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In the middle of March, teenage school students around Europe went on “strike” to protest against their governments’ failure to do enough to combat “Climate Change”. [How Greta Thunberg’s school strike became a global climate movement,The Local, March 14, 2019] In Germany, thousands of youngsters are skipping lessons every Friday to march through their towns wielding such placards as “You’re never too small to make a difference” and “Climate Justice Now” [Thousands of teens join Greta Thunberg’s climate fight in Berlin, The Local, March 29, 2019]. The latter phrase summarizes the true agenda: “Climate Justice” means that white countries should radically reduce their living standards while those of non-white countries skyrocket, so that both produce “equal” global warming emissions. In other words, “Reduce Whites to Serfdom Now.” It’s nuts, and not surprisingly its pin-up girl is, well, odd.

Greta Thunberg, a sixteen-year-old girl from Stockholm, is the inspiration for these school-skipping SJWs. The eldest of two daughters of actor Svante Thunberg and opera singer Malena Ernman, Greta rose to national fame in the run-up to the recent Swedish parliamentary election. She played truant for the entire period, spending her school hours sitting in front of the Swedish parliament with a sign reading “School Strike for Climate.” Since the election, she has taken each Friday off school to continue her protest, gaining worldwide attention as a result. [“Our leaders are like children,” school strike founder tells climate summit, by Damian Carrington, Guardian, December 4, 2018]

Thunberg openly admits that behind her climate obsession is her “autism”. [Greta Thunberg: The disarming case to act right now on climate change | TED Talk, January 28, 2019]. Autism is associated with being trusting, socially unaware, obsessive, thinking in a black-and-white way, hyperactivity, and profound anxiety

So you might think that the Left/ Main Stream Media would leave this well-meaning possibly troubled teenager alone. But no. She has been compared to “geniuses,” many of whom are “on the spectrum.” [Autistic people are attractive employees, DW, April 2, 2019]. This is odd, because scientific geniuses, who do indeed tend to be highly intelligent autistics, generally question the status quo and fearlessly cut through fanatical dogma. [Autistic Genius? By Alan Snyder, Nature, April 1, 2004]. So why is young Greta such an ardent supporter of the very Politically Correct Climate Change cult? And what can we expect from her in the future?

Let’s be clear, first of all, that the Climate Change Movement is very far from being motivated purely by reason. The movement is marred by concocted and manipulated data, alarmist and false predictions, the rampant persecution of dissenting scientific voices, constant fallacious appeals to authority (“the vast majority of scientists accept . . .”) and the wilful ignoring of the realistic possibility that our climate increase is more parsimoniously explained by sun spot activity than human activity, even if human behavior is playing some part. “Climate Justice,” which is about nothing more than promoting the empowerment of non-white nations over white ones, starkly reveals climate activism to be a branch of the prevailing Multiculturalism dogma. Most prominent climate activists are, as British journalist James Delingpole has put it, “Watermelons”—green on the outside, red on the inside. (See his Watermelons: How Environmentalist Are Killing the Planet, Destroying the Economy and Stealing Your Children’s Future).

When she was 8 years old, Greta heard (was told?) about Climate Change and started to become gradually obsessed with it. By the age of 11, her anxiety had become so acute that she stopped eating and stopped speaking. She was duly diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Attention Hyperactivity Disorder and very severe anxiety, of which selective mutism is a symptom.

In line with her Climate Change obsession, ASD symptoms can, though do not always, include unusual interests, high anxiety and hyperactivity. In general, however, ASD is marked by being very good at systematizing and very poor an empathising, meaning that ASD sufferers can be brilliant scientists but will have very poor social skills, unable to infer how others think. [The extreme male brain theory of autism, By Simon Baron-Cohen, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 2002].

So why is Greta, who has been indirectly compared to autistics like Einstein and Newton, so accepting of what is essentially the Multiculturalism conventional wisdom? There are a number of reasons.

  • Firstly, though excellent systematizing skills are a symptom of ASD, a person can be diagnosed as autistic without them, as long as that person displays a sufficient number from a shopping list of ASD symptoms and displays them at a very young age.

In other words, they can be diagnosed as ASD without conforming entirely to the “stereotype” of ASD. So, in this sense, ASD is the oversimplification of a variety of conditions and some psychologists have argued that the concept should be broken up. This is possibly true of Greta. [Is It Time to Give Up on a Single Diagnostic Label for Autism?, by Simon Baron-Cohen, Nature, May 4, 2018]

  • Secondly, autistics vary in how high in anxiety they are. Their anxiety often develops because they can’t make sense of people and become insecure as a result.

