Yesterday I wrote about Green Fatigue. Today I stumbled into one excellent example of why the green movement is failing so badly.
James Gustav Speth in the Nation blames capitalism for everything wrong with the enviroment, the green movement and his life.
First, Speth acknowledges that warmists are not effective:
In my environmental work for close to four decades, I’ve always assumed America’s environmental community would do the same–get stronger and prevail against the current. But in the past few years I have come to the conclusion that this assumption is incorrect. The environmental community has grown in strength and sophistication, but the environment has continued to deteriorate.
Instead of recognizing that environmentalists failure is because of the nature of the people involved, Speth blames forces outside the warmist circle, notably the lefts sworn enemy, capitalism:
It is no accident that environmental crisis is gathering as social injustice is deepening and growing inequality is impairing democratic institutions. Each is the result of a system of political economy–today’s capitalism–that is profoundly committed to profits and growth and profoundly indifferent to nature and society.
Capitalism as it is constituted today produces an economy and politics that are highly destructive to the environment.
Speth demonstrates why you can’t trust anything a warmist says, the real agenda has nothing to do with a trace gas in the atmosphere or polar bears, it’s about suppressing growth, stupid:
Instead of merely pursuing GDP growth, we need policies that address social needs directly–that strengthen families and communities and address the breakdown of social connectedness and the erosion of social capital; that guarantee good, well-paying jobs (and green-collar ones); that provide for universal healthcare and alleviate the devastating effects of mental illness; that provide a good education for all; that ensure care and companionship for the chronically ill and incapacitated; that recognize responsibilities to the half of humanity who live in poverty.
Would it be too much to ask where all the money comes from for the panoply of ‘social capital’ if policies attack growth? To paraphrase Margaret Thatcher, the problem for socialists is that they always run out of other people’s money.
But don’t worry, you won’t miss capitalism, it’s bad for you:
Psychological studies show that materialism is toxic to happiness and that more income and more possessions do not lead to a lasting sense of well-being or satisfaction with life.
Speth has a list to do list for environmentalists:
Environmentalists must join social progressives to address the crisis of inequality unraveling our social fabric and undermining democracy.
Environmentalists must also join those seeking to reform politics and strengthen democracy.
Environmentalists need to embrace public financing of elections, lobbying regulation, nonpartisan Congressional redistricting and other reforms as a core of their agenda.
Notice that it’s all political, all the time. That’s because global warming has always been about politics, the ‘argument’ over science is specious at best, this movement hates your lifestyle and is about tearing it down. Green on the outside, red on the inside – meet the watermelon agenda.