The Revolution of German Farmers | Eva Vlaardingerbroek & Anthony Lee | EP 416
Tour Update (00:00:00)
- Jordan Peterson announces his 2024 tour, visiting 51 cities in the US from February to June.
- The tour will cover ideas from his upcoming book, "We Who Wrestle with God," to be released in November 2024.
- Eva Vlaardingerbroek (Ava) and Anthony Lee discuss recent protests in Germany involving farmers, truckers, dock workers, and railway workers.
- The protests have not received much attention in mainstream media.
Update on the German Farmer’s Protest (00:02:31)
- Ava reports on the large-scale farmers' protests in Germany over the past week.
- The protests involved not only farmers but also blue-collar workers and ordinary citizens expressing discontent with the German federal government.
- Anthony Lee, a farmer and protest organizer, explains his personal reasons for participating in the protests, including concerns about the future of farming and the impact of green policies.
The Issue With Green Policies (00:07:24)
- Anthony criticizes the European Green Deal and its impact on farmers.
- Specific green policies mentioned include reducing farmland usage by 10%, cutting plant protection chemicals by 50%, and converting 25% of EU farmland to organic farming.
- Ava draws parallels between the German farmers' protests and the Dutch farmers' protests, highlighting a broader attack on farming at both national and European levels.
- The protests reflect a general sentiment of dismay with the German government's policies and actions that are perceived to be against the interests of ordinary citizens.
Canadian Freedom Convoy (00:12:33)
- Ava discusses the similarities between the German protests and the Canadian Freedom Convoy, both of which faced accusations of being anti-democratic.
- Ava argues that the protests are a legitimate exercise of democratic rights by citizens who feel unrepresented and unheard by their government.
- She criticizes the mainstream media for labeling the protesters as extremists and highlights the historical sensitivity of such labels in Germany.
Aligning With the “Far Right” Movement in Germany (00:16:03)
- Ava Vlaardingerbroek explains that she is half British and not afraid of the typical right-wing agenda in Germany.
- She criticizes the current German government for its economic policies, particularly the shutdown of nuclear power plants and the negative impact on the economy.
- Ava highlights the decline of German industries, such as the car industry, and the rising inflation rate.
- She emphasizes that the mainstream media in Germany does not adequately cover the protests and that it is difficult to find information about them.
Widespread Participation in the Protests (00:17:25)
- Ava describes the solidarity between farmers and truckers during the protests, with truckers ensuring the safety of farmers on the highway.
- There was widespread support for the protests from blue-collar workers and citizens stuck in traffic.
- The protests included people from the middle class who are being negatively affected by the globalist agenda and green policies.
- Ava argues that the mainstream media unfairly labels the protesters as far-right extremists when they are simply ordinary citizens fighting for their livelihoods.
The Green Agenda as a Pretext for Control (00:18:31)
- Ava believes that the climate agenda is being used as a pretext to gain control over people's lives.
- She criticizes the globalist government for working against the best interests of the people and actively crushing them with bureaucracy, taxes, and derogatory labels.
- Ava suggests that the goal behind the climate agenda is to create crises and make the population dependent on the government for food, thereby gaining control over them.
Bureaucratic Exploitation of the Green Agenda (00:20:00)
- Jordan Peterson discusses how bureaucrats use the green agenda to advance their careers and virtue signal their moral superiority.
- He argues that the collective pursuit of this agenda by bureaucrats acts in a quasi-conspiratorial manner to promote it.
- Peterson cites the C40 Consortium agenda, which includes drastic reductions in clothing, car ownership, and travel, as an example of radical leftist policies that are willing to sacrifice the working class and the poor.
- He highlights the backfiring of these policies in the Netherlands.
Update on the Netherlands (00:30:14)
- The farmers' protests in the Netherlands led to a political upheaval.
- The Farmer Citizens Movement won a landslide victory in the general elections.
- The far-right party, PVV, won a significant number of seats in the parliament.
