Early in his speech, Kisin explained that one very un-woke concept — free speech — "is not some right-wing reframing of whatever; it's the foundation of Western civilization."
He added that "the only way to deal with the problem of racism is to treat people" based upon "the content of their character and nothing else. And the fact that woke culture seeks to overturn that is a new form of racism that we must all oppose."
Kisin then set out to persuade those on the left — with some wit on the side: “I want to talk to those of you who are woke, and who are open to rational argument. A small minority, I accept, because one of the tenets of wokeness is, of course, that your feelings matter more than the truth.”
He then spoke about climate change — and even submitted to the woke bunch "for tonight, and tonight only" — that it must be solved.
“I will join you in worshiping at the feet of St. Greta of Climate Change. Let us all accept right here, right now that we are living through a climate emergency and our stocks of polar bears are running extremely low," Kisin continued.
“What are we to do about this huge problem facing humanity?” he asked.
He said that if Britain ceased to exist, that wouldn't help climate change since Britain is responsible for only about 2% of yearly carbon emissions across the globe. Kisin then made a hard-hitting point: Climate change is “going to be decided in Asia and Latin America by poor people who couldn’t give a s**t about saving the planet.”
He added that those in China and India specifically aren't crying and moaning over the scourge of climate change; like those in Latin America, they're most concerned about getting rid of poverty and starvation as opposed to getting rid of fossil fuel-powered automobiles.
Drilling down to what's important to virtually all parents, Kisin shared that "about 15 months ago, my wife got pregnant" before dropping a bomb on the gender-transition craze: “Not me – we’re old school.”
If you said to me that I have a choice: Either my son had a serious risk of starving or dying from a preventable disease in the next year, or I could press a button, and he would live, he would go to school, he would bring his first girlfriend home, he would go to university and graduate and become a woke idiot. And then he’d get a job and get married and have children and become a man. But all I have to do is press this button, and for every day of my son’s life, a giant plume of CO2 is gonna get released into the atmosphere. And you’re all very young, and most of you are not parents. Let me tell you something: There is not a parent in the world who would not smash that button so hard their hand bled.
In other words, we can't expect adults in poor countries to get on board with the woke agenda of the West.
"And so I put it to you, ladies and gentlemen, there is only one thing we can do in this country to stop climate change, and that is to make scientific and technological breakthroughs that will create the clean energy that is not only clean but also cheap," Kisin said, adding that "the only thing that wokeness has to offer in exchange is to brainwash bright young minds like you to believe that you're victims, to believe that you have no agency, to believe that what you must do to improve the world is to complain, is to protest, is to throw soup on paintings.”
He concluded that “the way to improve the world is to work, is to create, it is to build. And the problem with woke culture is that it has trained too many young minds like yours to forget about that.”
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Kisin on Wednesday spoke to Carlson saying he's received almost entirely positive feedback about his speech — and noted that adults need to get back to the business of being adults.
"We live in a society in which adults are afraid of children and young people in particular," Kisin said. "And so when you see somebody who is an adult talking to young people and being straight with them and saying, 'Look, if you care about certain issues in the world, if you care about climate change or racial injustice ... whining and complaining is not gonna fix that problem.' We need young people to step up and actually work and build and create things ... that is gonna help solve all the problems of the future."
He added that he's discovered after much observation that "wokeness is fundamentally anti-human."
"The narrative goes something like this. ... We are evil, particularly Westerners, especially straight white men like you. But actually, all of us are evil, and we must be punished. ... That’s why some of the solutions that we’re being offered to the issue of climate change don’t seem to make much sense," he told Carlson.
Kisin also said that "we’ve got to believe that young people are persuadable. We have to make rational arguments to them. That is, I think, the way to deal with many of these problems. We’ve got to challenge young people to step up and be better."
He added, "I think we’re not going to get anywhere by chastising people. We have to try and persuade them. ... We’ve got to remember, Tucker, they’re young minds. We were all young once, and we were just as idiotic and stubborn and so sure of ourselves that we thought we knew everything. ... we’ve gotta fight to change people’s minds, and the way to do that is with rational argument and encouraging critical thinking, which is what I hope my speech has done."
TheBlaze wrote about Kisin back in December 2018 when he shared on Twitter that before a comedy gig at a college, he was presented with a contract calling for a "safe space" at the venue and requiring his "respectful" demeanor onstage. He noted that the requirements "nearly made me puke."
This story has been updated.
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