International Socialists Accuse Greta Thunberg of Supporting the Establishment

Essay by Eric Worrall

Evidence is emerging of fractures in the remnant of the climate school strike movement Greta Thunberg once led.

The fight for a future free of climate change and war is the fight for world socialism!

International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia)
5 May 2022

This week and next, students and youth around Australia are participating in protests opposing government inaction on climate change and the degradation of the environment.

But we warn that the organisers of the events, School Strike 4 Climate (SS4C), are seeking to derail mass opposition and funnel it back behind the very political parties responsible for the environmental crisis. Any suggestion that the upcoming federal election on May 21 will help to resolve climate change, or any other substantive issue facing youth and workers, is a complete lie.

Actions planned this month by the SS4C are deliberately narrow in focus. In the past, rallies—which were attended by hundreds of thousands nationally—were part of global climate strikes involving millions of youth. This time, events planned are small and isolated as a deliberate attempt to smother increasingly radicalised young people.

Many of the SS4C events are specifically advertised as “election climate strikes” with regional centres and cities not even organising events. A number of the actions are not even strikes.

Read more: https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2022/05/05/iyss-m05.html

Greta Thunberg is barely newsworthy these days, but I hope some of you find the final collapse of her movement interesting.

The International Socialists are a bit of a remnant themselves. I doubt the International Socialists could muster more than a hundred or so mostly ageing “students” to a rally, at least in Australia. The day of their brand of anarchic socialism is pretty much done, angry young people have flocked to more interesting brands like Antifa or Extinction Rebellion.

And the idea of a Greta school strike outside major cities and a few big regional centres is laughable. Left wing support for higher fuel prices in the name of climate action does not play well in most of rural Australia. Our vast distances make the push for electrified transport and high gasoline prices a painful experience for most rural people.

Maybe at the height of Greta’s movement, before fuel prices rose, before she turned 18, she could have mustered a few followers in rural Australia.

What I find interesting about this statement by the International Socialists is confirmation that Greta’s brand, her once impressive global climate school strike movement, seems to have fallen so far that her fellow travellers have no hesitation trying to put her down to make themselves look better. Not that it will do the socialists any good.

In two weeks Australians vote in a federal election. Greta Thunberg and her school strike movement have pretty much disappeared from the news in Australia, along with the fake climate crisis. A few inner city conservatives are panicking over a challenge from people who claim to be green independents, but few people outside the inner city latte set care about the “crisis of our time”.

There is an immense cloud of apathy hanging over the upcoming Aussie Federal election, none of the mainstream candidates are inspiring. Cost of living is a big concern, but nobody seems to be offering convincing solutions. The election is shaping up to a choice between the incumbent, who promises more of the same, and the challenger, whose lack of preparation and inability to remember anything about the economy he will be expected to manage has become a key election issue. The parts of the Aussie federal election campaign I have bothered to watch rarely mention climate change.

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Tom Halla
May 7, 2022 6:12 pm

The True Believers are fanging each other for lack of zeal.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Tom Halla
May 8, 2022 12:26 pm

The current Leftist zeal is reminiscent of the French Revolution. Its similar to watching one endangered species eating another for the ideologues.

niceguy
Reply to  Dave Fair
May 8, 2022 6:55 pm

Or eating ideologues.

MarkW
May 7, 2022 6:30 pm

Socialists have always been vicious towards those who are insufficiently zealous.
This is doubly true when things aren’t going their way.

Alexy Scherbakoff
Reply to  MarkW
May 7, 2022 7:57 pm

Partway is not good enough. All the way or you’re an enemy.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Alexy Scherbakoff
May 8, 2022 12:30 pm

And the way is constantly changing. If you are a Leftist, better check with the chief ideologue before opining. Purges are only effective in controlling the masses if one has control of the enforcement arms of the State.

niceguy
Reply to  Dave Fair
May 11, 2022 5:27 am

Wannabe French prime minister Mélenchon (= French Jeremy Corbyn):

Si je suis élu président de la République, ces crimes ne resteront pas impunis. J’ai l’intention de purger l’armée des factieux

I will purge the army if I’m president.

