I personally think 2011 is going to be an important and possibly dangerous year. A year in which all of us, who have 'old-fashioned' notions of freedom, democracy and justice will have to be vigilant. It may be that this year will decide what our future is going to be: Serf or sovereign.
Via NoTrickZone we get the news that last November, rather quietly, the German government passed a law that NTZ calls the Energy Tyranny Law.
This is serious. A new law has been passed by the German government, quietly and almost unnoticed. Soon in the future, the government will tell its citizens how much energy they can consume.The law in question mandates the 'smart energy meter', something we dealt with last year, when the first iteration of a similar Dutch law was defeated in the senate over privacy issues. Quite coincidentally (I think not) last November also saw the the second iteration of this draconian EUnion directive make Dutch law. The smart energy meter is back (NL).
If the German State can pass this, then it can pretty much do whatever the hell it damn well pleases.
Gone are the days of a government that is there to serve its citizens. Here to stay is a group of elitists who are going to boss the citizens around and tell them how to live.
But of course it’s all in the name of saving planet from climate catastrophe. Never mind what Edenhofer of the PIK said awhile back. They are moving quickly now, and Germany is now lost. Although climate scepticism is rising, it’s too late.
What is particularly worrying is that this law enables state rationing of energy. NTZ mentions this with regard to the German law, Dutch protestant daily Trouw confirms it, with respect to the Dutch law:
The meter would make it possible for energy suppliers to use the internet to monitor and possibly even to adjust the use of energy by their customers.Let that sink in for a while: Based on the data gathered by that little electronic stasi spy in the cupboard, the state, through regulation of energy companies, will decide for you how much energy is spent when.
It is all couched in reassuring language. When you're not overdoing it, you won't have anything to fear. Which may well be true now, but what when energy becomes scarce?
Not in an absolute sense, of course. There is no reason, other then over the top doom-saying by the greenies amongst us, so reasonably expect a shortage of energy in the near future. Fast layers of black coal remain unexplored in European soil and elsewhere. Coal-fired plants are still the most efficient energy suppliers, in terms of cost per kilowatt of electricity. And the generation of coal-fired plants is clean to boot. Recently vast oil-fields have been discovered in Brasil and Afghanistan. Even more lays virtually untouched under Siberia or in US coastal waters. Energy, in the form of oil, gas and coal is, still, hugely abundant. Add to that the progress in technology, making the use of energy more and more efficient. Or making possible safe and relatively clean nuclear power plants.
But consider this: The EUnion is (still) steaming full ahead with measures to combat climate changes (the fools!). In the process, billions of euros are spent on projects that will do exactly nothing to ensure energy security. In fact, it is not that far-fetched to expect that the EUnion will mismanage the energy sector, much as it does anything else. And that will mean that energy *will* become a scarce commodity.
And when that happens, we are now in a situation where the state (which means the EUnion and their lackeys in our local governments) will decide for you, what is and what is not a 'fair' use of hot water and heating. And without you being able to resist or protest, they will shut you off. NTZ wonders how far it can go:
This is just the start of the so-called “The Great Transformation“ envisioned by extremists like Edenhofer, Schellnhuber and host of other social engineering zealots. It begins with rationing energy, but where does it end? What’s next?That last sentence is as true for the Netherlands as it is for Germany and the rest of the EUnion. We really, urgently need to wake up and start paying attention. And here's why: That Great Transformation link in the quote above links to the site of a conference held in Germany in 2009. The conference argues that climate change and energy policies require a great transformation of society. In the process the site asks:
Our water consumption? Our meat consumption? Our internet access? Our mobility? Our lights? Our weight? How about sugar intake? The right to our organs? Our life span (death panels)? Our property and money we earn? Our freedom to speak?
They can do what they want and there is nothing now to stop them. Today there is no political opposition to this coming green tyranny – all parties in Germany, from right to left, are for it. They are only fighting each other to see who gets to have the fun of carrying out this dangerous experiment. They are all racing to see who can be Erich Honecker 2.0 first!
Urgently needed is an opposition…and maybe another D-Day.
Technological innovation and political regulation can only be effective if "the people" participate in their various roles as polluters, producers and consumers of goods, citizens and voters. Democratic regimes are not well prepared for the level of participation that is required: Can free democratic societies cope with the effects of grave changes in the global climate, or might authoritarian regimes possibly be better placed to enforce the necessary measures?This is positively scary. Here we have people, citizens of the free west, who are in all seriousness discussing whether democracy should not be abandoned, and a more authoritarian form of government be instituted (like the EUnions 'post-democracy', perhaps?) as part of the effort to combat a changing climate.
And this is not the only case in which democracy is written off in the name of climate. Via Haunting the Library we learn of Professor David Shearman, MD, is Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University of Adelaide, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the University’s Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences and Law School. This enlightened individual published a book entitled ‘The Climate Change Challenge and the Failure of Democracy‘. His argument is that overpopulation and industrialization are causing an ecological disaster which requires a total change of lifestyle for everyone on the planet. As democracy isn’t up to the challenge, an authoritarian government must (obviously) be imposed to save us from ourselves.
