The cold war's Greta Thunberg

It appears that major media are now boo-hooing because Greta Thunberg, child goddess and planetary savior, has been cheated out of her rightful Nobel in favor of some interloper who merely worked for peace between two nations that had been at sword’s point for years. It’s truly creepy how hard people fall for these would-be child messiahs. Charles Mackay, author of the classic 19th-century study Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, would have found a gold mine of material in this. One odd thing about the Thunberg saga is the way the name of Samantha Smith has failed to come up. (Update: Except here. -ed). Smith was yet another child savior, in her case out to put an end to the Cold War. Her saga should act as a cautionary tale to anyone tempted to give too much credit – or any credit at all – to a world-redeeming child savant. In 1982, Samantha Smith, then ten years old, sent a letter to Yuri Andropov, at that time the new chief...(Read Full Post)
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