Il faut purger dès maintenant les éléments malsains [de la police]

We have to purge the noxious elements in law enforcement.
(He explains: those that has been merely indicted.)

https://youtu.be/HLPvrPTbug4

Observer
Reply to  MarkW
May 9, 2022 12:33 pm

As von Mises observed, there’s nothing a socialist hates more than a government run by socialists with whom he has no influence.

4 Eyes
May 7, 2022 6:33 pm

The parts of the Aussie federal election campaign I have bothered to watch rarely mention climate change” The last election is 2019 was called the climate change election and was billed as unlosable for the lefties. The conservatives got in because the voters had not swallowed all the climate change propaganda espoused by the left. Last year the conservative prime minister forgot about his supporters and opted for net zero by 2050. Now the lefties won’t mention climate change because they think it will cost them votes and the conservatives will not mention climate change because it will remind their previous supporters that they can’t be trusted.

Don
May 7, 2022 6:39 pm

S crises was declared and no body came:)!

H B
May 7, 2022 7:18 pm

Well the truth is emerging eve Gretta may have seen it Hahaha you commie a#$%holes . No time to vote them out and send them to the new North Korea along with their sycophants

John the Econ
May 7, 2022 7:23 pm

So the formerly useful idiot isn’t so useful anymore.

H.R.
Reply to  John the Econ
May 8, 2022 5:02 am

Our Miss Greta is getting a good look at the underside of the bus, where no-longer-useful idiots are thrown, John.

Not to worry, though. Greta has a nice little retirement nest egg for someone her age.

observa
May 7, 2022 7:55 pm

The election appears to be a choice about which Party offers the least worst fiscal debt burden for the grandkiddies. You’d expect any devout Muslim would be staying indoors and abstaining from voting with all the pork flying around. With the first interest rate rise in 12 years and inflation looking ugly it appears the incumbents are doomed.

Hopefully that means Labor can govern in their own right as having to rely on a partnership with the Greens augurs even less well for the grandkiddies-
Greens propose living wage for artists (msn.com)

The climate change mantra will continue to be espoused more proudly so long as it doesn’t cost anyone. Which really means directly and obviously with a hit to the hip pocket while the Green blob mines subsidies and makes hay in the background. Just takes a bit longer to filter through to the hip pocket.

One thing the Coalition have learned is don’t leave the usual suspects a juicy fat surplus and Covid largesse has largely seen to that. Labor face horrid inflation to inflate away all that helicopter money washing through the system and with the rundown and demise of coal fired power plants the true test of all the net zero BS and cheap renewables. The inner city latte set are about to get a hard 3 year lesson in energy and economics.

JLC of Perth
May 7, 2022 8:18 pm

It was only a matter of time until the fanatics turned on her. She was useful for a while but her novelty has worn off and now she is much less useful to the cause. Any deviation she makes from moral purity will be punished without mercy.
This won’t be good for her mental health – she seems to have been fairly fragile to begin with.
I’m not sorry for her.

markl
May 7, 2022 8:26 pm

So Greta has outlived her usefulness? What a foreseeable shame.

Dave Fair
Reply to  markl
May 8, 2022 12:35 pm

The Leftist push is not an environmental issue at all. Whatever ceases to be useful in pushing socialism will be discarded.

Walter Sobchak
May 7, 2022 8:27 pm

A l’exemple de Saturne, la révolution dévore ses enfants
[Like Saturn, the Revolution devours its children]
— Mallet du Pan: Considérations sur la nature de la Révolution de France, et sur les causes qui en prolongent la durée. (1793)

ihfan
May 7, 2022 8:36 pm

The fight for a future free of climate change and war is the fight for world socialism!

I guess I’m a little confused. So, to prevent war we must fight wars to force people to accept socialist governance?

And, how exactly do you rid the world of climate change? Isn’t that impossible?

Frank S.
May 7, 2022 9:28 pm

There’s certainly been a change in the “political climate”.

R_G
May 7, 2022 10:02 pm

This Australian election can be quite interesting. There are few freedom parties that are set dead against AGW scam (and Covid fiasco) and they can muster in excess of 20% of primary votes. I predict hang parliament where neither labour or coalition can create a majority goverment.

