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Orwellian Freedom: Green Party Platform (Part II)

[Ed. note: Part I on Monday examined the Green Party's Green New Deal; today's post examines the rest of the Green Party's platform with energy and the environment. With Obama's reelection, it should not be forgotten that the philosophy and positions below--although not feasible for wholesale implementation--remain end-states for John Holdren and other Administration officials].

In George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, published in 1949, the Ministry of Truth had three slogans: “WAR IS PEACE,” “FREEDOM IS SLAVERY,” and “IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.” Enter the deep-ecology agenda, which is about controlling your resources and your life in the name of freedom for spaceship Earth.

Imagine Green Orwellian Freedom. Some of us would work in the public sector as green planners. More would work for government as enforcers, making sure the private sector is acting “sustainably.” In a quasi-police state, the more green would belittle and tattle on the less green for fun and profit.

Private property rights will be blurry in the name of promoting the common green good.

Platform Language

Long sections of the Green Party platform present positions that activate the coercive power of government. The broad view of “sustainability” and “justice” is behind such directives such as Just Say No to Urban Gas Drilling.

The major areas reproduced below are Environmental Justice, Ecological Sustainability, Climate Change, Energy Policy, and Nuclear.

“Environmental Justice”

The opening, long plank, Environmental Justice, is seen as an attraction-getter for the rest of the Green agenda:

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November 7, 2012   4 Comments

The Green Party’s “Green New Deal:” Obama’s Hidden Dream (Part I)

“As our nation’s first Green president, my mandate won’t be just to ‘create new jobs.’ My mandate, if elected, will be to end mass unemployment … through a Green New Deal … which will create 25 million jobs through direct public works programs and support for cooperatives and community businesses.”

- Jill Stein, USA Today, October 4, 2012.

Last week, the energy view of Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson was reviewed at MasterResource. The wish was that the Republican ticket of Romney/Ryan would take to heart the fundamental free-market approach of Johnson for the benefit of consumers, taxpayers, and the general economy.

Then there is the Green Party, whose government planning approach to energy and the environment lurks in the hearts and minds of Obama science advisor John Holdren and no doubt others deep inside the Administration.

Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein will be a candidate in 40 states, or about 85 percent of the national ballots this election day. She is polling well behind the Libertarian–a good sign in these troubled times.

Stein identifies the Green New Deal as the “the centerpiece of my campaign.” She explains: [Read more →]

November 5, 2012   8 Comments