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Guardian Writer: We Have to Kill Capitalism to Save the Planet

For many years, conservatives like Rush Limbaugh have been warning us that the left’s goals with climate change have less to do with a warming planet than they do with destroying capitalism. Debating the details of global warming with the left, they say, is really a waste of time because this has never been about “saving the planet.” It’s never been about having a fair and honest debate about what we should do to protect the polar bears or prevent the next Sharknado (or whatever it is we’re supposed to be afraid of these days). It’s always been Marxism under a thin disguise.

Well, we’ve apparently reached the point where the mask is coming off.

In an opinion piece for The UK’s Guardian newspaper, writer Phil McDuff just came right out and said it: “Ending climate change requires the end of capitalism.”

So there you go.

From The Guardian:

The Green New Deal (GND), a term presently most associated with 29-year-old US representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has provoked a wildly unhinged backlash from the “pro free market” wing, who argue that it’s a Trojan horse, nothing more than an attempt to piggyback Marxism onto the back of climate legislation.

The criticism feels ridiculous. Partly because the GND is far from truly radical and already represents a compromise solution, but mainly because the radical economics isn’t a hidden clause, but a headline feature. Climate change is the result of our current economic and industrial system.


We will simply have to throw the kitchen sink at this. Policy tweaks such as a carbon tax won’t do it. We need to fundamentally re-evaluate our relationship to ownership, work and capital. The impact of a dramatic reconfiguration of the industrial economy require similarly large changes to the welfare state. Basic incomes, large-scale public works programmes, everything has to be on the table to ensure that the oncoming system shocks do not leave vast swathes of the global population starving and destitute. Perhaps even more fundamentally, we cannot continue to treat the welfare system as a tool for disciplining the supposedly idle underclasses. Our system must be reformed with a more humane view of worklessness, poverty and migration than we have now.

So much here to cover, but really – what’s the need? McDuff’s own writing is the best rebuttal you could ever hope for. It’s “unhinged” to criticize AOC’s Green New Deal as a Marxist Trojan horse…because that’s exactly what it is? Wow, that’s quite the argument! Climate change is the result of capitalism…but no mention of Communist China, which is one of the world’s leading carbon polluters? Cool story bro. Oh, and what’s this tidbit about welfare reform? We suppose that’s part of the “kitchen sink” we’re supposed to throw at climate change. No doubt letting transgenders use the wrong bathroom somehow fits into this whole thing as well.

The world needs to be saved, all right. It needs to be saved from people like Ocasio-Cortez and Phil McDuff, who want to throw us back to the Stone Age in an effort to dim the sun.

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  1. Climate has been changing for hundreds of millions of years before humans existed. We also had carbon dioxide levels much higher than we have now, average temperatures 3-5 degrees Celsius higher and the plants and dinosaurs loved it! Follow the money, the climate change hysteria will make a lot of cash for the progressive elite if we buy into the hype that we are the sole cause.

  2. what really does any politician knows about “”climate change””, there is no such thing!!!.. the world as well as our bodies rejuvenate themselves. otherwise the sea would have already disappear, the rivers no longer emanate water, the volcanoes no longer erupt, EVERYTHING CHANGE WHEN WE DIE. no more blood circulation, everything is dead. And if politician knows nothing about climate change, the know less about religious, about GOD, especially Demon-rats.


  3. If we really want to do something about the so-called climate change/global warming lie; then we should get rid of each and every democrat/socialist in not only the US but around the world. For these nimrods to be complaining about climate change is ludicrous. Do yourselves a favor and look up the ice core samples that have been taken in Antarctica in regards to the worlds temperature changes over the past 100’s of thousands of years. You will have hopefully notices that we are presently in an upswing. In other words; Mother Earth is going through it’s natural cycle. If it gets to hot for humans to survive, then so be it. There isn’t crap we can do about it.

  4. Is that why former communist Eastern Europe still has to overcome the environmentally disastrous results of policies of socialism/communism, and why “formerly” communist Russia (as if!) and currently still communist China and North Korea are unmitigated environmental disasters?
    Socialism/communism are neither beneficial, or benevolent to the environment, nor to humanity. Communism/socialism has always led to environmental disasters the scale of Chernobyl and holocaust/genocide of millions. If you don’t respect the individual, you can’t respect the masses which are made up of individuals. If you don’t respect humanity, you don’t respect the environment. If you don’t respect the God who created all, you can’t respect His creation.
    Socialism/comunism is a cancer and to advocate for it is murderous!

