Charles Krauthammer on Environmentalists and Communists

Written by Paul Zannucci on 11:11 AM

From Townhall, Environmentalists Pick Up Where Communists Left Off, by Charles Krauthammer

Honestly, there are too many great quotes here. I barely could restrain myself from violating the rules of fair use, but here is one of the better ones:

"The largest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity," warns Czech President Vaclav Klaus, "is no longer socialism. It is, instead, the ambitious, arrogant, unscrupulous ideology of environmentalism."

Anyone can review who is championing global warming and combine that information with the economic results of the environmentalists' goals and figure out what the agenda driving this movement is. Yet the idea that this is a social movement is portrayed, when it's given any credence at all, as a wacky conservative conspiracy theory.

As Mr. Krauthammer points out, socialism and communism died out less than two decades ago, but "just as the ash heap of history beckoned, the intellectual left was handed the ultimate salvation: environmentalism. Now the experts will regulate your life not in the name of the proletariat or Fabian socialism but -- even better -- in the name of Earth itself."

But that's a rather odd, if elegant, way of putting it. Was the intellectual left actually handed environmentalism, or did it yank it away as an avenue to exert its will on the world? I suppose that, for the present, examining the origins of the movement in such detail hardly matters. Historians, many years from now, will have to determine whether the global warming hysteria was adopted or concocted. What matters now, in the midst of this nonsense, is the fight against it. We simply cannot give the global warming leftists their way and maintain our liberty at the same time.

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