J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 09-06-2018

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Reforming Capitalism : The Scientific Worldview and Business This book examines the role that the traditional understanding of science plays in how we understand the capitalistic system and how it informs business and business school education. Science serves many purposes in business…. 15.08.2018. Not wanting to accept their doctors recommendations they instead began a journey into the world of natural…. 15.08.2018. Exploring the birth, growth, and…. 15.08.2018. Faced with challenges he could never…. 15.08.2018. 

The contributors explore the critical role that community and dignity play in creating…. 15.08.2018. The book contains the lyrics, melody, and chord symbols for eight favorite songs. Stop Smoking in Five Minutes These amazing little books are potential life-savers. Using simple text and bold design, each book meets the reader at a point of low mood or unhelpful thinking, and guides them through rational thought processes to a more…. 14.08.2018. House Beautiful The Home Book : Creating a Beautiful Home of Your Own With 464 information-packed pages and more than 500 gorgeous color photos, The Home Book is sure to become the homeowner’s bible on interior design. 

A beautiful object in itself, this book will grace every (perfectly…. 14.08.2018. A coloring book featuring 25 Cosmic fantasy images to color with Aliens, space, Abductions, Crystals and other worlds. 

Keywords: [“book”,”15.08.2018″,”18.08.2018″]
Source: http://www.lapmanginternet.info/search-epub/86570-compassionate-capitalism…

It’s Possible to Make Money and Do Good

Compassionate capitalists understand the importance of empowering the people they work with, the resulting social impact of those people and the impact that empowering their team can have on others. Compassionate capitalists are grateful and empathetic, and they have accountability for whatever happens in their life and in their business. Equally important, they’re able to utilize the principles and ideals that inspire them, and aid them in inspiring others to inspire others. In addition to these characteristics, all compassionate capitalists share four major commonalities. Compassionate capitalists not only believe in abundance, they carry the abiding energy of abundance and live in a world of more than enough. 

Being in service also sets compassionate capitalists apart. Compassionate capitalists also understand that you cannot give what you don’t have. The universe doesn’t know the size of your gift; it just knows the size of your commitment, or the amount of times that you give to or serve others. If an eagle sees another bird flying solo at a high altitude, it knows the bird must be a fellow eagle, because pigeons limit themselves to the heights they can reach when flying with other pigeons. People who go the extra mile set themselves apart from the crowd, which helps them to attract the right people, the right projects and to lead a more abundant life – one of more than enough for all involved. 

Compassionate capitalists are driven to create abundance for themselves and others, and they go the extra mile to do it, even when they experience some resistance. They in kind will empower others, creating a chain reaction or domino effect of compassionate capitalism. 

Keywords: [“Compassionate”,”other”,”capitalist”]
Source: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/318100

COMPASSIONATE CLIMATE ACTION

As I’ve been doing for eight years now, I once again convened the Young People’s Agriculture section. Again I was reminded of the importance of teaching our young people how to grow food. The title of my presentation is The Most Important Curriculum: Learning to Grow Food in a Changing Climate. The climate change crisis, largely ignored by education systems in North America, is changing everything, but especially our food security. Climate disruption is leading to droughts, floods, heat waves, extreme weather events, negative impacts on yields in all major food-producing regions, crop failures, food shortages, volatile food prices, food riots, famines, conflicts, revolts, and starvation. 

For the last 10,000 years, human beings have evolved into a species dependent on agriculture, and agriculture depends on a stable climate – which is now disappearing. Developing resilience by learning how to grow food, build soil, collect rainwater and generate energy seems to be quickly becoming more important than learning to read, write and do math. I realized then that this person must not understand global warming, carbon feedbacks and climate disruption. The greatest threat isn’t melting Arctic summer sea ice, rising sea levels or even extreme weather events – it’s what is going to happen to agriculture and our food security as these impacts worsen. We can’t grow food overnight, and nor can we learn to grow food overnight. 

As the climate change emergency deepens, today’s children need to learn the skills that will help them create their best possible future. Offering food-growing opportunities is one of the most valuable gifts we will ever give to young people. 

Keywords: [“food”,”Climate”,”grow”]
Source: http://blog.greenhearted.org

Autonomism: Provocative Quotations

It is the one great idea that is indispensable to realizing our full potential as a people. For good or ill, it teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law, it invites every man to become a law unto himself, it invites anarchy. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. The belief that there is only one right way to live, only one right way to regulate religious, political, sexual, medical affairs is the root cause of the greatest threat to man. 

