Equilibrium: Are we heading into new Dark Ages?
Published 04th December 2009 - 18 comments - 7403 views -
ERAS OF PROGRESS ARE RARE AND SHORT
History is like the life of a pirate. Long periods of boredom and hunger interrupted with brief periods of fierce action and wealth.
Most of the history social and technical progress is negligent. Stagnation prevails for thousands of years. For instance the bronze metallurgy was invented around 3500 BC. Then it took 2300 years to move to iron metallurgy! Sumerian technology was not replaced for more than a thousand years.
Only now and then we see a couple of centuries, when this stagnation is interrupted briefly. These are the periods of democracy. Sumerian democracy, ancient Greek democracy, modern bourgeoise democracy (started in England). This brings out eruptions of creativity and inventions. Then the eruption stops and stagnation comes back for a long time.
Why don't we see continuous gradual progress? Because we are still governed by the laws of Darwinism and evolution.
In 1970s Eldredge and Gould came with the theory of “punctuated equilibria” (that is "interrupted balance"). They explained, why species can remain stagnant for millions of years. And why we can see so many "missing links" in the fossil record. For most of the history species live in stagnation (equilibrium). Because the dominant species fight against any change, they do not want to become extinct (due to a sense of self-preservation). The dominant group destroys any mutants. To maintain an equilibrium.
Only seldom, when this balance is lost, evolution and progress works. Sure, evolution runs on and on gradually and continuously, yes, but only in separated isolated regions on the rim of the main population (“peripatric speciation”). Just like in human society – novelties are usually brought by outsiders on the rim (Wegener, Einstein, Schliemann). When the newbies (mutants) are young and weak, the isolation protects them from the "totalitarian" persecution exercised by the ruling group (species, political regime).
(Europe 2250 A.D. under the rule of Eco-Taliban. Use of electrical appliances is a criminal offence)
Thanks to Star Wars and Star Trek we got used to imagining the future centuries as era of shining starships and polished cities of steel. But if the anti-growth ideology wins, we may all slip back where we have spent cca 95% of our history so far.
NEW WORLD ORDER - ONE GLOBAL GOVERNMENT
The Club of Rome – the fathers of environmentalism – are so insolent, that they openly say, they want to put an end to the Growth (punctuation) and bring us back to stagnation (equilibrium). They even use Gould’s term “equilibrium” (balance).
“It is possible to alter these growth trends and to establish a condition of ecological and economic stability... The state of global equilibrium could be designed... Man has all that is physically necessary to create a totally new form of human society - one that would be built to last for generations. The two missing ingredients are a realistic, long-term goal that can guide mankind to the equilibrium society and the Human Will to achieve that goal...With that goal and that commitment, mankind would be ready now to begin a controlled, orderly transition from growth to global equilibrium.” (from the 1991 The First Global Revolution)
The return to equilibrium is usually enforced by some ideology, religion. An ideology that is against change, against growth, against progress. This time it seems, that the name of the ideology is "environmentalism" (read: neo-malthusianism). From this point of view it does not really matter if climate change is manmade or catastrophic. The global eco-regime will put us back into the equilibrium, in which we were in Middle Ages.
The intentions to create a New World Order (global regulations, global taxes...) reveal, there is a will to move from competition towards worldwide cooperation. Controlled from a single global centre. But without competition there is no evolution. The Darwinist natural selection processes (read:quality control) are turned OFF, when competition is suppressed. An equilibrium comes in. The machine stops.
Remember USSR? Centralisation and no competition caused stagnation and poverty. Why do you think this time it will be different?
In the next video you can see, that the NWO is not just a conspiracy crap. Its advocates use the term openly now.
The idea of NWO is irresistible to politicians. National politicians support it, because they hope to find new lucrative jobs in the global administration. A new layer of global bureaucracy will be formed. New career options. Paid from our taxes, of course. Example: eurocommissioners and MEPs have higher salary than Czech national Prime Minister.
It is not good news for citizens. Lord Acton: "Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely". And what power can be more absollute than power over the whole planet?
From the USSR you could have emigrated to the West. But if you do not like the global regime, where will you emigrate? To Mars?
PARALLELS TO MIDDLE AGES
The 20th century anti-capitalist ideologies (communism, fascism, environmentalism) are also very similar to the doctrine, that launched the Middle Ages. In the early 4th century the Roman Emperor Diocletian implemented very similar anti-market reforms: regulation of wages and prices, regulation of labour-market (glebae adscripti, serfdom). He wanted to stabilise the economy, but achieved the exact opposite.
The advocates of these ideologies have no respect for democracy. Just like Stalin or Hitler, Diocletian moved away from democracy. He destroyed the remnants of Senate and declared himself a god and introduced the oriental custom, that people must kneel before the emperor. The environmentalists try to steal power from the national parliaments and give it to international aurthorities, that are elected by noone. Example: no referendums on Kyoto Protocol, national parliaments bypassed concerning the Edison-light-bulb-ban etc.
Then we have got the modern Luddites: "The only real good technology is no technology at all. Technology is taxation without representation, imposed by our elitist species (man) upon the rest of the natural world" (John Shuttleworth). And it is not just the fundamentalists. Green governments have already begun banning technologies. They banned construction of new nuclear power plants in many countries. They banned Edison light bulbs. They banned traditional thermometers. And other bans will come later.
The environmentalists also advocate "autarky", which was an attribute of medieval economy. The best way to achieve autarky is to destroy trade (so hated by the leftists). In late Roman Empire the trade network collapsed and as no merchants came any more, people had to become self-sustainable (independent) and grow their own home-grown food. There was nowhere to buy it. And as inflation destroyed the monetary systems, they reverted back to barter trade. The abolishment of money is also a goal of many 20th century utopists.
Such reforms would certainly decrease the production of food and we could not feed as many people as today. Here is an explaining quote: "Having one less child is the biggest contribution anyone can make to leaving a habitable planet" (Prof John Guilleband, Optimum Population Trust, 2008). Can we call environmentalism a humanism, if it intends to "get rid of people"?
The environmentalists and the islamic fundamentalists share the same vision - for them the Dark Ages (as Petrarca labelled it) were a golden age. Which is really spooky.
LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL
We all fear, what climate change may bring. I fear it may bring an eco-regime. A regime, where producing light-bulbs is a criminal offence.
After Climategate we have hope, that evil-n-mentalism will fall apart. But who knows. They survived worse scandals. Also there is a risk, that other ideologies will come instead. Perhaps even worse.
Anyway, the era of darkness will not last forever. After the equilibrium another punctuation will come eventually. It is a physical law. Then the evolution of civilisation will make another great leap forward.
It is like in a doctor's waiting room. We need patience. Just like during most of the history.
1) Paul Johnson: Enemies of Society (1977)
2) Ludwig von Mises (1940s) wrote about how fascism is economically similar to communism (central planning etc.)
3) King and Schneider: The First Global Revolution (1991)
4) Georg Simmel: Money in Modern Culture (1896)
5) Eldredge, N. and Stephen J. Gould. 1972. Punctuated Equilibria: An Alternative to Phyletic Gradualism. In Schopf, Thomas J.M. (ed.), Models in Paleobiology, pp. 82-115. <http://nileseldredge.com/pdf_files/Punctuated_Equilibria_Eldredge_Gould_1972.pdf>
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