The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.
What something is called is infinitely more important than what it is.
climate change is not climate change; it is at once much more and something very different” (Beck, 2015, p. 79).
Having likened the prospect of benign government intervention in social behaviour to the task of reversing an articulated lorry through a labyrinth, he concludes: “We social scientists would do well to hold back our eagerness to control that world which we so imperfectly understand. The fact of our imperfect understanding should not be allowed to feed our anxiety and so increase the need to control. Rather our studies could be inspired by a more ancient, but today less honoured, motive: a curiosity about the world of which we are part. The rewards of such work are not power but beauty.”
William Appleman Williams
Excerpted from the August 2, 1980 Issue
There is no way to understand the nature of our predicament except by confronting our history as an empire. That is the only way to comprehend the Iranian demand that we acknowledge our long-term interference in their affairs, the widespread anger about our acquiescence in the progression of Israel’s settlements on the West Bank, the Russian charge that we apply one standard to them and another to ourselves and the deep resentment of us among the peoples of the poor countries. The only way we can come to terms with those matters is to look our imperial history in the eye without blinking, flinching or walking away into the wonderland of Woodrow Wilson’s saving the world for democracy.
Let us start with a definition of empire: the use and abuse, and the ignoring, of other people for one’s own welfare and convenience. America was born and bred of empire. That does not mean that we are unique; indeed, just the opposite. We are different only because we acquired the empire at a very low cost, because the rewards have been enormous and because until now we have masked our imperial truth with the rhetoric of freedom.
Make no mistake about it: the imperial way of life produced the promised rewards. It generated great economic wealth and effectively limited social discontent. But we must also report the costs. I do not for a moment dismiss the people killed and the property stolen, but I would suggest that the greatest price was paid in the coin of our sensitivity about what we were doing and how that was understood by other peoples. We were already assuming that our right to security transcended the traditional right to defend what we had and had become the right to perfect security in any imaginable future contingency. We began to define security as the natural right to empire.
Americans became so habituated to empire as the price of freedom that they demanded ever more freedom and ever more empire. Andrew Jackson was at once a prime mover and the symbol of that new enthusiasm for the imperial way of life. More freedom at home and more expansion elsewhere. People like the Cherokees were clearly backward—and so a threat to the American Way. Move them out and force them to adapt. And all the while other Americans, the merchants, the shippers, the sealers, the whalers and the Navy, were busy defining the sea itself as another frontier to be penetrated, controlled and exploited.
There is a fine irony in the way that the great war for American freedom led on to ever more empire. And it is fitting that Lincoln provides us with an insight into the dynamics of that process. He knew, by December 1862, that the gamble on a quick victory had been lost. He had to have money and men in large quantities. He therefore appealed to the imperial tradition. Speaking to the agricultural majority, he wasted no euphemisms. He told them that they had to stay the course because it was not enough to have access to the world via New York and San Francisco. It was also necessary to control New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico.
The significance of Lincoln’s appeal to Western farmers to fight on for imperial objectives upsets historians of every political persuasion. Radicals resist the notion that ordinary folk support imperialism. Conservatives cannot easily come to terms with the reality that empire is related to liberty as they define it. And liberals long to resolve the dilemma by defining empire as global freedom and welfare. There is no inherent or logical connection between being a domestic reformer and an anti-imperialist.
History never provides programmatic answers. But the best thing that can be said for our American empire is that we produced some very good questions. Now is the time to begin answering those questions.
Can you even imagine America as not an empire? I think often about the relationship between those two words—imagination and empire—and wonder if they are incompatible. The truth is that I think they are incompatible. Do you want to imagine a new America or do you want to preserve the empire? Now, as surely we all know, preserving the empire is an exercise in futility. We will sizzle or suffocate. So let us get on with imagining a new America.
William Appleman Williams (1921–1990) published his first articles in The Nation in 1956 and continued contributing until 1985.
Anyone who holds a true opinion without understanding is like a blind man on the right road.
Nobel laureate Richard Smalley: “Energy is the single most important problem facing humanity today.”
My name is Jason Thompson and I’m a clean energy inventor and advocate/journalist/historian/science enthusiast who once got fired from my dream job for wanting to writing green articles critical of the car and oil and rare earth mineral companies.