Anxiety is associated with being successful in the Arts, with being female [Personality, by Daniel Nettle, 2007], and with going through periods of fanaticism and religious fervor. [Primary personality trait correlates of religious practice and orientation, by P. Hills et al., Personality and Individual Differences, 2004]

However, eminent scientists—even of the genius kind—tend to be male and, anyway, relatively low in anxiety. It is the genius artists who are high in anxiety. [A meta-analysis of personality in scientific and artistic creativity, by G. Feist, Personality and Social Psychology Review, 1998]

So Greta’s phenomenal anxiousness—to the extent of selective mutism—would help to explain, despite her ASD traits, her inability to think in a purely logical way about the issue of Multiculturalism and climate change, at least at her young age when she is nowhere close to her “intelligence peak.” On this basis alone, you might think that responsible Leftists would leave Greta alone, so that she can avoid engaging in her teenage thoughts and juvenilia—which may well embarrass as she matures—in public. But you’d be wrong.

Indeed, the other key factor behind Greta’s activism is simply intelligence. Scientific geniuses combine high IQ with ASD traits. But IQ refers to your intelligence with reference to those of your own age. Intelligence is simply how good you are at problem solving and doing so quickly. Thus, a high IQ 4 year-old will obviously be less “intelligent” than an average IQ 40-year-old. This is not least because we reach our intelligence peak—the highest we ever score on intelligence tests—at around the age of 35, after which a slow cognitive decline sets in, partly because we literally become “slower”. [Acquisition and utilization of spatial information by elderly adults, by K. Kirasic, In L. Poon et al., Everyday Cognition in Adulthood and Later Life, 1989]

So, even with a high IQ, at sixteen Greta may not yet be “intelligent” enough see through the veil of deceit that constitutes aspects of the Climate Change Movement.

And to make matters worse, it is highly probable that Greta has very particular and narrow intelligence deficiencies, consistent with her atypical form of ASD. This is something that is true of many of the “geniuses” to which she is compared, by the way. They get lost, they can’t drive; they never learn to cook. They “need to be looked after”. [Geniuses are “vulnerable and fragile” and “need to be looked after”, By Bruce Charlton, Bruce Charlton’s Notions, November 18, 2014]

Manifestly, Greta is atypical-looking, to the extent that she hardly resembles her parents. Neurological disorders, whereby something has gone wrong early in development, tend to express themselves in minor physical abnormalities, as the developmental conditions have been suboptimal for all parts of the fetus and thus the brain. Greta has a noticeably small nose, narrow eyes, and a very wide face. These features are negatively associated with IQ and thus can also be seen in suffers from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and, in a more pronounced way, sufferers from Down’s Syndrome [How to Judge People By What They Look Like, by Edward Dutton, 2018]. In addition to these, the key physical marker of FAS—which is characterized by autism, relatively low IQ [Autism in fetal alcohol syndrome: a report of six cases, by J. Nanson, Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research, 1992]] and hyperactivity —is short stature and a relatively flat philtrum, both of which are clearly true of Greta.

Thus, Greta—who certainly does not show clear evidence of cognitive impairment—possibly has Partial Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (“pFAS”), something which can sometimes, alas, occur as a result of even the most modest use of alcohol during pregnancy. Mild FAS is associated with mild or very specific forms of cognitive impairment, meaning a sufferer can have a high IQ but be deficient in certain kinds of logic, especially relating to pure Math. There is, however, a degree to which such problems can get better with age, as people reach their cognitive peak.

So, proudly ASD Greta, who told the Guardian’s Damian Carrington that “I think in many ways we autistics are the normal ones and the rest of the people are pretty strange—especially when it comes to the sustainability crisis” is likely a Multiculturalism advocate because she is a very atypical autistic, has narrow cognitive deficiencies and, put simply, is young. But, as an autistic, she is naïve and has a burning sense of certainty.

Responsible people would thus avoid turning Greta into a Climate Change Joan of Arc. They would look after her and protect her from a social sphere that she finds difficult to understand precisely because her brain is so skewed towards the world of ideas and structures.

But Multiculturalists are quasi-religious fanatics, like those who allowed two gangs of children—led by the likely autistic Nicholas of Cologne and Stephen of Cloyes—to engage in the Children’s Crusade of 1212, resulting in many of the children dying of hunger and exposure.

We can only hope that the Left eventually leave Greta alone and allow her to grow up.

My guess: considering Greta’s obvious precocity and intellect, as she reaches her intelligence peak her obsessiveness, energy, and emotionless logic will be turned against the very ideas she now advocates—and against the very people who now exploit her.