He who denies it is a tyrant, he who does not demand it a coward; he who is indifferent to it is a slave; he who does not desire it is dead. The earth for all the people! That is the demand. Articulated programs are hardly more than a device to garner votes, and candidates adjust their messages to their audiences as public relations tacticians advise. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and reward after death. 

It is on this that those who are striving to improve the lot of man may ground their hopes: human beings are not condemned, because of their biological constitution, to annihilate each other or to be at the mercy of a cruel, self-inflicted fate. All progress depends on the unreasonable man. It’s the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it’s always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it’s a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. 

Keywords: [“people”,”man”,”more”]
Source: http://autonomism.com/Autonomism/ProgressiveQuotations.asp

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 05-17-2018

Who Likes Beer ? – Jo Abbess

As if focusing all our efforts and energy on repairing an already-breaking machine of trade with its destructive exploitation of resources and labour is going to stop climate change. The Holy Economy can go hang if we don’t address Climate Change, and it will, because Climate Change is already sucking the lifeblood out of production and trade. The non-governmental organisations – the charities, aid and development agencies and the like, do not know how to deal with climate change. Well, they can, and they do, and you better watch out for more poor, starving African type campaigning, because programmes for adaptation to climate change are important, and I’ve never said they’re not, but they don’t address mitigation – the preventing of climate change. People are talking in hushed, reverential tones about Make Climate History. 

Now, they’re doing it again with climate change. A truly independent strongly critical movement centred around the Campaign against Climate Change organised a demonstration of protest every year in London, leading people either from or to the American Embassy, as the USA was the most recalcitrant on taking action to control greenhouse gas emissions. They organised events sometimes on the very same day as the Campaign against Climate Change, and their inclusive hippy message was all lovehearts and flowers and we wouldn’t hurt a fly type calls for change. In the run up to the Copenhagen Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Kyoto Protocol in late 2009, all the NGOs were pushing for energy to be concentrated on its outcome, but nobody who joined in the vigils, the pilgrimages or the marches had any chance to make a real input. With climate change, the relationships that count are between the governments and the energy industry. 

Look, I’ve done my share of climate change actions. Given half a chance, most of the British people would vote for climate – a decent, hardworking, sunshine-and-rain and rather moderate climate – and none of this extremist storms, floods and droughts scenario we’ve been suffering recently. 

Keywords: [“climate”,”change”,”energy”]
Source: http://www.joabbess.com/2014/05/30/who-likes-beer

Captain Capitalism

Not a threat necessarily, but a delusional man who would hunt down security guards on campus and use them as free late night therapists. Despite his dishonest intentions, most guards didn’t mind his company in that it gave us something to do, especially during summer evenings when the campus itself was abandoned and absolutely no action was going on. They and their administrative bloat staff need physical college campuses to continue on otherwise they would have to get real jobs in the real world. Reserve Assistant Vice Adjutant Deputy Diversity Officers would have to sling coffee instead of receive their welfare in the form of make-work-unnecessary-government jobs. I will delve into why colleges need to be eliminated in a later article. 

For now I want to use the obsolescence of American colleges to highlight a hypocrisy which should make even the most leftist leftists call into question their integrity, veracity, and practicality. I’m no environmentalist, but there are roughly 21 million college students in the US today. Some of these college campuses have over 50,000 students and are veritable large cities. Professors, college administrators, and students are FULLY aware it would be cheaper and much better for the environment to replace physical colleges with digital ones. They know that one GOOD professor can teach millions of students for pennies on the dollar online compared to the thousands of professors and the tens of thousands of college admin staff that is needed to run these now-pointless, unnecessary physical institutions. 

If online colleges were ever to establish a beachhead, they would be forced to do what use real world, real adult, hard working Americans do every day – work a real job. If only there were accredited online colleges that offered worthwhile degrees for a fraction of the cost and greenhouse gas emissions…. Oh wait. 

Keywords: [“college”,”physical”,”student”]
Source: http://captaincapitalism.blogspot.com

Other Rackets

The case can be made to nearly entirely eliminate the life insurance industry. In a telling beginning to the industry and a comment on insurance in general, the company refused to pay the widow and children of Gybbons and insisted that a year consisted of twelve months of four weeks each, making Gybbons’s unfortunate death a few days outside of the policy period. There are arguments that the change was necessary if the industry was going to survive, but instead of creating a safety net for the masses, life insurance became a tremendous scam. In the 1994 Consumer Reports Life Insurance Handbook, the state of the life insurance industry was summarized. The life insurance industry was able to get away with it, with many greased government palms along the way. 

