The idea that we could make the world into the wonderful reality of the Democrat’s dream of sustained plenty and preservation of the natural world is appealing to me and everyone else. It is sort of like Lyndon Johnson’s idea of the “War on Poverty.” At first blush it fits the Christian dream of worldwide peace and understanding. I like it and so do many others. We are likely to be made to try and do it.
If any of you have read Jered Diamond’s book “Collapse,” you, like me, will feel the need to do something. He is Malthus reborn and makes a very compelling argument that a day of reckoning over the extensive use of the world resources driven by ever increasing population will do us all in at some point. I believe that Diamond is basically correct. I just cannot predict the point at which his vision of hell happens. The Democrats think next week is the time.
It is a mistake of conservatives like me to completely discount the proposals of the new Democrats. We should ask the questions. Are they right about carbon? What is possible to fix? Can we help those who are left behind by the capitalist system? Can we save humanity from its own destruction and still maintain our hard won freedoms?
Their argument would have a lot more weight with me if the leaders of this new movement set personal examples for the rest of us. Show me one of them who practices what they preach about carbon. They all fly in big planes. They buy stuff from the 5,000 container ships which are globalization polluting nightmares. They are driven about in big fancy cars. They worship at the altars of big wind turbines and solar panels, which may use more carbon than they save.
The only practical fix for reducing carbon use is nuclear power for electrical generation, which the left condemns out of hand. We could mandate very, very small light cars and pickups to save gas use, but no one that I know wants the government to do that. We could cut the world’s fleets of containerships and go to more local manufacturing. But the Democrats believe in complete free world trade.
And then there is the problem of giveaways. I will not yield up my life savings so that politicians can give that money to people that lay about making babies and using drugs. I do not think that the average hard working citizen will do that.
We could make government the employer of last resort with a living wage program like the Civilian Conservation Corps and drop all the giveaways we have now for people that cannot nor will not find work. I am for that. No government money to anyone that will not work. If you did not pay in, you cannot take out without work. Do you think the new Democrats will support that?
These dreamers will not compromise on the smallest of issues. They will use force on us to try and make the world over in a communist vision of Utopia. Be warned.