by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:
If you’ve gone on the internet this week, you’ve likely seen that 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg was chosen as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2019. Congratulations Ms. Thunberg. This is a huge accomplishment, especially at the age of 16, which is a record for the youngest person ever to receive this honor.
If Thunberg’s activism actually wakes people up to pollution and incites a peaceful and a voluntarily implemented environmental benefit — without ushering in a tyrannical climate change police state — we fully support her endeavors. Wanting to save the world is a noble cause and if children want to try to do that, by all means, have at it—just don’t take away anyone’s life or liberty in the process.
Thunberg’s activism has sparked a movement of millions of children yelling at their parents to clean up their acts and start caring about the world they leave behind. This is a great thing. Older generations need to be aware of their actions and the impact it has on this planet. In fact, the idea is so good that it’s actually been around for centuries. The Great Law of Iroquois Confederacy is a an ancient Iroquois philosophy which says in part that the decisions we make today should result in a sustainable world seven generations into the future. Thank you Ms. Thunberg for reminding us of this principle.
But does travelling around the world and scolding adults — telling us that we “have stolen my dreams and my childhood” — really amount to the person of the year? Or, are Americans so easily influenced by pedophrasty, that picking Thunberg was the simplest choice? We believe it is the latter.
The term pedophrasty is a relatively new word — not currently accepted by an official dictionary — but that has a powerful meaning in today’s political and media environment. Pedophrasty is an “argument involving children to prop up a rationalization and make the opponent look like an asshole, as people are defenseless and suspend all skepticism in front of suffering children: nobody has the heart to question the authenticity or source of the reporting. Often done with the aid of pictures.” We have seen this tactic employed by both the left and the right sides of the political spectrum and it is, unfortunately, highly effective.
No one here at the Free Thought Project are climate scientists, so we will abstain from commenting on Ms. Thunberg’s agenda. However, neither is she. The political and mainstream media machine’s exploitation and parading around of Thunberg, however, is a perfect example of pedophrasty.
Showing how highly effective it is, it the fact that everyone oohed and aahed when Ms. Thunberg was meeting with the former warmonger and chief, Barack Obama — whose policies murdered countless brown children Greta’s age while facilitating deadly pollution on a global scale.
Barack Obama advocated for, approved, and oversaw eight wars in various different countries which brought death and destruction to millions of innocent people. Under his watch, tens of thousands of war heads fell all over the Middle East ensuring a lifetime of pollution and suffering for the people who managed not to be blown up by them. What’s more, under his (and yes, Trump’s too) presidency, the US military contributed more pollution to the planet than 140 countries, combined. This has made the United States military the largest polluter on the planet. We’d be remiss if we didn’t point out the irony of Ms. Thunberg fist bumping the man whose policies facilitated and sustained the largest polluter on earth.
That, and there’s her not-so-little carbon footprint and the fact that had she not been paraded around by politicians and celebrities, no one would really know who she is as she hasn’t really contributed anything other than scolding adults and rabble rousing her fellow classmates into a strike.
But enough on Thunberg, the decision has been made and she is 2019’s Person of the Year. Instead of verbally lambasting a child for being angry over the climate, TFTP would like to point out other folks who we thought deserved this honor a smidgen more than Ms. Thunberg.
Instead of flying all over the world on carbon-producing airplanes to demand government fix the climate, Fionn Ferreira, another foreign teenager who cares about the climate, starting taking action at home. When Ferreira began learning about the plastic pollution that is plaguing the world’s oceans, he didn’t grab his bullhorn and yell at adults to fix it. He started thinking of a way to fix it himself.
“I was alarmed to find out how many microplastics enter our wastewater system and consequently the oceans,” he wrote in his project.