And it’s not just art galleries, either! Louis McKechnie, the eco-babbler on the left, chained himself to the goalpost during a critical English Premier League soccer match between Everton and Newcastle United earlier this year:
BREAKING: Just Stop Oil protesters have glued themselves to a Vincent Van Gogh painting at London’s Courtauld Gallery. More follows… pic.twitter.com/5a1ZblKgzu— TalkTV (@TalkTV) June 30, 2022
Now, as for that protest, I’m fine. I’m an Everton fan (or “supporter,” to use the proper “football” terminology) and we’ve been so bad this season that we’re at risk of getting kicked out of the top league — so some eco-extremist on the field (sorry, “pitch”) that distracts my ire from the team I root for, however briefly, is welcome. It’s like getting a swift kick in the shins from the hygienist during a root canal: Suddenly, I’m not so angry at the dentist. Why art galleries, though? Let McKechnie explain — poorly. “It is immoral for cultural institutions to stand by and watch whilst our society descends into collapse,” he said in a statement, according to ArtNet. “Galleries should close. Directors of art institutions should be calling on the government to stop all new oil and gas projects immediately.” “We are either in resistance or we are complicit.” Sen. Ted Cruz, however, pointed out the irony here:
Same lad that chained himself to the goal at Everton. Enormous bottle pic.twitter.com/ASnsjit67P— Dan Griffiths (@thegriffyo) June 30, 2022
And it didn’t just stop there:
Don’t tell them it’s an oil painting…. https://t.co/VNFbhoOucQ— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 1, 2022
Well, it turns out they’re complicit, too, much as they think this constitutes resistance. For all the talk about these hooligans’ hypocrisy and ignorance, I don’t think enough media outlets have covered just how much of the game these eco-fascists have given away via this protest — and their statement that it’s time for art galleries to shutter in the name of solidarity. [firefly_poll] I don’t use that term “eco-fascists” lightly, either: Their explicit aim is for all galleries to close down, shutting humanity off from artistic enrichment (and whatever you call Jackson Pollack’s dreck) until their demands are met. Same goes for soccer matches, one presumes, and whatever form of entertainment they believe adds to, or distracts from fighting, climate change. They want nothing less than a pre-industrial society, sans the occasional form of merriment. They’ve found a semi-coherent way to merge the philosophy of Ted Kaczynski with the public policy prescriptions of Nicolae Ceaușescu. But only until their demands are met and things turn the corner, I’m sure. The problem is that, like all activist groups, their demands are never met. And yes, they might use oil paintings to make their point, affix themselves to those paintings using petroleum-based glue and spray-paint, wear petroleum-derived products, use petroleum-derived shampoos and get to where they’re going in some kind of vehicle that used fossil fuels to propel or manufacture it. You’re missing the message, though: All animals are equal, but these shameless animals are a whole heck of a lot more equal than the rest of us. You’d think this group would be seen as the ridiculous fringe. You’d be wrong. They have over 20,000 followers on Twitter and a pinned video message of support from Chris Packham — a respected British naturalist and BBC presenter — pinned to the top of their account.
And that superglue is petroleum based. As well as their clothes, shoes, hair products, and the bus they rode there.— Jeff T (@jwt_VA196) July 1, 2022
Yes, there’s a good laugh to be had over the irony, as Sen. Cruz pointed out. Don’t laugh too long or too dismissively, though. If we don’t take these thugs seriously, the entire patrimony of human progress and Western civilization will be sacrificed at the altar of arrant totalitarians who promise us nothing less than a pre-industrial version of the Soviet Bloc. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Knowledgeable experts across the globe have been coming out in support of Just Stop Oil.Chris Packham is a champion for the protection of wiildlife and cares deeply about sustaining life on earth. Each of us must consider the action necessary to avoid “total societal collapse” pic.twitter.com/qocHM4kwNT — JustStopOil (@JustStop_Oil) June 25, 2022