GCN Political Analysis
The Green Gun Reloaded
Economically and Militarily Overwhelmed, Socialism Adopts Environmentalism As A Back Door Tactic To Defeating Capitalism.
By Perry Hicks- Special to GulfCoastNews.com 9/13/09
“We've got to ride the global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing -- in terms of economic socialism and environmental policy."- Timothy Wirth, former U.S. Senator (D-Colorado)
One of the world's political maxims is that for democracy to work, society must have a culture of honesty. This is why most nations, particularly underdeveloped ones, have not chartered governments similar if not identical to that of the United States Constitution. Invariably, they have adopted some other form and just as invariably have not witnessed the same phenomenal rise in both prosperity and freedom.
In particular, communist governments abhor individual wealth and so must coerce its citizens to do what is naturally against their best interests. Hence, communism also abhors individual freedom.
Even when these alternative government charters do guarantee at least some individual rights, those guarantees are seldom honored. For example, the old Soviet Union’s constitution did, in fact, read much like the U.S. Constitution, to include the freedom of speech.
However, communism, corrupt from its very birth, ignored these guarantees. As a result, fifty million Soviet dissenters and others died in the gulags for having done nothing more than failing to meet the state's projection of the ideal citizen. The Soviet Union maintained what was arguably the most repressive, corrupt, and dangerous regimes in modern history.
Socialism is no better because any difference it has with communism is only one of degree. Consider this quote from John Strachey, former British Minister of War, and both a member of the British Communist Party and a high official of the Socialist-Labor Party:
"You cannot move directly from capitalism to communism. Socialism is a necessary stepping stone to communism and hence all communists should work for socialism."
Left alone in a vacuum, communism may have continued on oppressing the Russian people for centuries. However, direct confrontation with free market societies led to communism’s downfall; the Soviet Union collapsed of its own weight. Seeing a similar fate if it did not reform, Communist China made a lateral step to the right; today, it may be argued, the People’s Republic of China is actually a fascist state.
The rigid, highly vertically integrated, bureaucratic, organizational structure of communism was no match for the more fluid, more horizontally integrated, business model of the west.
The west’s free enterprise system created wealth in abundance and these economic blessings were not held in reserve just for the rich; prosperity trickled down to the comparatively poor. I say comparative for as one of my former students, an African from Cameroon, once asked me, “Why do these people (the Left) complain? Even your poor have cars and air conditioners!”
Indeed, the rise of the affluent middle class is largely due to the invention of the corporation. Today, any American may own shares of even the largest and most powerful corporations and so profit, not just from wages, but the fruit of capital. Hence, the distinction between the owners of capital and the workers have been blurred.
It is no coincidence that the nations formally aligned against the West have moved in some significant degree toward open trade and free enterprise. Trade and free enterprise works. However, that doesn’t mean that dictators have abdicated power. They have only loosened the chains of slavery on their hapless citizens. Their tool for retaining power is the regulated market.
Nor have the true communist believers ceded that their beliefs have been wrong all along. They never give up, but have kept on working tirelessly so that they may eventually bring down the system that has brought about the highest standard of living for the most people in all of human history.
In its place, they intentionally intend to impoverish everyone- everyone but the political elite, of course. This goal will be achieved through forced wealth redistribution and the imposition of a command economy.
The problem until the later part of the 20th Century was what vehicle had sufficient capacity to force the kind of socioeconomic changes on America the socialists envisioned?
That vehicle has turned out to be the environmental movement as powered by a feigned crisis of man-made global warming.
The 1972 Stockholm Conference On The Human Environment
"In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way." - Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Environmentalists would like the public to believe their draconian remedies for global warming is purely driven by science. They can go on endlessly producing flawed evidence that they insist is genuine because it, and the remedial conclusions, come from “credible” scientists.
Credible, of course, is defined as those scientists who agree with them.
However, besides the volumes of data now available to disprove their anthropomorphic CO2 theories, one may only look to past environmental conferences to see through their elaborate array of smoke and mirrors. Take for example, the Stockholm Conference.
In June 1972, a United Nations Conference on the Human Environment convened in Stockholm, Sweden, Ingemund Bengtsson was elected President. The remaining officers came from Brazil, Central Attican Republic, Egypt, France, Guatemala, India, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Philippines, Pakistan, Peru, Romania, Senegal, Sudan, Swaziland, Turkey, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Uruguay, Yugoslavia, Zambia, and Zaire. In attendance were also representatives from intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations (environmental groups).
The goal of the conference was to develop and promulgate an action plan to improve the “human environment”. Like the goals of Mikhail Gorbachev’s Green Cross organization that would come twenty years later, the action plan intertwined social-political and environmental concepts.
During the debate period, some of the delegate’s concerns were for:
· Broader international distribution of industrial capacity
· New concepts of (national) sovereignty
· “New codes of international law which the era of environmental concern required”
· “New means of dealing with environmental conflicts”
· “New international means for better management of the world’s common property resources”
· “New approaches to more automatic means of financing programmes of international cooperation, which could include levies, and tolls on certain forms of international transport or on the consumption of certain non-renewable resources.” (read new world taxes)
· “Until the gap between the poor and the rich countries was substantially narrowed, little if any progress could be made in improving the human environment”
· A No-Growth philosophy was deemed to be unacceptable
Owing to the above points, it should be no surprise that “considerable emphasis was place on speakers from developing countries.” Nor should it be a surprise that many of these speakers claimed their nation’s natural resources were being exploited by the developed countries. To no surprise, there were also some specific complaints about multinational corporations.