The life insurance industry largely does not deserve to exist, except the rationale of capitalism and making people rich off of the idea. Life insurance is also the only industry I know of where somebody succeeded in fighting its corruption and impacting their racket: enter A. L. Williams. His father died when he was young, and the life insurance proceeds did support the family long, and Williams eventually took on the industry, selling term insurance with part-time agents selling from their homes. 

The life insurance industry banded together and fought his company in a number of states. An odd thing about the issue is this: let’s say that the life insurance industry was dealt a crushing blow by an epidemic disease or a meteor hitting New York City. The taxpayers are in effect insuring the life insurance industry anyway. For years, I was skeptical that the food industry would turn into a monopolistic/oligopolistic industry, as energy, medicine and other large industries had, because there were so many small farms and growing food is the world’s most widespread industry. 

Keywords: [“industry”,”insurance”,”life”]
Source: http://ahealedplanet.net/other.htm

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 05-02-2018

Andreas Malm: Revolutionary Strategy in a Warming World

Climate & Capitalism welcomes further contributions to this essential discussion on ecosocialist strategy for our time. In his novel The Drowned World from 1962, today often considered the first prophetic work of climate fiction, J. G. Ballard conjured up melting icecaps, an English capital submerged under tropical marshes and populations fleeing the unbearable heat towards polar redoubts. If there is any link between climate change and the kind of unrest that may issue in a full-fledged revolution, it cannot possibly be immediate. 

In which everything but climate is relegated to the dead category of ceteris paribus, should be inverted: if the aim is to understand how global warming may set off discord, it must not be posited as acting on its own. Unmediated, exclusive causation cannot be posited as a criterion for the efficacy of climate change in calling forth something like a revolution, for that would presuppose an empty planet, the non-existence of human societies on earth. Climate change does not take away any of the iniquities of the regime: it is constituted as a destabilizing force in relation to them. In the report Climate Change and Labour: Impacts of Heat in the Workplace, several union federations and UN branches draw attention to what might be the most universal and the most widely ignored experience of global warming: it’s getting hotter at work. Extraction of surplus-value may still be the central pump, but the most explosive impacts of climate change will scarcely be transmitted in any straight line along its axis. 

It has few adherents so far, but they do exist: in The Climate Challenge and the Failure of Democracy, Australian scholars David Shearman and Joseph Wayne Smith reject the Marxist contention that capitalism is the source of global warming and assigns all the blame to democracy. So far we have two configurations although the line between them may be difficult to draw: revolution and/or counter-revolution/chaos as symptoms of climate change. The Egyptian revolution represented an opportunity to fill such cracks in the armour and move towards comprehensive, popular adaptation to climate change. In the post-1989 ideological hangover that still affects the activist milieus making up the climate movement in the North there lingers a fetishization of horizontal direct action as a self-sufficient tactic and a reluctance to consider Lenin’s lesson: ‘The key question of every revolution is undoubtedly the question of state power. 

Keywords: [“climate”,”revolution”,”change”]
Source: http://climateandcapitalism.com/2018/03/17/malm-revolutionary-strategy

Use enterprise in a sentence

What recommends commerce to me is its enterprise and bravery. To every type of coast there may be related a special type of occupation and even of character; the deep and gloomy fjord, backed by almost impassable mountains, bred bold mariners whose only outlet for enterprise was seawards towards other lands – the viks created the vikings. All these might pass for religious wars, and they might really be so; it needed greater ingenuity to set forth the invasion of England as a missionary enterprise designed for the spiritual good of the benighted islanders. If the enterprise were as heroic and commanding as it is protracted and unwearied! While in the interests of his canal Lesseps had resisted the opposition of British diplomacy to an enterprise which threatened to give to France control of the shortest route to India, he acted loyally towards Great Britain after Lord Beaconsfield had acquired the Suez shares belonging to the Khedive, by frankly admitting to the board of directors of the company three representatives of the British government. 

