Farmers rebellion unmasks pied pipers of the green utopia
A clash is taking place between the ideology of apocalyptic environmentalism and the great farmers' uprising. At stake is the total alienation from reality that holds all 'euro-green' policies together, its unbridgeable distance from any practical rationality and the despotic and dystopian implications of their application.
The unmistakable hallmark of any ideology is its direct opposition to concrete reality, its construction of an imaginary, abstract, alienated world in which society is completely dismantled and rebuilt according to the lucid pseudo-religious and scientistic delirium that aims to construct the 'new man', immune from faults and conflicts, 'forced' into happiness. An artificial and alternative reality that inevitably, when the supporters of that ideology gain total power and attempt to make it work, takes the form of a dystopia: not paradise but hell on earth, a prison, an asylum and a place of torture for the unfortunate societies condemned to suffer it.
As for the ideology of apocalyptic environmentalism that is dominant today among Western, and especially European, intellectual and political elites, its contrast with concrete reality is right before our eyes in these very days with the huge uprising of farmers against the insane, ruinous policies imposed for years by the EU on its peoples, based on the bogeyman of an alleged climate and, more generally, ecological emergency.
On the one hand, the fatal presumption of completely redesigning the economy, production, consumption, the daily lives of hundreds of millions of people in deference to the dogmatic idea that, if this is not done, a cosmic catastrophe looms over the whole of human civilisation, and if, on the other hand, European citizens obey, this catastrophe will be averted. On the other, the reaction of the continent's concrete societies, dictated by the instinct for survival and the well-founded fear that those policies will generate irreparable damage to their well-being, their autonomy, their coexistence.
For the time being, this reaction, which instantly debunks the ideological staging with which the risk of environmental apocalypse was portrayed as an absolute priority, comes from the classes of agri-food farming, which have been hardest hit by the pseudo-environmentalist measures of the European ruling classes, led by disquieting figures like former Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans. But other sectors of production are already being mobilised (such as workers and entrepreneurs in Germany and some other countries), and above all, the vast majority of European citizens are already bitterly experiencing first hand, in one form or another, the extremely serious consequences of those measures on their vital interests: from all businesses subjected to unbearable costs due to short sighted 'sustainability' criteria, to homeowners threatened by the nightmare of unnecessary, harmful, and economically obtuse compulsory renovations, to motor vehicle owners forced into a burdensome and impractical conversion to electric, to all consumers who are already bitterly realising how the fallout of every 'green' EU measure is the soaring prices of all essential goods, and the lowering of their quality: of which the pressure to impose artificial 'meat', driven by the interests of large non-European multinationals, is the most symptomatic and almost mocking compendium.
The upcoming elections for the European Parliament will tell us how much the frustration and anger of societies in the face of this drift will change the continental political balance. But, beyond them, the battle between reality and ideological delirium seems destined to go on for a long time: at least until that ideology is countered by an alternative culture strong enough to demolish its hegemony in the public debate.
On the other hand, the character of total alienation from reality that holds all 'euro-green' policies together, its unbridgeable distance from any practical rationality, and the despotic and dystopian implications of their implementation are already evident to anyone who is not blinded by the narrative of the pied pipers in Brussels who are leading their peoples into the abyss.
In fact, all those measures converge in one of the most radical projects of the 'new man' ever manifested in the history of ideologies, foreshadowing outcomes at least as catastrophic as those already reached in the 20th century. Let us try to 'connect the dots' of the ideal of 'sustainability' to which they claim to refer, and see what is the profile of the Homo Europaeus that they aspire to create.
The population of the future (or rather imminent) 'sustainable Europe' with 'zero impact' on the much feared 'emissions', desired by the current ruling classes of the Union, will live in territories where agricultural production and livestock breeding, in homage to 'sustainability' and the 'restoration of nature', will be increasingly scarce, with ever higher prices and an increasing dependence on the production of other continents for its sustenance; moreover, consuming goods whose production chain is much less controllable.
These inhabitants will live using only renewable energies; in order to distribute them, the land and landscape will be completely denatured (talk about 'restoring nature!'): energies that, without hydrocarbons or nuclear power plants, can in any case only cover a minority percentage of the needs of industrialised societies. And so they will either return to a more primitive stage of civilisation or be totally dependent on energy produced elsewhere, again with enormously increased costs.
They will almost entirely lose the manufacturing industry, unable to survive under these conditions, plunging into chronic mass unemployment. They will not be able to get about because of the extremely high costs of obligatory private electric mobility and public transport.
In short, they will live in an almost unreal 'bubble' in which only a small elite will be able to maintain a satisfactory standard of living (the ruling classes of digital entrepreneurship and cutting-edge scientific research, and those tied to the political bandwagon) while the rest of society will be reduced to a shapeless mass of poor people in search of subsidies, or will emigrate elsewhere, resulting in a further accentuation of demographic decline and/or depopulation. While the rest of the world, free from such suffocating constraints, will continue to grow, until it 'colonises' what remains of the Old Continent.
The 'green' utopia will turn out to be, in fact is already turning out to be, the dystopia of a slice of the world, until recently the driving force of development, which is committing suicide. An outcome that can still be avoided only if the societies subjected to this yoke immediately stop following, mesmerised, their pied pipers.
The agricultural sector not only ensures food security, but also absorbs four times the carbon dioxide it emits while protecting land. Yet, European institutions are heavily penalising farmers in the name of an illusory climate 'salvation'.
Drastic cuts in pesticides, the extension of organic farming, and the reduction of cultivated land are measures aimed at a 'degrowth' that threatens the whole of society. Brussels must re-open a dialogue with the agricultural world.