Although I wanted more and stricter environmental policies since it increased R&D budgets and gave me more things to write about. I thought it was weird that so much momentum was pushing the idea that CO2 was certainly the main driver of the climate while so many factors and unknowns abound. I got a feel for this back in 2001 when I took Dynamic Earth and Minnesota Rocks and Waters in undergraduate school at Winona State University. My main area of study was Law & Society specifically colonialism and US-Mongolian Foreign Relations.
I noticed many of the former colonial powers and interests were behind climate alarmism. I felt something was funny regarding the science of climate change and did more research at UNLV. This was after I was asked to leave my job because I was writing too many green articles and ones that were critical of the car companies and there antiquated technologies.
I’ve taken a few undergraduate and one graduate course which covered climate change. My thesis was on enhanced weathering using olivine rock to regulate CO2 levels and create energy using Sonics and cavitation.
I also learned about climate change while I was student assistant for Dr. Oliver Hemmers who was the director of the Harry Reid Center for Environmental Studies at UNLV. That was until he came out with talks critical of climate change models and was not re-hired.
Climate change science is not at a point where we should use it to change energy policy drastically. This is what Roger Revelle one of the fathers of climate change concluded towards the end of his life. Climate models are not very good because they don’t model convection, aerosols, the oceans, or clouds with accuracy according to the New York Times in 1991. Finding the signal in the noise is impossible ask Nate Silver. Why are so many retired Ph.Ds climate change skeptics?
The below video goes more in depth regarding the history of climate change. Even if global warming wasn’t developed by the CIA to control India (and it was admittedly see screenshot of Price’s work below) just as they project it it would not be ethical to block development of impoverished. Climate models were developed by the military. Once used to define and modify battle conditions now the models are used to make war against a new enemy, the climate itself.
Andrew Ross mentions this last challenge, “No one needs to doubt the urgency of the greenhouse problem to recognize that any Western suggestion of standards for the development of other countries is also a reinforcement of the long history of colonial underdevelopment of the non -European world” (Ross, 1991, p. 213
Indecent Atmosphere: The Eugenics Roots Of Metabunk’s Contrail Con
Imposing Wilderness: Struggles Over Livelihood and Nature Preservation in Africa
By Roderick P. Neumann
These picture-perfect images all too often hide a “darker history”, she adds. Her new book, Nature Crime: How We’re Getting Conservation Wrong, which draws on 15 years of research, 300 interviews with conservation professionals, local communities, tour operators and government officials, is published today.
Carbon colonialism and the new land grab: Plantation forestry in Uganda and its livelihood impacts
This article said,
Private sector investment has become increasingly central to development in the global south, and in recent years these interventions have taken a ‘green’ turn. This is demonstrated via investment in economic activities associated with environmental claims, including plantation forestry and carbon trading initiatives.
It also said,
Many of these green initiatives represent market-based responses to climate change that rely upon the implementation of mitigation strategies in the global south to offset industrial and polluting activities in the global north. In this paper we explore the activities of Green Resources, the largest plantation forestry operator on the African continent.
We thought this was interesting,
Through an examination of the activities of Green Resources in Uganda, this paper argues that while private sector international investment in plantation forestry for carbon offsetting is widely supported as responding to the nation’s environmental crisis, it is part of a carbon colonialism and neoliberal land grab.
It went in to say,
There are profound adverse local livelihood outcomes that arise on the basis of this carbon colonialism. After discussing these themes in turn, this paper concludes that the commodification and fetishing of carbon via global carbon markets disconnects northern-based carbon credit consumers from adverse local livelihood impacts for those living in, and adjacent to, forestry plantations. These impacts point to the limits of north–south market-based green development interventions as solutions to climate change.
Here is a book about it:
The Surveillance Imperative
Geosciences during the Cold War and Beyond
Authors: Turchetti, S., Roberts, P.
“Surveillance is a key notion for understanding power and control in the modern world, but it has been curiously neglected by historians of science and technology. Using the overarching concept of the “surveillance imperative,” this collection of essays offers a new window on the evolution of the environmental sciences during and after the Cold War.”
