If you want to truly understand the politics of the modern world, you have to dig deeper than the surface. Politicians, activists, organizations, media actors and other interested parties often cloak their real intentions in acceptable issue-shrouds.
Environmentalism is often in practice a green mask for socialism. Molyneux has used the metaphor: “They’re like a watermelon, green on the outside, red on the inside”. Particularly in the West, we wish to preserve the pristine nature of the wilderness. Who can oppose clean air and water? I myself certainly support these aims. But, that being said the problem comes when it is time to evaluate solutions. The solutions put on the table often reveal the true agenda behind the morally acceptable veil. The solutions often involve expanded political control over the economic sphere. Recently in Norway, the government insisted that emission reductions had to be partially done domestically, as opposed to supporting emission reduction programs overseas.
Through this sentiment, the politicians have revealed their hand. Everyone would agree that environmental problems such as alleged man-made climate change are global issues. If Norway cut its emissions of so-called greenhouse gasses by 100% it would not matter if China increased theirs. The problem, and the solutions must be viewed in a global context. When the Norwegian politicians said that some of the emission reduction had to be done domestically, they revealed to the unsuspecting public that they aren’t interested in solving the issue or they don’t believe it. Why in the world would you spend a lot of money domestically, when you would get significantly more “bang-for-your-buck” in terms of emission cuts overseas? Thus, we can see that concerns about the environment aren’t necessarily about the environment at all. The true agenda is more government interference in the economy and milking private companies.
The rise of Anti-Semitism in the West is used as a political crowbar to go after the political opponents of the left. It is often implied that the rise of sentiment and physical attacks upon Jews come from the right. I just finished a Norwegian book called “Stranger in their own country” that talked about this problem. In reality, the rise of anti-Semitic sentiment is closely linked to immigration from Islamic countries. This inconvenient fact is pushed under the rug, because it would invalidate the narrative composed by the left. How could they go after the right using anti-Semitism if the anti-Semitism they oppose comes primarily from one of the left’s client groups?
The recent video uncovering the goings on behind the scenes at CNN released by the ever-excellent Project Veritas is another enlightening example. The video revealed that many narratives pushed in the media are pushed simply for the money that follows ratings and a large viewership. The truthfulness of the content isn’t important. Publicly, CNN has postured themselves as standing tall on the moral high ground of truth in journalism. It is important to retain our collective scepticism towards those who claim a monopoly on the truth. Questioning motives remains highly relevant. “Follow the money” is still a very good metaphor. Does this mean that all politicians and activists have hidden, ulterior motives? Of course not, but the likelihood that they do have such hidden objectives isn’t something we can discount without risking severe harm to ourselves and our countries. Beware.