THE COLUMN: 'Welcome Back to the Fight'

Michael Walsh15 Jan, 2024 4 Min Read
Here's looking at you, kids.

You all know the movie, Casablanca. So you probably remember this scene: it comes at the start of the last sequence in the film, during which Victor Laszlo and Rick Blaine put aside their differences over Ilsa Lund and join forces to frustrate the Vichy French and their Nazi overlords, personified by the wily Captain Renault and the sinister Major Strasser. What happens next -- and what came before the movie started -- is the subject of my 1998 novel, As Time Goes By, the authorized prequel/sequel to the Warner Bros. picture since translated into more than 20 languages.

My story, however, ends in 1942, with the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich in Prague. Our fight today goes on, and is being conducted all over the world. Like the National Socialists, our opponents today are Socialists as well -- global socialists united with plutocrats of hitherto undreamt-of wealth, creating a new form of totalitarian Fascism centered in Davos, Switzerland, but with tentacles reaching into every country in the West, the European Union, and its culturally aligned allies.

One of their principal weapons has been the ongoing war on energy, commonly known as "fossil fuels." For decades, operating under the false flag of "environmental concern," they've tried every available scare tactic to dissuade people from powering their homes and their cars in a cheap and efficient manner, and have so thoroughly conditioned the public to the idea of "pollution" that a mere puff of smoke from a chimney now triggers in the feeble-minded paroxysms of hysteria. Well-meaning attempts to ameliorate smog in Los Angeles and bring fish back into the Hudson River have metastasized into "global warming" and "climate change" and latterly into the "climate crisis" and "climate emergency." They never stop, they never sleep, they never quit.

Four years ago, therefore, we began this site. Our opening mission statements are worth repeating. First, from founding editor John O'Sullivan, regarding the economic consequences of this madness:

People all over the world live healthier, longer, and more prosperous lives with access to a range of physical, cultural, and environmental satisfactions unimaginable to our grandparents. These two aims go together in a more fundamental sense. Both improving people’s lives and reversing environmental damage depend upon technical and scientific progress and in particular upon the availability of cheap and reliable energy that powers it. It would be environmentally regressive to return to a recent world of smokestack pollution, acid rain, and wasteful energy usage; but it would be socially regressive to return to an older world of untreatable epidemics, rural backwardness, widespread malnutrition and regular famines.

Two important things have occurred in recent years to make that possible. First, environmentalism has mutated from a rational movement for prudent regulation that reconciles growth with ecology into an almost religious cult that believes all development is damaging to the environment. There are more moderate and sensible environmentalists still around, of course. Increasingly, however, extremist Greens call the shots to which politicians, governments, and activists respond.

Second, my thoughts on the social consequences of what I called the New Luddism:

Today, we have the New Luddites, political "progressives" except that instead of being against the future, they are against the past, and seek to return what used to be called the First World to Third World standards of technological backwardness. Fittingly, the public face of this Green movement is that of an angry Swedish teenager, Greta Thunberg, who has turned playing hooky from school into a career. Issuing dire warnings of geological calamity with the certainty that comes from invincible ignorance married to an unwonted sense of entitlement blended with an inherited self-loathing of her culture, she seems everywhere at once, a grim prophetess of incipient doom that would put Cassandra to shame.  The doomed Trojan princess, however, was hated not because she foretold calamity, but because she was always right. Thunberg is celebrated precisely because she espies calamity, and yet is always wrong.

What has to go? Well, pretty much everything.  Automobiles and airplanes, to start; they burn "fossil fuels" and therefore are contributing to the chimerical phenomenon of, alternately, global warming, global cooling, or the catch-all term, "climate change." Private cars, even those powered by electricity once the sale of petrol and diesel automobiles is banned; eventually they will have to go, too, and citizens forced into public transportation for the good of Gaia.  The entire system of light and heavy manufacturing, henceforth to be powered electrically by windmills and solar panels. Homes will no longer be heated by fuel oil, but by other means -- including, presumably, heavy jackets indoors during the dead of winter, since in order to "save the planet" we will not long be burning wood, coal, or even turf. Diets will undergo drastic change, as the cattle and dairy industries come under attack. Indeed, even childbirth will be restricted,

In short, what the "environmentalists" wish to bring into being is a suicide cult, in which citizens, appalled by the very breaths they exhale -- which contain carbon in the form of CO2! -- will dutifully kill themselves to save Mother Earth. Of course, it's not Gaia who stands to benefit from such an extinction event and nor will the meek then inherit the earth. Instead, it's the "elite" Fascists, men of property and wealth, who will remain to reign over a diminished population of serfs. What might have seem too fantastic to believe four years ago has now become established truth, and in their own words and deeds as they proclaim the Great Reset.

