Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Vanguard of the Warmetariat, Anyone?

I know the vast majority of people concerned with global warming aren't totalitarian fruitcakes, but a disturbing number of the most worried are so worried that totalitarian solutions seem perfectly acceptable:

If I were empress of the Universe I would insist on every individual having a unique ID permanently attached – a barcode if you will; an implanted chip to provide an easy, fast inexpensive way to identify individuals.

The best way to reduce your carbon footprint is to put people in charge who can stomp their boot on your face--forever. Or until your carbon-spewing life is mercifully ended before you poison the Earth.

Do click through for more here and here.

Oh, and her idea that bar coding everyone means soldiers will never again accidentally kill non-combatants is too stupid to believe. How will bar codes prevent combatants from fighting amongst civilians? Seriously, often we can see someone with a weapon moving amongst unarmed civilians. And how will we make insurgents or terrorists have their bar codes changed to show their combatant status rather than their visual look as a civilian?

There is also that teensy problem that some governments will use the bar code information to target the easiest-to-kill:

World outrage grew Saturday as details emerged about an attack in the Syrian village of Houla, which left more than 90 people dead, including nearly three dozen children, according to the United Nations. ...

Observers confirmed the use of artillery and tank shells[.]

But that surface appeal is just to get a bar code on you so that every time you purchase something that produces carbon dioxide, you can be properly punished. In her perfect world of course. But then, most totalitarian Hells start with someone's dream of a perfect world--or universe for the really ambitious.

You know, this is only incidentally a global warming post. Mostly it is about the totalitarian groupies out there who think their own reasonably enlightened rule would benefit everyone.