At the same time negotiations took place with Great Britain for an Italian occupation of Massawa, and Mancini, dreaming of a vast Anglo-Italian enterprise against the Mahdi, expatiated in. The great Phoenician colony of Carthage, founded before 800 B.C., perpetuated the commercial enterprise of the parent state, and extended the sphere of practical trade to the ocean shores of Africa and Europe. The Portuguese, in the early part of the 17th century, were under the dominion of Spain, and their enterprise was to some extent damped; but their missionaries extended geographical knowledge in Africa. Prophetic personality now moved in a larger sphere than that of divination, important though that function be in the social life of the ancient state as instrumental in declaring the will of the deity when any enterprise was on foot. Prosecution of his literary enterprise; a hermit in his study as long as he chose, he found the most delightful recreation always ready for him at the threshold. 

The free enterprise system-the greatest creator of wealth the world has known-will continue to produce the material gains we enjoy today and to reward most those who serve their fellow humans best. In 1622 the Spaniards, under Spinola, made another attempt to take the town, but were forced to abandon the enterprise after a siege of ten weeks and the loss of 1200 men. 

Keywords: [“enterprise”,”Great”,”out”]
Source: http://sentence.yourdictionary.com/enterprise

God, Guns, Capitalism, and the Explosive U.S. Firearms Culture –

The owners of Second Amendment Sports of McHenry, Illinois, sold tickets in their raffle for the prize of an AR-15 military-grade assault rifle, which is similar to the weapon of mass destruction and death used at the Pulse nightclub. Raffle organizers eventually cancelled it not because of the outrage they received on the insensitivity of the event rather, they realized that a raffle conducted by a for-profit company might be declared illegal in their state’s judicial system. Second Amendment Sports’ insane raffle represents only the latest installment in the volatile and explosive gun culture of the United States. 300 WSM rifle with a Cabela’s 50th anniversary gun case worth $875. And maybe it’s not too late to go down to Nations Truck Sales in Sanford, Florida where three years ago they offered each customer a brand spanking new assault rifle with the purchase of a truck. For that measly sum, you can metamorphose as 250 shot shells, 100 rifles cartridges, or 250 pistol cartridges. 

Just in time for the holiday season, the Scottsdale, Arizona gun club now offers its members the service of sending out their Christmas cards with pictures of family members, including infants, posing with Santa while holding pistols and military style automatic weapons, fa la la la la, la la la la. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gun related violence has reached epidemic proportions in our country by snuffing out the lives of upwards of 30,000 people and wounding many more annually. Each year, over 100,000 people are affected in some way by gun violence. Many of the guns used in these killings reach military level weapons power, guns which currently remain legal. 

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Keywords: [“gun”,”rifle”,”people”]
Source: https://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/god-guns-capitalism…

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 01-30-2018

Compassionate Capitalist Coffee Break: What’s the Deal with Investors?

Compassionate Capitalism in the Middle Ages: Profit and Philanthropy in Medieval Cambridge

Legal advances created a lively property market and commodity trade while improvements in water management and bridge-building aided transport and infrastructure. Using recently discovered documents on medieval Cambridge, we have investigated how money was made through property speculation and how the profits of successful speculation were spent. Property markets developed in medieval England as burgage plots were laid out in new or expanding towns by local landowners, with the king’s permission. While the operation of commodity markets and local trade during the commercial expansion of the 13th century has been explored by economic historians, the operation of the property market has been under-researched in comparison. Our research combines statistical analysis of medieval records with detailed analysis of the backgrounds of the individuals and institutions that developed property portfolios. We identify patterns in rents, highlight strategies used to assemble property portfolios and examine how the profits of property speculation were spent. Property was a desirable asset in medieval Cambridge, much as it is today. Medieval speculators invested in a variety of properties. Property hotspots with high-rents can be identified in three parts of medieval Cambridge: at the road junction by the hospital; west of the market; and near the river just south of the hospital. Figure 2 Map of medieval Cambridge showing property hotspots. Cambridge was home to several families who had acquired property through the military service of their Norman ancestors, including the Dunning family who owned 12 plots in 1279. Profits from the property market were recycled back into the community through donations to religious houses, hospitals and churches.

