The U.K. Independent is reporting …
“Just 96 months to save world, says Prince Charles: The price of capitalism and consumerism is just too high, he tells industrialists”
A bold assertion without a shred of truth …
“Capitalism and consumerism have brought the world to the brink of economic and environmental collapse, the Prince of Wales has warned in a grandstand speech which set out his concerns for the future of the planet.”
“The heir to the throne told an audience of industrialists and environmentalists at St James's Palace last night that he had calculated that we have just 96 months left to save the world.”
“And in a searing indictment on capitalist society, Charles said we can no longer afford consumerism and that the ‘age of convenience’ was over.”
Perhaps we should start by eliminating a non-contributing, self-serving monarch …
Not only does this asshat prince sound like a socialist, he fails to note that one of the most worthless trappings of society is a monarchy without a constitutional purpose other than to maintain the costly “pomp and circumstance” of society’s elites. Perhaps a better case can be made for abolishing the monarchy and all of their so-called “upper class” folderol.
Misdirection: trying to demonstrate the leadership of a dysfunctional and mostly ceremonial monarchy …
“The Prince, who has spoken passionately about the environment before, said that if the world failed to heed his warnings then we all faced the ‘nightmare that for so many of us now looms on the horizon.'”
Charles's speech was described as his first attempt to present a coherent philosophy in which he placed the threat to the environment in the context of a failing economic system.
“The Prince, who is advised by the leading environmentalists Jonathon Porritt and Tony Juniper, said that even the economist Adam Smith, father of modern capitalism, had been aware of the short-comings of unfettered materialism.”
It must take an enormous amount of chutzpah (gall) to accuse others of “unfettered materialism” when his own family is one of the most egregious offenders of sound environmental practices.
Taxes and incentives to increase political control and wealth redistribution …
“Delivering the annual Richard Dimbleby lecture, Charles said that without ‘coherent financial incentives and disincentives’ we have just 96 months to avert ‘irretrievable climate and ecosystem collapse, and all that goes with it.’"
How many people understand that the code word “disincentives” means taxes and “financial incentives” is the code word for grants?
“Charles has recently courted controversy by intervening in planning disputes, most notably the battle over the Chelsea Barracks design in London. It is also known that he writes privately to ministers when he wishes to put his concerns on record.”
“Now, he seems more willing to embrace much wider political issues in a much more public forum.”
Don’t do as I do, do as I say …
“Despite his attack on the materialism of the modern age, the Prince has been criticised for his own indulgences, including dozens of staff to run his homes and hundreds of thousands of pounds spent travelling around the world. While his private estates on the Duchy of Cornwall generate record profits his tax bill was lower than the year before.”
“Last night the Prince said: ‘But for all its achievements, our consumerist society comes at an enormous cost to the Earth and we must face up to the fact that the Earth cannot afford to support it. Just as our banking sector is struggling with its debts – and paradoxically also facing calls for a return to so-called 'old-fashioned', traditional banking – so Nature's life-support systems are failing to cope with the debts we have built up there too.’”
"If we don't face up to this, then Nature, the biggest bank of all, could go bust. And no amount of quantitative easing will revive it."
Perhaps the prince should listen to Christopher Lord Monckton or read the suppressed EPA report before he decides that, on the basis of nothing other than computer models – models which do not even match our current observations – that we need to enlarge government, raise taxes and curtail individual freedoms to save a self-sustaining and self-regulating planet which clearly does not need saving?
Listening to the “elites” …
What weight should be assigned to celebrities who make ridiculous announcements – people who do not even realize that they are sounding like morons as their retainers and supplicants all tell them they can do no wrong?
In my book, the same weight you may assign to the guy holding an “end of the world” sign as he walks up and down Hollywood Boulevard.
-- steve _______________________________________________
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Reference sources …
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“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS "The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius “A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell “Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar “Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell
“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar
“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS