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.
"Democrats & Republicans are on the same side: the side of the people of #HongKong as they face intensified pressure from Beijing."
CHM @RepEliotEngel, @SpeakerPelosi & colleagues support @joshuawongcf & people of HK as they demand the democracy & #HumanRights they were promised. pic.twitter.com/HWs7Rb0BW8
— House Foreign Affairs Committee (@HouseForeign) September 18, 2019
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.”
[Photos from internet] Tonight a 10 year-old boy got arrested because he shouted slogans. The boy is the youngest arrested person since the movement started in June.#HKPoliceState pic.twitter.com/rz3N0Ipxso
— Demosistō 香港眾志 (@demosisto) September 21, 2019
But that’s something which Greta has never experienced. Nor will she, since she receives only adulation from the media and her unquestioning devotees.
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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