The Discerning Texan

All that is necessary for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing.
-- Edmund Burke
Sunday, June 01, 2008

What I have always said: the founders and leaders of the "Green" movement--and the "Religion of Global Warmism" were (and are) Fallen Communists

Via QandO, Charles Krauthammer and Czech President Vaclav Klaus punctuate what I have been saying all along: the real color of the Environmental movement isn't "Green"; it is "Red":
How did this happen?

Well, as Charles Krauthammer explains, after the collapse of communism, those who still are true believers in central planning had to have somewhere to go. Krauthammer, in my estimation, has correctly pointed out where they've landed (as has Vaclav Klaus):
For a century, an ambitious, arrogant, unscrupulous knowledge class — social planners, scientists, intellectuals, experts and their left-wing political allies — arrogated to themselves the right to rule either in the name of the oppressed working class (communism) or, in its more benign form, by virtue of their superior expertise in achieving the highest social progress by means of state planning (socialism).

Two decades ago, however, socialism and communism died rudely, then were buried forever by the empirical demonstration of the superiority of market capitalism everywhere from Thatcher's England to Deng's China, where just the partial abolition of socialism lifted more people out of poverty more rapidly than ever in human history.

Just as the ash heap of history beckoned, the intellectual left was handed the ultimate salvation: environmentalism. Now the experts will regulate your life not in the name of the proletariat or Fabian socialism but — even better — in the name of Earth itself.

Environmentalists are Gaia's priests, instructing us in her proper service and casting out those who refuse to genuflect. (See Newsweek above.) And having proclaimed the ultimate commandment — carbon chastity — they are preparing the supporting canonical legislation that will tell you how much you can travel, what kind of light you will read by, and at what temperature you may set your bedroom thermostat.
So here we are. With a thin veneer of science supporting the facade of the "First Church of the Environment", its apostles are moving quickly to consolidate the necessary power and to impose that first commandment Krauthammer talks about - carbon chastity.

For instance, proposed in England:
Only Monday, a British parliamentary committee proposed that every citizen be required to carry a carbon card that must be presented, under penalty of law, when buying gasoline, taking an airplane or using electricity. The card contains your yearly carbon ration to be drawn down with every purchase, every trip, every swipe.
And, of course, if you need more, you'll have to buy more credits through some sort of exchange - and you can guess what entity will be running it and you can bank on that entity taking its cut of the proceeds.

As Krauthammer points out, and this is something people have a tendency to miss in all of this, what we're talking about is a huge increase in the power of government:
There's no greater social power than the power to ration. And, other than rationing food, there is no greater instrument of social control than rationing energy, the currency of just about everything one does and uses in an advanced society.
And through pending legislation we're just about to hand the beginnings of that sort of "social power" to government.
Read the whole thing (and don't miss this from the Czech President):

More here also, from still more intelligent, courageous and esteemed "heretics" who dare to question Pope Gore and his Marxist Grand Inquisitors.
DiscerningTexan, 6/01/2008 08:09:00 PM |