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Irish President Calls For Socialism To Fight Climate Change

October 22, 2020

By Paul Homewood



A reminder that this is not about the climate.

From the Belfast Telegraph:



President Michael D Higgins is to call for a new approach to economics that incorporates the “radicalism” of climate activism.

Mr Higgins is due to make the comments as part of his keynote address to a conference on climate change on Wednesday.

Part of the worldwide response to climate change should be framed around the principles of “redistribution, social consumption and social investment”, the president will say in his speech.

Mr Higgins will deliver the keynote address at the Engineers Ireland annual conference.

He will say: “We cannot continue with the mere placing of a green lens on economic policies… policies that have failed manifestly and are continuing to cause damaging ecological impacts.”

Mr Higgins will call for a new approach to economics, one that is based on a connection between ecology, economics and society.

One that “combines the radicalism that is in the consciousness of climate activism, with the consciousness of egalitarianism and the programmes of inclusion activists”.

It should be “framed around the three implicit goals of welfare states: redistribution, social consumption and social investment and characterised by gender equality, income redistribution, a reconfigured social consumption,” he will say.

  1. JimW permalink
    October 22, 2020 10:42 am

    Ireland seems to have taken the pill , both for its response to covid-19 and climate change. For a nation that enjoys GDP growth through low tax policies for multi-nationals its hypocrisy on steroids.

    • Sobaken permalink
      October 22, 2020 4:31 pm

      There’s no hypocrisy there. The transnational corporations (and the global organizations controlled by them) are the ones pushing for these “socialist” policies. Read any publication by WEF, IMF, World Bank, major trade organizations, etc. It will be all like this article above. Modern Western politics is the most rabid form of neoliberal capitalism straight out of a cyberpunk dystopia, but it’s dressed up to look like socialism. This confuses and distracts those who would be discontent both on the left and on the right. The leftists channel all their energy into pointless activism concerning non-issues like ecology, sustainability, diversity, inclusion, and gender equality, rather than real economical issues, thinking themselves as progressive radicals, oblivious to the fact that all these non-issues are not only not in an opposition to the existing order but are directly pushed by the powers that be. Meanwhile, the rightists spend their time fighting the ghosts of communism, something that has died a long long time ago, and defending the corporations with all their passion, never actually noticing that what they mistake for socialism is in fact coming from the corporate elites rather than from the dreaded government. It’s quite an elaborate system, it makes everyone feel like they are fighting for something, while real power always stays in the same (corporate) hands. If it all sounds like a mad conspiracy theory, just go read the Davos manifestos or any of the new papers on “the great reset”, it’s all there in the open.

      • Ariane permalink
        October 26, 2020 8:05 am

        Sobaken, I agree, and would go further saying that, apart from making money out of the anti-CO2 legislation and campaigns, people like the current Irish President (Sir David A, Prince Charles, the Former Maurice S, and many more elderly people) actually want to de-industrialize and make the ‘great unwashed’ powerless and poor. Not just money-making for some but true poverty for others. Nasty nasty, not socialist.

  2. October 22, 2020 10:43 am

    Lol, climate change *is* socialism.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      October 22, 2020 1:24 pm

      That leads to the truth, that ‘socialism is climate change’ – rather better known as environmental pollution. Just remember the enviroment in frau Merkel’s old East Germany before the wall came down.

      • October 22, 2020 2:01 pm

        The WEF and WHO “Great Reset” has everything to do with carbon emissions. This is why we are all masked up now and why George Floyd proclaimed he couldn’t breathe. These hoaxes are about eliminating people via death, but not by a germ, by taxation, UBI and such extreme slavery and socialism we will want to die to escape it.

  3. October 22, 2020 11:28 am

    These are the ways of the rich and the powerful. Only they can afford to play this game.

