What If People Were As Stupid In 1886 As They Are Now?

In 1886, the US was hit by an incredible seven hurricanes, including two major hurricanes.

Suppose that some snake oil salesman named Hames Jansen had been running around the country in 1886 claiming that he could prevent hurricanes by having everyone give up coal and oil.

The consequences would have been catastrophic, had people been stupid enough to listen to Dr. Hames Jansen.

So why are people in 2012 stupid enough to listen to snake oil salesman James Hansen?

A great civilization is not conquered from without, until it has destroyed itself within. The essential causes of Rome’s decline lay in her people, her morals, her class struggle, her failing trade, her bureaucratic despotism, her stifling taxes, her consuming wars.

- Will Durant

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11 Responses to What If People Were As Stupid In 1886 As They Are Now?

  1. Andy DC says:

    A perfect description of the Obama Presidency!

  2. Hugh K says:

    Lib media response – Steven Goddard calls for more government spending on education.

  3. …Because academia was incompetent enough to listen to him first, and sign off on his delusions.

  4. Brian Dodge says:

    Had we been so stupid as to give up coal and oil, our economy would be entirely dependent on wind, solar, geothermal, and biofuel power.

    We would have spent untold thousands of lives and trillions of dollars on maintaining the flow of these fuels from the middle east. When jihadists hijacked supertankers full of wind and threatened the political stability of the regions of the world which are the few sources of these fuels, or foreign cartels embargoed the supplies of sunlight, our national security would be threatened.

    Life would be hell.

    • LLAP says:

      Brian: “We would have spent untold thousands of lives and trillions of dollars on maintaining the flow of these fuels from the middle east”

      Canada had planned to transport oil from the oil sands to the U.S. via the Keystone XL pipeline, but Obama said no. The U.S. is sitting on vast reserves of shale gas and coal. Between that and Canadian crude, the U.S. could easily tell the Saudis to go to hell.

    • We should have switched to fairy dust for our energy needs. It works just as well as geothermal or solar I suppose. And we should have cured cancer and heart disease and poverty and war. If we’d fixed those problems by now, we wouldn’t have all this suffering!

      • Pro-Gentile says:

        There are cures for all of those things.
        The patents were bought by governments and corporations. How do you think they’d make money if we could all cure ourselves? There is No Money in being healthy.

        By the way, a guy, i believe in Canada, was able to use water, any kind of water, to fuel his car engine, and there was no pollutants just condensation, so it would have all been renewable. But you can’t make money when you have that kind of technology, so they pretend that there is no other form of fuel that we can use besides oil — so they can keep making their money, and killing populations across the globe in their quest to dominate all of us.

  5. kevin says:

    fantastic thought. Sums it up really.But you have to remember that even the intelligentsia of the day tend to be rather dumb
    bloody suvs get every where..some times cloak themselves as witches

  6. nigelf says:

    The difference between Hames Jansen now and in 1886 is that now we’re too politically incorrect as a people to do what’s right and literally tar and feather him.
    Or something more permanent…

  7. nigelf says:

    I meant politically correct.

  8. Lucretia says:

    One only has to read the writings of the Elite to know free energy exists. Adam Trombly proved it before the UN and the US Congress back when Bush Sr. was in office. No heavy metals, nothing toxic and boxes smaller than the size of a air conditioner would be built and produce limitless energy. Energy companies would have their outlay costs for such devices back after one year and after that they would have pure profit.
    On the other side, David Blume has shown how historically we used alcohol as a gas and how we could grow seaweed in the ocean far out into the sea by installing ropes for it to grow on, cleaning up the ocean, bringing more oxygen and thus fish to the ocean and providing not just ALL the fuel needs of our country but the lions share of all our electrical and gas needs. There ARE solutions that benefit our oceans, our farm lands (the seaweed left overs would remineralize our farm lands), our air and provides all our fuel needs but the Elite want to make us the enemy of the planet.
    We need to push for such solutions or they will destroy us.
    When environmental people say the following, you know those that rule us don’t want us to have free energy: “The prospect of cheap fusion energy is the worst thing that could happen to the planet.” – Jeremy Rifkin, Greenhouse Crisis Foundation

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