Why Greta Thunberg is No Joshua Wong

Why Greta Thunberg is No Joshua Wong

Why Greta Thunberg is No Joshua Wong

Greta Thunberg currently reigns as the darling of climate activists and the media. She wowed her minions at the United Nations on Monday by calling shame down upon grownups. And the left lapped it up like my cat does with her bowl of tuna. Dearest Greta, we’re not worthy of your brilliance!

But if you criticize her, you’re the Worst Person Ever because you dare to call out this girl for her wrongheaded views! She’s just an innocent child, after all!

Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe (which, sorry, Greta, is not being destroyed), Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong continues the activism he launched as a teenager. He is now 22 years old, and his fight for freedom in Hong Kong continues.

Last week Joshua Wong and other Hong Kong democracy advocates appeared before a bipartisan Congressional commission asking for support for the Hong Kong freedom protests. I wonder who knew that? Because Joshua isn’t the media pet that Greta is.

What’s more, Joshua and his crew actually got Republicans and Democrats from the House Foreign Affairs Committee to work together for a change. That’s more than you can say for Greta, who seeks to shame and berate adults until she gets her way.

Here we have two very young ideologues who want the world to sit up and take notice of their causes. But Joshua Wong has put his liberty and even life at risk, while Greta Thunberg? Eh, not so much.

First of all, Wong began his activist career at the local level. As a teenager in Hong Kong, he opposed the national education system which Beijing sought to impose upon Hong Kong. Organizing his fellow students, Wong actually made Beijing back down.

Now, protesting for Hong Kong’s freedom, he’s also been arrested and detained several times by Chinese authorities, as have nearly 1500 of his fellow Hong Kongers. Even worse, Hong Kong police now warn that they “might have to kill someone” as the anti-government protests continue.

Police even arrested a ten-year-old boy for “shouting slogans.”

But that’s something which Greta has never experienced. Nor will she, since she receives only adulation from the media and her unquestioning devotees.

Greta

Credit: Garry Knight/flickr/public domain.

What’s more, Wong risks joining the ranks of the “disappeared:” people who run afoul of Beijing and who mysteriously vanish. It’s a constant threat for those who oppose Chinese oppression.

On the other hand, Greta may never disappear from the limelight. As long as the media love her, we’ll be hearing from her ad nauseam. And she’ll revel in the attention, too. As our Deanna wrote, this autistic teen has managed to “work herself into an obsessive state over something she cannot control.”

But the biggest difference between Joshua Wong and Greta Thunberg is this: one wants freedom for his people. The other wants to take freedom from us all.

Greta does not want the free market to thrive; in fact, she despises it. As she screamed said at the United Nations:

“We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!”

Destroy your free enterprise. Or else.

“The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say: We will never forgive you.”

Joshua Wong, on the other hand, celebrates freedom.  At Twitter, he posted the lyrics to a hymn that protesting Hong Kongers have been singing in the streets:

“For the tears that we shed on this soil. For the anguish we had in this turmoil. We keep our heads up, our voices strong. May freedom root in HK.”

Liberty or tyranny? Joshua Wong stands for liberty for his people, while Greta Thunberg embodies the enslavement of all humans into a joyless, Luddite world in the name of an eco-alarmist religious fervor.

 

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

14 Comments
  • Joe in PNG says:

    Greta will be used up and tossed aside like a dixie cup at an environmental protest.

    • urbanleftbehind says:

      Better here than in some no-go zone back alley back home – maybe she figured this tantrum is the best way to escape that reality back home. Or maybe the non-Swede “Swedes” are getting picky and only “talk” to you if you look like you’re part of the Swedish Bikini Team from the old Miller Lite commercials.

  • Harlan says:

    “Wrong-headed” is not the word for lil’ Greta. The girl is ill. And to insinuate that it’s criminal to call a child mentally ill, and to punish commentators as Fox News recently did begs the question, why on earth are there child psychiatrists?

  • GWB says:

    But that’s something which Greta has never experienced. Nor will she
    She won’t, because – like all the leftists – she only pitches her fits protests in places where she is SAFE. She abused the good graces of her hosts to berate them.

    one wants freedom for his people.
    Ding!

    And if you choose to fail us, I say: We will never forgive you.
    Awwwwwwwww. The eternal enmity of people I already don’t respect. Whatever am I going to do.

    Yeah, I’m gonna pick Liberty. No question.

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  • Mickey says:

    I agree that Wong should receive more attention but it doesn’t make Thunburg’s calls any less important. One is a global issue, the other more local. I’m not sure how you equate the free market with freedom. One is political one is economic but the similarities and differences are important.

    To suggest that she is calling for the end of the free market is to pretend that you are in a free market. News flash, you’re not. Every country is different but I bet anything your country provides subsidies for certain political donors such as farm subsidies, manufacturing, mining, etc. To assume your corrupt system is a free market is to drink the kool-aid that you think your country is morally correct.

    Don’t buy into the rhetoric that Greta attracts but understand your generation is ruining the planet. To not accept that is the true story.

