This is a brief follow up to the April 6 post, “Illuminations Never Come from the Crowned: Carbon Credit, New Reserve Currency, & the Oligarchic Green Lock-Step to a Post-Covid-19 World.”
It’s sparked by a couple of recent developments. At the personal end of the spectrum, my flight to Europe in June was just cancelled, despite other indications that things are slowly grinding back to (the new) normal in most countries (including Canada, where dentists are going back to work and schools reopening). I will not even attempt to speculate on the reasons for this or what it signifies for the future. I will leave that to parapolitical analysts & social engineers, i.e., to the diagnosticians, and to the peddlers of cures that (one would think) only they could possibly believe in (since they seem designed to benefit only them), were it not for the fact that many ordinary people seem to be lapping up these “solutions.”
Why do I say this? Recently, my wife stumbled upon a video on YouTube, via an algorithmic recommendation that made it past her many anti-mainstream filters. “The End of Normal” is an interview by “Scientists Warning” (Stuart Scott) with John Doyle, the “Sustainable Development Policy Coordinator” of the European Union Commission, and affiliated with the Foresight Group, probably this one, and not, as previously posted, EU Foresight Group (“a leading independent infrastructure and private equity investment manager with over £4.5 billion” of assets under management).
Here’s the video, set to start at an email from Doyle, which is also screen-captured below, for those who want to skip the vid.
Here’s a composite screen capture of the email cited, for the salient points:
So what is this European Commission, enthusiastically promising us centuries of covid pandemics, and total economic makeover within the next 15 years?
The European Commission is the executive body of the EU and runs its day-to-day business. It is made up of the College of Commissioners, 27 European Commissioners, one for each member state, who are each responsible for one or several policy areas. In addition, the ‘Commission’ also refers to the entire administrative body that supports the Commissioners, consisting of the Directorates-General and the Services.
The European Commission is the sole EU body capable of proposing new legislation. The Commission also performs an oversight function, monitoring whether European legislation is properly implemented in the member states. In the event of non-compliance, the Commission can coerce a member state to comply by starting a legal procedure at the European Court of Justice.
Besides this, the Commission represents the EU in negotiations in international organisations such as the World Trade Organisation concerning the Union’s trade relations with countries outside the EU. It holds this function so that it can monitor for any unauthorized state support by foreign governments to European companies, which would jeopardize Europe’s competitive position. Finally, the Commission is responsible for managing the European budget of approximately 150 billion euros yearly. (ref.)
However, given that the planet is now implementing almost word-for-word Greta Thunberg’s proposals in terms of emissions reductions and so on and so forth, maybe we have a chance.
Extinction Rebellion and the EU have a shared goal for human society? Who knew??
The interview, in two parts, has a little over 20,000 views (8,000 for part two) and 200 comments, most of which are wholly positive. A smattering of the comments:
If we had a Landlord we would be evicted for degrading the value of the property.
Man has never been in control but man’s ego has him thinking he’s always in control which will be the demise of mankind
I’m actually quite afraid we’ll return to normal before you know it…
Clearly the old normal was unsustainable and our poorly evolved primate species had no viable plan to change course. Our hubris has been exposed, capitalism is on a ventilator, wealth is no longer the measure of what is essential, the air is clearer than it has been in decades, thank you mother nature for the wake up call.
If COVID creates a new Normal as suggested, perhaps ecological justice is served.
I love the luxurious expansion inherent in the formation of a group dedicated to foresight and insight. Many of us, newly quiet and still in our homes, are provided with our own spaces to engage in foresight and insight. Dare I suggest that we are wise enough to find a better way to live on this planet?
John Doyle’s comments made me cautiously hopeful that the potential reality stemming from COVID-19 will benefit the earth’s climate system in the long run.
The previous “normal” wasn’t working good for me and most people I know. I welcome the new “normal”, it can’t get much worse.
I hope this show goes viral. Scintillating stuff. Humans have little or no agency when Gaia decides time is up.
Gosh – what a clearly articulated and thought-provoking discussion. I may well be ignorant, but not heard EU Commission framed as such a positive, innovative organisation before; not heard money=virus concept before; not heard corona as driver of change before. Thank-you. More of these please – Part 2?
