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Tomorrow Never Comes

October 26th, 2009 by Chuck · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Are we not men?  Or are we herbivorous sheep?  Do we have rights, or don’t we?  Are we sovereign, independent souls with our own goals and pleasures, or are we slaves of the state?  The British Climate Chief – yes, such a bureacratic position exists – feels that we should all give up meat, and he’s willing to force us to see things his way, too. 

In an interview with The Times, Lord Stern of Brentford said: “Meat is a wasteful use of water [whose water?] and creates a lot of greenhouse gases. It puts enormous pressure on the world’s resources [the “world” has no say in the matter. Resources are property, only the property owner has the right to decide what to do with his resources.] . A vegetarian diet is better [Better for whom, and by what standard?].”

Lord Stern does think people’s attitude toward meat-eating will change when they realize it is contributing to the impending possibility of “runaway climate change.”  But, just in case they don’t change, he has another plan:

Lord Stern, the author of the influential 2006 Stern Review on the cost of tackling global warming, said that a successful deal at the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December would lead to soaring costs for meat and other foods that generate large quantities of greenhouse gases. [Emphasis added.]

Why is it that environmentalist “solutions” are always totalitarian in practice?    Why can they not “live and let live”?  Clearly, environmentalism does not acknowledge the existence of rights, property or otherwise.  They paint themselves as defenders of the planet, or of man’s future (by preserving the planet for his future use), and people altruistically acquiese.  To save the planet, man must sacrifice his property rights.  And his right to the pursuit of happiness, if that includes eating meat, or driving an SUV, or logging, or whaling, or any of the other environmentalist sacred cows.  And his right to liberty, if he violates any of their commandments. 

As for their claim to be preserving the Earth for future people’s enjoyment or use, it is patently false.  Tomorrow never comes.  Future generations will have to sacrifice their property rights to still more distant generations, ad infinitum.

2 Comments so far ↓

  • Jim May

    Why is it that environmentalist “solutions” are always totalitarian in practice? Why can they not “live and let live”?

    Do you really even have to ask?

    Tomorrow never comes. Future generations will have to sacrifice their property rights to still more distant generations, ad infinitum.

    Assuming that the envirocult would permit any “future generations”, of course.

    “Tomorrow never comes”, indeed.

  • Myrhaf

    Are we not men? Or are we herbivorous sheep? Do we have rights, or don’t we? Are we sovereign, independent souls with our own goals and pleasures, or are we slaves of the state?

    I hadn’t read this when I posted “Conformity and Independence.” Looks like we’re thinking about some of the same issues, although thinking different.