I am not a scientist, and I am not competent to examine the detailed
claims about the nature and extent and causes of global warming. But
I believe these claims are all lies. I believe they are the latest
attempt by some very nasty people to stop the progress of the human
race to unlimited self-improvement.
History and Class Oppression
Until about 250 year ago, the normal situation of humanity was
stagnation. There might be ages of improvement, but these hardly
ever improved the lives of the poorest, and they were always
followed by a decline of economic activity.
This was a world in which
society was shaped like a broad pyramid a very small ruling class
enjoying fabulous wealth and status, and a great mass or ordinary
people at the bottom living in poverty. It was a world in which more
than half of all children born died before they reached the age of
five, and in which the great majority of ordinary people died in
revolutions of the 17th century in England led to a sudden increase
in general wealth during the 18th century. By around 1800, it was
plain that this was an improvement unlike any other before. For the
first time, larger and larger numbers of ordinary people were
enjoying cheaper and better food and clothing.
governments looked on this with envy, as greater national wealth
meant greater military power. But many, both abroad and in England,
were concerned about he social and political impact of these
developments. They meant that more and more ordinary people were
moving about and improving their lives, and they were thinking for
themselves, and beginning to question political arrangements that
delivered immense differences of wealth and status.
The first reaction against market liberalism was purely
conservative. Churches and landowning interests put much effort into
defending the old order of things. Look, for example, at this verse
from a Church of England hymn:
The rich man in his
The poor man at his gate,
He made them, high or
And ordered their estate.
The meaning of this is
that God had given everyone a certain position in the world, and
this position had to be accepted without complaint or attempts at
government force behind it, this sort of reaction was a failure in
every place it was tried. Even there, it tended to fail. No dungeons
in this world, or threats of hellfire in the next, could stifle the
news of freedom and enrichment.