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Greta Thunberg Is the Perfect Hero for an Unserious Time
'Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2019 | David Harsanyi

Posted on 12/13/2019 3:50:11 AM PST by Kaslin

Who better than a finger-wagging teen bereft of accomplishment, or any comprehension of basic economics or history, to be Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2019? Greta Thunberg's canonization is a perfect expression of media activism in a deeply unserious time.

Has there ever been a less consequential person picked to be Person of the Year? I doubt it. I mean, Wallis Simpson, 1936's Person of the Year, got King Edward VIII to abdicate the throne. Thunberg can't even get you to abdicate your air-conditioning.

These days we celebrate vacuous fire and brimstone. "Greta Thunberg" -- the idea, not the girl -- is a concoction of activists who have increasingly taken to using children as a shield from critical analysis or debate. She's the vessel of the environmentalist's fraudulent apocalypticism-as-argument. Her style is emotion and indignation, histrionics and fantasy. She is a teenager, after all.

How dare you attack a poor defenseless child who suffers from Asperger syndrome!

You'll notice that, on one hand, Thunberg's champions demand that the world take her Malthusian crusade seriously, and on the other, they feign indignation when you actually do. The argument that young people, because they will inherit the future, are also best equipped to comprehend it is as puerile as any of Greta's positions.

Perhaps a better question is this: What kind of parents, editors, producers or U.N. officials would thrust a vulnerable child, with Asperger syndrome, no less, into a complex and contentious debate? I have great sympathy for her. It's her ideological handlers who have stolen her childhood.

Surely, we should be allowed to consider the positions of Time magazine's 2019 Person of the Year? Because the problem with Greta Thunberg -- the idea, not the girl -- is that she proposes not only that the people of her native Sweden abandon modernity but that billions of people in Asia and Africa remain in destitution. Greta, unlike many of her ideological allies, does not hide the truth of modern environmentalism. She believes that wealth and economic growth -- modernity -- are the problem.

Shamefully, radical environmentalists have convinced Greta and millions of others that the world is on the precipice of "mass extinction." Even poor Prince Harry struggles to get out his Kensington Palace bed and start the day, so crushed is he by the weight of "eco-anxiety." (You know, I have some ideas on how he might lower his carbon footprint.) Like Joan of Arc, as Greta's mother tells it, she experienced her first vision in her early teens, going months without eating properly. Greta, her heart rate and blood pressure indicating starvation, stopped talking to anyone but her parents and younger sister.

Rather than helping Greta overcome this irrational dread, her parents sacrificed her childhood to Gaia. Now, Greta is a child warrior, unrestrained by fact or reason, the human embodiment of years of fearmongering -- in our schools, in culture, in our news -- over progress, technology and wealth.

Greta is merely repeating "unassailable science," Time claims. "Oceans will rise. Cities will flood. Millions of people will suffer." The unassailable truth is that climate deaths have plummeted dramatically and billions of people have been lifted from abject poverty by the system that Greta assails. There is no "unassailable science" that tells us how the future looks: what technologies humans will devise, how they will adapt. One imagines a magazine such as Time, which once published pieces about now-discredited predictions of a "population bomb" and global cooling, might understand that the future is always more complicated than we imagine.

The reality is that Thunberg was bequeathed the healthiest, wealthiest, safest and most peaceful world that humans have ever known. She is one of the luckiest people ever to have lived. And unlike most of her ancestors, she can continue to be a professional activist her entire life, thanks to market economies and emerging technological advances. In a just world, she would be sailing her high-tech multimillion-dollar ocean-racing yacht and crew to the United Nations to thank the United States for helping to create this uniquely wonderful circumstance. In a just world, she would be in school with her friends and teachers.

It's been years, of course, since Time, or the magazine's Person of the Year, mattered very much. The truth, though, is that Time did an admirable job of mapping out consequential people of the 20th century. Looking back now, I see a list populated by the men and women, nefarious and heroic, who helped shape the modern world. Sadly, Time has come a long way from "The Hungarian Freedom Fighter," its choice for Man of the Year in 1957. If we Americans lived in a more serious time, the Hong Kong freedom fighter, the men and women who risk their lives for liberty, would be Time's Person of the Year. We don't.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: bebest; climatechange; envirowhackos; globalwarminghoax; greennewdeal; gretathunberg; personoftheyear; scoldilocks; slimemagazine
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1 posted on 12/13/2019 3:50:11 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
"Perhaps a better question is this: What kind of parents, editors, producers or U.N. officials would thrust a vulnerable child, with Asperger syndrome, no less, into a complex and contentious debate?"

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Irresponsible and short-sighted

2 posted on 12/13/2019 3:54:36 AM PST by a little elbow grease (... to err is human, to admit it divine ...)
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To: Kaslin

Her parents should be locked up for child abuse.