    • Curious George permalink
      October 22, 2020 11:57 pm

      Dig a little under the surface. The underlying problem is an overpopulation on a planetary scale. A planet-wide socialism, inescapable, will defuse the population bomb much more effectively than nuclear bombs could. From this point of view, socialism is a solution, not a problem (provided you somehow manage to survive).

  4. October 22, 2020 11:28 am

    He probably prepared this speech for the now-postponed COP26 climate summit. It’s the theme that all the deep greenies are now pushing, conflating “climate change” with all sorts of left-wing aspirations for so-called social justice.

    They haven’t made the case for alleged man-made global warming or their impossible supposed “solution” to it so we mustn’t allow them to impose their new, additional flannel.

    • October 22, 2020 4:18 pm

      We are on the path enunciated in the UN Rio Conference of 1992

      Let us pause and look at the genesis of today’s madness – Maurice Strong who stated ‘Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized nations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?’ How better to accomplish the collapse then to create mass hysteria proselytized by the willing dupes in our education system that CO2 is going to destroy the world because allegedly it will cause the temperature to go up 3*C. Are you kidding? 3*C.

      The political arm of the IPCC state the strategy is to use the climate hoax as a way to enact Strong’s preaching of UN World (Socialist) Government

      We now have Climate Heating, XR, Covid, BLM, CRT all compounding todays problems – the prognosis for the West seems to be getting worse and the greatest problem of all is the failure of Politicians, with few, exception to act in, and on, the interests of their publics.

    • October 23, 2020 4:26 am

      Insightful comment. Saved it. Thank you.

      • Dee permalink
        October 23, 2020 7:49 am

        Except you will not find Morris Strong saying that in the context in which you are reading it.

        I’ve no time for his legacy, but he said that in the context of the theme for a book he was considering writing.

  5. cajwbroomhill permalink
    October 22, 2020 11:33 am

    What a screwball, misguided mixture of POLITICS, AGW”RELIGION”and CRAZY ECONOMICS!

  6. Alan permalink
    October 22, 2020 11:34 am

    What long-winded bollocks, not sure this is even English language. Someone should explainthat communicating is about being understandable.
    Or maybe that is the point.

  7. HotScot permalink
    October 22, 2020 11:38 am

    Socialism: The solution to everything, that fails every single time.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      October 22, 2020 1:25 pm

      Not the solution: the answer.

  8. donteachin permalink
    October 22, 2020 12:31 pm

    Re report in today’s Daily Telegraph regarding increase in pollution if people work from home this winter as boilers on for longer will emit more NOx gases. I thought CH4 + 2O2 gave off 2H2O and CO2. Please will someone enlighten me?

    • Beagle permalink
      October 22, 2020 1:09 pm

      Well the O2 is from the air which is 80% N2. Also there used to be a some N2 in the natural gas but this has been reduced with Nitrogen Reduction Plants. So plenty of N2 to be converted to NOx

    • Gerry, England permalink
      October 22, 2020 1:58 pm

      I have found that working from home allows me to use my fire as the burn time is longer. This also makes it good to use coal as that keeps going for hours. So far I have not used the CH even though this October is colder than last year. Have warmed up a bit this week as last night it was 1.5C above the thermostat set point.

      I wonder how the efficiency of domestic gas heating compares to office buildings? But given there are a few people in offices in the City it must add up to extra emissions as the heating is on here and at the homes of all those not here.

    • David V permalink
      October 22, 2020 2:52 pm

      A lot of rural homes don’t have gas…

      • lorde late permalink
        October 26, 2020 8:52 pm

        Here in the country we be mainly burning, Wood.

    • donteachin permalink
      October 22, 2020 7:22 pm

      But the N2 was already in the air, therefore not produced by burning CH4.

  9. ThinkingScientist permalink
    October 22, 2020 1:54 pm

    Seem to recall that prosperity and environmental protection didn’t fair to well in the USSR.

    Or did I imagine that? Some people seem to have short memories.

