Do not pollute the land where you are
Do not defile the land where you live and where I dwell
Stewardship of the environment is essential to human well-being and is key to universal prosperity for people now as well as those to come. This is true. However, there is a great deal of misunderstanding and misinformation about environmental challenges of the twenty-first century. To complicate the situation, concern for the environment has become a highly-charged political tool being used to push regulatory policy and reshape societies all over the globe. The campaign to produce political pawns of those who genuinely love the environment and who sincerely seek to eradicate suffering in the world has been particularly effective by way of promoting climate alarmism. Media, academia, government, global NGOs and, most recently, private corporations have banded together to promote climate alarmism on a world-wide scale in order to achieve full implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In a series of four essays, reflections from Michael Shellenberger’s scholarly journalism from his book Apocalypse Never1 will serve as a guide to rationally contemplate contemporary environmental concerns. By separating fact from fiction it becomes clear today’s concerns are perfectly manageable problems with reasonable solutions and that the peddlers of alarmism are inhibiting advancements toward prosperity and liberty for all.
I. IPCC – Expert Commentary
Admittedly, rallying highly diverse nations all over the globe to concentrate on a singular problem and then successfully negotiating progressive, socialist prescription for the problem is quite a feat. However, this lofty goal was achieved when the crisis of anthropogenic (human induced) global warming was introduced. In 1987 the General Assembly of the United Nations was delivered “a global agenda for change” in a presentation known as “Our Common Future.” This meeting served as an “urgent call to propose long-term environmental strategies for achieving sustainable development by the year 2000 and beyond.” “Scientists bring to our attention urgent but complex problems bearing on our very survival: a warming globe, threats to the Earth’s ozone layer, deserts consuming agricultural land… Environmental degradation, first seen as mainly a problem of the rich nations and a side effect of industrial wealth, has become a survival issue for developing nations.” 2
To officiate the cause the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), composed of 195 member countries, was created in 1988 by the United Nations Environment Program and the World Meteorological Organization for the purpose of assessing the “state of knowledge on climate change. It identifies where there is agreement in the scientific community on topics related to climate change, and where further research is needed.” “The IPCC does not conduct its own research…The assessment reports are a key input into the international negotiations to tackle climate change.” The general thesis contends that the earth’s …
Despite deficient education in economics, a majority of Americans understand one of the most effective methods for stewarding their savings is to invest. Over 50% of Americans are invested in the stock market but other traditional forms of investment such as real estate, commodities and business ownership also serve as sound investment vehicles for investors who don’t choose to engage with Wall Street. However, the technological revolution is giving rise to an entirely new economic ecosystem ripe to draw investment capital. Blockchain technology 1 has fashioned a framework to support new methods for stable economic exchange in cryptocurrency 2 and this foundation has provided for the rise of a new investment opportunity known as Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs).
Before discussing non-fungible assets it is important to understand fungibility; an essential characteristic of any stable currency. A currency’s integrity for exchange depends on its ability to maintain a standard value and enjoy uniform acceptance. Although purchasing power will decline over time due to inflation, every $20 bill in circulation has the same value whether it was printed in 2018 or 1985 and retains its value irrespective of who owns it or its history (if it had been a valet’s tip or used in a drug deal for example). A $20 bill is also divisible which further enhances its economic fluidity. That is the power and appeal of fungible assets.
Non-fungible tokens are blockchain assets that are designed to be unique, unequal in value, identifiable and certifiable. The opportunities for this type of asset in a new and growing digital economy are almost endless.
Opportunities For Use
In art and collecting, real paintings and sculptures can be verified and authenticated by professionals, then a non-fungible token could be used as proof of ownership so that the asset may be traded in the digital marketplace. By certifying ownership of an asset, baseball cards, vintage concert tickets, rare stamps, jewelry, autographed memorabilia and other collectibles may be traded via NFTs in the digital marketplace.
Digital art may also be exchanged using NFTs. CryptoKitties was the first game built on the Ethereum network 3 where participants could buy, trade or even breed one-of-a-kind digital kitties. Each CryptoKitty has its own digital genome stored in a non-fungible token existing in the ERC721 4 token standard network. The success of the CryptoKitties experiment creates a world of art investment, commerce and gaming never before available to investors. CryptoKitties are unique pieces of art secured on digital ledger technology that may be exchanged or purchased in a digital marketplace. They may actually be “bred” using a genetic algorithm to produce offspring born of the traits stored in the smart contract.
Likewise, NFTs are valuable in the online gaming world. Today’s online gamers acquire and trade “assets” such as clothing, weapons and property in fictionalized digital economies such as Decentraland. 5 NFTs would allow for these “assets” (such as a magic sword with unique, special powers) to be identifiable, authenticated and officially owned as a real …
Increasingly American patriots are going to confront a reality that they are patriots without a country. The home of the most successful experiment in human liberty is on the verge of extinction. The left is tearing it down with an argument that the western patriarchy has had its chance for two thousand years and has failed. The left is offering to replace the ancient Judeo-Christian system with a twenty-first century reinvent of marxism in cultural marxism and, for many reasons, 1 Americans are embracing their proposition. As the left and sympathizers from the right go about the transformation of the American experiment in liberty to a socialist utopia, American patriots will face the realization that their country is no longer an object of their loyalty, love and devotion. If she is surrendered to her enemy, America will no longer be the beacon of Hope or the shining city on the hill she once was and, therefore, no longer worthy of the deeply-held reverence she deserved and demanded from patriots of the past.
Self-Government Only Works If…
The Founders warned that a system of self-government is only suitable for a moral and religious people; that it is wholly inadequate for the governance of people of any other worldview. 2 What is transpiring in America bears witness to the truth of their admonition. The only force capable of standing in opposition to communist totalitarianism is religion. Religious believers offer a vibrant alternative to the left; solving problems with uniquely personal, autonomous solutions empowers the individual and, in the grander scheme, wins hearts, minds and souls. Solutions of the left emanate from power and dependence winning support with promises of security. More and more Americans are looking to government not only for security but to reshape culture according to popular creed. The chances of this ending well for the patriot’s America are none.
Virtually everything good as it relates to human liberty and quality of life has been produced in western civilization. The most basic human liberties were identified during the unfolding of European history (freedom of speech, necessity of private property, rule of law, privacy in one’s affairs, right to physical and legal self-defense). These essential liberties were coupled with Judeo-Christian morality to produce the framework for America’s cultural and political governance. Achieving the principles and ideals proclaimed in that creedal framework has taken some time to achieve (and remains incomplete to this day) but nevertheless has indisputably brought goodness to life on earth. Where else outside of the Judeo-Christian world was slavery banned? Where else were women given equal rights? Where has there been more successful multi-ethnic unity on national principles? Where else was unbridled freedom of speech instituted and defended by its own government? What the western world and America in particular has been able to achieve in human advancement, given the wild fallibility of human nature, is truly remarkable. America is not perfect, was never perfect and would never be perfect but in …
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