[Vision2020] Bozeman, MT: Red Pill (from the film "Matrix") Expo: Climate Science Denier Christopher Monckton

Ted Moffett starbliss at gmail.com
Mon Jul 3 18:41:01 PDT 2017

This would be hilarious but for the fact so many people take this
seriously.  To quote Monckton from the article below: “Communists tend to
confiscate gold but silver takes more storage, so they don’t confiscate
that. So the thing to do is hold silver.”
Vision2020 Post: Ted Moffett
Red Pill Expo Pairs Climate Science Denier Christopher Monckton With Joel
Salatin in Parade of Conspiracy Theories

Graham Readfearn <https://www.desmogblog.com/user/7036> | June 29, 2017
By Graham Readfearn <https://www.desmogblog.com/user/7036> • Thursday, June
29, 2017 - 16:11


Did any of the panel have any advice, the female questioner from Houston
asked, about buying gold and silver stocks to help protect them from the
New World Order?

The setting was a packed hall in Bozeman, Montana, for the inaugural Red
Pill Expo <http://www.webcitation.org/6rZpnozEQ>, and it was the British
hereditary peer, Lord Christopher Monckton
<https://www.desmogblog.com/christopher-monckton>, who jumped at the chance
to give advice on commodities.

“It’s a good idea to keep silver rather than gold,” said Monckton.
“Communists tend to confiscate gold but silver takes more storage, so they
don’t confiscate that. So the thing to do is hold silver.”

Contained within that response were the key themes of the conference —
communists are everywhere, there’s a conspiracy of some sort to control the
world, and only those taking the “red pill” will be able to see the
real truth.

For those uninitiated into the lexicon of the “alt right,” a person who
accepts the red pill is choosing to avail themselves of the real truth in
the world.

The phrase is taken from the 1999 movie *The Matrix*

The film’s hero, Neo, is offered a choice. Take the blue pill and return to
the fakery of a computer-generated world, or swallow the red pill and have
the world’s painful truths, together with the limited acting range of Keanu
Reeves, fully revealed.
A Collection of Conspiracy Theories

>From the speeches and videos from the “expo” posted online, it seems that
in addition to swallowing a fictional red pill, the attendees were also
asked to swallow a parade of conspiracy theories about vaccines
(dangerous), the United Nations (a global power grab), cancer cures (a
cover up of “natural” cures) and the 9/11 terrorist attacks (a
controlled explosion).

But a central theme pushed by Monckton and others was that climate change
is largely a hoax that slides neatly into the “red pill” narrative: The
work of thousands of climate scientists is a ruse to gain control of
your lives.

Fox News Montana reported on the expo
but gave no indication of the oddball views being expressed inside.

A report in the local Bozeman Daily Chronicle
told a different story, quoting a director at the Montana Human Rights
Network who saw the event as a recruitment drive for the “alt right.”
Freedom Force International

The Red Pill Expo was organized by Freedom Force International (FFI) — a
group founded by another conspiracy theorist, G. Edward Griffin.

FFI has a “creed of freedom” that apparently allows its signatories the
“freedom to accept or reject any currency, or other forms of money, based
entirely upon my personal judgment of its value.”

Griffin has said that there is “no such thing
as HIV and also thinks there’s something conspiratorially fishy
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsWpSPBwA-w> about the contrails that
planes leave behind in the sky.

Another FFI associate, the GOP activist Dan Happell, introduced the
conference and appeared to play a role in moderating it. In early 2016, he
was part of Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s “Montana
Leadership Team”
an “Agenda 21
” speaker.

In October 2016, Happell helped organize a tour for Monckton around Montana

The following month, FFI held a climate science denial conference, again
featuring Monckton together with Professor Will Happer, who was being
floated as a possible science advisor to President Trump
The Study That's 'Going to Change Everything' — But Science Journals
Won't Touch

At the Red Pill event, Monckton claimed to have found fundamental errors in
the way that scientists had been calculating the sensitivity of the planet
to rising levels of carbon dioxide.

He had sent the study to Happer, he said, who had checked his numbers.

Happer also dismisses the risks of burning fossil fuels and, against the
positions of science academies across the globe, thinks there are only
benefits from adding greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.

Monckton has been previewing his wild claims in several interviews in
recent weeks.

In early June Monckton told Alex Jones on InfoWars
(the home of many a conspiracy theory ) that “this is going to change
everything,” but admitted he was having trouble getting a journal to
publish his research.

“The real idea of this climate change nonsense is to take America down,”
said Monckton. “That’s the objective here — it’s got nothing to do with
the climate.”

According to Monckton’s presentation <https://youtu.be/13ixRJ3lmFY>, his
co-authors include David Legates <https://www.desmogblog.com/david-legates>,
Michael Limburg <https://www.desmogblog.com/michael-limburg>, Willie Soon
<https://www.desmogblog.com/willie-soon>, Alex Henney, and James Morrison.

Infowars sent along reporter Millie Weaver to the event, who spoke on a
panel about “fake news.”
'Lunatic Farmer' Meets Climate Science Deniers

But perhaps the highest profile speaker in Montana was not there to talk
about climate change, but about farming.

Joel Salatin — the self-styled “Christian libertarian environmentalist
capitalist lunatic farmer” — has been featured in multiple documentary
films and in the pages of Time magazine.
gave his keynote on the opening morning of the conference
later appeared on a panel beside Monckton.

“What a joy to be with you, to visit with you and to share this stage with
these luminaries,” said Salatin <https://youtu.be/KNRxNymzs_c>.

It’s not clear if Salatin stuck around to see those “luminaries” in full
flight or if his first impressions lasted across the two-day conference.

DeSmog has emailed Salatin for comment.

*Main image: Lord Christopher Monckton gives a presentation at the Red Pill
Expo in June 2017. Credit: YouTube/Gone Green*
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