When I earlier posted a critiqueof the ‘Green New Deal’, I expected to receive mixed reviews from readers. On the one hand, I believe the article is well documented and presents convincing evidence. On the other hand, in this era of a climate-crisis mentality, I can understand why criticism of the GND would be one red-pill too many for lots of folks to swallow. After all, this is one article vs. the whole mainstream media. What’s one to believe?
myth 1: Democracy and national sovereignty were bad ideas, leading to social instability domestically, and warfare internationally. How wonderful that we now live in an harmonious global society where decisions are made by those with the most expertise.myth 2: Capitalism, competition, and the pursuit of money were roots of evil. “How much wiser we are now, to live within our ration quotas, and to accept our assigned duties, whatever they might be, in service to humanity.”myth 3: The family was an abusive patriarchal anachronism. “How much better off we are now, with children being raised scientifically, by trained staff, where they are taught discipline and healthy values.”
re/ myth 1: Consider all the activist energy around ‘follow the science’ – quit playing politics and do what needs to be done, re/ carbon emissions. Wouldn’t it be a good idea to have a global agency that could mandate scientifically sound practices? As regards national sovereignty, isn’t that the kind of thing Trump talks about, with his ‘Make America Great Again’? Aren’t we better off seeking global solutions to global problems?re/ myth 2: Back in the 50’s one saw very little criticism of capitalism; indeed it was being praised as a roaring success. But today we have a whole anti-capitalist genre, including the influential and popular book, The Cancer Stage of Capitalism: From Crisis to Cure,by John McMurtry. A reviewer notes: “McMurtry rigorously exposes the opposed paths between which humanity must choose: money-driven life-collapse or civil commons enabled life-development and enjoyment.” And indeed there is much talk of socialist solutions among Left Democrats, for reasons both economic and environmental.re/ myth 3: The family is not yet being demonized, but it is under attack on many fronts. Here in Ireland a ‘Children’s Amendment’ was adopted, which in effect declares the state, rather than the family, to be the ultimate guardian of the child. In one of the Scandinavian countries a child was forcibly taken from an immigrant Czech family so that the child could be raised within the dominant culture and language. The LGBT movement, along with the ‘modern family’ entertainment genre, has dethroned the primacy of the family as the ‘normally accepted’ way for people to live together. A recent pro-family conference in the UK was demonized in the liberal media as being an ‘extreme right’ gathering, because it didn’t look favorably on the LGBT movement.
Again, as in the past, you have provided insightful analyses of where we are, where we are heading, and how. Well thought out, deep, and frightening views for us to contemplate and comprehend. I would add that the easy to reach resources have been found and consumed, that the population has risen and that we have increasing problems with pollution of the oceans, atmosphere, land, and water resources, endangering us and life itself. Thank you Richard – profound! bob g
Thank you for this, Richard. Is it a chapter of a book, or just an essay/article. Perhaps it’s civil war time in the US. I’ve just lost an acquaintance over our diverging attitudesabout Mr. Trump.
If you listen to Amy Goodman’s clip on the Green New Deal today by its authors you should be able to clearly understand that it is in no way a part of the Agenda 21 conspiracy of the ruling classes to prevent limiting their abilities to exploit the world. Rather it is very grass roots.