A significant minority of the population WILL go to bars and send someone else to sell German cars. Like trump they will never be able to accept the reality of the situation. They would rather die and will take the rest of us with them
Mother Earth has decided to hit back. We’ve reached the carrying capacity and it’s time for a re-balancing
Just beautiful!! Coronavirus did what we refused to do.
“our illusoin [sic] is that we are in control”
‘Earth has sent us to our rooms to think about what we have done’ – yes.
We’ve always known that if we didn’t solve our ecological problems ourselves, nature would solve them for us.
I felt this to my bones and then the core of my soul, as right. Thank you for sharing your intelligent/wise discussion.
” … still has a niche for humans…” Humans are the virus that mother Earth is testing.
Assuming a vaccine can be found, what happens when the anti vaxxers refuse to be inoculated against Covid 19?
“But there is no doubt that what was needed to be done, we would never have done.” Exactly right. That’s why this pandemic, or something like it, was inevitable. Letting go of human morality (which is another illusion, like economics), the pandemic as it stands is one of the better outcomes, in terms of what we’re locked into now. It’s the sort of abrupt discontinuity we need to bring about real change, which has a chance, at least outside of the US. In the US, the aristocracy knows that the system will never come back if it’s not allowed to resume in the next few months, or even weeks.
The solutions to all the worlds problems can be found in nature. Thanks John for your honesty about your privilege. Remain humble my friend.
A brilliant and hopeful talk. Gives me hope that the EU has people like John Doyle doing this work, and apparently taking it seriously.
No doubt these innocent-minded bellwethers are applauding the Club of Rome as well, for its “Open Letter to Global Leaders – A Healthy Planet for Healthy People” of Mar 26, 2020:
Covid-19 has shown us that overnight transformational change is possible. A different world, a different economy is suddenly dawning. This is an unprecedented opportunity to move away from unmitigated growth at all costs and the old fossil fuel economy, and deliver a lasting balance between people, prosperity and our planetary boundaries. . . .
We call on leaders to have the courage, wisdom and foresight to seize the opportunity to make their economic recovery plans truly transformative by investing in people, nature and low carbon development. In so doing, they will help secure a path to net zero emissions by 2050, improve global health, rebuild our relationship with nature, rethink how we use land and transform our food systems. The recovery packages should not be designed as free tickets, but rather include some strong economic incentives and conditions for companies and industries to shift to a low carbon circular business model, and invest in nature and people. Now is the moment to phase out fossil fuels. (ref.)
As further confirmation of my wife’s carbon economy thesis, I also just came upon this post (courtesy of Luke Dodson) from May 13, 2020, by Gail Tverberg (whom Jim Kunstler cites in our recent talk), “Understanding Our Pandemic – Economy Predicament“:
 The economy is in many ways like the human body. In physics terms, both are dissipative structures. They are both self-organizing systems powered by energy (food for humans; a mixture of energy products inducing oil, coal, natural gas, burned biomass and electricity for the economy).
The human body will try to fix minor problems. For example, if someone’s hand is cut, blood will tend to clot to prevent too much blood loss, and skin will tend to grow to substitute for the missing skin. Similarly, if businesses in an area disappear because of a tornado, the prior owners will either tend to rebuild them or new businesses will tend to come in to replace them, as long as adequate resources are available.
In both systems, there is a point beyond which problems cannot be fixed, however.
Her final point in the piece:
 One way the combination of (a) the activity of the virus and (b) our responses to the virus may play out is as a slow-motion, controlled demolition of the world economy.
For the record, I am not against many of the points raised in the Doyle interview, or the suggestions for better ways to live. What I am opposed to is the rank hypocrisy of a social engineering ruling class preaching the joys of nature, community living, a starch-based diet, and growing potatoes in our garden, as a way to secure what’s left of the natural fuel reserves for themselves, while guilting the greater population into voluntary serfdom.
In a word, who is prescribing these changes and why: what are the actual motives and goals being concealed behind all the eco-rhetoric (cui bono and how), and, most immediately pertinent, how exactly are these new socioeconomic, political, legal, medical, and biometric sanctions going to be enforced?
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