As the authors put it: ‘we argue that authoritarianism is the natural state of humanity’. They propose the formation of an ‘elite warrior leadership’ to ‘battle for the future of the earth’ [p.xvi]. Can you see where this is going yet?In the name of their Gaian religion these people are seriously contemplating rushing all of us into tyranny. These people are no friends of us. These people are enemies. Enemies of freedom, enemies of democracy and ultimately enemies of common people like you or I.
The authors recognize that religion plays a big part in many people’s lives, and they discuss whether Islam or Christianity fits better with the authoritarian government they see as essential, before deciding that there is a better option:
However, they are not the only contenders for providing social glue for the masses. Although too much of the natural world will be destroyed for civilization to continue in its present form, some biodiversity will still exist . . . It is not impossible that from the green movement and aspects of the new age movement a religious alternative to Christianity and Islam will emerge. And it is not too difficult to imagine what shape this new religion could take. One would require a transcendent God who could punish and reward – because humans seem to need a carrot and a stick. [p. 127]
But it may not end there. There have been numerous hints that the climate change issue is used as a crow-bar to break apart the traditional nation-state and foist a one-world government upon us. Back in November 2009 we linked to a piece called "end game", arguing the case. This is the stuff that conspiracies are made of. You know: the ones that feature the New World Order (NWO).
But now, via Zerohedge we learn that the NWO may not be the product of fevered minds of a conspiratorial bent. The infamous George Soros uses that exact term when arguing for a new global economic system (video above).
He openly confirms nearly everything I and many others have been warning about for the past three to four years in the span of only ten minutes! Why would Soros make such admissions? Well, I suspect that some elites believe that they should not have to hide their pet project for a “new order” from us lowly serfs, while others perhaps have been given the green light to start selling the masses on the supposed benefits of greater centralization. Soros literally tries to paint the collapse of America as “necessary”, and the devolution of the dollar as “healthy”, though I doubt that many people will be swayed by his charms. It’s hard to trust a guy that leaves a slime trail…The litany of objections to Soros' vision of the NWO on Zerohedge will sound all too familiar to those of us living inside the EUnion: The destruction of the middle class, the increasing insulation of the elites from accountability, the elimination of personal wealth and sovereignty.
Global governance will not be Utopia; not under men like Soros, and certainly not under the IMF. The promise of paradise has always been used to make people do stupid and horrible things, from the Assasseens of Iran spoken of by Marco Polo, to the Russian communist disaster of Lenin and Stalin, and beyond. Blind collectivism and feudalism has never led to peace, prosperity, wisdom, or spaceships propelled by dilithium crystals. What it HAS led to, consistently, is death, destruction, mayhem, and sometimes the loss of entire chapters of human knowledge. It leads not to enlightenment, but to the dark ages.Haunting the Library is wondering 'are we back in the 1930s'? It does feel that way. Not in a Godwin sense of expecting the next great Nazi onslaught, but in a more general sense. In the sense that, as in the 1930's, the anti-democratic choir of authoritarian voices that prompted Hayek to write 'the Road to Serfdom' are once again increasing their volume. Yet again they are shamelessly advertising their de-humanizing ideas as solutions to problems invented by governments and activists. And once more they are taken seriously by the media and not dismissed as the dangerous cranks they really are.
I was confronted with the stories linked in this post in a rather quick succession. It fed a distinct disquiet that has been growing and festering for the last few months now. It seems the voice of tyranny is getting louder and, to some, more seductive. If this trend continues, we will have a important struggle before us in the coming year.
We haven't lost yet. The EUnion is still consolidating after the crises of last year. It's grip on us is still tenuous. This is even more true for the UN. Our elites have not arrived at their preferred destination yet. But we need to be careful, we need to keep an eye out. And when the time comes we will need to stand up and be counted where defending the freedom and personal sovereignty is concerned that was conquered for us by our forebears over the last centuries. We are, I think, entering an important era. One that will free us all, or doom us all to servitude. Will we let ourselves be quietly led into tyranny? Or will we stand up and rid ourselves of this evil beast?
[UPDATE001] On a related note, here's Dr. North in the mail on Sunday: Councils that won’t collect rubbish, power giants that couldn’t care less if you’ve no electricity...why the people who serve us just don’t give a damn (emphasis mine - KV).
It is my belief that the rot starts at the top. But for answers, you need to go back to the great Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence.Autonomous Minds follows the logic to its inevitable end and in reaction an interesting discussion develops. Take it as a sign of the times we are now living.
He saw how the people and their governments should relate, declaring: ‘When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.’
There lies my conclusion, gained from a lifetime of experience at all levels of government. Our ‘rulers’ have lost their fear.