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One of the most pompous, elitist concoctions ever produced is now available at The Lancet titled “The Global Syndemic of Obesity, Undernutrition, and Climate Change: The Lancet Commission Report.” Instances of not enough food, too much food, or the wrong food combined with climate change means that we must surrender almost every consumption choice to the planners lest we all die. Highly credentialed dung beetles have rolled it all into a single giant threat ball.
All eating habits and choices, the production and distribution of all food items, all energy use, and any other product or choice related to such must henceforth spring from the foreheads of our betters. The very existence of market choices of unhealthy foodstuffs, market-driven decisions regarding food production, and energy-consuming vehicles used for unapproved economic purchases must be banned.
If you have an agribusiness-related occupation or work in a bakery and you have ever driven an SUV to McDonald’s they are coming for you.
One expects our betters to exaggerate various risks and problems in order to sell us some statist solution but the scope of this project is breathtaking. Everything we grow, eat, make or buy must be planned by internationally sanctioned technocrats lest we all die. They call it a “syndemic” so it has to be true on account of #Science.
What is wrong with our educational systems such that we crank out bright, technically qualified people with advanced degrees who have complete amnesia about the planet’s political and ideological history, total ignorance of economics, amnesia about their own class’ mistakes and policy choices (anybody remember how we were already doomed 40 years ago by overpopulation), and a total lack of humility or self-examination.
Oddly enough, the millions of people who actually make our lives better, who produce, innovate, serve, and provide never ask us to surrender political power in exchange for what we receive. The apparent invisibility of the happy realities of free markets is a stunning intellectual defect. How well-educated does one have to be miss both the trees and the forest?