Commentators have begun to say what I have been preaching for years: the Green movement has provided a new home for communists, Marxists, leftwingers and big-government advocates. The people who couldn't get their program accepted using the old Red machine have repainted the machine an earthy Green and are having striking success. I read a recent commentary by a Pulitzer Prize winner and he hit the nail fairly and squarely on the head. His argument is strong and persuasive.
Communism and socialism (the instruments of those whom he accurately described as "an ambitious, arrogant, unscrupulous knowledge class-social planners, scientists, intellectuals, experts and their left-wing political allies" ) ruled the working class in many countries and for the most part kept them in poverty. Then just about twenty years ago both communism and socialism suffered crushing blows. As the Berlin wall came down and the Soviet empire collapsed communism and socialism "were buried forever by the empirical demonstration of the superiority of market capitalism everywhere from Thatcher's England to Deng's China, where just the partial abolition of socialism lifted more people out of poverty more rapidly than ever in human history."
But these forces of the left refuse to die. Just as it appeared that they must die away and be consigned to the scrapheap of history, they found a new home with a much more attractive name: 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." With religious fervor, these apostles of big government are achieving the success that evaded them when they tried to push similar policies under the banner of Marxist or Fabian philosophy. They have succeeded in getting politicians and now even some evangelical church leaders on board to support their program to reverse the alleged man-caused warming of planet Earth. The current jargon talks a lot about your "carbon footprint" and holds out a "solution" that will bankrupt America and will reduce its population to Soviet-style serfdom.
In Britain, a parliamentary committee has proposed that each citizen should have to carry a carbon card that stipulates how much energy the government allows him to use in a year. He must present his card every time he buys gas or an airline ticket or when he uses electricity. Every time the card is swiped he uses up more of his energy allowance. Remember this is the very same type of tyranny that the Al Gore crowd here in America wants us to adopt. This is the "Green" solution to the energy problem and it is old line Red Communism. It will solve no problem for the earth but it will accomplish every Marxist's dream of wrecking America's economic strength.