September 26, 2016

Dr. Tim Ball: When and how people get rid of leaders

Tim BallRebel Columnist
 

Popeye is my philosopher of record. His two most profound observations were:

“I don’t know how youz duz it, but youz duz it.”

“That’s all I can stand, I can’t stands no more.”

These summarize our general condition. Some people who, for want of a better word, we call leaders, directly and indirectly control our lives without us fully understanding how or why.

Their actions eventually reach a point at which we don’t know or care how or why we just won’t tolerate it anymore.

When and why do we reach that point? My research interest in climatology was focussed on the impact of climate and climate change on humans and their history. It stems from the idea that we are products of our environment and, according to Darwin, adapt and adjust to changes in the environment. The great myth used today to exploit people’s lack of understanding and fears is that climate change is new, and we must learn to adapt.

But we have always adapted. Indeed, what anthropologists identify as our greatest achievements were adaptations to changing environments. For example, we adapted to the cooling of the Pleistocene Ice Age by controlling fire, making clothing, and building shelters.

The problem is academics do not consider these social or cultural adaptations as evolutionary advances. As far as they are concerned, we are past our peak and our now doing things wrong. Consider the following comment from David Suzuki:

“Economics is a very species – chauvinistic idea. No other species on earth – and there are may be 30 million of them – has had the nerve to put forth a concept called economics, in which one species, us, declares the right to put value on everything else on earth, in the living and non-living world.”

What nonsense! The number of species is closer to 100 million and all of them put a value on everything, such as: “Is it edible or not?”

No, humans are unique because they can create complex and abstract ideas, or any other intellectual endeavour.

A major difference between humans and animals concerns leaders and followers. With animals, the followers have no say in who leads. However, with humans and democracy (another species-chauvinistic idea) the followers are the majority who determine who will lead and how far they will follow.

The basic assumption about leaders was summarized 2000 years ago in graffiti in Pompeii; It says if we get rid of this bunch of scoundrels we just get another bunch of scoundrels. In other words, elections don’t change anything. But there are two conditions under which people generally choose to get rid of the scoundrels.

The first is a failure of the food supply. A classic example occurred in France in the 19th century. The animosity between French peasants, the monarchy and aristocracy was always present, but it took two consecutive years of catastrophic harvest failure to trigger the Revolution.

This situation resulted from a cooler world during the Little Ice Age (1450 – 2000) and, in particular, a volcanic eruption in Iceland in 1783. Benjamin Franklin observed the eruption plume while transiting to his post as US Ambassador to France, and predicted the impact on agriculture in Europe. Sure enough, crop conditions deteriorated over a few years, culminating in that almost total failure in France in 1787 and ’88. No wonder they stormed the Bastille in 1789.

A 21st century example occurred in Egypt in 2011. People rioted against the government of Hosni Mubarak; President Obama claimed it was an “Arab Spring,” a popular democratic uprising. In fact, they were food riots. Obama wanted to get rid of Mubarak and replace him with the Muslim Brotherhood. The people wanted to get rid of Mubarak because the food supply failed.

The second reason people get rid of leaders is that they have forgotten who put them in power. Charles I of England believed implicitly in the Divine Right of Kings. He marched into the House of Commons and ordered them to approve financing for his campaigns. They cut Charles’ head off to show who was really in charge, and ever since, the monarch has been forbidden entry to the Commons.

More recently, the people metaphorically removed the heads of leaders in England by voting to leave the European Union during the so-called Brexit vote.

As James Delingpole explained:

For a lot of us Brexiteers, leaving the EU was just the beginning of a people’s revolution against that remote, entrenched, largely unaccountable elite. Not a war on ‘capitalism’, as the left so wilfully misrepresents it, but definitely an assault on cronyism, on ‘too big to fail’, on central-bank manipulation, on the misuse of immigration to create growth at the expense of GDP per capita and quality of life, on the screwing over of the many by the few.

The Trump “movement” is the same thing, a people’s revolution. He doesn’t care about the elite politicians of the extreme left or right.