  5. These assholes are taking off the gloves and showing what they really want. WELL! I say SCREW THEM. There are plenty of communist/socialist/marxist countries they can move to. Just go to the nearest USA Bank and trade in all your ‘ILL-GOTTEN CAPITALIST USA DOLLARS FOR yuan or ruble or bolivar or peso or won or whatever the F*U*C*K and GTFOOTUSA, that means ‘GET THE FUCK OUT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA’ as soon as possible, we don’t want you, you don’t like out ways so let’s you make all of us happy and leave us alone WE THE PEOPLE ARE PRETTY HAPPY, so leave, leave and leave us alone.

  6. I’m a scientist and I model physico-chemical systems for a living. I also keep abreast of climate change models. Here is my frank assessment of the field: The climate is a very complex system for which it is impossible to write down the non-linear, differential equations that comprehensively describe its evolution. Much of that evolution is chaotic, meaning that the solutions that you would get (if you could solve the equations) are hypersensitive to the initial and boundary conditions. Even if you could write down the necessary equations, we do not have the computer power to solve them. Furthermore, we do not know how to formulate the initial conditions (the “beatings of the wings of a butterfly” problem), although we can reasonably specify the boundaries as being the surface of the earth and the edge of space, but in this case the initial conditions are the more important. When was the initial moment? The beginning of the planet? The start of the industrial revolution? My birthday in 1943? Your guess is as good as mine! Yet without doing that you an obtain an infinite number of solution (again, if you could solve the equations). You could then take your pick to support any political ideological position that might be your fancy. The current models are empirical, phenomenological in nature, which means that they are based upon perceived relationships between various dependent (temperature and independent variables (e.g., solar flux, CO2 concentration, etc). These relationships are themselves highly non-linear and are frequently strongly coupled, in manners that are not captured by the current models. As with all empirical models, they must be calibrated against reliable data and their prediction factor (time of prediction/time of calibration) is generally no greater than 0.5 for a well-formulate, theoretically sound empirical model. Sadly, climate change models are not theoretically sound, because of complexity, and they appear to be calibrated on less than sound “data”. Indeed, there is suspicion that much of the “calibrating data” are little more than “expectations”, which are fraught with bias. Importantly, most models appear to significantly over-predict global warming, which is a sure sign of either calibrating bias or inadequacy of the model(s), or both. So what is the bottom line? The earth is warming but humankind’s contribution is far from being “settled science”, as is claimed by numerous politicians and “experts”. Another factor that is never taken into account is the ability of humans to adapt to changes in the environment. Humans survived numerous ice ages since Lucy, with much less technology than we now have. Humans have also survived rising sea levels; a visit to Ephesus in Turkey shoes that. The city of Euclid was once a port city (4,000 years ago) but it is now 15 km from the coast. Evidently sea levels were much higher back then. We are currently talking about colonizing the Moon and Mars. If we can do that, climate change is not much of a challenge. It is my personal view that we should limit the burning of fossil fuels, because they represent an incredible source of raw materials for the chemical industry. In this regard a combination of renewables (wind, solar, tidal,….) and nuclear power makes sense. Rest assured that climate change is not the crisis that AOC makes it out to be.

  7. All the radical leftist’s are just spewing word salad, I will believe there words when the deeds match them. Don’t hold your breath. Its all about the power and other peoples money! God help us if Trump doesn’t win in 2020!

  8. Firts of all God made sumer and winter , cold and heat…Genesis 8:22 KJV This global freeking warming is not at all about saving the planet or anything; it is about “CONTROL”! It’s about complete control! Capital is what runs every nation, it’s the goods bought and sold and owned and possessed and dispensed and used to make money! Capitol is owned by people or govts or corporations, and is controlled either in full, Communism, or in part, facism, or by the people, as in free market! Pollution happens in this sin sick world,and it could be fixed if people/Govt’s wanted to but all this WHOLE write-up here is about the whole crux of the matter, and that is: “For the “LOVE” of money is the “ROOT” of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves thru w/many sorrows. 1 Tim 6:10 KJV (ONLY)

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