It's the world turned upside down. For a child of the 60s there's something bizarre and disturbing about seeing the young neo-hippies of today with eyes full of naive dreams, carrying mass-produced signs and marching in support of the expansion of the warmongering, global, statist establishment.
It's a sign of how backwards things are in America today that the people who probably would have voted for Nixon in 1972 are now the only radicals willing to take a stand against the power elite. The young and the left-inclined are all swept up in high-dollar global media campaigns financed by some of the most reprehensible governments in the world and made happy-faced shills for political and economic interests they don't even understand.
Nowhere is this more manifest than in the excitement surrounding the Copenhagen climate conference, an event attended by a few hundred elite delegates and world leaders, but promoted heavily by every left-wing blog and organization, passing on enthusiastic support for an advertising campaign tagging the event "Hopenhagen" and surrounding it with flowers and big-eyed children and third-world mothers. The highly effective campaign is underwritten by corporate sponsors including Coca-Cola and DuPont — you know, the guys who invented CFCs and are the number one air polluters in the US. It features graphics for your blog, ready-made posters, and a website where you can post the ideas for global wealth redistribution authorized by your bosses at the Chinese shillblogging sweathouse where you work.
This is the corporatization of protest and the ultimate in astroturfed, manufactured activism, done with polish and professionalism and on a global scale which is truly impressive. Plenty of barefoot earthchildren are lending their efforts, of course. They're launching protest marches around Europe and in Copenhagen itself, taking to the streets in support of an expansion of global bureaucracy and state corporatism. Some of them are even willing to throw bricks and cobblestones to make sure that bureaucrats in gray suits with six-figure paychecks have more power and control over our lives.
Of course, it's not the protesters who will be making any decisions in Copenhagen. The real work will be done by the bureaucrats and world leaders who arrived over the weekend in 40 private jets and 150 gas-guzzling chauffeured limos. Included among them is President Obama who is looking for new ways to compound the economic disaster he has already created in the United States by signing onto a treaty designed primarily to redistribute wealth and shut down American industry in the service of a theory which has now been proven to be largely fraudulent.
Of all the cynical bullshit promulgated by the international left in their ongoing efforts to put an end to sovereign nationhood and get us all under the same big bureaucratic thumb, this sell-out of the values of the 1960s and the environmental movement is particularly perverse. They've taken the good intentions of the young and naive and turned their genuine desire to make the world a better place into the pretext for a massive expansion of the very state which was the enemy of the reformers of the 60s.
Whether this massive investment in manufactured outrage and faux populism will achieve the desired result remains to be seen. The dupes carrying signs and marching in the streets seem eager enough to be exploited and do the footwork of their corporate and governmental masters, which ironically leaves our strongest hope to stop the insanity in the hands of a bunch of embittered right-wing naysayers in Washington.
No matter how much President Obama wants to sign whatever agreement comes out of Copenhagen, the US Constitution remains in force and the treaty still has to be ratified by the Senate, and as they did when Woodrow Wilson tried to sell us out to the League of Nations, they might stand up and show some spine and say "hell no" to a treaty which will do nothing but sell out American interests and hurt our economy.