The people send their message by getting rid of the leaders and for a brief period the scoundrels are chastened. However, the people know that other scoundrels will seek power because there is always a percentage who think they know what is best for us.

Hopefully, social and cultural evolution will eliminate them, and leaders who never forget their place will eventually evolve and arise.

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commented 2016-10-18 14:13:31 -0400
Hey John Laundry, you should take your meds and join us back in reality.

Nevertheless, I see Ball has a little Neanderthal in John for citing Ball’s articles and his outrageous claims. You do know that none of his articles cite academia science but rather are an assortment of primitive thoughts and speculative conjecture. And in so doing, he connives a false reality.

That is his poison and he seeks out small minded,gullible Neanderthals from their dark caves so he can spin the tale of lies to those that want to believe. Akin to the same folks back in the dark ages that claimed the earth was flat.
commented 2016-10-16 22:52:15 -0400
When Canadians struggle to stay warm in the winter, paying unnecessary high energy bills, and see kids in low income families hungry because carbon taxing has pushed food prices beyond inflationary containment, we will light the torches and head to Sussex Drive.
commented 2016-10-13 19:25:16 -0400
“No other species on earth – and there are may be 30 million of them – has had the nerve to put forth a concept called economics, in which one species, us, declares the right to put value on everything else on earth, in the living and non-living world.” You mean like carbon Dioxide you con artist?
commented 2016-10-12 12:27:00 -0400
REGAN JONNY commented 4 days ago
Mr. Kokes Then put your treasured liberal objectives to a vote by the people,
1. do we want more muslim refugees
2. do you want a carbon tax
You know what would happen you are simply to chicken shit to do it plain and simple.
spin it any way you want you know what the results would be and it scares you.,\”

Listen up Jonny boy, I am a red conservative and have never voted for the liberals. And no, I do not want more muslim refugees. And no, I do not support the carbon tax. My issue is with the climate change deniers. So not as chicken shit as you think my unlearned friend.

REGAN JONNY commented 4 days ago
He (mr ball)at least has an education behind him. What are you besides a paid liberal eastern troll.
Who are you to decide if he is allowed to speak or not. What are your qualifactions ?”

I am more qualified to speak on climate change than Ball. Furthermore, I have no vested interest so I can speak freely whereas Ball is nothing more than a paid fossil fuel spokesman. His lack of qualifications and his ties to the fossil fuel industry was confirmed in court documents.
commented 2016-10-11 15:28:27 -0400
The most insidious thing in all this climate change scam, is the fact that Trudeau and the rest of the Con Artists Politicians, Federal and Provincial, all know that the General Public are aware that it is a scam but they do not give a Monkeys Uncle. They have decided to rob us and that is what they will do.

Wait until all the big industry’s start to move off shore, Prime Minister Cuck Trudeau.
commented 2016-10-10 20:14:59 -0400
Speaking of democracy, I’ve long been intrigued by how the Swiss do democracy. They settle a lot of questions via referenda. Anyone can propose that a referendum be held to settle an issue; once they get enough signatures on a form – and I think the number needed is fairly reasonable – they can have a referendum on the issue and then the matter gets decided. They can have referenda at the canton-level – the eauivalent of a province – or at the national level. Of course they still have politicians and political parties but as I understand it, the presidency rotates annually among the 7 top leaders of the country – I believe a council of 7 is the senior body in the government and it gets elected for 7 years – so they never get stuck with one leader for year after year, decade after decade. (I’m still numb from 16 years of Pierre Elliott Trudeau and dreading that his spawn may well stay in power even longer since he isn’t actually bright enough to get bored with the job like his father.)

