Channel 4 in the UK has created a documentary that shocks me in how honest it is. Someone must have drugged the PC police when this was made. It is called "The Great Global Warming Swindle" and the link to it is below. Even if you don't read the rest of this, please watch this video, it speaks for itself.
After watching this video I can't help but wish I was smart enough to come up with this stuff. Unfortunately I'm only smart enough not to be fooled by it...most of the time. Communism, once the shining hope of the left, failed so spectacularly that an alien observer might be tempted to assume that it was on purpose. Did this lead to a crisis of faith and a critical reassessment by the left? Not really. Any lefties who were that intellectually honest got out long before then, back when it became painfully obvious to even the comatose and newly deceased that communism tended to create the very conditions its advocates claimed to be working to prevent. So when communism failed, you now had this vast horde of recalcitrant communists and communist sympathizers without a flag to rally around, but unrelenting in their hatred of liberal democracy and capitalism. Some, not all but some, drifted into the environmental movements and these movements slowly changed from being FOR the protection of the environment and the conservation of our natural resource to being AGAINST capitalism, and especially its spread into the developing world.
What a lot of people don't realize is the the ideas and theories that define communism and related ideologies have never been static. They have been augmented and amended as time has gone by in a futile attempt to reconcile them with reality and make them work, square pegs and round holes being what they are. Marx believed and promoted the idea that the oppressed masses who were being enslaved by the evil capitalists would eventually wake up, start working together, and start a revolution that would result in an egalitarian utopia. Marx expressed this idea best when he said "Workers of the world unite; you have nothing to lose but your chains."
Well this didn't happen on schedule, and some among the left started to wonder why. Lenin decided that the fruit of industrialized capitalism, namely a higher standard of living, was interfering with the rise of the proletariat by making their oppression less of a burden, their chains less heavy. He also decided that the masses were simply too stupid to realize that they were being oppressed and that if a revolution were to come, it would have to be under the direction of a political vanguard. This would not be the last time that a leftist decided that the people were too stupid to look after their own interests. The Germans thought that these were wonderful ideas...for the Russians, with whom they were at war, and so in what is the most successful example of intelligence warfare in history, they sent Lenin off to start his revolution. The Germans were also tired of Lenin trying to start his revolution in Germany. The result was the Bolshevik revolution and the founding of what Reagan aptly described as "The Evil Empire."
Why is this important? It is important because it establishes the link between the communism of the 20th century, and the anti-capitalism of the 21st that is masquerading as environmentalism. The anti-capitalists can't really sell communism anymore, no one is buying. Their ability to promote that as a solution to mankind's problems is about on par with my ability to sell pig shit as air freshener. They'll always have their followers, just like there are people who believe that the earth is hollow and that the moon landings were done in a TV studio, but wide spread support for Communism is long gone and it isn't coming back.
Here is where things get interesting, to me at least. Their product, communism, won't sell, but they're still bound and determined to dissuade people from buying their competitors product, namely capitalism. They are, quite literally, anti-capitalists. They cannot be understood or defined by anything they are in favor of, only by what they are against. They can't use Marxism as an argument against capitalism anymore, at least not directly. So instead they couch their arguments in terms of environmentalism, which is far more palatable. This is little more than a bait and switch. They're selling environmentalism, but delivering Marxism.
Why does this matter? Because, as this film demonstrates, industrialization and economic development is something that the 3rd world needs more than Shane MacGowan needs an orthodontist. Lenin's theories are an acknowledgment of the fact that capitalist industrialization improves the standard of living in a society. The meanie greenies and their comrades in the "anti globalization" movements KNOW that the spread of capitalism will improve the lives of people in the developing world, just as it improved the lives of Europeans and American in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Lenin's ideas were formulated as a response to this improvement, and his ideas are no mystery or secret to our crypto-communist friends. They're trying to prevent the spread of capitalism and industrialization PRECISELY BECAUSE it will improve the lives of people in the 3rd world. This improvement would be a validation of capitalism, and that is just not something they can live with. Even though communism failed, they still can't stand to see capitalism win. These are sick and evil people, and the world would be a much better place without them in it.
They don't care that industrial and economic development will improve the lives of billions of people and bring the 3rd world out of the middle ages and into the modern age. They're true believers of a religion that during the 20th century directly lead to the deaths of tens of millions of people, and the misery of countless more. They're now hard at work trying to follow up that first act with a second that will perpetuate the death and misery of millions, maybe even billions.
I don't know if there is a God, but I have no doubt that there is a devil. I don't know his name, but I do know his politics.
Capitalism is of course not perfect because nothing is, but it is a better system and method of harnessing and allocating resources than anything else that has ever been tried or developed. Those who would do nothing but criticize it would do well to remember that no one has ever been able to replace it with anything better. One of the tricks that the left likes to pull is to hold up capitalism and liberal democracy to impossible standards while at the same time holding their own ideologies and systems to no standard at all. But that is a topic for another long rant that few people will read.