Anthony Watts has posted another "world domination" conspiracy theory at WUWT (archived here, latest here). This time it's not been written by the uber-conspiracy nutter Tim Ball or the paranoid conspiracy theorist Alec Rawls. This one is by the potty peer and birther conspiracy theorist, Christopher Monckton.
Christopher Monckton is attacking Prince Charles for suggesting that, in preparation for the UN climate summit in Paris to be held in December 2015:
"Over the next 18 months, and bearing in mind the urgency of the situation confronting us, the world faces what is probably the last effective window of opportunity to vacate the insidious lure of the 'last chance saloon' in order to agree an ambitious, equitable and far-sighted multilateral settlement in the context of the post-2015 sustainable development goals and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change," he said.
Notice Charles' words - agreement, multi-lateral and sustainable development. He isn't talking about anyone taking over the world. He is saying that all 193 UN member nations have to work together to resolve a global problem. They have to put aside political differences and come up with a workable solution to mitigate global warming.
Christopher probably thinks he's on a winner attacking Prince Charles, who has some nutty ideas of his own. Which is nuttier - Christopher's "cure for AIDS" or Charles' homeopathy? Christopher's "birtherism" and "hitler" accusations or Charles' proposing we act on scientific advice?
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How do conspiracy nutters survive the modern world?
It's hard to fathom what goes on in the brain of conspiracy nutters like those who inhabit WUWT. Christopher seems to think that all the member nations of the UN are led by puppets. I'm trying to figure out how he reckons this works. He must imagine that some faceless, nameless group of people have somehow managed to corrupt democratic election processes. In other words, he must believe that the person you thought you elected is actually a surrogate for some imaginary behind the scenes cadre of puppet masters. (There are people who like to think of themselves as puppet masters who pull on the strings of some political leaders, but not to the extent or in the manner that Christopher sees it.) In totalitarian and other nations where democracy isn't fully fledged, the puppet masters would have to be at least equally sneaky. Imagine how long they must have been working behind the scenes in places like China.
The other thing is that the potty peer's imagined puppet masters aren't very smart. They keep changing their mind. These global puppet masters couldn't decide between Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard, Bob Hawke, John Howard, and Paul Keating. For now they're trying out an arch conservative - Tony Abbott, who thinks climate change is crap and coal is king. Not the best choice for a group of faceless nameless world rulers who the potty peer reckons are out to destroy the world by building windmills and putting limits on how much carbon waste that giant rubbish tip (the air we breathe) can tolerate.
Christopher Monckton the Anarchist
Here is one item from today's conspiracy theory:
His is the bloodless, alien tongue of those who have conceived so total a contempt for democracy that they cannot wait to stifle it under a mountain of treaties and carbon controls and reporting requirements and quotas and taxes and subsidies and regulations and restrictions and Thou-Shalt-Nots.
Going by that passage, I'd say that Christopher doesn't agree that people elect leaders to lead. He thinks that we should be electing leaders who promote anarchy and who'll rip multilateral treaties and agreements to shreds. How does the potty peer think our elected leaders should find solutions to world-wide problems or settle disagreements? The alternative - fighting bloody wars and dropping nuclear weapons wouldn't be the first choice of most people. But that's what Christopher seems to want, with his strong opposition to mutually acceptable agreements.
Christopher likens the United Nations - a body that brings almost all nations in the world together to sit around a table and agree on whatever they can agree on - to Hitler and Stalin. That's nuts. This is what he wrote:
And the Press will not come to the aid of the people. Before the Second World War, they near-unanimously fawned upon Hitler. After it, they near-unanimously fawned upon Stalin.
Now, they near-unanimously fawn upon the UN, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Framework Convention on Climate Change, the European Union, and a Lernaean Hydra of pampered, me-too, supranational bureaucracies whose defining characteristic is that not one of them is answerable either via the ballot-box to any electorate or via the courts to any jurisdiction.
I don't know about "unanimous fawning" upon Hitler. If there was fawning it wasn't unanimous. I wasn't around back in those days, but I've dug up articles like this one from 1933 and this one from 1934 which show that there was a distinct discomfort with what was happening in the 1930s in Germany (and Italy). Although some people's attitudes could definitely be described as "fawning". As for the press fawning on Stalin after the second world war, in 1946 it would be more appropriately termed concern or even alarm than fawning. A short article in 1947 wryly noted that Stalin was "elected" without opposition. And in 1948 there were articles about the Berlin stand-off - and how the USA and Britain were attempting to work through the UN, while Russia was playing to its own crowd.
As for Christopher's "pampered, me-too, supranational bureaucracies whose defining characteristic is that not one of them is answerable either via the ballot-box to any electorate or via the courts to any jurisdiction". Maybe he doesn't remember that Rajendra Pauchari replaced Robert Watson at the behest of the US government (and lobbying by the oil industry). I'm trying but failing to imagine the state of our research institutions if professorships were awarded by votes from the scientific illiterati at WUWT. Imagine the state of climate science reports if Christopher Monckton or Anthony Watts were to chair the IPCC! I suppose they'd be much shorter - with chapter headings like "OMG it's insects" and "Ice Age Cometh, sections 1, 2 and 3" and "the Thunderstorm Hypothesis". Donna Laframboise would have a field day!
The potty peer thinks Prince Charles is going to be the new world leader
Remember how Tim Ball decided that climate scientist Tom Wigley was ruler of the world? Well, Christopher Monckton disagrees. He reckons that Prince Charles is going to rule the world. He's as nutty as a fruit cake or else he assumes WUWT readers are ignorant or stupid or both. The potty peer wrote:
The Prince of Wales has morphed into just one more dirigiste, etatiste contre-capitaliste. His speech was framed as a warning – and it is just that: a warning that he and his ilk are intending over the next 18 months to bully or badger or bribe the world into ceding all political power by treaty to them and to those whom they approve. Ballot-box? What’s that? Never heard of it.