Keywords: [“property”,”market”,”shareholder”]
Source: https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/05/compassionate-capitalism-middle-ages-profit-philanthropy-medieval-cambridge.html

An Inconvenient Sequel Makes a Convenient Argument for Capitalism

When former US vice president Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth came out in 2006, it landed with a bang. This fallen world is the new setting for Gore’s follow-up film, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. A white-haired, slightly more spacious Gore travels from the melting Greenland ice sheets to a flooded Miami Beach to demonstrate the impacts of climate change. In many ways, Gore makes the same pitch as he did in 2006. Leading up to Paris, Gore speaks with Indian officials about the possibility of signing on to a global pact to limit greenhouse gas emissions. You don’t fucking get it, the Indian officials effectively tell Gore. Gore then asks some friends, including Costa Rican UN official Christiana Figueres, what to do about this “Indian problem.” It appears that Gore believes that if people cared about the totality of global health-like, if they could see the Earth from a satellite view-the problem of climate change could be resolved. They’re trying to have a different conversation with Gore-one about the responsibilities of the most developed countries in the world, given their histories of colonization and disproportionate greenhouse gas production-and it is Gore who is missing the point. Gore has a eureka moment and rings up the Indian minister of energy with a plan. We watched as Gore made his big pitch, haltingly reading the description of SolarCity’s solar panel technology to the Indian minister of energy from a computer screen. In the film, an Indian official back-pats Gore and tells him his deal contributed big time. Thus, Gore makes an argument in an Inconvenient Sequel that capitalism can conveniently help solve the global climate crisis as long as we all see the bigger picture.

Keywords: [“Gore”,”climate”,”Indian”]
Source: https://www.thestranger.com/film/2017/08/02/25321740/an-inconvenient-sequel-makes-a-convenient-argument-for-capitalism

Compassionate capitalism in the Middle Ages

Compassionate capitalism in the Middle Ages: Profit and philanthropy in medieval Cambridge. Using recently discovered documents on medieval Cambridge, we have investigated how money was made through property speculation and how the profits of successful speculation were spent. Property markets developed in medieval England as burgage plots were laid out in new or expanding towns by local landowners, with the king’s permission. While the operation of commodity markets and local trade during the commercial expansion of the 13th century has been explored by economic historians, the operation of the property market has been under-researched in comparison. Our research combines statistical analysis of medieval records with detailed analysis of the backgrounds of the individuals and institutions that developed property portfolios. We identify patterns in rents, highlight strategies used to assemble property portfolios and examine how the profits of property speculation were spent. Medieval speculators invested in a variety of properties. Property hotspots with high-rents can be identified in three parts of medieval Cambridge: at the road junction by the hospital; west of the market; and near the river just south of the hospital. Figure 2 Map of medieval Cambridge showing property hotspots. Profits from the property market were recycled back into the community through donations to religious houses, hospitals and churches. Properties were cleared and streets obliterated to create a new site for King’s College Chapel during the 1440s. Profits from property speculation benefitted individuals, family dynasties and the urban community as a whole.

Keywords: [“property”,”medieval”,”Cambridge”]
Source: https://voxeu.org/article/compassionate-capitalism-middle-ages

Capitalist or Communist?

What is Judaism’s economic system? Is there one? I would describe it as “Capitalism with a conscience.” In promoting free enterprise, the Torah. It is a conditional capitalism, and certainly a compassionate capitalism. Winston Churchill once said, “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent vice of communism is the equal sharing of miseries.” So Judaism introduced an open market system, where the sharing of blessings was not left to chance or wishful thinking, but was made mandatory. The Sabbatical year, was designed to allow the land to rest and regenerate. Six years the land would be worked, but in the seventh year it would rest and lie fallow. The agricultural cycle in the Holy Land imposed strict rules and regulations on the owner of the land. The landowner, in his own land, would have no more right than the stranger. For six years you own the property, but in the seventh you enjoy no special claims. The ten percent tithes, as well as the obligation to leave to the poor the unharvested corners of one’s field, the gleanings, and the forgotten sheaves are all part of the system of compassionate capitalism. G‑d bestows His blessings upon us, but clearly, the deal is that we must share. The Sabbatical year is one of many checks and balances that keep our capitalism kosher. May you make lots of money, and encourage G‑d to keep showering you with His blessings by sharing it generously with others.