A CIA website and a peer reviewed paper:
THE BIRTH OF CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE
Arthur B. Darling1There was more than economy in mind as Director of the Budget Harold Smith corresponded with General Wm. J. Donovan in August 1945 about liquidating the Office of Strategic Services. On the same day Smith advised the General that agencies with no peacetime activities had to go, Donovan expounded once more in a letter to him the principles which should govern a centralized U.S. foreign intelligence system. Donovan believed those principles were already at work in the OSS. But since it was to be abandoned, another agency should be set up immediately to take over its valuable assets and aid the nation in “the organization and maintenance of the peace.”
The newly unveiled atomic bomb naturally dominated the thinking of the time, and some argued that it made the need for a permanent system of national intelligence peremptory. Gregory Bateson, for example, writing to Donovan from OSS headquarters in the India-Burma theater, forecast that the bomb would shift the balance of warlike and peaceful methods of international pressure. It would be powerless, he said, against subversive practices, guerrilla tactics, social and economic manipulation, diplomatic forces, and propaganda either black or white. The nations would therefore resort to those indirect methods of warfare. The importance of the kind of work the Foreign Economic Administration, the Office of War Information, and the Office of Strategic Services had been doing would thus be infinitely greater than it had ever been. The country could not rely upon the Army and Navy alone for defense. There should be a third agency to combine the functions and employ the weapons of clandestine operations, economic controls, and psychological pressures in the new warfare. But Bateson thought, and he would not be alone, that this third agency should be under the Department of State.
The Search for the “Manchurian Candidate”: The CIA and Mind Control: The Secret History of the Behavioral Science
Gregory Bateson and the OSS: World War II and Bateson’s Assesment of Applied Anthropology
by David H. Price
Is it important a former OSS agent wrote a paper on how to keep colonial order in India after ww2 and then inspired a psychedelic environmental movement that effectively controls India’s development a few decades later?
The above links describe it.
Allen Ginsberg made Circuit Earth on 1st Earth Day along with Erlich. The movie was inspired by Bateson or so it said at beginning. It warned of ice age caused by humans. Bateson gave LSD to Ginsberg and programmed him at Stanford in 1959. I wonder what was said I contacted Stanford records that has Ginsberg papers. LSD was then distributed to population via universities. Along with the fragile earth program.
Global Business Network connects Bateson to climate change plus Circuit Earth Movie…
Mead was Bateson’s wife and wrote book about climate change with NIH. Atmosphere Endangered Endangering
The movie Circuit Earth is a lynchpin connecting Greg Bateson with new environmental movement. Or a coincidence…
Bateson specialized in black propaganda. This means making fake messages that look like they came from official enemy position. The exaggerated messages are designed to disrupt enemy. We are the enemy.
Also interesting coincidence that black propaganda developed or at least used by Bateson in Burma was used by climate change activists The Yes Men.
Presentation and Discussion on the Science of Climate Change Oliver Hemmers, Ph.D., Vice President of Operations, Infinity Capital Management
Jason Thompson added a public comment regarding carbon colonialism and the creation of the CIA.
Back in the campaign, Duterte said the country’s economy might still need new coal-fired power plants.
He also called the developed nations “hypocritical” for asking developing nations like the Philippines to slash carbon emissions.
Addressing the nation, Duterte softens position on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but insists industrialization comes first
I wonder what made him change his mind?
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has stated he will not abide by the Paris Agreement, an international climate change pact, calling the deal “stupid” and “absurd,” and accusing developed countries of “imposing” on less wealthy states after having committed their own share of environmental atrocities.
One of the leading promoters of eugenics in the more recent period was Sir Crispin Tickell. Sir Tickell was the President of the Royal Geographical Society and a leading government official and adviser to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. In the 1980’s Sir Tickell created the British Government funded “climate change “ movement to implement mass murder based on reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Sir Crispin Tickell’s great-grand-father was Thomas Huxley.
Mankind is a disease…
Merchants of Despair traces the pedigree of this ideology and exposes its deadly consequences in startling and horrifying detail. The book names the chief prophets and promoters of antihumanism over the last two centuries, from Thomas Malthus through Paul Ehrlich and Al Gore. It exposes the worst crimes perpetrated by the antihumanist movement, including eugenics campaigns in the United States and genocidal anti-development and population-control programs around the world.