Alexy Scherbakoff
Reply to  R_G
May 7, 2022 11:05 pm

Popcorn time. I’m curious about the outcome of the election and how ‘the winners’ are going to deal with things. I’m not that interested in a hung parliament. I would like to see some hung politicians.
I’ve done a postal vote. I don’t want to stand in a line with 1.5 metre separation and people yelling at me to stand back. The reason I ticked for doing a postal vote was fear. Ha ha.

Last edited 17 days ago by Alexy Scherbakoff
Mr.
May 7, 2022 10:19 pm

International Socialists Accuse Greta Thunberg of Supporting the Establishment

All together now –

HOW DARE THEY!

Redge
May 7, 2022 11:25 pm

Splitter!

Andrew Wilkins
Reply to  Redge
May 8, 2022 2:58 am

That came to my mind too!

Dave Fair
Reply to  Andrew Wilkins
May 8, 2022 12:39 pm

Andrew, you and Redge should work on getting out more.

Andrew Wilkins
Reply to  Dave Fair
May 8, 2022 1:23 pm

Hoho!

Craig from Oz
Reply to  Dave Fair
May 9, 2022 5:56 am

Get out?

Have you seen the price of coconut shells at the moment?!

Rod Evans
May 8, 2022 12:28 am

The worry I have about this natural decay of climate stupidity, is what will replace the alarmists imaginary crisis? The declining hype/support for Climate Alarmism will leave a political vacuum.
What will they come up with next?
The socialists have to elevate or ‘big up’ some threat or other to justify their bizarre fixation with collectivism and their need to bear down/eliminate an individual’s choice, and remove our free will.
They came close to uniting/collectivising the world onto their totalitarian trail, via a fairly mundane virus, which they managed to elevate into public enemy number one.
The lasting impact of that political flight of fancy still persists, despite the real facts showing the virus threat was over hyped, as usual.
What will the democracy destroyers or socialists as they prefer to call themselves come up with next?
If I was a farmer I would be worried about the bizarre anti meat eating movement that is being advanced by the totalitarians/socialists groups, worldwide.
No doubt, when they have destroyed our ability to afford energy their focus on our ability to buy protein will be their next go to lever. The need to destroy the civilised ‘demand’ society and replace it with instructed conformity, mandated by the ‘command’ economic philosophy of socialism, makes a new crisis inevitable.
Stay alert.

Last edited 16 days ago by Rod Evans
Andrew Wilkins
Reply to  Rod Evans
May 8, 2022 3:01 am

Control of the internet is their next big thing; just look at the US’s Ministry of Disinformation they’ve just set up. It’s totalitarianism on steroids.

meiggs
Reply to  Andrew Wilkins
May 8, 2022 4:54 am

internet = msm…it’s already controlled including here

Spetzer86
Reply to  Rod Evans
May 8, 2022 5:29 am

Farmers are too worried about the increasing costs of fuel, seed, and fertilizer and what the impact of those costs will have on grain and then 2023 seed costs. The herders are just going to have to hang on and hope they don’t end up selling everything just to cover the interest payments.

Richard Page
Reply to  Rod Evans
May 8, 2022 9:31 am

There will be no political vacuum without them – they were always a fringe group that managed to get some support in the mainstream – when that goes away, they will return to being another fringe group with 2 or 3 protesters screaming and waving placards in the distance behind whatever news item happens to be going on.

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  Rod Evans
May 9, 2022 1:17 am

People faced with real difficulties of an intractable and very painful nature, will very predictably be unlikely to sign on for getting all worked up over fake emergencies.

fretslider
May 8, 2022 12:43 am

Our
Rob
Or
Ros

archer
Reply to  fretslider
May 8, 2022 2:36 am

Paint before assembly.

fretslider
Reply to  archer
May 8, 2022 3:25 am

Not a dwarfer

Richard Page
Reply to  fretslider
May 8, 2022 9:35 am

Oh Smeg.

Dr. Jimmy Vigo
May 8, 2022 2:00 am

I strongly advice this young girl and her followers of her own age to grow up, enroll in a credited university and take classes of science, particularly take classes on chemistry and mathematics, at least until reaching thermodynamics and quantum mechanics.

fretslider
Reply to  Dr. Jimmy Vigo
May 8, 2022 2:28 am

Wokeworld is not the answer

Universities are the problem

meiggs
Reply to  fretslider
May 8, 2022 4:57 am

Yeah, get a J-O-B and pay taxes

Andrew Wilkins
Reply to  Dr. Jimmy Vigo
May 8, 2022 3:02 am

Her and her mates are too thick to study the hard sciences. Gender studies is more their sort of thing.

