Conspiracy theories

8 07 2012

Last month, I wrote about Noosa’s Population Cap, stimulated by the ridiculous assumptions our new Mayor publicly announced in our local media that we had to populate or perish.  In that post, I wrote an opinion piece the Noosa News published in response; I said I’d keep you posted…. well it’s been generally well received, except for one respondent who started accusing the Club of Rome of having an agenda to depopulate the world and allow the elites to take over the world…..  to back up his premises, this misinformed person quoted a book he alleged was written by the CoR, “The first Global Revolution”.  The authors of this book (which I have now downloaded, but only skimmed so far) are said to have written within its covers “divided nations require common enemies to unite them, “either a real one or else one invented for the purpose.”[6] Because of the sudden absence of traditional enemies, “new enemies must be identified.”[6] “In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill….  All these dangers are caused by human intervention, and it is only through changed attitudes and behaviour that they can be overcome. The real enemy then, is humanity itself.”[7] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Club_of_Rome).  This Wikipedia entry, by the way, also states that the CoR published the book, which is clearly wrong.  Just because it’s on the internet doesn’t mean you have to believe it!

Having downloaded this book, I now know that it was not written by the CoR, but rather another organisation which calls itself “the Council of the Club of Rome”.  The authors, Alexander King & Bertrand Schneider, as far as I can uncover, are not members of the CoR.  If you go to the official CoR website, http://www.clubofrome.org/ and search for the book or its authors, you simply get the message “Sorry, but you are looking for something that isn’t here.”

What you will find there is its charter:  “The Club of Rome is a non-profit organisation, independent of any political, ideological or religious interests. Its essential mission is “to act as a global catalyst for change through the identification and analysis of the crucial problems facing humanity and the communication of such problems to the most important public and private decision makers as well as to the general public.” “

Further digging shows that the internet is full of websites claiming this book was published by the CoR.  Worse, they are nearly all conspiracy theory sites pounding the most amazing crap you could ever read….. like this: “The Club of Rome’s 1972 publication The Limits To Growth was a Malthusian blueprint on how the human population needed to be reduced in order to prevent an ecological collapse, which in itself was merely a disguised version of the abhorrent eugenicist ideas that were circulating in the early part of the 20th century and eventually died out with Hitler.” http://www.infowars.com/club-of-rome-behind-eco-fascist-purge-to-criminalize-climate-skepticism/

At no time has the CoR pushed population reduction.  It merely points out that if we do nothing to control our growth, we are doomed.  In fact, back in 1972, population did not need reduction, it just needed to not grow any more!  The “global revolution” quote above says nothing of the sort either…. it mentions “changed attitudes and behaviour”.  And boy are we in short supply of that…!

Sometimes, I have to say, I feel like giving up…..  why is it that whenever any truth becomes inconvenient, it has to become a conspiracy?

And to finish off, here’s a good Peak Oil video to share that is officially supported by the CoR.

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8 07 2012
dggraham

LTG, at least the 30 Year Update, does add some specificity in describing how our global population will be reduced – starvation due to man-made pollution. Levi-Strauss contributed the phrase amd concept: “the poisoning of the planet.” One could envision various means of survival, but a few other threats were not considered: global climate change, global pandemics or global warfare, for example. The most deadly of poisons is Fukushima. It is already making its presents known, and they’re just from cracks and leakes. During the next ten years, the length of time in one report for it to cool down enough before actual work can begin to repair the damage, is problematic. What’s likely to happen between now and then is not the most optimistic of prognostications. The worst is the collapse, by whatever cause, of all of the buildings thereby releasing enough radiation to sterilize the planet for several thousand years. The various graphs in LTG only went out to 2100. Fukushima fallout has been detected in Virginia already. Not life-threatening amounts. I’ve no idea what that tipping point might be or how long before it happens. It does seem likely that it will affect those of us on the left coast first. I’m not inclined to spend much time on the beach. Are you?

9 07 2012
Stephen Lark

‘The authors, Alexander King & Bertrand Schneider, as far as I can uncover, are not members of the CoR. If you go to the official CoR website, http://www.clubofrome.org/ and search for…its authors, you simply get the message “Sorry, but you are looking for something that isn’t here.”‘

searching for “alexander king” on clubofrome.org has 7 results (http://www.clubofrome.org/Index.php?s=alexander+king)

searching for “bertrand schneider” on clubofrome.org has 1 result (http://www.clubofrome.org/Index.php?s=bertrand+schneider)

Ricardo Díez-Hochleitner, who wrote the Foreward to The First Global Revolution, is currently on the Executive Committee and is a Honorary President of the Club of Rome (http://clubofrome.org/cms/?cat=54)

You are correct in that the book The First Global Revolution does not seem to be referenced on clubofrome.org

The quotes from the book seem to be out of context, as referenced on the WIkipedia talk page for THe Club of Rome (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Club_of_Rome#Out_of_Context_Information)

12 07 2012
Charles

Its always great to see conspiracy news!

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