Change” is obviously man-made or “anthropocentric” if you want to get all Greek and science-y about it. But, the point is there is no art or skill behind it. Its obviously an unintended consequence of Industrialization and its concomitant heavy use of Fossil fuels.
Global warming is presented by elite circles in academia and governance (as opposed to industry) as an evil: That much is clear. Every good democrat knows by now just how hard global warming is on cartoon polar bear. More recently, global warming was given a cost in dollar amounts to make it perfectly clear just how horribly bad it is.
Here is a particularly ridiculous example.
Dollar amounts like 60 trillion always make me laugh. I am about as remote from an intimate relationship with 60 trillion dollars as I am to cartoon polar bears. What does it mean really? One thing I do know is that everything that costs money also makes someone money. So looking at it in another way, Global Warming could potentially make somebody 60 trillion dollars. How’s that for a windfall?
I have always seen these machinations from academia and government regarding global warming as being about getting things into position for a new program. I have always seen it global climate change itself and propaganda about climate change are two separate things, and I’ve always been open- minded about the former and extremely skeptical of the latter. I am now completely convinced that it’s real and also complete bullshit.
We are talking about two very different things here: Climate Change and propaganda about Climate Change. Reality vs. what people say about reality
It’s a good general principle to separate these things. Like the old Buddhist canard says, “The finger pointing at the moon is not the moon itself.” Or as Robert Anton Wilson says “Don’t believe other people’s BS.”
Let me try to be as clear as possible: Government is about hoping people won’t call their bluff. Government needs some danger, some evil, which it then presumes to protect against. That is the entire source of its power. States need enemies to hold themselves together. Without enemies, they fall apart. Homeland security needs Al Qaeda, as much as the Police State needs the war on drugs.
Subversive people with deeply anarchic sentiments take great pains to point out things like:
1. Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda was created by the CIA, just like Big Brother created “The Brotherhood” and Emmanuel Goldstein (and kept him mythologically alive long after he was probably dead).
2. Drugs really aren’t that bad. Declaring war on them causes more harm than good.
So yeah, here I am as an inveterate anarchist at the leading edge of the fringe thought, saying to you, nascent anarchist:
Climate Change is real, but its not all that bad. I mean, if you live in Miami you may want to get ready to move eventually, but its nothing to lose sleep over, because here is a little secret:
Life likes heat. The more heat the more life. I am up North right now in the Adirondack mountains and everything is dying. It not a weird plague or anything: It happens every year. It’s too cold here to sustain life year-round, and every year everything dies or goes into hibernation or some type of dormant state. It’s harsh. The plants I have nurtured all summer get hit with frost and instantly begin to die. The leaves just go to shit. Trees have a more graceful way of going about it, changing color and falling off, but with annual plants like beans and squash, they just get burned by the frost and die. They just get all jacked up and die. I mean its a natural cycle, and you can wax philosophical all day about it like people have, and carve pumpkins and celebrate the fall colors, but the fact remains, death is descending upon the land.
So in a few days, I am going to Florida. In Florida there is life. There is too much life really for many people’s taste, lots of biting insects and snakes and creepy crawly things. Things like alligators could never live in the Adirondacks because it is simply too cold. But in Florida, they thrive. Everything thrives there. Its hot and steamy. In this plot of land I have been working these past too summers, its often not warm long enough for tomatoes to ripen. In Florida, things ripen.
In Florida, things thrive. Things thrive that people don’t want to thrive, like “invasive” species. Florida has a so-called problem with them, but I think calling it a problem is backwards thinking, really. I personally don’t begrudge successful organisms their success. In Florida, 26% of “fish, reptiles, birds, and mammals” are exotic. The conventional wisdom is that this is a bad thing. The badness of this is presented as a dogma without a lot of facts to back it up. The most intelligent thing I have heard anyone say of why “invasive species” are bad is that “they aren’t supposed to be there.” I heard that from a volunteer weed-killer at a National Park. No opponent of invasive species, I have read or talked to has anything more intelligent to add, even if they use bigger words and more proper grammar.
That these exotic species supplant native species is false. They don’t. If they do its rare. They eke out an existence alongside the natives. The fact is, exotic species have increased the biodiversity of Florida by 26%. That is amazing. This is all possible because human beings are heavily disturbing the environment there and because i’ts warm. This warmth is moving north, and at the end of the day, what this means is that due to climate change and anthropocentric disturbance of the environment, biodiversity is increasing. Life is becoming more abundant. Its not only becoming more abundant its becoming tougher and more resilient. It’s adapting itself to human civilization.
Civilization is about cultivation. Its all possible because of agri-CULTURE. Agriculture is about converting nature into culture, plowing a meadow, or clearing a forest, and planting it to corn or building a subdivision. But every action has an opposite and equal reaction.
Koert van Mensvoort writes in Real Nature is Not Green:
Every time nature seems to have been conquered, it rears its head again on some other battlefield. Perhaps we should not see nature as a static given, but as a dynamic process . It is not only humans that are developing; nature, too, is changing in the process. Thus, I am proposing a new approach to distinguish nature and culture. At first– as is usual with paradigm shifts – it takes some getting used to, but after a while things become clear again. Real nature is not green. Rather, it is beyond control.
Climate change doesn’t scare me, and I don’t think of it as the next scary monster like drugs or Al Qaeda that my government will protect me from. To me it represents the forces of chaos and creative destruction that opposes humanity’s complete control of the natural world. Stifling control has always been my enemy From the day I set foot in the public school classroom from the times I was drawn again and again into sterile cubicles to earn my daily bread. The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
Warmth moisture and chaos is necessary for life. Life is dynamic. The natural and the artificial are engaged in a mysterious dance. On the human end, this dance has been fraught with hubris. But with all this hubris and unintended consequences there is room for wisdom.
Rather than resist the inevitable, I have come to embrace change and chaos, and thus embrace life. Plus, screw nice neat little subdivisions, with this stifling sameness and neat manicured lawns. I want to live in a world with roaming packs of coyotes and monitor lizards eating people’s house pets.
Embrace Global Warming. Embrace Chaos. Embrace Life.