Climate scare: a means to ‘intentionally transform economic development model’

Figueres: transform the economy

Figueres: transform the economy

Those of us who have been following the climate alarmism of the recent past have known this for some time.

The ‘urgent’ need to scale back our economies to ‘save the planet’ has little to do with environmental concerns, and is more about removing the proven capitalist model of economic development and replacing it with socialist wealth redistribution.

But it’s always good to have one of the senior apparatchiks confirm it unambiguously, as Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC),  has done.

“This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model, for the first time in human history. This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for the, at least, 150 years, since the industrial revolution.”

And it will end in tears. As the article goes on to say:

Wow. Perhaps Figueres has never heard of the October Revolution of 1917 and the subsequent attempt by Comrades Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin to transform the international economic development model, the central achievements of which were the industrialization of the Soviet Union (with all the attendant greenhouse gas emissions) and the deaths of approximately 25 million people. (Stalin was happy to note that a death is a tragedy; but millions of deaths are a statistic.)

How about the Great Leap Forward, 1958 to 1961, in which The Great Mao, a bit before setting new international swimming records, demanded that the cadres transform the Chinese economic development model by mobilizing the people so as to achieve a massive labor-intensive industrialization of the economy, characterized by the construction of small steel furnaces in every village and urban neighborhood, at the expense of agricultural output. The end result was the Great Famine, causing the deaths of 45 million, and a setback for the Chinese economy that took years to overcome.

Eastern Europe, Cambodia, North Korea and all the others: Transforming the economic development model seems to be rather more difficult in practice than in concept, in particular by elitists utterly convinced that they know the contours of a better world, the best path to be imposed in top-down fashion to achieve it, everything that might go wrong and the easiest detours around them. The fruits of that ideology were 100 million or more deaths, vast and ghastly systems of prison camps — the unwashed proletariat and peasantry can be so unenlightened — and untold misery for many millions more. (source)

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.


  1. luisadownunder says:

    Where is the Gulag for these people?


  2. This time it will be different. Right?


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