"It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." Richard P. Feynman

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sustainability: The latest indoctrination!

Sustainability is an umbrella movement for "every left-wing cause under the sun" according to Katherine Kersten of the Star Tribune.
Sustainability isn't just about new, improved ideas for composting and green building design. For true believers, the word's beauty is its open-endedness. In many cases, folks with a burning desire to transform the world are using the concept to piggy-back on legitimate environmental concerns and open the door to every left-wing cause under the sun. One observer put it succinctly: Sustainability is "a bucket with no bottom."

One example: At a "Tools for Social Justice Conference" in 2006, Keith Edwards of Macalester College and Kathleen Kerr of the University of Delaware revealed the all-encompassing nature of the sustainability movement's agenda. It's a myth, they instructed their audience, that "sustainability is mostly about the environment." The concept's reach extends to issues ranging from "environmental racism" and "domestic partnerships" to "fair trade" and "gender equity."
The Global Warming scam is only one of the planks of the sustainability hydra and if we lop off one head another will appear by metastasis.
You can understand how sustainability is metastasizing when you consider the concept's origins. It burst on the scene in 1987 with a report called "Our Common Future," produced by a U.N. commission chaired by Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland.

Before the U.N. report, the environmental movement -- though often marked by a reflexive crisis mentality -- had generally focused on protecting the physical environment. But the Bruntland report injected a game-changing idea. It declared that all of the world's problems, from racism and sexism to poverty and underdevelopment, are "interlocking," with roots in environmental devastation and human greed, and the only way to prevent a worldwide cataclysm is to launch a massive ideological reorientation, radically transforming our culture and institutions.
Of course , like Orwell's Animal farm where the pigs were in charge , we will need leaders!
Guess who's in charge of saving the world in this scenario? Folks who claim expert knowledge of the interrelated crises that they insist threaten us all. These sages view themselves as morally authorized to reorder humanity's economic and social arrangements. The rest of us must do as we're told.
Sustainability is more than a big idea with totalitarian implications. Physicist Freeman Dyson, an avowed environmentalist, has observed that this brand of environmentalism has "replaced socialism as the leading secular religion.""The credo of sustainability is that the earth, humanity and life itself will be extinguished by human greed and folly unless we truly repent," adds historian Glenn Ricketts of the National Association of Scholars. "Reducing your carbon footprint is not enough. We must also submit to new structures of authority in which those who possess the wisdom of 'interconnectedness' will make the right decisions for us. We must relinquish capitalism ... [and] reorder human society to rid ourselves of the age-old scourges of hierarchy, racism and sexism."

Ricketts concludes: Sustainability provides the Big Idea -- "the thing, the system, the beliefs that encompass and explain everything" -- that secularized intellectuals have been searching for the last 250 years. It's the Holy Grail, opening the way for them to regulate every aspect of life.
Katherine's Star Tribune readers must be of the liberal kind given the negative response to her excellent essay.

1 comment:

  1. Sadly, "sustainable" has been a catchphrase long before global warming. It's partner, "strategic" is equally used to obfuscate.