- The farmers are at the forefront of political change, as they are seen as ordinary people standing up for their rights.
- The normalization of the so-called far-right agenda is a concern, but the term has become overused and trivialized.
- The mainstream media's use of the term "far-right" to label anyone with conservative views has led to people no longer fearing the label.
What Do the Protesters Want? (00:37:28)
- The protesters want politicians with common sense.
- They oppose the Green Deal policies that aim to reduce CO2 emissions, as they believe these policies are harmful to farmers and the environment.
- The protesters argue that the Green Deal will lead to increased food imports, deforestation, and dependence on foreign governments for energy.
- They criticize the government's decision to stop importing gas from Russia while other EU countries continue to do so.
- The protesters believe that Germany could become self-sufficient in energy by fracking for gas, but the government is refusing to do so due to environmental concerns.
- Quebec has enough natural gas to supply itself for 200 years or the EU for 50 years, but they refuse to frack it due to perceived dangers.
- Germany's electricity prices are five times higher than they should be due to dependence on expensive renewable energy sources.
- Germany is producing more carbon dioxide and waste per unit of energy than 10 years ago due to shutting down nuclear plants and relying on coal.
- Green policies are counterproductive as they increase energy costs, harm the working class and the poor, and undermine Europe's economic stability.
- Importing power and shutting down local food production contradicts the goals of reducing transportation costs and supporting local economies.
- The consequences of these policies suggest that the motive is to make people poorer and more dependent on the government.
- The Net Zero scam is a criminal injustice as governments turn their backs on their population and allow them to become poor and starve.
- Young people are demoralized by the constant insistence that human striving is planet-destroying, leading to fear and anxiety.
- Bureaucrats promote green agendas for career advancement and self-aggrandizement, leading to policies that harm the economy and society.
What Is Next for Germany? (00:49:17)
- 80% of Germans support the farmers' protest.
- The government hasn't learned from the protest and continues to push harmful policies.
- The war in Ukraine has disrupted wheat production and caused a rise in prices.
- The German government is paying to transport contaminated wheat from Ukraine, despite the risk to its citizens.
- The government's policies are demoralizing and harmful to the people.
- The current agenda is based on a false premise that humans are a burden on the planet and should consume less.
- The data shows that every baby born will produce seven times the economic resources they consume, disproving the malthusian notion that more people lead to more poverty and environmental degradation.
- Providing poor people with access to basic resources can incentivize them to take a long-term view of environmental sustainability.
- The government's policies are counterproductive and make both the economy and the environment worse.
- The government's actions are driven by a hatred of the people they govern.
- The malthusian doctrine is based on a flawed analogy and does not apply to humans.
- Humans can innovate and produce variants of themselves that can die instead of them, allowing for constant scarcity to be transformed into variable plenitude.
- The government's policies treat people like bacteria or infectious agents, which drives a totalitarian agenda.
- The farmers' protest is a response to these policies and the feeling that they are being despised by the government.
- The government has not shown any willingness to change its policies, despite the widespread support for the protest.
- The organization behind the protest is considering civil disobedience as the next step.
- The government's policies are based on an ideology that has no regard for human well-being and control.
- The future of Germany is uncertain, but there is hope that the government will change its policies or be replaced by a more responsive one.
Netherlands and Germany (01:07:04)
- The Netherlands is in the process of forming a coalition government after a recent election.
- The far-right party, PVV, led by Geert Wilders, is gaining popularity and may become part of the coalition.
- Wilders is seen as a controversial figure, but some believe he is necessary to bring about change in the Netherlands.
- In Germany, the far-right party, AfD, is also gaining popularity.
- The AfD is seen as a conservative party that opposes mass migration and the destruction of the country by the current government.
- There are concerns about the potential dangers of these far-right parties, but some believe they are necessary to challenge the status quo.
- The future of Germany and the Netherlands is uncertain, but there is hope that the people will stand up for what they believe in and not be intimidated by those who lie about them.
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