Let them talk about the weather….

climate demo

‘Anti-capitalist’ sentiment is almost in the air we breath these days. At every turn we are reminded that capitalism and the life styles it makes possible threatens to destroy everything dear to our hearts and in particular that it is trashing the environment beyond repair. Strangely enough, the rich and powerful who are accused of wreaking this havoc, don’t seem particularly concerned about this message.

Despite claims to the contrary, “Big Oil”, “Big Mining” and “Big Retailing” just aren’t throwing big buckets of money into the battle to refute Big Green and Big “Left”. On the contrary, they have done very little to try to stem this tide. In some cases they actually fund it through various philanthropic foundations and by media advertising which feeds into it. Indeed there are many individual capitalists who have actively embraced it. Others seem to be just going along with it because such a tidal wave is difficult to resist. Why isn’t the capitalist class fighting back?

A small rearguard of classical liberals in “right wing think tanks” along with the Murdoch press are putting up some resistance. (Here‘s my favorite.) Associated with them are conservative stragglers who prefer the old time religion to the new green one. However, this is a beleaguered fringe effort which has little impact on the media mainstream.

The last time those in charge supported a fake “anti-capitalist” movement was in the 1930s. That one was called fascism. Of course the present movement is not remotely as toxic and we should be very grateful for that.  However let’s hope their tolerance of the new weltanschauung backfires as badly as it did the last time.

Many people are beginning to feel that it has all gone too far. There is increasing opposition to oppressive demands that we restrict our “luxurious” lifestyle.  Petty things like having plastic bags taken away to more serious matters like the government refusing to build sufficient power stations or to open up new land for housing are generating some resistance.  And the fashionable nonsense which dominates increasing parts of the school and university curriculum has become more of a hot topic.

If a genuine revolutionary left were to emerge phoenix like and soar above this miasmic fog it would have the advantage of dominating the high ground because it would be the only serious and uncompromised defender of science and human progress against reactionary neo-romantic nonsense.  At the same time it would be capable of demonstrating that the progress still being engendered by capitalism is providing the very conditions which will enable us to advance beyond it. Now that would give Big Capitalism something it would have to worry about.

Meanwhile those in charge are happy to let us all talk about the weather.

being green

3 Responses to “Let them talk about the weather….”

  1. 1 Doug1943

    In the late 60s or early 70s, the German SDS (I think)… a big Leftist communist group … had a poster It referred to an SPD (social democrats) poster whose slogan was “Blue Skies over the Rhine” The SDS poster had profiles of Marx, Engels and Lenin and said “Alle reden vom Wetter … : Wir Nicht” (:”Everyone talks about the weather. Not us.”) I liked it, at the time.

  2. 2 byork

    Hi Doug1943, Any more details about that poster and demonstration? Were you a participant? Was it a May Day rally? Any chance of coming up with a closer year? Very interesting but entirely consistent with how communists thought back then. I was active on the Left in Australia from around 1967 and I don’t recall any ‘environmentalist’ sentiment becoming influential until around 1974. Prior to that, opposition to ‘environmental degradation’ was espoused by those on the overt far-right, such as the League of Rights. From memory, they linked it to what they regarded as a general ‘decay’ of western society through permissiveness. Regards,Barry

  3. 3 Doug1943
  1. 1 A democratic Iraq! The anti-war camp really needs to do some thinking now… at STRANGE TIMES

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