Bob Jones rips into the Greens

Bob Jones discusses nutters, whingers, bludgers, poverty, nuclear energy, climate change, and Greens.

First up the claims of poverty in South Auckland:

Human history is littered with such false alarmist predictions. Some have caused panics while others, such as religious nutters’ predictions of the imminent destruction of the earth six months later, bring enormous amusement.

If I wrote this for say the New Zealand Herald there would be a predictable flood of letters about income gaps, South Auckland poverty, homelessness and the like. Well here’s a factual statement about materialism and the much cited, allegedly suffering South Auckland citizens. Never in human history, anywhere, or at any time has a section of society offering only a pair of hands to the world, enjoyed such a high material standard of living as is currently the case in South Auckland. And make no mistake, it’s the market economy that has produced the wealth to fund that situation.

And here’s another. A child born today, subject to avoiding the proverbial bus, can expect to live to a hundred, solely thanks to the ever present material spirit of human nature. It’s that spirit which has lifted us from the caves and constantly advanced the human condition.


No-one would dispute that the green cause is virtuous but activists linking it with materialism is its greatest barrier to achieving wider subscription. As said, its ever present misanthropy is unhelpful. You cannot gain public support by abusing people. This reminds me of a passage from a John Updike novel in which an American leftie explaining why she voted for Reagan, said, “he made me feel like he liked me.”

In short, Greens are lousy salesmen. Some are worse and simply dishonest. The once respected, now discredited Greenpeace movement is the best such example and their often absurd hyperbole, sometimes outright lying and tiresome stunts are a huge public turn-off. Their Ludditism regarding one of mankind’s finest achievements, namely nuclear energy, is simply ignorance. Readers may not be aware but that movement’s founder, Canadian Patrick Moore, abruptly abandoned Greenpeace to campaign, solely on green grounds, for nuclear energy, this after he had mindlessly campaigned against it before actually doing his homework.

Interviewed by Newsweek he said of his former Greenpeace colleagues, “none had any science education yet they dealt with issues around chemicals, biology and genetics and took the organisation into what I call ‘pop environmentalism,’ misinformation and fear tactics to deal with people on an emotional rather than an intellectual level.

Never a truer word and New Zealand has certainly experienced this, notably with nuclear and GE issues. Acting like religious zealots and openly viewing ones fellow-men as sinners is no way to gain sympathy for an indisputable worthy cause.

So too with apocalyptic fear-mongering about the imminent destruction of the earth. Co-operation, not abuse and exaggeration are the way to achieve alleviating changes. The globe has experienced some extraordinarily physical upheavals in its over 4,500 billion years of existence. Should they reoccur we can do nothing about it but in the miniscule 250,000 to 300,000 years since our ancestors climbed out of the trees, human-kind has faced countless threats and ultimately dealt with them. I have no doubt we will again.

And there in a few short paragraphs is why I despise Greens. They call people who question “deniers”, mock people with different views and lie outright about calamities which have never happened despite all their predictions.



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