Last edited 16 days ago by Andrew Wilkins
Richard Page
Reply to  Dr. Jimmy Vigo
May 8, 2022 11:15 am

She may yet do that. Apparently she got 14 A grade and 3 B grade school certificates and has gone back to school to study for advanced certificates. By all accounts she could have been an above average student if she hadn’t been infected by climate activism. Perhaps time, education and being sidelined by the green blob will help her mature into a functioning adult.

Lrp
Reply to  Dr. Jimmy Vigo
May 8, 2022 7:44 pm

Hmmm! They need a brain first

Paul Hurley (aka PaulH)
May 8, 2022 6:59 am

…participating in protests opposing government inaction on climate change…

It’s been my observation that most government departments are tasked with some “action on climate change”. The issue is that no government can control the weather or climate.

These past two years have exposed the socialist hypocrisy, as they sided with the multi-trillion dollar pharmaceutical corporations and abandoned the working class.

Marty
May 8, 2022 7:58 am

While it may just be me, I find the very idea of students going on “strike” a ludicrous concept. Public schools are provided free for the benefit of the student. It is up to the students and to their parents whether they take advantage of the opportunity to get an education. If schooling is offered but they prefer to go on strike and not attend school I frankly could not care less. They only are hurting themselves. It’s like the little child screaming “I’ll hold my breath until I turn blue.”

Also, does anyone here know if Greta ever went back to school or whether she is a permanent drop out? Not that it matters to anyone but herself. Just curious.

DaveS
Reply to  Marty
May 9, 2022 5:13 am

It’s not clear if she ever was ‘on strike’. It was reported that she attended a special school which had flexible attendance. Which would have conveniently given her the time to turn up each Friday (or whatever it was) with her silly placard. Assuming it’s still there, there’s a video on YouTube of the reporter asking her about this and not getting an answer.

Joao Martins
May 8, 2022 8:09 am

Replacing a bunch of idiots with another, similar, bunch of idiots, is not real progress…

Dave Fair
Reply to  Joao Martins
May 8, 2022 12:45 pm

Sure its crooked, but its the only game in town.

Steve Keohane
Reply to  Joao Martins
May 9, 2022 7:22 am

albeit ‘progressive’

Shoki Kaneda
May 8, 2022 8:20 am

The left always eats its own. Eventually, they will be deficient is some aspect of virtue signaling and will pay the price.

Kevin R.
Reply to  Shoki Kaneda
May 8, 2022 5:37 pm

That’s the thing about being on the Left, there’s always somebody to the Left of you.

Craig from Oz
Reply to  Shoki Kaneda
May 9, 2022 6:22 am

The Left eat their own because the core of being ‘Left’ is that there is a correct answer to everything that is wrong. There is a solution and if only everyone agreed with you (or your group) and agreed to embrace this solution then things would be good.

The ‘narrative’ is the true guiding force. It makes sense. It works. And if only those Evil Conservatives would stop being selfish by holding their own misguided personal selfish opinions that the world would be a better place.

This works in small groups.

The problem is as the groups get larger different personalities start to rise and the actual question of who is actually in charge come to a head. Remember Lefts know what is best and how to the world can be made better… if only THEY were in charge. So when you get two people who want to be in charge and BOTH of them know what is best…

Left on Left violence.

The strength of the Left is the collective hive mind, but also their failure.

4E Douglas
May 8, 2022 9:00 am

Here in Union Co. Oregon, we have our Cadre’ of concerned socialists. CO2, BLM, Free Healthcare, etc.all of them part of the same group. Few Males, Few young most older Karens
collecting social security. NO people of color. This type is Worldwide.

CD in Wisconsin
May 8, 2022 10:07 am

“The fight for a future free of climate change and war is the fight for world socialism!”

***************

And how exactly do they plan on stopping the natural drivers of climate change? How is world socialism supposed to do that?

Reply to  CD in Wisconsin
May 9, 2022 6:19 pm

The last great war was started by two socialist states. And after a year, they fought one another.

Olen
May 8, 2022 11:43 am

So socialists are cannibals when things go wrong.