Here is another good reference:
British Genocide, From Thatcher to Gore
by Anton Chaitkin
Prometheus explained his battle with the Olympian gods— known in history as the imperial ruling families, who wished the mass of men to live in darkness, or to be slaughtered and conquered by a “superior” race:
As soon as he had seated himself on his father’s throne, Zeus assigned to the deities their several privileges and apportioned unto them their proper powers. But of wretched mortals he took no heed, but desired to bring the whole race to nothingness and to create another, a new one, in its stead. Against this purpose none dared make stand save I myself—I only had the courage; I saved mortals. . . . I gave them fire.
—Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound —Sir Crispin Tickell, advisor to Margaret Thatcher
This article said:
The global warming hoax was presented to the world in the 1970s, immediately following the end of a 30-year global cold spell. It was sold as a pretext for savage, genocidal poli- cies that had long been promoted by the core British impe- rial leaders.
This article then said:
A decade later, these leaders guided United Kingdom Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to adopt the scam as the theme of her government. She crusaded for it in summit con- ferences, wearing down the resistance in America and else- where. Then-Sen. Al Gore, a lifelong American asset of the British imperial financiers’ apparatus, worked in tandem with London, badgering the U.S. government to accept this policy, to destroy industrial society and prevent the world’s poor peoples from ever gaining scientific and political power.
Mankind is a disease.
Why Big Oil Conquered the World
1950 and ’51`, John Foster Dulles, then chairman of the Rockefeller Foundation (later to be appointed Secretary of State by Eisenhower), led John D. Rockefeller III on a series of world tours, “focussing on the need to stop the expansion of the non-white populations”. In 1952, Frederick Osborn (1889-1981) nephew of Henry Fairfield Osborn Sr. (see above), an officer of the American Eugenics Society/SSSB for more than 30 years, helped John D. Rockefeller III establish the Population Council in 1952, served as the council’s first administrator and was on its board of trustees for many years.
In 1958, Eisenhower appointed Draper (see above) as head of a committee to study the proper course for military aid to other countries. Draper changed the focus of the committee and recommended that the US goverment react to the threat of the population explosion by formulating plans to depopulate the poorer countries, as the growth of the world’s non-white population should be regarded as dangerous to the national security of the United States! Eisenhower had the sense to reject this.
In the1960’s Draper founded the Population Crisis Committee and the Draper fund, and joined with the Rockerfeller and Du Pont families to promote eugenics as population control…
While serving in Congress – and with Draper as his ‘population expert’ – George H.W. Bush chaired the Republican Task Force on Earth Resources and Population and invited Professors William Shockley and Arthur Jensen to explain to the committee how allegedly runaway birth-rates for African-Americans were down-breeding the American population. On August 5 1969, Bush summed up the testimony his black-inferiority advocates had given to the Task Force before Congress.
Here is the link from military population control and climate change. Same thing different name.
This book broadens and deepens understanding of a wide range of population-climate change linkages. Incorporating population dynamics into research, policymaking and advocacy around climate change is critical for understanding the trajectory of global greenhouse gas emissions, for developing and implementing adaptation plans and thus for global and national efforts to curtail this threat.
Substantial resources are being dedicated to research and policy efforts to mitigate climate change and support adaptation to the current and future impacts of greenhouse gas emissions. Yet the lack of consideration of population dynamics hampers the development of stronger, more effective solutions to the challenges climate change poses. The papers in this volume provide a substantive and methodological guide to the current state of knowledge on issues such as population growth and size and emissions; population vulnerability and adaptation linked to health, gender disparities and children; migration and urbanization; and the data and analytical needs for the next stages of policy-relevant research.
PAI’s climate-change initiative examines and assesses the relationships among population, gender and climate change. The goals of the initiative are to strengthen the understanding of the influence of population on greenhouse gas emissions; demonstrate how demographic variables relate to climate-change vulnerability, and expand the concept of climate change resilience by highlighting gender, fertility, and reproductive-health dimensions. PAI partners with climate-focused organizations, including the Joint Global Change Research Institute and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
Environmental Histories of the Cold War
edited by J. R. McNeill, Corinna R. Unger, German Historical Institute (Washington, D.C.)
Jason Thompson received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Law & Society from Winona State University where he studied U.S.-Mongolian Foreign Relations 1860-1920. He also attended programs at Hennepin Technical College in Minnesota, Soonchunhyang University in the Republic of Korea and at the University for Peace in Costa Rica. He has a Master of Arts degree from University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he focused on climate control and high-energy x-ray applications. Jason has wrote for Diesel Power and The Costa Rica News. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org