Despite the media-driven odds against us, we've made remarkable progress in the past four years: the idea of "peak oil" has been debunked, the Covid hoax has been thoroughly exposed, and the Chicken Little Church of Climate Catastrophe is on the run as people are finally seeing it for the money-extracting elitist fraud that it is. So if you're new to our site, welcome aboard as we enter our fifth year. And if you've been with us from the beginning, welcome back to the fight, which resumes anew this week.

Tomorrow our newest writer, Buck Throckmorton, joins us for his debut piece on the abject failure of the government-mandated electric-vehicle revolution. Don't miss it.

Michael Walsh is a journalist, author, and screenwriter. He was for 16 years the music critic and a foreign correspondent for Time Magazine. His works include the novels As Time Goes By, And All the Saints, and the bestselling “Devlin” series of NSA thrillers; as well as the nonfiction bestseller, The Devil’s Pleasure Palace and its sequel, The Fiery Angel. Last Stands, a study of military history from the Greeks to the present, was published by St. Martin's Press in December 2019. He is also the editor of Against the Great Reset: 18 Theses Contra the New World Order, published on Oct. 18, 2022, and of the forthcoming Against the Corporate Media. Follow him on Twitter: @theAmanuensis


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8 comments on “THE COLUMN: 'Welcome Back to the Fight'”

  1. The tragedy is that your thermodynamics argument would fall apart if only the Greens had not brainwashed the world into being terrified of nuclear power.

  2. The environmental cult outlived its usefulness decades ago. Now it exists to perpetuate itself and control us. Barely measurable improvements are used as a bludgeon against us, doing nothing but increasing costs and crippling the economy while dragging down standards of living.

  3. Friends and fighting men of the Danaans, henchmen of Ares,
    be men now, dear friends, remember your furious valour.
    Do we think there are others who stand behind us to help us?
    Have we some stronger wall that can rescue men from perdition?
    We have no city built strong with towers lying near us, within which
    we could defend ourselves and hold off this host that matches us.
    We hold position in this plain of the close-armoured Trojans,
    bent back against the sea, and far from the land of our fathers.
    Salvation's light is in our hands' work, not the mercy of battle.
    (The Illiad 15.733-741, trans. Richmond Lattimore)

  4. Will Buck Throckmorton examine the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics, a fundamental physical law which requires electric automobiles contribute MORE co2 per mile then a standard petrol car? Beyond what the shamans declare about co2 and its role in the obvious climate apocalypse, if less co2 is what you desire then electric cars, by adding another step in a biochemical process, contribute vastly more to that equation then your Honda Accord.

  5. I've felt that these "climatistas" and "I'll leave the USA if Trump wins" should be presented with LEGALLY binding documents to either stop using that foul "fossil fuel" and ACTUALLY LEAVE the USA! Failure to do either should result in loss of all assets! The vast majority of those zealots are basically just LOUD MOUTH HYPOCRITES! When have you seen ONE "climatista" give up their usage of "fossil fuels"? Oh, they bought an electric car - what is it made from - where does the electricity come from - what are the ROADS made from? Without "fossil fuels" we would be back in the caveman era! I posted many times "has the EARTH stopped producing oil and natural gas"? Scientists say NO! That "fossil" crap was slapped on as a MARKETING tool to make people think it was special and limited - and made from decayed dinosaurs and plants! Next time you are faced with a "climatista" or "I'maleaver" - try to get them on video promising that!!

  6. With the recent news that John ( reporting for duty) Kerry has just renounced his “
    climate czar” status and will join “ Ole Yellow Stain’s” cheat bid for another four
    “to seal the deal” years with the complicity of their hand chosen “ henerals” ( not generals)
    with their inside dealing to assure the eggs of tyranny that they sit upon to incubate
    and hatch upon lining up their “enemies”( patriotic Americans) to take as many out with
    one shot, as they did on Jan. 6 and just recently told that a net will be thrown over thousands more that day just for being on capital grounds, being a cabal of “ One Eyed Jacks” and they have replicated themselves as “ The Borg” to assure that any resistance is futile, as coming examples will be demonstrated...
    How does one take out a corrupted, self replicating “ inside straight” that is totally lacking the shame gene when their coin of what they deem “ their realm” is “bent.”?
    What the hell has that “Ass hat wearing Col.” who controls the NSA been up to these
    days with all of his conspicuous “ non accountability “ for his ceaseless vacuuming of
    all that is written or said in the public and private domain, says I, with a sheepish sigh....not!
    I know, I know.... we have to wait for the wog sleeper cells to go hot and then respond
    to the elite crack downs that will be centered on what’s left of the patriotic “silent, what percentage is that now” of real Americans.

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