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Say, They Want A Revolution …

In his book “Barack Obama’s Rules for Revolution,” David Horowitz, a New Left movement founder in the 1960s, refers to a member of the radical Students for a Democratic Society who “once wrote, ‘The issue is never the issue. The issue is always the revolution.’ In other words the cause – whether inner city blacks or women – is never the real cause, but only an occasion to advance the real cause which is the accumulation of power to make the revolution.” Now apply that to the tussle over man’s impact on the climate and things become much clearer.

In the minds of the climate alarmists, the revolution looks like tearing down “the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution.” Their objective is to force “major structural changes in economic growth and development,” and the “fight” against climate change “is just a part of it.”

That great revolutionary of the U.S. House, Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, dreamed up a way to use the global warming scare through the Green New Deal, which was less of an environmental bill than a “how-do-you-change-the-entire economy thing.” In other words, a back door for more Marxist revolutionaries to enter.

It doesn’t matter that free-market capitalism is the only economic system in recorded history that has allowed the masses to escape from grinding poverty. All that matters to revolutionaries is the revolution.

Free-market capitalism isn’t the only target, though. The revolutionaries want to use climate control the world’s political systems so that they can dictate policies, not just those related to energy. They want full control. A decade ago, one “eminent” climate scientist demanded “revolutionary change to the political and economic hegemony.” Don’t think that the climate alarmists will be sated by the policy framework they demand. It’s merely a step, and a big one, in the long march to organize the world in the image of the political left.

No matter what the ideological fight or policy disagreement might be, everything is connected, it all overlaps, from climate to “anti-racism” to equity to social justice to cultural and societal upheaval to immigration to class warfare. When the left argues about taxes, government spending, health care, the American worker, transportation policy, education, government assistance, “our democracy,” we could go on, it’s all about stoking a revolution for, as Barack Obama said, “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”

— Written by the I&I Editorial Board

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  • Very Nice Article. I’ve never heard that before:”The issue is never the issue”.
    This proposition on the accumulation of power to attain “power for the revolution” could be translated to all the other Progressive memes.

    For instance, BLM; Antifa;Gun Control; and as I&I points out, Climate Control. Also, even the many immigration vanguard-activists (and useful fools) using the issue of the border to stir up any chaos they can. It was also used in the nuclear talks to get of nukes (which sounds good, until you realized without competing nukes the US wouldn’t be able to defend herself.

    As a matter of fact, any DIE (diversity, inclusion and equity) banner might as well be painted red with a hammer and sickle motif to advertise the real motive embedded in their illusory issue.

  • “At a news conference last week in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism.

    “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 at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution,” she said. Referring to a new international treaty environmentalists hope will be adopted at the Paris climate change conference later this year, she added: “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.”

  • free market capitaschmapita revolutionizey-something something. Sounds like horowitz is part of the problem, not part of any kind of solution. If you’re working poor, just plain poor, or all the way broke, good luck existing in modern Con Me where gas in CA touched 7 bucks a gallon recently, or 2 grand a month for a shoebox apartment in some markets. Maybe for future purposes horowitz can do more subject research and interview people and have his work professionally analyzed questioned and challenged before send his manuscript to the publisher amirite.

  • Save the Earth from the Enviromentalists trying to save the Planet from its Saviors

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