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Saturday, September 24, 2005

A Good Casualty

Much good will come from these natural disasters of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and any that may follow this season. All of this good will come because Americans make good happen. Americans will take the flotsam and jetsam produced by the storms and consider the debris and damage to be a combination of raw materials and opportunities. Left alone by governments big and small, capitalism will rise to the occasion as it always does. While the death, disease, and damage to humans cannot be undone, it will not endure. This is not Europe, after all, and it certainly is not Islamia where nothing would ever get done until Westerners have been brought in to do it.

One very good thing could come from these storms. That would be the beginning of the end of the so-called environmental movement.

This movement was born in the 1950s and grew to montrosity in the 1960s. Since then, it has been used to hobble, shackled, and destroy capitalism wherever it can. The progeny of the 1960s moved into universities and then into politics and other areas of power and influence. Listening to Democrats these days means listening to enviro-communism, among other socialist excrescences.

We have no new refineries, no new nuclear power plants, and no drilling for oil in the most promising locations. We have no utilization of vast shale oil deposits in our own country which can free us from any foreign oil dependencies. Enviro-communists have guaranteed our dependence on foreign oil now and for the future, if we continue to let them have their way.

We are told the worst of lies, that it is capitalism or the environment, never both. The ignorati among us believe this just as they believe the propaganda about Islam.

No one in his or her right mind is opposed to contextual preservation of the environment. No one in his right mind wants to soil his own nest. And, industry has shown an amazing ability to mix capitalism and environment optimally for both, and that is what we need now. It can be and usually is a harmonious mix. Thus, we need as completely unfettered capitalism as is possible, freed from governmental control, as directed by the so-called environmental Left, so that industry can do the best job possible for the least costs.

If we had to choose between pristine natural surroundings or dirty smoke stacks, the latter would always be preferable, if you want health and prosperity. However, this is never a choice in fact; environmentalists want us to believe it is one or the other.Like the Muslims who want to return the world to the 7th century, these so-called environmentalists want to return the earth to a fantasied pre-industrial state of nature. There all would live as Rousseau wrote, in pastoral splendor, close to nature, with animated cartoon like perfection everywhere.

What these environmentalists want has never existed. Pre-industrial days were horrible, diseased, unhygienic, and miserable times, not like some story book world. And benign desire for natural beauty is not what motivates most of these people.

The motivation of the environmentalists, excluding some of course, resembles those who worship Islam. Like Muslims, enviromentalists really want to destroy what we have, to take us to some equivalent of a 7th century Dark Age as when Islam began. Environmentalists see themselves as our bosses, of course, just as the Muslims see Muslims in charge of the earth when nirvana arrives. Thus, the term "enviro-communism" seems much more accurate than "environmentalism." Given the lies environmentalists tell, such as that global warming nonsense, they cannot be entrusted with the power they have, and we must strip it from them.

Just as life is neither accident-free nor mistake-free, we must accept flexibility while progressing. If oil spills, the bigger question becomes, what to learn from the event to prevent further occurrences, not to leave the matter at the level of blame. Drill off California and Florida, but do it as carefully as present levels of knowledge permit, and do not demand the perfection which cannot be delivered. When more is known, apply it right away.

Get rid of the Environmental Protection Agency and cut taxes as a result. We do not need nannies, particularly congenitally incompetent nannies which government spawns.

Build lots of nuclear power plants, but not over earthquake faults. Build geothermal, wind, and solar energy gatherers. Work to get everyone off the grid. And, get governments out of the way so that capitalism can develop alternative energy sources, so that we can phase out petroleum dependency in time. For the immediate future, drill in ANWR, in wetlands, and wherever a drilling effort can expect a payoff.

The question is how to develop the energy resources we need now and for the future. The answer is enviro-capitalism. This is the real environmentalism, not Leftist pap. What needs rescuing is not the environment, but the correct knowledge and appreciation of the true nature of capitalism, so that Americans cease spouting pre-programmed slogans against capitalism while thinking they are speaking facts.


  • At Sat Sep 24, 05:46:00 PM PDT, Blogger John Sobieski said…

    George, I agree. The environmentalists' demands are absurd. I saw a 10/2004 interview with Milton Friedman on Cspan tonight and he described our gov't as becoming socialist, liberals today have perverted the word liberal and it now means anticapitalism, expect the govt to do everything for the losers to make them equal to the successful and regulate our work and entrepreneurship.

  • At Sun Sep 25, 12:39:00 AM PDT, Anonymous jovan66102 said…

    George, While agree with your analysis of the current environmental movement, I would like to pint out that its roots were right wing and Catholic. In fact, so much so that it was discredited with the fall of Nazi Germany and was not resurrected until the 50's as a leftwing phenomenon.


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