Geo@Wash
May 8, 2022 1:37 pm

If I cared, I’d feel bad for her. She’s about to lose the only thing in her life–the celebrity her parents told her was most important–and there’s going to be only an empty void filled with mental illness, drugs, and broken relationships in it’s place.

jorgekafkazar
May 8, 2022 2:16 pm

Any suggestion that the upcoming federal election on May 21 will help to resolve unicorn mange, endangered fairy species, attacks of the lizard people, climate change or any other substantive issue facing youth and workers, is a complete lie.

Bruce Cobb
May 8, 2022 2:29 pm

She should sing the old classic song that goes;
“They can shove their Socialism
Up their arse!”

CapitalistRoader
May 8, 2022 4:17 pm

The first thing that must strike any outside observer is that
Socialism, in its developed form is a theory confined entirely to the
middle classes. The typical Socialist is not, as tremulous old ladies
imagine, a ferocious-looking working man with greasy overalls and a raucous
voice. He is either a youthful snob-Bolshevik who in five years’ time will
quite probably have made a wealthy marriage and been converted to Roman
Catholicism; or, still more typically, a prim little man with a white-
collar job, usually a secret teetotaller and often with vegetarian
leanings, with a history of Nonconformity behind him, and, above all, with
a social position which he has no intention of forfeiting.

This last type is surprisingly common in Socialist parties of every shade; it has perhaps
been taken over en bloc from the old Liberal Party. In addition to this
there is the horrible–the really disquieting–prevalence of cranks
wherever Socialists are gathered together. One sometimes gets the
impression that the mere words ‘Socialism’ and ‘Communism’ draw towards
them with magnetic force every fruit-juice drinker, nudist, sandal-wearer,
sex-maniac, Quaker, ‘Nature Cure’ quack, pacifist, and feminist in England.
One day this summer I was riding through Letchworth when the bus stopped
and two dreadful-looking old men got on to it. They were both about sixty,
both very short, pink, and chubby, and both hatless. One of them was
obscenely bald, the other had long grey hair bobbed in the Lloyd George
style. They were dressed in pistachio-coloured shirts and khaki shorts into
which their huge bottoms were crammed so tightly that you could study every
dimple. Their appearance created a mild stir of horror on top of the bus.
The man next to me, a commercial traveller I should say, glanced at me, at
them, and back again at me, and murmured ‘Socialists’.
George Orwell, ‘The Road to Wigan Pier’ (1937)

Last edited 16 days ago by CapitalistRoader
May 8, 2022 5:46 pm

I have been impressed with the Liberal Democrats in Australia, not only as they are “pro freedom” but that they have invested the effort into a reasonably wide spread of policies, not just single issues or motherhood statements. On climate change they support “free market energy, no net zero emissions target and abolition of renewable energy target”. So I am in the habit of recommending voting for them if you care about pushing back against climate panic.

Fortunately Australia has preferential voting so a vote for a minor party can’t be wasted!

May 9, 2022 6:07 pm

There is an immense cloud of apathy hanging over the upcoming Aussie Federal election…

How is this possible? Scott Morrison has overseen conversion of Australia into a police state.

The state premiers have brought down the boot heel of police oppression in the name of mandates, masks, and vaccination (a laughable euphemism). Citizens have been beaten in the streets. In one case a directed energy weapon apparently was used on protesters in Canberra.

Scott Morrison has been silent.

Free movement has been forbidden within Australia. Enforced separation of families across state borders. People forbidden to return home. Concentration camps with thousands of political prisoners otherwise called anti-vaxxers.

Australians should be out in the streets. Party leaders, premiers, mayors and police chiefs should be being chased from the streets. The sociopathic meatheads who run the national and state governments should be tossed out, never to be respected again.

Where are the furious Australians?

Spurwing Plover
May 13, 2022 7:54 am

Time Magazines person of the year is starting to look less of a Child and more of a tool of the Globalists bottom dwellers and muck suckers which has been selected and trained by the Globalists

Linda Goodman
May 13, 2022 2:11 pm

Funny that Greta Thunberg and Kyle Rittenhouse share the same birthday – day, month and year. Both have been misrepresented and are finally being seen for who they really are. It’s a microcosm of what’s playing out on a collective scale.

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