Watermelons: "The transition from red into green"

“The decade just past marked the transition from red into green. It was the decade in which environmentalism replaced socialism as the authoritarians’ and the busybodies’ ideology of choice. …

[S]aving the planet is not what environmentalism is all about. Saving the planet is just the excuse. Controlling other people’s lives and redistributing global wealth is the true goal. …

[T]he [enviro] mindset … today wants to tell others how much carbon energy they can consume — what kind of vehicle is “responsible,” how big their homes should be, how many hours a day they should run their furnaces or air conditioners or televisions, what kind of light bulbs they should use and so on …

[I]t’s no coincidence that much of the impetus for worldwide control of emissions comes from the left. Nor is it a coincidence that most environmentalists are also supporters of universal health care, social justice, high taxes, the heavy regulation of commerce and the transfer — by compulsion, if necessary — of hundreds of billions of dollars from rich countries to poor.

That’s just their mindset: To be happy, they have to be telling others what to do based on a self-assured belief in their own moral and intellectual superiority. …

When socialism collapsed as an intellectual movement in the 1990s, the intrusive, holier-than-thou, we-know-best attitude behind it did not disappear, it merely refashioned itself in the last decade as environmentalism.” “Environmentalism is just the latest way to tell other people what to do


No Responses to “Watermelons: "The transition from red into green"”

  1. Ayrdale Says:

    I wish, for New Year, that all commentary that includes the green/left code words "progressive" and "social justice" would please learn to use quotation marks as above.Why ? because not to use the correct pronunciation is to surrender the true meanings of those words to the hypocrites.What on earth is really progressive about the left ? How do their policies move anyone, anywhere towards social justice ?Let's get punctuation RIGHT !

  2. Anonymous Says:

    The AGW crowd can be broken down into two groups. The first group (the followers) includes the uninformed, the gullible, the well intentioned but naive, the sincere but mislead, many journalists and researchers, and yes, the just plain stupid. I would think it safe to say that these people all believe that most of the recent global warming must have been or was caused by human activity – primarily CO2 emissions. These people are not evil, they are just wrong. The second group (the leaders) includes primary, government funded researchers, left leaning political leaders, activist and environmentalist leadership, and, of course, the Hansens, Gores, Manns, Briffas, etc extremists with which we are burdened. To the surprise of those in the first group, but not at all to the rest of us, these people do not necessarily believe or, for the most part, even care if global warming is anthropogenic. And, unlike the first group, these people are not only evil and wrong but also dangerous. They are not out to save the world but to gain political power and financial control over individuals, businesses and countries.Let there be no doubt that I have the deepest respect for those truly concerned with legitimate environmental issues. Surly we must continue to fight for and to find a way to protect our environment, reduce stress on fisheries, manage water, land and forest resources, protect endangered species if possible and were practical, and a myriad other environmental issues and crises we face. The real tragedy of the AGW shibboleth is that it will destroy the credibility of legitimate environmental movements, divert needed funding away from them, and make the efforts of those movements even more difficult. And this is why the people of the first group should forever condemn those of the second.The rest of us already have.

  3. DocRichard Says:

    When called a watermelon here in the UK I respond that I would rather be like a watermelon than like a baboon's bottom, because over here, conservatives are blue.But I have no ready answer when called a watermelon by someone from Nevada. Except to say that I am not and have never been a communist, marxist, trotskyist nor even a socialist. I just happen to believe that mankind is not a self-existent being, viewed either as individual or as society. We are dependent on a deeply complex physico-biological system and must learn how to live within the constraints of that system without damaging it. This is political ecology,or Green for short. Political philosophy is not fixed, it is subject to change. This ecplains why you find green stuff everywhere.Happy new year to all anyway.I will now continue my search for information on long term solar cycles.

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