Dutch farmers are rebelling against ‘Climate Change’ and environmental regulations that will shut down their farms. The farmers point out repeatedly that they are among the most productive on the planet, and The Netherlands is one of the top major food exporters. Their protests have been repressed, but not (yet) as viciously as Justin Trudeau crushed the Canadian truckers. The Dutch revolt is significant because it points to how fragile our food supply could become not due to natural disaster, but from progressive planning.
The Green Agenda, whether called Net-Zero or The Green New Deal or whatever, is about using manufactured panic over Climate Change to enact sweeping changes in society through increasing the cost of fossil-fuels and energy and production dependent on fossil fuels. Like so much of the destructive idiocy sweeping politics, it started at and is driven by the campuses. It puts at risk all of the economic ties that bind us together, and it’s incredibly dangerous to societal stability.
This is revolutionary, but not in the way the progressives think. It will be counter-revolutionary as the costs and risks come into play.
Konstantin Kisin correctly observes:
The one thing that is becoming very clear to me is that whatever your view of climate change, the pursuit of Net Zero by continually raising the cost of living is going to cause populist revolts that will make Brexit and Trump look like minor blips.
That reminded me of a phrase I wrote about in January 2022, The 9-Meal Rule, “There are only nine meals between mankind and anarchy,” which boils down to the fact that food shortages are different. In that post, I traced the history of The 9-Meal Rule, dating it back to Alfred Henry Lewis in the New York Journal in 1896 (pdf.):
“the only barrier between us and anarchy is the last nine meals we’ve had. It may be taken as axiomatic that a starving man is never a good citizen.”…