  10. Broadlands permalink
    October 22, 2020 3:06 pm

    This Irish socialist must be ‘in collusion’ with Ms. AOC and Bernie, whose initials accurately describe their agenda.

  11. Robert Jones permalink
    October 22, 2020 3:40 pm

    The President is likely to embarrass his country.

  12. October 22, 2020 3:43 pm

    In Ireland? Are pigs flying?

  13. Jackington permalink
    October 22, 2020 8:51 pm

    And he looks such a harmless old guy!

  14. Milo permalink
    October 23, 2020 7:51 am

    There is a way that Economic development can co-exist with environmental regeneration. We need to stop all the conspiracy theorists – stop all the nonsensical chat and get on with the job at hand.

    • cajwbroomhill permalink
      October 23, 2020 9:42 am

      Please give details of the “job in hand,” and tell us what problems represent the main priorities.
      A viral plague besets us now but the hypothetical, unproven climate warming and chaos problems, alleged “emergency” but with no proven means of prevention, are a long way, decades, centuries or millennia away.
      What evidence can you offer to support socialism as a means of problem amelioration or prevention?

  15. October 23, 2020 10:16 am

    Irish President Calls For Socialism…

    The rest is a smokescreen.

  16. Mewswithaview permalink
    October 23, 2020 12:44 pm

    here is the transcript –

    Move to an Eco-Social Model

    The neoliberal model of economics that has dominated policy for almost 40 years has been shown from the perspective of its social outcomes, empirically researched, to have deepened inequality, impacted negatively on the poorest, but also, from an ecological perspective, it makes achieving sustainability near impossible. It is built on an assumption of exponential growth – and leaves existing consumption models unrevised.

    I am not alone in arguing this thesis. Scholars such as Paul Burkett, John Bellamy Foster and James O’Connor have examined the nature, variability, flexibility and reformability of capitalism in the context of transitioning to sustainable wellbeing, and all have concluded that the mere placing of a new ‘green’ lens on the existing orthodox growth model will not suffice: paradigm shift, not reform, is urgently required.

    I was wondering who are these guys? Marxists who sprayed green dye over their blood red soaked flag,

    More recently, writers such as John Bellamy Foster and Paul Burkett have built on the ecological aspects of Marx and Engels’s own work, arguing that it provides the basis for a truly green socialist theory.

    And the journal Capitalism Nature Socialism, founded in 1988 by the Marxist economist James O’Connor, has promoted an “ecological Marxism” that has major implications for the struggle for socialism.

  17. C Lynch permalink
    October 23, 2020 1:52 pm

    Michael O’Higgins is a deeply divisive figure here in Ireland. Loved by the Metropolitan left loathed by most others. His original election in 2011 was controversial to say the least – he overhauled his centre right main rival Sean Gallagher, who was well ahead in the polls,in the last few days, thanks to an ambush of Gallagher with a false allegation in the last televised presidential debate days before the election. The ambush was orchestrated by his Marxist pals in RTE the state broadcaster who subsequently had to make a substantial out of court settlement to Gallagher – but of course by then the damage was done.
    One would think that after that O’Higgins would have kept a low profile. Far from it.
    The Presidential role in Ireland is, aside from some very limited delaying powers with regard to legislation, almost exclusively ceremonial. There has been an unwritten rule that the President maintain political neutrality and avoid any politically partisan commentary. This was rigorously observed by every President until O’Higgins. He has breached it repeatedly – condemning Capitalism, America, Israel, Brexit, etc repeatedly while eulogising Castro, toadying up to the Chinese and remaining silent about just about every reprehensible regime as long as they are anti Western.

  18. October 24, 2020 11:07 am

    Socialism has never succeeded in any recent society. It always collapses under the weight of itself. Of course, it never impacts politicians and the wealthy until they end up with their head on a spike. This attempt at wealth distribution or “New Green Deal” with a “pandemic” as a distraction is so blatantly obvious.

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