A word to all you red-green (and, of late, yellow) malcontents who infest the comments section of this blog with your relentless nit-picking and overweaning planetary pessimism.
Whether you like it or not, guys, (and I know you don’t), you are members of a species with a stellar record of problem-solving.
I’m very sorry to have to say that, but the optimists among us (AKA capitalists) just keep dreaming up ways to make our lives better and better.
Including yours. Have you noticed? I guess not. It’s not really in your interests to look.
Despite the best efforts of communism and socialism (which I call Applied Pessimism), not to mention eco-pessimism (Applied Pessimism for Profit), things are getting better on this planet all the time.
If you think it’s not, ask yourself: which time and place in history would you like to be transported back to? (When some clever capitalist develops the inevitable time machine, I’m sure that can be arranged.)
When you’re back there in your colonial house or pre-colonial whare, liberated from annoyances like electricity and motor cars and vaccines and flush toilets — as you contemplate your new-found squalor and imminent demise — you may start to feel that life in the 21st century wasn’t so bad after all.
You may be forced to concede that all those gizmos you used to take for granted came to you via the evil capitalist Industrial Revolution and the fertile minds of geniuses with incentives.
As we speak, all over the Third World, that same reprehensible system of market capitalism is lifting millions out of poverty in former socialist-pessimist societies like China and India.
Like it or not, capitalism has been doing this now for 200 years. Have a look at Hans Rosling’s beautiful moving graph of the Health and Wealth of Nations and you’ll see which nations have gone ahead the fastest — and which haven’t.
And you’ll see that all nations are healthier than they were in 1800. And all but a few corrupt African basket cases are wealthier.
You can’t stand the idea of that, can you? Especially as all your doomsday prophesies never quite complete the journey from wishful theory to reality.
The history of Western civilisation in recent times has been one of relentless, inspiring and beneficial progress.
Yet always you gloom-mongers would have us believe that all we hold dear is about to collapse.
Either it’s our economic system, or our health, or the computer system, or the climate and life as we know it.
The disgraceful thing is how you’re quite happy to frighten the children to further your goals.
But you don’t frighten the grown-ups. That’s because people who’ve been round the clock a few times recognise your tactics. We’ve noticed how most of these scares can be avoided with the payment of a large amount of money to some socialist cause.
Meanwhile society, fueled by capitalism fueled by optimism, advances regardless of your wishes. The rich get richer. And so, as long as their governments aren’t corrupt, do the poor.
So how about dropping your absurd addiction to socialism-pessimism and drink to the good times (ie the last 200 years)?
Your latest crisis of convenience is global warming. Sadly for you, many, if not most, people now agree this is an eco-socialist-pessimist plot to transport us en-masse back to your colonial house.
That’s because, despite all the efforts of the socialist brainwashing factory that purports to be the state education system, these people have somehow retained the capacity for joined-up thinking. You should try it.
Instead of creating diversions and parroting the party line about whether Monckton is qualified to make the sense he makes, how about doing the unthinkable and thinking for yourselves?
Yes I know it sounds an odd thing to suggest.
But how about actually watching his debate with Tim Lambert and making up your own mind?
You can do it in the privacy of your own home, so the Church of Climate Scientology doesn’t have to know.
And you don’t have to worry that Tim doesn’t hold your end up, because he does. He argues his case well. You may even conclude that he won the debate. Or you may be persuaded by Monckton. That’s what an open mind is for.
So have a look. Assess them both on their merits. With your eyepatch off.
And afterwards, if you feel like it, tell me what you thought.
Meantime, I’m raising my glass (which is a lot more than half-full) to my ingenious species and the continued success of capitalism-optimism.
Tip for right-wing political marketers everywhere:
Our philosophy of freedom and free markets is, above all, the philosophy of optimism. So: own it. Move voters 5% to the right by embracing optimism and optimists as the antidote to socialism and pessimists.
(Note to Nats: optimism does not mean managing socialism with a smile. :-))