Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week


Time magazine (yes, it’s still being published) just named Greta Thunberg as their Person of the Year because of her efforts on behalf of fighting global climate change by…shaming people? The editors made it sound a lot nicer than I did, but it’s still heaping praise on Ms. Thunberg for giving a speech, doing things that do nothing for the environment, and most likely not getting the Nobel Peace Prize for the same non-accomplishments that got her the Person of the Year award.

At only 16 years old, Greta Thunberg has taken the world by storm like the latest auto-tuned teen singing star. She’s inspired millions of people (according to her followers) and sparked a global conversation on climate change while leading school walkouts to protest the world’s governments’ inaction on it. Although her accomplishments are rarer than the way Dracula likes his steak, the impact she’s had on the world cannot be understated.

And now, she’s getting her own entry into the Leftist Lexicon!

Greta Thunberg

What the Left thinks it means – a young woman and future leader on climate change

What it really means – the latest useful idiot in the climate change PR machine

The prevailing thought is that we cannot attack Ms. Thunberg for any number of reasons, ranging from her being on the autism spectrum to her age and gender. I will abide by that idea because I honestly think she’s being used by the very people who claim she’s an inspiration to the world.

That’s where the “useful idiot” part comes into play. The Soviets used that term to describe anyone unwittingly doing their bidding by supporting their ideology. In the case of climate change, the rotten apple didn’t fall too far from the Soviet treeski. One of the common tactics of the eco-Left is to bring children into the conversation. “What kind of a world do you want to leave for your children and grandchildren” is still being used today as a means to guilt people into agreeing with the Left. By and large, it works. Very few adults want an ecological disaster for future generations to clean up or live through and it’s been that way for decades.

Yet, none of the dire predictions of ecological disaster have occurred in the decades we’ve been asked to think about the children. I’m sure the Left wants to take credit for it, but little actual change has occurred in spite of the warnings that we have X number of years before it’s too late. And if you’ve noticed, that date keeps getting pushed back every few years.

In the meantime, we get treated to Ms. Thunberg’s screeds on climate change. Lucky us.

The funny thing is her use as a figurehead for the climate change movement contradicts the standards the movement itself has set. Whenever anyone who disagrees with them presents facts, the Left always disregards that person’s facts because “he/she isn’t a scientist.” (See last week’s Leftist Lexicon for more information on how the Left uses the appeal to authority fallacy.) Yet, Ms. Thunberg isn’t a scientist. She hasn’t even graduated high school to my knowledge. Even if she has, she’s as much of a scientist as former global warming figurehead Al “I Swear I’m Not a Robot” Gore, which is to say neither one is. They can quote scientists all they want, but they will always be given the benefit of the doubt because they’re saying the “right” things.

The major downside to being a Leftist darling is they typically have a short shelf life. Once the issue is played out, the Left will jettison you to the ashbin of history. The plus side? You’ll have plenty of new friends. Remember Emma Gonzales? Cindy Sheehan? Chelsea/Bradley Manning? Karen McDougal? Walter Mondale? Al Franken? And, just like the old TV record offers, there are many more. If the past is prologue in Leftist circles (and by sheer volume of people in their Has-Beenville, it is), Greta Thunberg will be getting a small eco-friendly studio apartment there eventually.

The saddest part of it is it doesn’t need to happen. Whether she chose the life of an activist or was talked into it by the adults in her life, Ms. Thunberg has chosen a path that is filled with hope, but winds up in despair and disillusionment because it’s based on a careful series of lies that have been repeated over and over again for 50 years or so but have never been truly exposed as lies. Every effort made by actual climate scientists to self-invested individuals to show there is more than one way to crunch the data gets buried, mocked, and discounted by the Left as a means to protect the narrative.

And guess what, Ms. Thunberg? You’re now a vital part in that lie. At least until another issue or another young person comes along and takes your place. At that point, your life becomes just another worn-out cog in the Left’s machine.

Many of Ms. Thunberg’s fans have said she’s hurt fragile male egos with her actions. Nothing could be further from the truth in my case. She’s free to do what she wants with her life, and I’m free to comment on how absurd it is. If I do feel anything for her, it’s pity, as well as a little wistful reminiscence. It wasn’t that long ago that I was just as idealistic and full of piss and vinegar as she is. When I realized the Left’s manipulation of what and how I thought, I was disappointed, but I resolved to use that piss and vinegar to stick with the truth. And, if I may be so bold, the truth doesn’t support your position or pseudo-solutions, Ms. Thunberg.

I pity you because you are so wrapped up in your cause that you aren’t able to see an alternate perspective. Regardless of what accolades you receive now for saying and doing what people tell you is the right thing, you have limited your intellectual growth, which is always the wrong thing to do. In order to achieve anything worthwhile, we must be willing to challenge our preconceived notions and biases and accept there may be some intelligent people who simply disagree. Shaming them won’t make them turn around and accept your point of view. You’re 16, and you’re being used by people who need you more than you need them, but that window is going to close someday.

And no Person of the Year award will keep that window open for one second more.