Keywords: [“Capitalism”,”system”,”land”]
Source: http://www.chabad.org/parshah/article_cdo/aid/279679/jewish/Capitalist-or-Communist.htm

JR Test Site News for 01-21-2018

‘The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception’, or, the Lifeblood of Capitalism – unrealistic.choices

The most troubling aspect of Capitalism I find to be its ability to permeate every corner of our reality, but specifically the cultural sphere. Capitalism has not always been the leading socio-political and economic system, and its advent was not sudden: it slowly colonized our minds, to the point that even art, that is supposed to be the noble expression of human nature, has been commodified. Philosophers Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer, in Dialectic of Enlightenment, analyse the concept of enlightenment in their own socio-political context, World War II Germany. The chapter I will here discuss, ‘The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception’ helps understand how capitalism came to be inseparable from reality through a mechanism of ‘regression’ that saw enlightenment convert to ideology. They illustrate this by minutely analysing various aspects of the culture industry, including contradictions and consequences. The fundamental feature of culture in the time of capitalism is sameness, with the purpose of mass control: ‘something is provided for all so that none can escape’. The market can cater for everyone’s needs, which means that one will always turn to it to satisfy needs and desires. The authors use the example of the movie-goer throughout the text to express the implication of this concept: the aim of cinematic producers is to use clichés to resemble real life to a certain extent, so that real life and movies become one to the movie-goer. Specifically, clichés will ease the audience from having to think at all; because everything is the same every time, active reflection is unnecessary. The culture industry does not encourage creativity or intellectual freedom. Its purpose being that of domestication, it only offers distractions: amusement is nothing but ‘the prolongation of work’, as its repetitiveness in contents and style reflects the alienating nature of work – the paradox here being that we turn to amusement to escape monotonous jobs when in fact they are not much different. We have again a paradox: we know we are being enticed, but we comply with it anyway. In conclusion, the culture industry is devoid of any meaning or substance, as it offers no ‘meaningful explanation of life’. On the contrary, it can be viewed as a weapon, born in function of mere “Economic” capitalism, that is, with the purpose to sell, and living on with the aim of sustaining the all-encompassing capitalism, that is, with the purpose to preserve social control. Adorno and Horkheimer point out how it concurred in establishing Fascism; now, in 2017, this essay is still meaningful, as it implicitly anticipated the extreme consequence of their times: capitalism is an accepted part of our life and ‘none can escape’.

Keywords: [“Capitalism”,”Culture”,”Enlightenment”]
Source: https://unrealisticchoices.wordpress.com/2018/01/06/the-culture…

Capitalism vs. the Climate

For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. The Nation is reader supported: Chip in $10 or more to help us continue to write about the issues that matter. Be the first to hear about Nation Travels destinations, and explore the world with kindred spirits. Did you know you can support The Nation by drinking wine? There is a question from a gentleman in the fourth row. He tells the crowd that he ran for county commissioner in Maryland’s Carroll County because he had come to the conclusion that policies to combat global warming were actually “An attack on middle-class American capitalism.” His question for the panelists, gathered in a Washington, DC, Marriott Hotel in late June, is this: “To what extent is this entire movement simply a green Trojan horse, whose belly is full with red Marxist socioeconomic doctrine?”. Here at the Heartland Institute’s Sixth International Conference on Climate Change, the premier gathering for those dedicated to denying the overwhelming scientific consensus that human activity is warming the planet, this qualifies as a rhetorical question. Still, the panelists aren’t going to pass up an opportunity to tell the questioner just how right he is. Chris Horner, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute who specializes in harassing climate scientists with nuisance lawsuits and Freedom of Information fishing expeditions, angles the table mic over to his mouth. “You can believe this is about the climate,” he says darkly, “And many people do, but it’s not a reasonable belief.” Horner, whose prematurely silver hair makes him look like a right-wing Anderson Cooper, likes to invoke Saul Alinsky: “The issue isn’t the issue.” The issue, apparently, is that “No free society would do to itself what this agenda requires. The first step to that is to remove these nagging freedoms that keep getting in the way.” Claiming that climate change is a plot to steal American freedom is rather tame by Heartland standards. That climate change is “a stalking horse for National Socialism”. That environmentalists are like Aztec priests, sacrificing countless people to appease the gods and change the weather. Most of all I will hear versions of the opinion expressed by the county commissioner in the fourth row: that climate change is a Trojan horse designed to abolish capitalism and replace it with some kind of eco-socialism. As conference speaker Larry Bell succinctly puts it in his new book Climate of Corruption, climate change “Has little to do with the state of the environment and much to do with shackling capitalism and transforming the American way of life in the interests of global wealth redistribution.”

Keywords: [“Climate”,”Change”,”issue”]
Source: https://www.thenation.com/article/capitalism-vs-climate