My attention was drawn this morning to a new blog by Martin Durkan (he of the Great Global Warming Swindle fame). He promises:
“…a series of blog pieces to explore the green politics behind global warming …..”
“The Secret of Global Warming – Posh Anti-Capitalism” is really worth reading. Here are two paragraphs by way of an excerpt:
“The next time you’re forced to attend a dinner party, keep an eye out for the global warmer. Then ask him what he thinks about supermarkets (wicked), ‘consumer society’ (soulless), world trade (cruel) and government regulation (more needed). Global warmers are, in short, anti-capitalist. But – and here’s the really important thing to understand – it’s a very specific form of anti-capitalism. We might call it posh anti-capitalism.”
“But these days, anti-capitalists are coloured Green. They campaign not in the name of the working class, but of ‘Earth’. Instead of giant factories, they dream of little handicraft workshops and organic peasant farms. They complain not that capitalism will impoverish the workers, but, on the contrary, that capitalism has made them too rich. It is the very success of capitalism that seems to upset them.”
Read the rest here.
His other post (it’s a new blog) deals with Greens’ attitudes to development in the Third World. He concludes:
“There is something ugly and sinister behind the apparently benevolent, fashionable attempt to preserve charming, traditional peasant life. And also behind their gushing concern for ‘the planet’. Barely concealed behind the jargon of ‘sustainability’ is the dark, reactionary prejudice of nasty, well-to-do people who would deny material progress to others.”
Read the rest in Happy Peasants (and global warming).