Especially of the US government since 2001, and most intensively since January 20 of this year. But the cards are now fully exposed on the table. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,
... told young Europeans at the European Parliament that global economic turmoil provided a fresh opening. "Never waste a good crisis ... Don't waste it when it can have a very positive impact on climate change and energy security," she said."Never waste a good crisis" when you can leverage it to expand the power of government, that is, of yourself personally. But she continued:
"Certainly the United States has been negligent in living up to its responsibilities," said Clinton, on her first visit to Europe as secretary of state.And never pass up a chance to apologize for your country when you're overseas.
"This is a propitious time ... we can actually begin to demonstrate our willingness to confront this."
Roger Kimball observes:
Who, I wonder, was the political genius who saw the advantages of exploiting people’s sentimental gullibility about the environment for partisan profit? We’ve long known that environmentalism, as the philosopher Harvey Mansfield put it, is “school prayer for liberals.” But I wonder whether even Professor Mansfield could have foreseen what a tool pseudo-environmentalism would be for the radical wing of the Democratic party? The inestimable value of a green, that is, a pink, philosophy is that you can never be green enough. And in pursuit of zero-carbon-emissions purity a government can impose crippling sanctions in order to force compliance. And don’t say Obama didn’t warn you: as I and many others pointed outduring the campaign, he promised that, if elected, he would do all he could to “bankrupt” the coal industry.I've almost grown tired of saying that environmentalism is the true religion of the Left. It is the banner picked up by socialists who finally realized that socialism, by that name, wouldn't sell in this country. But here it is again:
Freeman Dyson wrote that, "Environmentalism has replaced socialism as the leading secular religion." I demur. Environmentalism has not replaced socialism at all. Instead, the old-line socialists, faced with decades of the failure of political socialism, have jumped on the environmentalist bandwagon to keep socialism alive. Environmentalism has become a much better vehicle to achieve a rigid regulation of people's lives than political socialism ever was. After all, the fate of the entire planet is at stake! Environmentalism has already led some British members of Parliament to propose that the government regulate almost every aspect of buying and selling by private individuals. If this is not socialism, it is a distinction without a difference.We are now living in a permanent state of emergency, according to our Washington overlords. They are not going to waste this crisis, and rest assured there will be many more to come that they won't waste, either. And the only solution we'll be offered will one that regulates our lives at an ever-increasing rate, growing the power of government at our monetary and political expense.
So there you are. At bottom, modern environmentalism has discarded scientific rigor to embrace something not much different than Leninism, the desire to control the major components of the way individuals live. From there it is a short step for environmentalism to Leninism's successor: Stalinism, the desire to control every aspect of the way we live. That's our future, minus the gulags. We hope.
This seems an apt time to quote the old liberals' bumper sticker: "If you're not outraged, you are not paying attention."
Once again: I am left with nauseating near-conviction that I am a member of the last generation in the history of the world that is minimally truly free.