In the Olden Days, in “Days of Yore," and even in the early part of the Twentieth Century, Americans would have called them “thugs,” “gangsters,” “the Mafia,” “mobsters,” and other appropriate descriptors that signaled their criminal intent and activities.
Today, most of the people steering popular conversation in pop media call them “regulators” and “agency heads,” “officials” and “envoys,” “facilitators,” and even “Czars.” And one of the most inescapable, impossible-to-ignore thugs on today’s list is “Climate Czar” -- aka “U.S. Special Envoy for THE Climate” -- John Kerry.
Kerry’s uncanny ardor for paternalistic plans to run our lives appears rivaled only by his own towering hypocrisy and enthusiasm for making claims that are unfounded and soon prove to be absurdly and embarrassingly exposed as daft. Of course, that’s never stopped him, and now, he’s at it, again, seeming to take a grimoire page from Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s all-out attack on private farmers, private property, natural rights, and voluntary exchange.
Kerry must have seen Rutte’s leftist, EU-loving, Environmental-Social-Governance (ESG) plot to seize 3,000 farms under the amorphous and glory-gilded auspices of “environmental emergency,” and decided that his own previous nonsensical rhetoric and scheming just paled in comparison. Because, now, it looks like Kerry is implying that farm seizure in the U.S. – be it overt or through additional layers of fascist “regulation” – is his “approche de préférée” to “solve” the fictitious “crisis” he and his collectivist busybodies keep pushing.
According to Thomas Catenacci, writing for Fox News, Kerry is following the drum-pounders like Rutte in demonizing both farmers and their customers, who might like to buy food without Kerry getting in the way. He appeared Wednesday at the Department of Agriculture's AIM (Agriculture Innovation Mission) for Climate Summit, and offered a bunch of baseless nonsense that not only assumes his bogeyman of “anthropogenic climate catastrophe” is happening, but that man-made “climate change emissions” are a driver of his apocalyptic unicorn. And since he’s not only blessed with knowledge and brilliance we just don’t have, he’s also gifted with the ego to tell others how to live, Mr. Kerry is eager to tell farmers who make their livings trying to serve consumers just how they should do their work.
"A lot of people have no clue that agriculture contributes about 33% of all the emissions of the world," he said during his keynote address. "We can't get to net-zero, we don't get this job done, unless agriculture is front and center as part of the solution. So all of us understand here the depths of this mission."
You’d be forgiven if you thought Kerry was going to star as Don Quixote, in the next off-Broadway show of “Man of La Mancha,” because tilting at windmills seems to be his forte. The problem is, he is going to make us all his “Sancho Panzas." Speaking in his haughty, brilliantine way, The Czar of La Mancha offered his egomaniacal survey of a field in which he has never worked and about which he hasn’t the faintest clue. And, of course, he was ready to tell farmers what they (he makes it “we”) need:
"’This sector needs innovation now more than ever,’ Kerry continued Wednesday. ‘We're facing record malnutrition at a time when agriculture, more than any other sector, is suffering from the impacts of the climate crisis. And I refuse to call it climate change anymore. It's not change. It's a crisis.’"
Which brings up two curious facts. First, “innovation” is something farmers are incentivized to include in their work as they strive to provide more to consumers for less and they strive to cut waste from their operations. This is a matter that, as the already unconstitutional U.S. Department of Agriculture has noted, saw an increase in farm productivity of 178% between 1948 and 2015.
"We need economic, social and policy innovation in order to scale adaptation of these technical solutions and get them into the hands of folks in the fields of small farmers on a worldwide basis. This is the promise of AIM for Climate Summit."
In other words, the grandiose schemes Kerry wants to force into the market involve tech that isn't productive enough to inspire farmers to invest in it, so (all to stop the nonexistent bogeyman, of course) he wants to subsidize the “innovations” with our tax cash.
His ilk likes to call that an “investment in the future” – but the last time I checked, “investments” were supposed to be voluntary, based on what individuals believed was in their own best interest.
And while Kerry does not overtly claim he wants to seize entire farms, his top-down, application-of-force fascism would leave farmers as the mere nominal “owners” of land -- “owners” in name only, answering to the commands of people like him. It’s a variation on a theme that has seen governments such as that in Sri Lanka literally shut down farms through fertilizer bans, causing havoc and starvation for the poor population. I wrote about the tragedy for MRCTV in 2022 noting Micaela Burrow’s report for The Daily Caller, that the World-Bank-Client-State of Sri Lanka already instituted many of the environmental and “Climate Change” policies the Dutch people are fighting, and the results were calamitous.
“Sri Lanka has been wracked with poverty, inflation and fuel shortages on a massive scale, with the Prime Minister declaring Tuesday (July 4, 2022) that the country has gone ‘bankrupt,’ according to Business Insider. A ban on chemical fertilizers, implemented April 2021 in an effort to promote organic farming, proved the final straw after a string of missteps, decimating Sri Lanka’s primary source of income and forcing it into bankruptcy, experts told The Daily Caller News Foundation.”
In August of 2022, Saul Zimet wrote for The Foundation for Economic Education:
“The ongoing food crisis in Sri Lanka is a particularly gruesome display of just how tragic the results of heavy farming regulation can be. About 90 percent of Sri Lankan families are skipping meals due to widespread food shortages and food price inflation of roughly 60 percent.”
And the Dutch government is prepared to do worse. This set of technocratic thugs is ready to attack the very farmers who helped make that nation what National Geographic in 2017 called “the tiny country that feeds the world,” and set it second in agricultural exports, behind the U.S.
Rutte’s quest to seize farms is pushing that nation to near revolution, and John Kerry seems more interested in following Rutte’s lead than trying a different approach. As it was last June, when Kerry told builders that they should adopt his preferred “green steel,” and, as we have witnessed with his stratospheric hypocrisy over his own private air travel while he tells us, his Sancho Panzas, that we’d better ride proverbial donkeys, Kerry is far more willing to issue mandates and shift money to “climate projects” than to actually engage in the peaceful practice of free market competition to prove his point.
If he truly believed his ideas were so great and so necessary, he could enter the market and offer his “innovations” to free, willing buyers.
But, like Rutte and his EU pals, he is not willing.
Baxter Dmitry, of The People’s Voice, believes that, in order to get to his mystical, impossible “net zero,” Kerry is ready to embrace the same overt farm-seizure that Rutte is attempting. And Dmitry notes that the farm grab idea is getting around, so it might seem plausible that in Kerry’s rhetoric, one ought to perceive glimmers of the same acquisitive collectivist desire.
“Recently, the governing body of the European Union officially endorsed measures to compel farmers to vacate their lands as part of the EU’s Natura 2000 scheme, which categorizes farms as significant emitters of nitrogen.
Under the plan, farmers would be offered 120 percent of their farm’s value through a ‘buyout’ program. However, those who decline this offer would face the risk of being forcibly removed from their land without any financial compensation.”
Whether it’s a European Super-State, or a federal fascist dystopia, these collectivist ideas are re-treads of previous edicts that have brought starvation and death to millions. They are inimical to liberty and human rights, and they must be opposed.
And Americans can remember that “regulations” and “government plans” merely are variations of those kinds of collectivist commands, brought to us by thugs like Kerry.
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