Guest opinion; Dr. Tim Ball
At a 2014 Buckingham Palace presentation Prince Charles said,
It is baffling, I must say, that in our modern world we have such blind trust in science and technology that we all accept what science tells us about everything – until, that is, it comes to climate science.”
“All of a sudden, and with a barrage of sheer intimidation, we are told by powerful groups of deniers that the scientists are wrong and we must abandon all our faith in so much overwhelming scientific evidence.”
He also referred to the “headless chicken brigade” who were carrying out “the barrage of sheer intimidation” to push their false agenda. He then said,
“As you may possibly have noticed from time to time, I have tended to make a habit of sticking my head above the parapet and generally getting it shot off for pointing out what has always been blindingly obvious to me.”
Yes, more and more people express concern about this propensity. There is even a very pointed play about his actions. Hopefully, this practice and the inanity of his words will prevent what he likely believes, namely that it is his divine right to be the monarch.
English playwright Ben Jonson (1572 – 1637), best known for his satirical plays, anticipated and almost specifically identified our modern prince when he wrote,
Hood an ass with reverend purple. So you can hide his two ambitious ears, and he shall pass for a cathedral doctor.
Prince Charles doesn’t just talk to the plants, he instructs them. It appears the tree in Figure 1 asked for more CO2 and so the Prince used his Royal prerogative and is trimming its demand. He instructs us to reduce our demand for fossil fuels, but as with all hypocrites does not reduce his.
Figures 2 – 7
The following information is only for what Charles controls, the Duchy of Cornwall.
The Duchy of Cornwall was established in 1337 and is passed to the eldest living heir of the reigning British monarch. The Duchy is roughly the size of the city of Chicago and produces income mainly from apartment rentals, agriculture sales and natural resources. In 2012, the Duchy of Cornwall produced an income of $31.77 million for Charles. After $15.22 million worth of costs were removed Prince Charles was left with $16.55 million. He voluntarily pays a 40% tax rate on that income which equaled roughly $6.71 million last year. The total estimated value of the Duchy of Cornwall is $1.3 billion. Interestingly, though Charles volunteers to pay taxes, the Duchy itself does not. Think of the Duchy of Cornwall like a corporation that does not have to pay any taxes. For example, the Duchy owns the land that houses Dartmoor prison. Dartmoor pays $2 million in rent to the Duchy for the use of that land. No tax is paid on that $2 million. Many royal critics cry foul at this arrangement and would love to see the Duchy pay capital gains and corporate taxes like any other major business operation.
Nice work if you can inherit it.
All plants and animals inherit characteristics earned in the Darwinian struggle to survive. Charles has some of those, but he also inherited unearned wealth, power, and beliefs. He is a combination of the worst of nature and nurture. This Prince of Hypocrisy inherited his attitudes to his position and the rest of society from his father. In 1986, Philip wrote,
I just wonder what it would be like to be reincarnated in an animal whose species had been so reduced in numbers that it was in danger of extinction. What would be its feelings toward the human species whose population explosion had denied it somewhere to exist…. I must confess that I am tempted to ask for reincarnation as a particularly deadly virus.
By 1988, he condensed the idea.
In the event that I am reincarnated, I would like to return as a deadly virus, in order to contribute something to solve overpopulation.
There’s that word overpopulation again. Apparently Philip is frustrated because his ancestors got to decide who lived and died, and he doesn’t. Philip doesn’t specify who would be culled, but it would likely be those Malthus’ advocated and Darwin identified as “unfavorable.”
Overpopulation is related to the concept of carrying capacity not directly examined in my last essay. Malthus’ claim said that the human population will outgrow the ability to feed itself; that is outgrow the Earth’s carrying capacity. It is always discussed in ecology and agriculture, but then animals are unable to enhance their food supply while humans can, a fact Malthus and Darwin overlooked.
The ability to control land and food production is central to power over society. Charles and his ancestors are well aware of that. He knows that political powers ceded were an illusion, and he and an elite few retain control of land and wealth that would make his ancestors proud.
One of the great illusions in British history is that Magna Carta was about rights and freedoms of the individual. Signed in 1215, it involved the power elite, the vast landowners among whom the most powerful was the King, at that time John. Individual peasants owned very little land before or after Magna Carta. The vast majority didn’t own it until enough middle class British people moved to the United States. There they revolted against Prince Charles’ ancestor, George III and established in their Constitution the private ownership of land.
Somebody told me on a phone-in radio program that the US was the last bastion of free speech. Actually it is the first and only bastion of free speech and private ownership of land. The US Founding Father’s understood how important and precious these were and how people, like Prince Charles, would try to take them away. The Second Amendment was created so the people could defend their right to free speech and private ownership of land.
The combination of free speech, private ownership of land and a fertile country led the US to produce more food than any in history. There is now approximately two percent of the population identified as farmers feeding the other 98 percent, with a surplus for export.
In March 2009, Charles said the world had 100 months left “to save the planet from irreversible damage due to climate change.” So, as of May 2015 we have 25 months left. Charles also said, “I believe passionately that everyone has a particular God-given ability.” On the surface, it seems ironic that it was the socialist government of Gordon Brown who identified his ability.
Senior sources have revealed that Gordon Brown’s Government wants to make more use on the foreign stage of Prince Charles’s experience, expertise and contacts, particularly on climate change.
Government officials believe that the Prince’s passion to protect the environment is hugely respected abroad and that he can play an increasing important role as he inevitably moves closer to becoming king.
I say “on the surface” because underneath it is the paradox of totalitarianism of the left supporting totalitarianism of the right. By 2011, Charles had raised the alarmism further.
Referring to himself as “an endangered species”, he warned that the world is already in the “sixth extinction event”, with species dying out at a much faster rate than at any time since the death of most of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.
The only comment the claim deserves is the hope that he really is an endangered species. Apparently he is accelerating the demise of his group and its power over society. His ignorance about climate and the environment coupled with his distorted view of his privileged position are pushing him to overstep his “God-given ability”. Unfortunately, all it will do is force another deception of appear to yield God-given rights.
Some believe the Queen is hanging on to bypass Charles and go directly to William. The problem is the nature/nurture hypocrisy will continue. William purchased
“250 pheasant, duck and partridge for a shoot at their grandmother Queen Elizabeth’s Sandringham Estate,”
A day after going hunting for wild boar and deer in Spain, he appears in a video with his father Prince Charles condemning illegal hunting of endangered species. Non-endangered animals are fair game it seems.
Charles and William confirm Oscar Wilde’s satirical observation,
“And what sort of lives do these people, who pose as being moral, lead themselves? My dear fellow, you forget that we are in the native land of the hypocrite.”