Given the dark stain of immorality and exploitative evil its executives acquired during World War II, one might think that the current heads of German industrial giant Siemens might want to steer clear of the world-engulfing neofascists and climate swindlers who gathered at Klaus Schwab’s World Economic Forum Conference in Davos, Switzerland last week. But that was not the case.
In fact, current Siemens Chairman Jim Hagemann Snabe not only thought it prudent to hang out with the technocratic son of Eugene Schwab -- who was a member of multiple National Socialist (Nazi) organizations during the Third Reich and whose company used slave labor at the time – and all the private-jet hypocrites who want to control our lives, the Siemens head went a step further.
Snabe called for a billion people to “stop eating meat.”
Breitbart’s Kurt Zindulka writes:
“Danish businessman and chairman of the German manufacturing giant Siemens, Jim Hagemann Snabe pushed the Great Reset agenda of replacing meat with synthetic proteins at a ‘Mobilizing for Climate’ panel at the annual globalist meeting in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday.”
Dang. Again, probably not the best panel name, given that the term “mobilizing” typically connotes military action, and, well, both Schwab’s family and Siemens played some rather shameful roles profiting off of the Nazi regime.
But, even if the WEF gathering had been organized by an angelic child and attended by an innocent neighbor, both the gathering – with its agenda to centralize political and monetary power, as well as to gather speech controls, into the hands of technocratic central planning politicians and police – and the message about meat would be unacceptable on a logical and moral level.
“‘If a billion people stop eating meat, I tell you, it has a big impact. Not only does it have a big impact on the current food system, but it will also inspire innovation of food systems,’ Snabe said, adding: ‘I predict we will have proteins not coming from meat in the future, they will probably taste even better.’”
Logically, Mr. Snabe misses a few rather important points.
Obviously, his focus is on the purported “climate impact” of raising livestock or catching fish for human consumption.
Climate Cult members, like Snabe, often argue that the methane and nitrogen-rich waste produced by livestock contribute to “anthropogenic climate change.” But, given that no one can conclusively claim -- or even back-up with hard data -- the theory that mankind is causing a catastrophic change in global temps, and given that no one can support the claim that changes in the levels of those specific gases are key drivers of that claimed “approaching catastrophe,” the entire basis for this fearmongering and blame-gaming is unsupportable.
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Beyond that, even the universe of “costs and benefits” propounded by the likes of Snabe are speculative and lacking scope.
Once attached to their “carbon, methane, and nitrogen are drivers of apocalypse” religion, Climate Cultists often claim to “calculate” the through-put “costs” in carbon emissions, etc. of beef protein, chicken, etc., claiming that vegetable protein -- or even expensive lab-grown protein is much less “expensive” to the environment.
But not only are their “costs in emissions” models completely baseless when it comes to proving those emissions have any dangerous effect on climate, they lack perspective of REAL costs and the wider practical uses to which livestock are put.
With perfect timing, my friend, author Vince Agnelli recently sent me a link to one of the many radio essays Ronald Reagan created between 1975 and 1979. Many were based on the free-market, Austian School of Economics scholarship Reagan found in “The Freeman” magazine, a publication of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), and a home for some of the greatest free-market writers of the Twentieth Century.
And here is what Ronald Reagan had to say about the way the free market – i.e. free people, left to value what they liked in the amounts they liked, left to discover new uses for things and to invest in new ventures to capitalize on those uses – revealed multitudinous uses for cattle that the central planners miss from their “lofty” positions of command-and-control.