Lance Welton [Email him] is the pen name of a freelance journalist living in New York.

(Republished from VDare by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Science • Tags: Global Warming, IQ, Political Correctness 
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  1. Anonymous [AKA "SnaggleToothSam"] says:

    Greta seens like the perfect ‘spiteful mutation’ a la the Jolly Heretic. See:

    Episode 13: Why are SJWs so Physically Unattractive?

  2. The movement is marred by concocted and manipulated data, alarmist and false

    There is nothing more false than the idea that solar activity is the main driver of climate change. Sunspot activity is at a significant low, and yet the earth is heating up faster than ever.

    Maybe you should consider why it is you don’t freeze every night when the earth is turned away from the sun. Let me help you. That is because there is a greenhouse effect which prevents all the heat of the day being re-radiated back into the icy blackness of space.

    But you can have too much of a good thing – too much of a greenhouse effect – which is what you get from significantly increasing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere in a short space of time – and then you move to a hothouse.

    The Permian Mass Extinction event of 252 Mya took place over something like a million years, and we are repeating that in just afew centuriues.

    • LOL: Wally
    • Replies: @Sunshine
  3. Why, that would be wonderful if she’s actually Socialist instead of Big Green. Socialism means regular people get more and rich people get a la lanternes.

    • Agree: Byrresheim
  4. Anonymous[243] • Disclaimer says:

    “Lance Welton[1] is an American white supremacist, sexist, misogynist, Islamophobe, homophobe, climate change denialist and conspiracy theorist who writes defamatory hit-piece articles for VDARE on individuals he labels SJWs (basically anyone who doesn’t share his far-right extremist views). ”

    What a nutcase.

    • Replies: @Oleaginous Outrager
    Online wiki devoted to propagating left-wing ideals without explicitly stating so. The title “Rational Wiki” is deliberately misleading, as it implies a logical, unbiased, emotionally detached approach when the site reads like a hotly opinionated liberal blog.

  6. Medvedev says:

    Regardless whether she has mental disorder or not. There is a reason why children or teens shouldn’t be involved and dragged into politics. Cause most of them haven’t formed into adults, and even college students of age may not have the knowledge, critical thinking and wisdom of older ones.
    That’s why commies used pioneers (пионеры) or nazis, the real ones, used Hitlerjugend. Because it is so easy to brainwash children and teens while they’re young, haven’t formed opinions or critical thinking.
    What Left did, they hijacked American educational system decades ago. University is no longer a place where we foster critical thinking, challenging opinions. Nowadays Universities (and corporate America to the large extent) resemble echo chambers.

  7. Hey, great article. 80-90% of discusses autism generally & the autism of a young girl who has received some notoriety for leading teenage protests against climate change.
    It goes without saying that “climate change” is mere PC claptrap. It’s anti-white & “multicultural dogma” . Poor girl is being exploited – that is the topic of this article.
    I won’t bother to convert any of those with “sun spots” in their eyes. Perhaps sun spots ARE a big contributing factor — that’s fine, because it admits the problem. And as Exxon & BP knew back in the early 80’s that atmospheric carbon can produce warming, & that over 7 billion of us are putting tonnes of extra carbon into the atmosphere also admits the problem.
    What should we do? Nothing, hope for the best? Fine – it’s a gamble, but, whatever….
    But, what we really could do is not waste time playing games with autism so as to score cheesy little political points.

  8. @Anonymous

    Thinks rationalwiki is a reputable source on ANY subject.

    What a moron.

  9. Alden says:

    One question who’s behind Greta?

  10. Sunshine says:
    @Tsar Nicholas

    So what exactly do you expect us to do to stop this? Why aren’t non white countries like China and India, being held accountable for their insane levels of pollution?

  11. In some ways, this sounds like the whole transgenderism-for-young-children movement in the US and Canada … with all of the far-leftist support and propagandizing and lionizing any young child who even jokingly mentions that they ‘feel like’ their opposite biological sex. Next thing you know, those children are — if necessary — taken from their parents by the agenda pushing folks and given harsh and damaging ‘chemicals’ to begin their descent into the abyss …

  12. GT has all the hallmarks of an Illuminati frontperson like Bill Gates. Their true agenda is World Government, White Genocide and depopulation, with themselves as world rulers.

  13. anon[267] • Disclaimer says:

    > marred by concocted and manipulated data


    You’re the deceiver who, like Big Tobacco saying smoking didn’t affect health, tries to smear science.

    But do step up and say which data you think is “concocted and manipulated,” if you think you can back up your statement. Go on. And then I’m going to humiliate you in your lies, if you have enough morality to feel humiliation at being caught lying.

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