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Greta, Now be a Good Girl and Listen to the Kind Billionaire! By James Reed
Remember the old saying,” children should be seen, but not heard.” When did that die out? Surely in the early post WWII era, since the 1960s brats did not listen or shut up. Neither is this generation, Z, the last one, with any luck (i.e. Biblical Second Coming).
“French business magnate Bernard Arnault, 70, has described climate activist Greta Thunberg as 'demoralising for young people'. The billionaire Chief Executive of LVMH made the comments while speaking at his luxury giant LVMH's sustainability event earlier this week. Arnault said that while Greta was a 'dynamic young girl,' she has 'surrendered completely to catastrophism.' Arnault's giant group boasts Fendi, Christian Dior and Givenchy among its brands. 'I find that her views are demoralising for young people,' the fashion CEO continued. 'I prefer positive solutions that allow us to get towards a more optimistic position.' He added that there was a positive side to economic growth, pointing out that it had helped to create jobs and lift many people from poverty. 'If we don't want to go backwards, we still need growth,' he said.”
But that is the point – the entire movement is a new kind of anarcho-primitivism, wanting to return to some mythic past where the world was clean and green. But that has long gone, and our world is one of growth and development, so Greta, get with the times, or the times will get with you. I am not sure what that means, but it did sound profound at the point of creation, sweat dripping onto the key board.