One of these concerns was that the nations that “caused” environmental concerns (the democratic industrialized nations) might raise product prices in order to pay for the cost of environmental reforms. The complaint went on- and I am not making this up- it would be unacceptable if the polluting nations expected “others” to meet the cost of reform.
There were also concerns raised about marine pollution, world population, and the need for conservation. Several speakers also expressed concern that supersonic jet aircraft was harmful to the planet.
In terms of broadly speaking analysis, the world’s environmental ills were the fault of the developed nations and so they must pay and not pass those costs along to their customers.
Obviously, these delegates were not well acquainted with the pioneer economist, Adam Smith (1723-1790) who, in his famous book, “Wealth of Nations”. Smith described economic dynamics as being like “an invisible hand” and so conceptualized the idea of a free market economy.
Economic laws are just as powerful and just an immutable as the laws of physics. Use them wisely and you will prosper. Break them and you are doomed to poverty.
Although the Stockholm Conference was able to take a broad array of sociopolitical and ecological concerns and condense them into an action plan, this conference was only intended to be a beginning. As such, it is model for almost all later “cooperative” environmental developments.
1972 Stockholm Conference Recommendations
Because of the conferees backgrounds, it should be expected that of the nearly 100 recommendations that came out of the debate, many had to do with addressing the plight of the third world. However, when surveying from the present vantage in time, the Stockholm Conference recommendations have largely come to fruition and quite accurately described the present environmental landscape.
Much of the recommendations had to do with marine concerns, providing clean fresh water, improving housing, and better stewarding natural resources to include fisheries. There was also the expression that much more research and data gathering must be done to better understand the world’s ecosystems to include wildlife. There were also recommendations for developing and delivering environmental training programs, to include college degrees.
Overall, the language was one of conciliation and cooperation. And, while the recommendations are far too numerous to comment on here in any detail, there are some points that merit reporting.
· Recommendation #40 Inventories of endangered species should be made with special attention placed on those species in danger of extinction do to human development
· Recommendation #57 Insure proper collection, measurement, and analysis of the environmental effects of energy use to include: carbon dioxide (global warming), sulfur dioxide (acid rain), oxidants (presumably ozone), nitrogen oxides (photochemical smog), heat (impact on weather) and particulates (effects on climate change, weather, and respiratory and carcinogenic concerns.
· Recommendation #62 Initiate studies to determine the connection between the distribution of natural resources and people’s welfare.
· Recommendation #66 World Meteorological Organization initiate or intensify studies into the interrelationships between resource development and meteorology.
· Recommendation #67 Further develop remote sensing techniques for resource surveys
· Recommendation #70 Governments should be mindful of activities that have appreciable effects on climate and show carefully evaluate such activities and both report to and consult with interested states before embarking on such activities
· Recommendation #71 Minimize the release into the environment of toxic substances particularly if they are of a persistent nature such as heavy metals (gasoline lead additive) and organic chlorine compounds (PCB)
· Recommendation #72 Establish standard for pollution of international significance
· Recommendation #79 Establish testing stations throughout the world to monitor pollution and atmospheric constituents that could cause changes in weather and climate
Although CO2 is mentioned as an environmental concern, the argument for its impact on global warming was undeveloped. Remember that a slight global cooling trend had been on-going since about 1940.
While computer models did predict that atmospheric CO2 would contribute to global warming, too many assumptions about the effects of cloud formations, particulates, and other parameters were plugged into the equations. Ironically, as these models were continually refined with these assumptions, the predicted greenhouse effect of CO2 was actually diminished!
The principle outcome from the 1972 Stockholm Conference was the establishment of the United Nations Environmental Programme as well as coordinating the efforts of certain other national and international organizations. All of the recommendations were fairly specific and it took many years before the U.N. was able to get to the point where the next step could be taken; affecting remedies through international treaties.
That doesn’t mean that the environmental community was dormant. Stockholm put a lot of work on the environmental dinner plate and it would take a considerable amount of time and money to work through all the recommendations.
It should be noted that non-governmental environmental groups had been the catalyst for the U.N.’s foray into the environment in the first place. The Sierra Club, for example, formally became an advisory body to the United Nations as early as 1967.
The Montreal Protocol resulted in an international treaty by which certain compounds believed to be responsible for a deterioration of atmospheric ozone. R12 refrigerant was the most controversial and widely debated compound to be phased out of production but there were others: halons, the solvents carbon tetrachloride and methyl chloroform.
In 1992 came the Earth Summit, formally named the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Although continuing to build on the Stockholm Conference, the tone here turned dramatically more shrill, more demanding, and far, far, more dangerous to national sovereignty and individual freedom.
In the next installment, we will see how the radical left came to take up global warming as a club to beat down the industrialized nations.
About the Author.....
Perry Hicks is the senior writer and Washington correspondent for GCN. He is a former Mississippi Coast resident and was a correspondent for the old Gulfport Star Journal. He has appeared on Fox News Channel. Perry has also hosted his own radio talk show on the auto industry with a mix of politics. Perry is a frequent contributor to GCN writing on stories of national importance with local interests. His articles can be found in the GCN Archive.
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