Ceding all political power to Prince Charles? No, Christopher. Not only would no world government do that, through the United Nations no world government or group of governments could do that. As for his "dirigiste, etatiste contre-capitaliste" - does Christopher really think that agreeing to shift to renewable energy, all governments are going to transfer private property of their citizens to Prince Charles? Does he seriously think that China and Brazil and Saudi Arabia and the USA and Canada and Russia are going to hand over all their nations' wealth to an ageing member of the English royal family?
Alarmist, paranoid conspiracy theories from Anthony Watts' WUWT and the potty peer
Anthony Watts published dozens of articles protesting that deniers aren't necessarily conspiracy theorists. Then he turns around and publishes fantastically weird and paranoid conspiracy ramblings like this. Here are some more choice snippets from Christopher Monckton and WUWT:
That aim is the worldwide annihilation of the democratic and capitalist system
...a concerted campaign on the part of the international classe politique to persuade the world, with the active assistance of the sycophantic Marxstream media, to agree to a binding treaty by which sovereign nations would abandon their right to set their own environmental policy and allow a vast, entirely unelected international bureaucracy to rule them all.
...the vast army of princes, potentates, plutocrats, paper-pushers and pusillanimous panty-waists who have long wearied of democracy and have been quietly misusing the treaty-making power and abusing the scientific method with the undeclared but undeniable aim of eradicating all but the appearance of democracy, worldwide.
...how desperate the totalitarians are to persuade the world to let them establish for the first time a global regime of absolute power wielded by supranational institutions entirely beyond the reach of any electorate
...Britain’s oldest taxpayer-funded pressure-group, the Royal Society
Is Christopher going to renounce his title?
There's a hint that Christopher might be thinking about giving up the title he inherited from his father, which I expect wouldn't have been made hereditary if the Brits knew what they know today. He wrote:
Charles must go. His future, along with that of the thousand-year monarchy, is in the past.It's more likely that he won't though, since he still tries to claim that it makes him a member of the House of Lords - which it doesn't.
WUWT believes "Lord Monckton" to be real...
Before we get to the comments, here again is an interview with the potty peer persona.
Now after watching that video you might get the impression that the Monckton persona is humourless. After reading the snippets above it in the main article, you might think that the potty peer is a "very serious" paranoid conspiracy nutter. You'd be wrong on both counts. Below is a self-portrait included in the WUWT article, with the caption intact:
|Monckton of Arabia, Doha, 2012. The camel is the one on the right.|
From the WUWT comments
bushbunny sends a warning to Christopher and says:
May 30, 2014 at 7:45 pm
LOL, Didn’t Henry 11, ask this about Becket? Watch out for the Royal squad who see it as a threat.
bushbunny is a bit of a royal expert and has quite a lot to say in the thread, and says here:
May 30, 2014 at 8:59 pm
Prince Charles did quote sometime back, that when he became king, he could not comment on certain issues like he can as Prince of Wales. Queen Elizabeth can not comment on political issues and stays apolitical.
bushbunny also thinks the world should act in the face of an imminent "serious global event". It's just that she or he thinks we should act to prepare for an ice age that will be a very long time comething. bushbunny says:
May 30, 2014 at 9:18 pm
Maybe someone agrees with me, but if some serious global event is imminent, the worst thing is to ignore it and head in the wrong direction, trying to avoid it the inevitable. I’m referring to an impending glacial period or mini ice age. I can’t believe, knowing and studying what I have at tertiary level, that scientists, well some, are stuck on the philosophy that the globe is warming uncontrollably. We are more likely to be effected by a critical global cooling than warming!
RACookPE1978 wants to spread the WUWT conspiracy paranoia and says:
May 30, 2014 at 8:04 pm
May we quote them elsewhere?
Andres Valencia bows and scrapes to his lord and fears "totalitarianism" and says:
May 30, 2014 at 8:18 pm
Thanks, Christopher, Lord Monckton.
These are certainly interesting times, the red tide is raising and the omens are bad for the people.
We see all over the world the terrible consequences of totalitarianism, but the forces of reason are not asleep, as has been demonstrated: “Europe’s most climate-skeptical party had just come top in the recent UK elections for the European Parliament”.
I don't know what Harold is thinking when he pipes up and says:
May 30, 2014 at 8:38 pm
Again! This time with more tar, feathers, and pitchfork!
May 30, 2014 at 10:36 pm
the list of those who have declined titles or given them up look better company that the list of those who hold them. Monarchy is a role game.If you do not like your ‘role’ why play the game? As PC said a while ago people should know their place.
Christopher Hanley says:
May 30, 2014 at 9:44 pm
If that ‘last effective window of opportunity’ that ‘last chance saloon’ passes without the ‘far-sighted multilateral settlement’ will that be it, will he please shut up and go away or will the deadline simply be rescheduled or recast as is typical of bat-crazy doomsday cultists? … Don’t answer.
My thoughts on that last comment? If the world doesn't act in this "last effective window of opportunity" then democracy will eventually be killed off. Future governments will find they have to introduce draconian laws to manage disintegrating societies and economies and many more places will fall to anarchy. If we want to hang onto our hard-won freedoms then we need to protect our world and move forward with new technologies, not destroy our world by clinging to old, outdated and dangerous technologies.