Just imagine if we could settle questions like immigration policies, gun control, taxation, etc. via referenda without having to deal with the politicians at all! That’s an approach that would do a lot to energize the electorate and lessen the apathy. Imagine if YOU could draft a referendum on a matter that is near and dear to your heart, however big or small? Perhaps you have a long-held dream to make the woodchuck the provincial animal of your province: you could draft a referendum to do that and, provided you got enough signatures, there could be a referendum to make that happen. Or maybe you care about a “big issue” like capital punishment and would like to restore the death penalty for some crimes. Again, get enough signatures and you could have a referendum that bypasses the elites and political parties and gets the job done. Now THAT would be a democracy!
commented 2016-10-07 16:44:02 -0400
Mr. Kokes Then put your treasured liberal objectives to a vote by the people,
1. do we want more muslim refugees
2. do you want a carbon tax
You know what would happen you are simply to chicken shit to do it plain and simple.
spin it any way you want you know what the results would be and it scares you.,\
He (mr ball)at least has an education behind him. What are you besides a paid liberal eastern troll.
Who are you to decide if he is allowed to speak or not. What are your qualifactions ?
commented 2016-10-06 13:08:38 -0400
I see the Neanderthals have once again gathered in front of their caves to pay homage to fiction writer Tim Ball. It has been awhile folks and all seemed to be moving away from

I do see that Ball has finally steered his comments away from his fiction writing on climate change (well not quite) and has opted to discuss yet another topic where he lacks the expertise to speak on.

I too can find a bunch of crap on the internet and give my own interpretive spin on it.

All I can say is that you spin a good tale Ball but only a small number of hand draggers are giving you an audience now. Soon you will be as irrelevant as the liberal party.
commented 2016-09-27 20:00:03 -0400
KEITH BARNES commented: “I can just see Trudeau and his cronies running around, creating legislation to make Referendums illegal.”

Rumor mill has it the legislation will be passed by order in council!
commented 2016-09-27 05:08:30 -0400
How do we get rid of our so-called leaders?
As soon as the people figure out that the words don’t mean what they say – like, liberté, égalité, and fraternité turned out not to mean what they said – then just get more pitchforks and torches…
commented 2016-09-26 19:27:55 -0400
Lawrence said, " … ,so piss off j kelly"

and Sean Penson, and Andrew Stephenso[e]n, Anonymous, etc, etc.
commented 2016-09-26 16:31:35 -0400
I can just see Trudeau and his cronies running around, creating legislation to make Referendums illegal.
commented 2016-09-26 16:24:31 -0400
Unless somehow forced to, ‘dear leader’ will not allow any referendums. Deep down he knows that most of his wack-a-doodle ideas don’t pass the smell test among most Canadians. Keep in mind that he was elected with only 39% of the popular vote, the same number that he and his fellow travellers on the left were quick to criticize Harper for not having a majority and therefore no right to make laws. I don’t know how he can be stopped other then the kind of revolution that Dr. Ball alludes too.
commented 2016-09-26 15:08:06 -0400
I am sure that Dr. Tim Ball’s theory would prove true if Trudeau had a referendum on, “Should we take in any more Syrian Refugees ?” If 70% of the citizens said NO, Trudeau may ignore them; proving Ball correct in saying the Leaders think they know better than the people. The same may happen if we had a vote on election reform. Is he stupid enough to step on the people twice in one year? This is the reason why he won’t have any referendums. Cannot wait to early next year to see what happens to Merkel. The result could show Canadians a template on how to get common sense results. or even get rid of a leader that ignores the people.
commented 2016-09-26 14:52:37 -0400
I wonder what will be our ‘last straw’ or are we too numbed, brain dead or just ‘civilized’ to make a move. Are we too lazy or cowardly to respond appropriately to the valid affront of getting fked over by our government and soon a global authority.
commented 2016-09-26 14:50:35 -0400
peter our msm are the reason the likes of turdo and obama are able to subjugate the citizens to the wacko left ideals and mass invasion of welfare recipients called muslims / islam and there’s no such think as a radical muslim they are all the same loony ideology determined to remove our traditions and laws and christian culture ,so piss off j kelly
commented 2016-09-26 14:46:57 -0400
Excellent article, Tim. I just hope there’s a grass roots uprising against those privileged elites in power here in Canada before it’s too late, but I’m not hopeful.
commented 2016-09-26 14:35:38 -0400
" as the left so wilfully misrepresents it "

Sorry, Tim Ball, to take a phrase so wilfully out of context, but this is exactly what the left do every day, especially the main stream media.

Excellent article, btw.