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Wednesday, December 3. 2008
We use the term "Watermelon" to refer to those who are green on the outside and red on the inside. (We at Maggie's are ardent Conservationists and nature-lovers and studiers, but have never bought into the "Green" thing.)
Jonathan Adler (himself a global cooling denier) takes a look at Gus Speth and his new book. Speth is as green as they come, and Dean of the Yale School of Forestry. The piece in The New Atlantis, Green Bridge to Nowhere, is quite revealing. I'll just offer one quote:
Read the whole piece for full insight into this totalitarian movement.
Power grabs used to be "for the children," then they were "for the greater good," and now they are "for the planet." I guess any excuse will do for those who imagine that they know better than us regular benighted people. And as far as my "well-being" goes - if I want advice, I will ask for it.
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The role civil society and non-governmental civic institutions might play in this regard receives not a single mention.
That will be for our great-grandchildren, after they've cleaned up the mess.
There is a local radio station I tune into that declares as their mission, "the preservation and encouragement of traditional early to mid 20th century popular music; pointing out, where appropriate its relationship to the historic events in progress when the song became a hit. Our activities also include the collection and preservation of early sound recordings and the historical data associated with them. We have amassed more than 10,000 – 78rpm recordings."
I love it! However, they run a daily radio spot on the environment which never seems to fit with the programming. Today's was particularly disconcerting - a "scientist" in a thick European accent declaring verbatim that "This will mean mommy can no longer pick the kiddies up from soccer in her SUV" - and he stated it with such authority that I thought it sounded like a done deal. Sent a chill up my spine... (or was that the global cooling thing outside?)
Would it be too much to ask that the people who are now doing nothing, do something?
Would it be too much to ask the people who think they are doing something, and who are requiring others to do something, to please step down and do nothing for a change?
I would rather see us hasten some global warming, if that were actually possible. The prospect of global cooling is far more ominous than that of global warming. Feed the cows more tofu; it always seems to make folks 'round here generate dangerous, green, housegas.
"A fad or heresy is the exaltation of something which even if true, is secondary or temporary in its nature against those things which are essential and eternal, those things which always prove themselves true in the long run. In short, it is the setting up of the mood against the mind." GKC
The progressives presently pushing their pipe dream of global warming with its required carbon caps makes the argument for their doing nothing appealing. What I was suggesting is that the "good growth" Speth is seeking has been available to those willing or able. Entitlements are another story.
GK Chesterton had about the clearest vision anyone ever has had, of the Thing which besets us.
Remember Pelosi: "I'm trying to save the planet! I'm trying to save the planet!"
Didn't a guy by the name of Alois Schiklgruber have a kid with similar tyrannical ideas who was then responsible for the slaughter of tens of millions? A little guy with a moustache...who was a forerunner of the Greens, a pioneer or eugenics, and an early supporter of the seeds of Islamicism.
...and an anti-smoking vegetarian healthnut as well. What a trendsetter was he!
Yeah, too bad about his turning on Uncle Joe the way he did, or today the Left would undoubtedly remember him somewhat differently.
The call is always for more regulation of business, but never any basic performance standards for the Academy; for more investment in education, but never for lower faculty salaries in order to cap runaway inflation in the cost of higher education; for longer vacations and shorter workweeks, but never greater productivity on the part of well-paid tenured educators; for restrictions on advertising, but never limits on "academic freedom"; for rigorous consumer protections, but never real accountability of teachers to their students, the educational consumers of our nation; and the list goes on. If you want a "post-growth" society, I humbly suggest you start with higher education: dispose of the current smorgasbord of useless flim-flam college courses and "disciplines" and "schools" and get back to the basic core of a classical education. Perhaps then we'll once again turn out educated citizens who contribute to society, do so willingly out of a sense of personal responsibility and gratitude, and have the good sense to appreciate their good fortune to have been born in such a great country as ours.
It's not only the academy which never has to defend its results --what about congress? Oh, there's elections for that, you say. Right. There are.
When the SHTF in the Transcaucasus this August past, more or less at the same time as several other SHTFs in the global oil mkt & financial system, I finally started reading a few of the so-called "gold bugs" who had been for some time ringing lonely alarm bells from the watchtowers.
As it pertains to New Green Man, please allow me to recommend:
This is Nyquist's current column. For an idea of what prescience really looks like, please click, in the header of the essay, the "Past Columns" button, and curl up with a good bottle and an effective personal defense weapon for a long & chilly midwinter's night read.
People can already have those things Speth talks about. It's not against the law, so far as I know, to be an organic farmer in Vermont. It's not against the law to be in academia. And it's definitely not against the law to emigrate to France. The Capitalist Cops won't show up to make you work double overtime.
People have free will: if they want to opt out of the "capitalist society," they can do so easily. Speth's plan would deny so-called "capitalists" the freedom to opt IN. So you're right -- it's Communism by any other name.
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I have one question for Speth and his followers, also known as Obama voters: who is going to pay for all this? Shorter work weeks, more vacation time, redistribution of wealth? Doing it with greater productivity is a fallacy. GM, Ford, John Deere, etc. increase their efficiency and productivity by replacing workers with automation. This led to the creation of the now famous "Jobs Bank" where automakers were forced to continue to pay workers whose jobs were eliminated. This and the many other benefits bestowed upon UAW employees did not work out so well long term for the Big 3, and now they need taxpayers to bail them out. Somehow the Japanese car companies that manufacture here seem to make money and turn out a good product, so blaming the woes of the Big 3 on the current economy just doesn't pass the smell test. The begged for bailout package for the Big 3 has less to do with saving the company than it does with saving the UAW. I am also curious about another thing: in the past, when car companies had trouble moving their product, we saw sales, 0 percent financing, whatever it took to move inventory. I can't speak for what it happening in the rest of the world but in the midwest we are seeing no attempt whatsoever to get new cars or trucks off the lot.
They deserve to be free of the growth-at-all-costs paradigm...
Maybe I've been reading too much Orwell, but this sounds like it could be the genesis of Zero Population Growth recommendations, which could, chillingly, evolve to mandatory abortions. More of Big Brother potentials, eh? shivers Obama already feels that any baby that survives an abortion should be left to die, no matter what. This is right up leftists' alleys.
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