Two days ago, a joint publication by the US Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society published a study report aging their conclusion that the earth has passed the tipping point and it is now too late, to prevent global warming, even if CO2 emissions are cut to zero.That study was met with deafening silence because, as I’ve argued for at least two decades, since this pernicious movement started, “Global Warming” has nothing to do with saving the planet but is instead a Trojan Horse to carry out a grand scheme of centralized government, ruled by beneficent dictators. Core Curriculum, universal health care, even federal zoning imposed on local municipalities, are all part of this grand scheme.
Here, a Green tips his hand:
Resistance is inevitable, but as history shows, so is change. Reducing individual workloads and distributing the hours among more people could increase personal well-being, temper climate disruption, and foster a stable, equitable world economy, according to the New Economics Foundation in London and the Worldwatch Institute in Washington, D.C.
“There’s no such thing as sustainable growth, not in a country like the U.S.,” Worldwatch senior fellow Erik Assadourian says. “We have to de-grow our economy…
Whether you move to a smaller house or an apartment, downsize to one or no car, or simply have fewer lattes to-go, a smaller paycheck could reduce consumption overall.
“If we had a livable wage and could each work a 20-hour week,” Assadourian says, “we’d have time to choose more sustainable options that are also better for ourselves.”
Maybe we’d even like it. We could cook dinner instead of unwrapping and microwaving it, Assadourian suggests, or hang laundry to dry, which would cut electricity use and let us spend time in the sun.
Anna Coote, head of social policy at the New Economics Foundation, argues that we should work less and use that time whittling away at a more joyful life. “Why do we work? What do we do with the money we earn?” she asks. “Can we begin to think differently about how much we need—to get out of the fast lane and live life at a more sustainable pace, to do things that are better for the planet, better for ourselves?”
Shorter workweeks could mean more time for psychologically gratifying pursuits such as gardening, reading, or biking.
Of course, most of us don’t have the luxury of choosing to become enlightened minimalists. We’ll likely need at least a higher minimum wage, healthcare that’s not dependent on a 40-hour work week, and a more progressive income tax, Assadourian says.
“We know that when an economy isn’t growing, you tend to get a fallout of higher unemployment,” Coote says. “So you have to spread the work around more evenly.”
At least as long ago as May, 2010, Nancy Pelosi was saying the same thing. She repeated the mantra just this month, when the CBO concluded that ObamaCare would throw hundreds of thousands of Americans out of work.
None of this dreamy utopia is new: 100,000 million slaughtered victims ago, Karl Marx envisioned the same absurd, brave new world:
In communist society, where nobody has one exclusive sphere of activity but each can become accomplished in any branch he wishes, society regulates the general production and thus makes it possible for me to do one thing today and another tomorrow, to hunt in the morning, fish in the afternoon, rear cattle in the evening, criticise after dinner, just as I have a mind, without ever becoming hunter, fisherman, herdsman or critic.
Marx, German Ideology (1845)