3 posted on 12/13/2019 3:57:04 AM PST by PLOM...NOT! (With guns, we are citizens. Without them, we are subjects.)
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To: Kaslin

4 posted on 12/13/2019 3:59:05 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Recall that unqualified Hillary Clinton sat on the board of Wal-Mart when Bill Clinton was governor)
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To: Kaslin

Good article. It really all comes down to bad parenting.


5 posted on 12/13/2019 4:01:36 AM PST by albie
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To: Kaslin

Shouldn’t this teenager (like MOST teenage girls) be worried about what to wear to the prom?


6 posted on 12/13/2019 4:07:06 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Kaslin

In a just world, she would be in school with her friends and teachers.


7 posted on 12/13/2019 4:08:32 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Kaslin

The real story here is that Time Magazine has long been a worthless rag as unimportant and laughable as the NYT and every other propaganda outlet of the lefty universe, and their “major award” is as uesless as the Pulitzer Prize, the Nobel Prize, and every other sticker the left doles out, like acting and music awards of all kinds. It is literally true that everything the left touches turns to schitt.


8 posted on 12/13/2019 4:11:06 AM PST by DrPretorius
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To: Kaslin

That psycho broad is the answer to a question nobody’s asked.


9 posted on 12/13/2019 4:17:30 AM PST by LouAvul
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To: Kaslin

Greta is merely repeating “unassailable science,” Time claims. “Oceans will rise. Cities will flood. “

NONE of the hard and sure alarmist predictions these people have made over four decades has come to pass. None. Not one. Ever. How the hell is it possible that anyone listens to them?


10 posted on 12/13/2019 4:18:34 AM PST by TalBlack (Damn right I'll "do something" you fat, balding son of a bitc)
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To: Kaslin

“This is like that little Greta girl with the global warming......BUZZ KILL”

South Park this past Wednesday


11 posted on 12/13/2019 4:19:04 AM PST by Vaquero ( Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: All

How Dare You!


12 posted on 12/13/2019 4:47:39 AM PST by carriage_hill (A society grows great when old men plant trees, in whose shade they know they will never sit.)
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Just to start off your weekend right.............


13 posted on 12/13/2019 4:53:55 AM PST by Viking2002 (..........and Epstein didn't kill himself. Yeah, I went there.)
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To: TalBlack
Remember when you were a kid and were terrified of the monster in the basement or the attic or the closet? See, these climate predictions are exactly that, not something you can put your arms around or even feel but something that in you adolescent mind is there nonetheless. We have a world of people now who are mature physically but have not developed mental maturity, that which allows them to rationalize what is real and what is not. Climate change, yeah right, it has been going on since the planet was born. Obvious to anyone who can rationalize, there were glaciers thousands of feet deep in the upper mid west 20000 years ago, they are gone now. They came on during a climate cooling and left with a climate warming. Now ask these dimwits this: was it better to have lived 20000 years ago or now? Or better phrased, how many would be sustained on this planet were it an ice ball?? The day I listen to a 16yo fantasy like this current day Joan of Arc, will be, well, never.
14 posted on 12/13/2019 4:55:28 AM PST by Mouton (The media is the enemy of the people.)
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To: Kaslin

She doesn’t even realize she was being used. I wonder how many orders the “no footprint” sailboat got out of this since that was certainly the object of their “generosity”.


15 posted on 12/13/2019 4:56:21 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Kaslin

The ADHD generation is to blame for the mass hysteria and no amount of pharmaceuticals will solve their issues.


16 posted on 12/13/2019 4:57:36 AM PST by outofsalt (If history teaches us anything, it's that history rarely teaches anything.)
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To: a fool in paradise

17 posted on 12/13/2019 5:01:31 AM PST by outofsalt (If history teaches us anything, it's that history rarely teaches anything.)
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To: LouAvul
That psycho broad is the answer to a question nobody’s asked.

Or as I like to say, if she's the answer then the question was stupid.

18 posted on 12/13/2019 5:04:40 AM PST by Sirius Lee (They are openly stating that they intend to murder us. Prep if you want to live.)
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To: Kaslin

The LEFT is ever willing to go to the extremes (and YES, Time Magazine is LEFT and has its founder, Henry Luce, spinning at many thousands of RPMs in his grave!) Just like the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize to a unproven Obama, this ‘award’ to a mid-teen child serves more to push the LEFT than to serve the facts.


19 posted on 12/13/2019 5:09:04 AM PST by SES1066 (Happiness is a depressed Washington, DC housing market!)
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To: Kaslin

She is a nasty little scold


20 posted on 12/13/2019 5:13:20 AM PST by yldstrk (Bingo! We have a winner!)
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