Friday, June 15, 2007

Global Planning? Sounds Like Communism

Freedom, not climate, is at risk Vaclav Klaus, President of the Czech Republic, has something to say about the Global Warming hysteria. Is it hysteria? Or is it propaganda?
Rational and freedom-loving people have to respond. The dictates of political correctness are strict and only one permitted truth, not for the first time in human history, is imposed on us. Everything else is denounced.
That actually sounds a lot like religious dogma.
As someone who lived under communism for most of his life, I feel obliged to say that I see the biggest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity now in ambitious environmentalism, not in communism. This ideology wants to replace the free and spontaneous evolution of mankind by a sort of central (now global) planning.

The environmentalists ask for immediate political action because they do not believe in the long-term positive impact of economic growth and ignore both the technological progress that future generations will undoubtedly enjoy, and the proven fact that the higher the wealth of society, the higher is the quality of the environment. They are Malthusian pessimists.
Go read the whole thing. It IS worth your time. [Hat tip to Beth]

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