Real Greens Have Manure on Their Boots
A shovel-ready test to separate the authentic environmentalists from the phonies.
December 30, 2009 - 12:00 am
It’s the Green Party message, one I remember being surprised by in my politically naive days when I went to a meeting thinking that the environment would be at the top of the agenda.
The Green Party would not adopt free market solutions to environmental issues even if they did save “planet Earth,” for the environment is simply a pretext for ushering in a new international socialist order. We saw that with ousted green jobs “czar” Van Jones, someone who would not know what to do with a shovelful of manure.
In fact, socialism harms the environment. No more glaring examples of environmental devastation are to be found than in the former Soviet Union and in current communist China.
Certainly, free market factors will serve to protect the environment better than the kleptocracy that we’re heading toward. Green is a commodity people will pay for. Wooded lots increase property values. People do not want to live in smog-filled cities. And the market follows suit. More will be able to afford to shop at Whole Foods (vilified by the left for the owner’s objection to government-run health care) if we get the economy going again.
Cutting back on welfare programs and wasteful public school expenditures will cut down the income and property tax burden and allow small farmers to keep their farms. Perhaps the accountants and attorneys that work at corporate farms devising ways to get federal crop subsidies would instead go and live a more Jeffersonian lifestyle. That would cut down the incentives for illegal migrant workers crossing over and leaving environmental pollution in their wake. In fact, we should eliminate farm subsidies, especially subsidies for such products as sweeteners, which artificially lower the price of sugary drinks and foods and encourage obesity.
Speaking of sugar, no one seems to remember the deal that Clinton/Gore made with sugar plantation campaign contributors in draining the Everglades. Gore then touted himself as an environmentalist as the federal government (read: your tax dollars) “reclaimed” the Everglades.
Of course, such politicians are abetted by gazillionaire movie stars who also fly around the world raising environmental awareness about the loss of rain forests and other natural habitat.
Why do they not buy up some of that land and maintain it with their own fortunes? Why not buy some in the U.S. and set up a camp for city kids?
These children could be taught valuable lessons about hard work on a self-sustaining farm. Maybe after spending a day out in the fields hoeing they’ll appreciate sitting down with a good book. Maybe they’ll learn something about self-sufficiency and gain self-esteem. They could read Wendell Berry and the politically incorrect Southern Agrarians and be persuaded that an independent cultured existence close to God and nature is preferable to the degenerate lifestyle of the currently rich and famous, like rappers, rock stars, politicians, and rich community agitators like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. They should also learn to distinguish legitimate science from fraudulent ideologically driven science as the exposure of email exchanges on global warming has revealed.
Ah, yes, the contemplative life, with the ability to weigh evidence, to appreciate the written word, to be able to analyze current events in the context of history. That is what the advances of the West have brought to more people than ever and that is what the eco-propagandists have set out to destroy, beginning with scare tactics in the classroom by those like Al Gore willing to destroy the environment for political power.