As a youngster in the 1950s and 60s, the big thing hanging over my head was the Russians and the bomb. The propaganda was relentless. The fear we felt during the Cuban Missile Crisis (1962) was real in us. I remember a gal named Susan who was teachers’ pet assigned to go to all eight classrooms in our school to announce that the Russians had backed down. Our sense of relief was palpable. Creating fear in children in that manner is abusive, but the idea is to get ’em while they are young, instill the fear so that it will reside in them for their entire lives.
At age 38 I finally realized that the USSR never posed a threat, that the Cold War was not real. I felt a physical sense of relief, as if a cloud had been removed, a weight taken off my shoulders. That physical sensation was real. All the fear they instilled in me as a child vanished, and I felt a wonderful freedom I’d never before experienced.
I did this for myself, that is, I was not following some leader or guru. I was just exploring and testing my boundaries when the dam broke. It was an accumulation of questions and doubts arising, and no specific instance. But I do remember a particular moment. In the book The Fish is Red, by Warren Hinkle and William Turner, there is a a brief section (pp 129-31) where it is alleged that Havana had concocted a plan to overthrow the Arturo Frondizi Ércol government of Argentina. A Cuban career diplomat serving in Buenos Aires resigned and took with him eighty-two documents that purported to detail such a plan. The Cuban government claimed that the documents were forged by Cuban exiles working with the CIA. The US State Department announced that it had exhaustively studied the documents and that they were genuine.
That’s what turned me, changed me forever. The Cubans were telling the truth, and the State Department was lying. That is how deeply I had been indoctrinated, so much so that finding out that the State Department lied was unnerving. That led to many more revelations, going on to this day. It was a hole in the dike.
Today’s youth have to deal with propaganda very similar to the Cold War and the Bomb. It is called “Climate Change.” What must it be like to be young and to fear that the planet is going to hell, by 2030 they are told. It is not just the news media doing this – the schools are in on it too. Climate “science” as put forward by Climatistas is taught as real by the schools, maybe with the exception of Hillsdale College and a few other outposts. Unless students have very bright and awake parents, they will fall into the trap, as I did with Cold War and the Bomb. The climate propaganda campaign is, just like the Cold War, abusive of youth. It is meant to destroy hope, to depress them. It is human cruelty, child abuse and a crime against humanity.
This little tirade started with a woman, Liz Schumer, who writes for various magazines, including Good Housekeeping. Her latest article is called The Biggest thing Holding Me Back From Having Kids is Climate Change. While I have no problem with Schumer removing her genes from the pool, it is the attitude, the success of the propaganda campaign, that I find so troubling
I was listening either to Patrick Moore, a climate skeptic and former member (and founder) of Greenpeace, or Anthony Watts, the man behind Watts Up With That, the amazing climate-skeptical website. Whoever it was told the story of his daughter coming home from school, troubled and worried about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Moore has documented via satellite images that the GPGP does not exist, that it is a propaganda invention. He or Watts showed these images to his daughter, explaining how he got them and that they were accurate and true. The result: His daughter got very angry with him. She was not moved in the slightest by evidence, and stuck by her teacher. That is the power of schools, and why parents should if at all possible home school.
I can only say that what is going on these days is not that different than what went on in my youth. The object is to put children in a state of fear, as frightened people are very easy to govern and manipulate. Frightened children become frightened adults. That resulting State of Fear is the objective. It worked with me, and it is working with today’s youth.
Fear, you see, is the enemy of freedom.