As in his past Vatican forays, Sachs will begin his performance with grim ecological warnings. Perhaps, he will dust off one of his favorites, ‘dangers are evident in every part of the planet.’
Scare your audience. It works every time.
Like the clever illusionist, Sachs sets the tone, as he has done in previous appearances, by predicting a global climatic catastrophe full of rising oceans, heat waves, and hurricanes. Listen carefully, as Sachs reiterates a frequent theme as he steps into the new CFL klieg lights of the hopefully non-air-conditioned Pontifical Academy (See # 55 of the encyclical), and in a commanding and foreboding voice warns:
“I want to describe what I believe to be the central drama of our time. Now our backs are up against the wall. Our generation’s history is the threat of unprecedented, global-scale environmental catastrophe.”
Using high drama, fear mongering, and apocalyptic language, the magician ensures the rapt attention of the gullible papal audience. Who wouldn’t listen, when this self-appointed wizard from Oz warns that we are running out of time, and the climatic clock is ticking toward our environmental demise? The sky is not only falling, but hopelessly polluted. Fear not, our magician will waive his UN sustainable development wand and save us all. Salvation usually has a different connotation at the Vatican.
In previous Vatican appearances, Sachs reassured his captivated Vatican audience that, “sustainable development is the global concept to address this quite harrowing and unique reality of our time. Sustainable Development calls for a holistic and integrated vision which will end extreme poverty, as well as our environmental objectives of stopping climate change, controlling pollution, and protecting ecosystems.”
Now you see looming harrowing catastrophe, now you don’t.
Oh, thank God for our secular savior who has the answer to save us from the ecological cliff and the end of the world. It’s none other than the UN’s latest snake oil, sustainable development!
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Curious isn’t it that in Laudato Si, Pope Francis echoes and borrows Sachs’ favorite theme of sustainable development: “The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change.” (LS #13).
It’s no wonder the Vatican invites back Jeffrey Sachs for repeat performances of his masterful shell game. The Vatican can’t get enough of his promise of ecological salvation.
And promise he does!
Sachs promises to end extreme global poverty in 2030 with the magic of, you guessed it, Sustainable Development! Yes, it sounds like linguistic sleight of hand, but Swami Sachs will accomplish what no one in the history of mankind has done; eliminate extreme global poverty in just 15 short years! Can’t wait to see Sachs pull that rabbit out of his hat.
But there are more UN tricks in Sachs’ sustainable development bag.
Knowing that Pope Francis’ favorite cause is human trafficking, Sachs addressed the Pontifical Academy on April 15, 2015 and made another bold forecast. Sachs predicted that sustainable development can eliminate human trafficking by 2020! Yes, folks, human trafficking, today’s fastest growing criminal enterprise, will be eliminated in 5 years! Is it any wonder, that he is the Pope Francis’ favorite advisor? No doubt, the secular Sachs is hoping for some Catholic miracles to achieve the end of human trafficking. Now that’s a quite a disappearing act. Imagine, only five short years...Abracadabra, and no human trafficking!
What is this magic potion called Sustainable Development with miraculous powers to restore this overpopulated, overheated, inequitable, and inclement world back to the Garden of Eden? It resides in the latest, most radical UN plan to impose carbon taxes and regulations on the developed world, in order to reduce the soaring population of the developing world, i.e., Africa. Simply put, Sachs and his UN minions create a phony climate crisis, blame people for it, tax them into submission, and promise utopia. Presto!
Every magician hopes for a naive audience. Sachs and the UN found theirs in this eco-obsessed Vatican.
Jeffrey Sachs is slated to speak at the Vatican next week under the UN masthead of the Sustainable Development Network. Undoubtedly, the Vatican audience will be eagerly awaiting more predictions and promises from him. He will waive his disappearing handkerchief and POOF! Hunger, poverty, human trafficking, inequity, rising seas, polluted air, and yes, overpopulation will disappear.
And no doubt, Jeffrey Sachs will certainly be able to perform the trick that even Magician David Copperfield couldn’t manage. Copperfield often remarked, “I'm just waiting for people to start asking me to make the rain disappear.”
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