If you hear a politician, businessman, or religious leader say “it is now generally agreed” you immediately know that the person making that statement has decided that something is true despite what other people might think about it.
As an example, George Soros wrote an op-ed for the Guardian (a British paper) that begins with:
It is now generally agreed that the developed countries will have to make a substantial financial contribution to enable the developing world to deal with climate change. Funds are needed to invest in new low-carbon energy sources, reforestation and protection of rainforests, land-use changes, and adaptation and mitigation. But there is no similar agreement on where the money will come from.
So who exactly is it that generally agrees that his conclusion is true?
I could go on for a long time about the large numbers of people–other businessmen, politicians, scientists and all kinds of intelligent, rational thinking people–who disagree with just about everything Soros said in his statement, a number of people who easily equal, or perhaps even dwarf, the number of people who agree with it. I could point out the polls, petitions, surveys, and publications of many people, most of whom you have never heard of because the media wants you to think everyone agrees with Soros, who point out the specific, large, dangerous flaws in his thinking. I could make another impassioned argument for why it is not generally agreed at all.
But I won’t.
You see, the problem here is not that it is generally agreed but that it is far from agreed, yet the people who disagree seem to have convinced themselves that they have better things to do with their time than keep a bunch of rich liberals and “poor nations” from using the auspices of international organizations and agreements to raid the fruits of our hard labor for their own benefit just as surely as the Somali pirates are taking ships and their crews hostage for cash.
So, what’s the point of trying to convince the people, in the US at least, who were pissed off enough to go to tea parties over the summer that they have to do something more than shout about it if they want something to change when our elected leaders are not already being buried in an avalanche of popular protest for what they are already doing in Washington and Stockholm and Copenhagen?
Frankly, we’re all about to get exactly what we deserve. George Soros and his band have already decided what is good for us because he thinks he’s smarter than the rest of us. The bands of thugs that haunt the halls of the Capitol and the Nobel Foundation, and the UN Climate Change Summit have already decided that they are going to profit by robbing you of even more of what you spend so much time working hard to have.
And it all will have happened because you aren’t as pissed off as I am when I read the words “it is now generally agreed” and know they mean that some rich liberal has decided he doesn’t give rat’s ass what I think, he’s going to steal from me anyway.
Once upon a time, words like that written in Britain were fighting words. We fought for twelve years to feed them back to the people who thought that way back then. What are we going to do about it now?