July 13, 2009

Love Your Mother - Or Else

Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Mark Steyn:

You can work hard and get a nice place in the suburbs. If you were a 19th-century Russian peasant and you got to Ellis Island, you’d be living in a tenement on the Lower East Side, but your kids would get an education and move uptown, and your grandkids would be doctors and accountants in Westchester County. And your great-grandchild would be a Harvard-educated environmental activist demanding an end to all this electricity and indoor toilets.

Environmentalism opposes that kind of mobility. It seeks to return us to the age of kings, when the masses are restrained by a privileged elite. Sometimes they will be hereditary monarchs, such as the Prince of Wales. Sometimes they will be merely the gilded princelings of the government apparatus — Barack Obama, Barney Frank, Nancy Pelosi. In the old days, they were endowed with absolute authority by God. Today, they’re endowed by Mother Nature, empowered by Gaia to act on her behalf. But the object remains control — to constrain you in a million ways, most of which would never have occurred to Henry VIII, who, unlike the new cap-and-trade bill, was entirely indifferent as to whether your hovel was “energy efficient.” The old rationale for absolute monarchy — Divine Right — is a tough sell in a democratic age. But the new rationale — Gaia’s Right — has proved surprisingly plausible.

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Posted by Robert at July 13, 2009 10:13 PM | TrackBack

Again, I will throw down the Gauntlet to our environmental brethern. Please, show unto us, the ignorant unwashed, your fealty to the earth, and turn off your air conditioning - for the entire summer.

Electing the One, seeing An Inconvienent Truth, separating Paper and Plastic, buying green, going green, buying carbon offsets, just don't cut it. I would like to the Greens really cut back - otherwise, sacrifice is great, but only for everyone else.

I await the broadcast from the Today Show, White House Press Conferences, Lead Stories from Her Perkiness on the Green's rejection of Air Conditioning....

Posted by: KMR at July 14, 2009 05:57 AM

The Left loves top down government. Doesn't matter if it's fascism, socialism, communism or feudalism.

Posted by: rbj at July 14, 2009 11:33 AM