    • My generation is ruining the planet? The generation with a single family telephone line plugged into the wall? The generation who bought a new car every decade? The generation that used paper grocery bags and then reused them to cover our text books, wrap packages, and as drawing paper? The generation who ate local fruit because imported out of season fruit was only for the rich? Oh you mean the generation who lived 5 people to a 3 bedroom 1 bathroom 1,000sf house? The generation who rode bikes everywhere because the car was for the parent who had to drive to work? The generation where we walked to school because the bus only picked up kids who lived over 3 miles from the school? Maybe the generation who had open windows all summer because houses didn’t have air conditioning?
      Yeah, I see your point.
      The generation who can’t live without multiple servings of take-out coffee in hard to recycle cups has nothing to do with it. Nor does the generation who is so accustomed to instant everything that they demand the latest electronic devices, that by their manufacturing process strip mine rare earth minerals, and then get dumped into impossible to recycle trash piles. Or do you think it’s the generation who uses energy to stay inside air conditioned boxes and play on computers hooked to 65″ tv’s in every room? Could it be the generation who can’t fix anything and needs to replace it with another model? The generation who lives to photograph their avocado toast on a wintery Michigan day? Or their lunch smoothie made with guava, pineapple, and mango flown in from around the world.
      I think it’s a bit sanctimonious to blame “my” generation for the ills of the world. It seems as though we had a pretty good handle on minimizing waste, consumerism, and trash generation. Meanwhile the post-x’ers really need to step up and do their part.

      • Pearl Miller says:

        Amen and amen……I STILL live like that, no air con or central heating….I recycle and compost everything and still have my Save the Planet poster here from 50 years ago somewhere……as long as the love of money rules the world there is little we can do….

    • GWB says:

      I’m not sure how you equate the free market with freedom.
      HUH?!? A free market is a prime component of freedom. Without freedom to trade, property rights are limited, and those are one of the pillars of full-blown Freedom. (Property Rights, along with Rule of Law, Privacy, Self-Defense, and Conscience and Expression.)
      [Principles capitalized for emphasis.]

      One is political one is economic
      And, hoo boy, are those two inextricably linked! (You’re committing a fallacy here by stating that since two things are not the same they don’t have a causal or corollary relationship with each other.)

      To suggest that she is calling for the end of the free market is to pretend that you are in a free market.
      Your statement is a grotesque Black & White (or False Dilemma) fallacy. To suggest that we don’t have a goodly amount of freedom because we don’t have total freedom is ridiculous. It also ignores that folks like Kim (and Narcissi) regularly advocate for more freedom in our market.

      (Oh, and our country IS morally correct for desiring Freedom. It is also flawed because some of its people are corrupt and in power, and it’s flawed because many of our institutions have lost their moral underpinnings.)

      your generation is ruining the planet
      Wow. Define “your generation” first. Do you mean all of them older than a 12th-grader? (Generalization fallacy.) *also points to Narcissi’s rant*
      Next, define “ruin”*? Because I certainly don’t see what I would define as “planetary ruin” anywhere except in certain third world nations with kleptocratic socialist governments. And even that is actually pretty localized and recoverable once you get the kleptocrats out of the way and build a culture that actually values life beyond the moment.
      – If you mean “the oceans are going to rise and drown us all!” then you don’t know much about geological science.
      – If you mean “We will starve because everything will turn into a desert!” then you don’t know much about climate or agriculture.
      – If you mean “The globe will burn up because of all the CO2!” then you don’t grasp the gas cycle for plants and animals, or the “greenhouse effect” or modeling (and all the problems with current global climate models).
      And, it’s likely you just plain don’t understand how sturdy our planet is.
      (* “ruin” – to destroy or severely damage something, to damage irreparably, to break or destroy something, to destroy or make something no longer usable)

      No, Kim made an excellent point with this post. Your failure to see it is an indictment of your own flawed education and lack of critical thinking.

  • Len F says:

    Somehow, I see this as a false equivalency. They both have their causes and that does not make one evil and one great. Why does one have to be vilified in order that the other be championed as great? Can’t both causes be worthy? This is one of the true issues with today’s society, you must choose sides!

    Also, aren’t we capable of tackling multiple issues at once? Lot’s of false dichotomies. Can’t we fight for both freedom and a cleaner planet? Can’t we have free enterprise and have a cleaner planet? Do we have to pollute as much as we do? Is there no money to be made in greener products?

    • GWB says:

      Well, actually, one of the causes IS great, and one IS evil. That’s SORT OF THE POINT. One is advocating freedom, the other poverty and misery.

      Your point about false dichotomies is correct, though. However…
      Define “we”. I and most Americans are polluting very little comparatively speaking.
      Define “cleaner”. If you mean “pristine” then NO. If you mean “better than 1975” then we’re already there (plus a bunch).
      Greener products are great. Though most are doing nothing more than virtue-signaling. And “green energy” is not really useful in a cost-benefit analysis – that’s almost all virtue-signaling.

      And, of course, that’s NOT what Mz Greta is talking about. What she is talking about is destroying the economy and freedom of the west in order to achieve… not much at all.

      • Scott says:

        “What she is talking about is destroying the economy and freedom of the west in order to achieve… not much at all.”

        Actually GWB, I’ll disagree with you here, what she is talking about would achieve quite a bit.. the destruction of freedom, and the institution of worldwide socialism, at least for those of us that they don’t intend to “liquidate” for “wrong think”..

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