by Bernie Quigley for The Free Market News Network on 12/20/07
In a historic series of government failures –
In the case of
At the beginning of the war on
It was a good metaphor; we live in a moment when animal familiars are all the rage, in movies like The Golden Compass. Surely the penguin is the totem animal for an entire generation; a horde, uniform in mind and stripe, walking together into the sunset without the political will or individual character to take the actions that need to be taken. And substituting instead the switching off of an occasion light switch or conspicuously wearing a sweater around the office. The sweater was the new initiative at Bali – I expect to see Bush the Little wearing one soon. These are denial initiatives; they remove the individual from responsibility by creating the personal illusion of “doing something.” But they are at least prelude to an environment of real action in the next generation (the non-penguin or “anti-penguin” generation), which is the new one rising.
One of Governor Schwarzenegger’s initiatives is a “hydrogen highway,” a pioneering set of way stations leading up from southern
So what stops this? It is the god which the visionary Aldous Huxley called Ford. Like most, it is a god with a dual nature; Ford and General Motors and as it was said at the beginning, “as goes General Motors, so goes the country.” Which has an ominous ring today.
Like so many of that century with their horde waves of futurism, fascism, communism, consumerism, deconstructivism and reconstructivism, it is a god that failed.
The tailpipe standards
Note the language: Clean Air Act; a federal program committed to keeping the air dirty. It is the fate of all Twins that they look like, no matter how different they are. This is the language of the U.S.S.R. in the old Politburo days and the sound and syllogism which the Dark Penguin speaks today; the language that Huxley's lightly totalitarianated hordes - people without places marinated exclusively in their generational culture and with tiny telephones the size of roaches dangling from their ears, willfully on the path of Prozac and public radio - listen in. And if penguins could speak, it would be their language as well. Likewise, when the EPA rejected the advanced standards brought forth by Schwarzenegger, as in the Soviet tradition, it set up its own program; a program which brought forth actually laughter and booing at the recent climate conference in
The question for them – for us – is as it was at the beginning of the war on