Death where is thy sting?

The back cover of a book I picked up on the weekend titled, The Dying Generations: Perspectives on the Environmental Crisis. It is filled with doom and gloom about our ecological future and published in 1971, not only before global warming came on the scene but even before global cooling. These people are psychos, looking for a cause and a meaning in life. Pathetic, sad, but extremely dangerous.

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32 Responses to Death where is thy sting?

  1. Roger

    California and the Human Horizon

    Now, there was prescience…in the title, at least.

    In so many ways California is symbolic of the steep decline and gloomy future of Western civilisation, at least in its liberal American iteration.

  2. RobK

    There certainly were a lot of those kind of books in the 70s. I purchsed one called Radical Agriculture. It almost sucked me in, well it actually did suck me in whilst reading it, then, as I decided to test some of the claims, I realised almost all of it was bollocks. I was still in my teens then. Today it seems to take some longer for the penny to drop; if it drops at all.

  3. Tom

    I believe Thomas Malthus (1766-1834) was the world’s first documented hysteric, tapping a deep vein of self-hatred in the losers and wreckers of society — now manifest in the 21st century left, led mostly by women, which is hellbent on taking us back to the blood-soaked violence and failure of communism.

  4. sabena

    On the other hand many western governments are doing all they can to ensure that the future is worse than the past.A subset of the gilette jaune protest is the fear that future generations will not have the same living standards of the past thanks to the actions of governments.

  5. Buccaneer

    The green movement is not much more than a revival of the luddites, just more convincingly packaged and with a veneer of scientific integrity

  6. Rococo Liberal

    The bells of hell go ting-a-ling-a-ling
    for you but not for me
    For me the angels sing-a-ling-a-ling
    They’ve got the goods for me
    O Death where is thy sting-a-ling-a-ling
    or grave thy victory
    The bells of hell go ting-a-ling-a-ling
    for you but not for me

  7. Roger

    The green movement is not much more than a revival of the luddites…

    I think they are closer to Pol Pot.

    The Luddites were driven by an understandable if futile desire to protects their jobs in the face of industrialisation.

    The Greens want a return to Year Zero.

    It must be remembered that The Greens were cultivated in the West by Communists.

  8. DB

    Doomsayers have always walked amongst us, but never have they been so generously funded with taxpayers money.

  9. Whalehunt Fun

    Only dangerous while extant. Mankind has virtually erased tigers and smallpox. These will go the same way. Either through over-hunting, destruction of leftist habitat by capitalism or by the application of viral countermeasures.

  10. …and the Greens want us to fund the causes of youth suicide and self harm.
    Stop funding the Greens and our children will certainly be much healthier, morally, intellectually, and socially.

  11. TFX

    Steve you are being a bit rough conscripting writers of different eras into contemporary debates. As a simple example Charles Darwin is not part of any modern environmental debate even from his writings of his time. And one of your commenters has brought in Malthus as part of the current debate without acknowledging that his hypothesis provided the basis for both Darwin and Wallace to independently arrive at the theory of evolution.

    Let us not go down the path of the new left intellectuals shaming people on their new diversity and other grounds.

  12. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I think they are closer to Pol Pot.

    An apt comparison.

  13. Gbees

    Can you see if you can get Prof. Valentina Zharkova to do a guest post on her research regarding the coming grand minimum and the Sun’s role? Thanks.

  14. Bruce of Newcastle

    Death where is thy sting?

    I doubt that birds and bats suffer much when they are smitten from the sky by a wind turbine blade.
    Burning the village to save it seems a very green sort of thing.

  15. Tintarella di Luna

    led mostly by women,

    Socrates and Aristole figured it out — the lexicon derived from the Greek is accurate too —hysteria – 1610s, from Latin hystericus “of the womb,” from Greek hysterikos “of the womb, suffering in the womb,” from hystera “womb” (see uterus). Originally defined as a neurotic condition peculiar to women and thought to be caused by a dysfunction of the uterus.

  16. John Barr

    I remember in the 70’s Global Cooling was all the Rage. They even made Tele Movies & Movies about it. Now It’s Global Warming & next week it’ll be…..

  17. iggie

    Scare people – offer solutions – give us your money to implement said solutions.

  18. Buccaneer

    “The Greens want a return to Year Zero.” I rather think they want everyone else to return to year zero, few seem anything other than wedded to the trappings of modern civilisation, particularly air travel.

  19. Leo G

    Originally defined as a neurotic condition peculiar to women and thought to be caused by a dysfunction of the uterus.

    Could be the same in utero condition that causes overpopulation.

  20. Dr Fred Lenin

    California the US version of South Australia wonder if they have pretentious surnames too also jesbian senators and lefty poofters like pyne ?

  21. manalive

    It is filled with doom and gloom about our ecological future and published in 1971 …

    1971 was about the time when globally the number of those living in absolute poverty started to decline and life expectancy has continued to increase.

  22. Suburban Boy

    Those of us who have been disappointed with the direction of popular music over the last 40 years – and in particular with the messianic pretensions of some of its practitioners – would like to rewrite the headline:

    Sting, where is thy death?

  23. The original use of that line.

    Drown in a cold vat of whiskey? Death, where is thy sting?

    W. C. Fields

  24. Bela Bartok

    Death be not proud, though some have called thee mighty and dreadful, for ye art not so!

    Who said my Arts degree was a waste?

  25. Death Giraffe

    I wish you would all stop talking about me behind my back.

  26. Tel

    These people are psychos, looking for a cause and a meaning in life. Pathetic, sad, but extremely dangerous.

    You can see why the church invented monasteries to keep such people laser focused on making steady incremental improvements to some alcoholic beverage.

  27. Leo G

    The sting must be in ecodeath’s tail- all upbeat for doomsayers until the unpleasant part becomes clear at the end of the story when the receptive audience realises they’re still alive.

  28. Senile Old Guy

    And one of your commenters has brought in Malthus as part of the current debate without acknowledging that his hypothesis provided the basis for both Darwin and Wallace to independently arrive at the theory of evolution.

    No, Wallace came up with natural selection, one of the several mechanisms of evolution. Darwin independently came to the same idea. But Darwin’s contribution was collecting the evidence.

  29. Leo G

    Who said my Arts degree was a waste?

    Wasted on a Donne to death deconstruction, I suspect.

  30. Tintarella di Luna
    #2885824, posted on December 14, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    led mostly by women,

    Women have always been socialists and re-distributionists (not all not all not all, but the overwhelming majority). It’s registered in their DNA, just like children. Both relied upon men to re-distribute to them for 300,000 years or more.
    In the modern era, children mature much later because they don’t have to provide for themselves, often into their late 20’s.
    And women have been moving into positions of power and authority in substantive numbers in the last 50 years or so.

    Dr Jordan Peterson once said in an interview that women in the workplace alongside men was an historical experiment, the result of which is unclear. I suspect he was being careful and diplomatic in his response to the questioner.
    I am more clear on the result of this experiment. Any society with substantive numbers of women in positions of power and authority and with children in their late 20’s, will always slide into socialism and group identity politics.

    What I’m not sure of is the question, “Do the obvious fairness and benefits of having equal numbers of women and men in positions of power, outweigh the obvious harmful effects?”
    I suspect not. I suspect the decline of our Greco Roman, J u d e o Christian based societies is inevitable, and the take over by patriarchal ideologies such as Islam is equally inevitable.

  31. TFX

    to Senile Old Guy

    Not disagreeing with you but both were influenced by Malthus.

  32. GoWest

    There are many books of illumination and prescience.

    michael crichton – state of fear comes to mind…

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