Reagan mentions that what some might see as “waste” from livestock actually goes into the manufacture of tires, and:
“Here are some other things you won’t see on a steakhouse menu… Products from the bones, horns, and hooves: glue, gelatin, including the edible kind used in ice cream, case-hardening steel, refining sugar, processed bonemeal used as animal feed and fertilizer to grow more grain for the hungry. That’s only the beginning. There’s neatsfoot oil (used as a lubricant, for soap, and to preserve leather), plaster retarder, foaming fire extinguisher, paper boxes, sizing, wallpaper, sandpaper, emery cloth -- would you believe, cosmetics? -- camera film, Band-Aids, spray-on adhesives, vitamins, violin strings, crochet hooks, combs and toothbrush handles (since changed to mostly plastic), in the field of pharmaceuticals, we truly get into the life-saving field, with heparin, which keeps the blood from coagulating during an operation – it’s also used in preventing blood clots – there are enzymes used to aid babies’ digestion, epinephrine, for asthma and allergies, adrenal cortex, used to treat Addison’s disease and to overcome shock. The list of really exotic medicines is too long for this time slot, but, just as an example, we’ve known about diabetes since the Fifteenth Century. It took 400 years to find insulin, and we found it in the pancreas of cattle. Today, chemists feel they’ve only scratched the surface in developing useful things other than food from meat animals…”
Certainly, some of the uses Reagan listed have come to be synthesized and mass produced through that vector, but the most fundamental, most essential point about free markets, personal valuation, market competition finding uses for what otherwise might be waste, and developing new ways to help people’s lives? That remains a legacy of Reagan’s speech and a legacy for anyone who understands ethics and markets.
And it is something that Mr. Snabe clearly does not grasp.
For him, people are not free, independent, morally-encoded creations of God. They are cogs to be reshaped and used to steer the world the way he wants it to move. Notes Zindulka:
“‘They will be zero carbon and much healthier than the kind of food we eat today, that is the mission we need to get on,’ the Siemens boss continued.”
If he wants to set about doing that on the free market, rather than joining with the likes of tax-funded US “Climate Czar” John Kerry, the Federal Reserve, and Snabe’s own technocratic Danish Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksen, who recently shoveled hundreds of billions of tax-grabbed Danish Crowns into ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance), Climate Cult, and special interest pork programs, then Mr. Snabe is free to move his company in the direction of offering Climate-Cultist projects and products to willing investors and consumers.
He can see if those lines of endeavor are valued, and show worth in the eyes of the consumers.
And the amazing thing about the market, is that he doesn’t have to force anyone to act in his own best interest.
This way, Mr. Snabe might work towards reforming the dark WWII reputation of Siemens, which, as Khalid Elhassan notes for HistoryCollection.com:
“…is Europe’s biggest industrial manufacturing company, employing over 375,000 people, and generating more than € 83 billion in revenues in 2017. Its factories churn out a wide range of products in the fields of electronics, electrical engineering products, energy, medical goods, drives, fire safety, and industrial plant goods. In the Nazi era, it was Germany’s biggest industrial conglomerate and made use of slave laborers by the hundreds of thousands.”
The details are worth remembering.
“Siemens, which had been founded in 1847, hit a rough patch after WWI, and things did not get any better during the Great Depression. It was saved by the Nazis. When Hitler & Co. took control of Germany in 1933, Siemens profited as the new regime started rearming, and the company experienced massive growth from armaments contracts. As the leader of Germany’s electrical industry, Siemens’ revenue increased continuously from 1934 onwards, reaching a peak during WWII.
As the Nazis’ demands for armaments increased, and as German workers were taken from the factories and drafted into the military, German manufacturers turned to slave workers to meet the ensuing labor shortfall. From 1940 onwards, Siemens relied increasingly on slave labor from countries occupied by Germany, prisoners of war, Jews, Gypsies, and concentration camp inmates. Indeed, Siemens was a leading participant in the Nazis’ ‘death through work’ program and ran factories inside concentration camps such as Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Mauthausen, Ravensbruck, Flossenburg, Sachsenhausen, and others.”
And, adds Elhassan:
“Unsurprisingly, working conditions were terrible. For example, Siemens used female slave workers at Ravensbruck to make electrical components for V-1 and V-2 rockets. They were subjected to all types of exploitation, with the ever present threat of death if they balked. Siemens’ construction operations also made use of female slave workers, yoking them in teams like draft animals to pull giant rollers to pave the streets.
Siemens’ general director, Rudolf Bingel, was a personal friend of Reichsfuhrer SS Heinrich Himmler and made full use of his connections to ensure that Siemens did well under the Nazis. The company further profited from the Holocaust via the “Aryanization Program“, which expropriated Jewish businesses and properties, then resold them at fire-sale prices to approved companies such as Siemens.”
How about Mr. Snabe remember those anti-freedom times and minds, let us see what the best sources of protein, amino acids, and sundry other things are for our interests, and leave us the heck out of his command-and-control ESG plans?
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