When I am not reading Takimag.com, writing my own satire, binge-watching Monty Python Flying Circus 6 seasons worth of sketches on Netflix or all 1,001 episodes of Seinfeld on Hulu, mainlining Farside cartoons, or amusing myself with Babylon Bee headlines and their fake photos, I am reading my favorite satirist, James Lileks, who has a column in National Review and the Minneapolis, Star-Tribune. He coined the phrase “climate infidel” and writes about the youth “leadership” of the international climate change feeding frenzy. I need to explain about the BB’s fake photos. They so ridiculous that those who think some of their headlines are real instead of satire (either a commentary on how ridiculous reality has become, or how gullible some people are, or both) can be disabused on that notion.
Lileks to the youth: “Even though you say the world is ending, you will go to college and try to find your way in the world. If you were truly, honestly fearful, you wouldn’t worry about college debt any more than someone strolling to the electric chair is concerned about the interest rate on this credit card for which he was just approved. We worry that the worst of you will go into politics, and the rest will vote for them because they care, and then you’ll be shocked when you’re standing in line with a meat-ration coupon. Like, the coupon should be in an app or something?
“We wish you well. We wish you a society so prosperous that you can spend your idle hours berating people who do not shave the cotton off their Q-tips and recycle the paper stem. But we do not wish to take orders from dour children whose Save the Earth poster occupies a space that had pictures of Pokémon two years ago. This may sound like the meanest, worst thing you’ve ever heard, and it’s going to go contrary to everything you believe, and I am truly sorry to break the news, but it needs to be said.”
Is this not true? Is it not a testament to the dearth of adult leadership in the world? This saying is generally attributed to Winston Churchill and usually quoted as, “If you are not liberal at 20, you have no heart and if you are not conservative at 40 you have no brain.” This aphorism doesn’t apply to “the worst of those” who go into politics and remain at 40. Those who still appear as liberals have a vested interest in doing so. May they all lose.