First Environmentalism—Then Socialism!
To the power brokers of America’s right, climate change poses a dire  threat to business as usual. Environmentalism, in fact, is seen by many  of them as a stalking horse for an even more sinister force: socialism.  Progressive thinker Naomi Klein expertly dissects this dynamic in her Nation article “Capitalism vs. the Climate,” explaining why the average modern conservative is terrified silly by the prospect of confronting human-caused climate change:

Responding to climate change requires that we break every  rule in the free-market playbook and that we do so with great urgency.  We will need to rebuild the public sphere, reverse privatizations,  relocalize large parts of economies, scale back overconsumption, bring  back long-term planning, heavily regulate and tax corporations, maybe  even nationalize some of them, cut military spending and recognize our  debts to the global South. Of course, none of this has a hope in hell of  happening unless it is accompanied by a massive, broad-based effort to  radically reduce the influence that corporations have over the political  process. That means, at a minimum, publicly funded elections and  stripping corporations of their status as “people” under the law. In  short, climate change supercharges the pre-existing case for virtually  every progressive demand on the books, binding them into a coherent  agenda based on a clear scientific imperative. …


Climate change detonates the ideological scaffolding on which  contemporary conservatism rests. There is simply no way to square a  belief system that vilifies collective action and venerates total market  freedom with a problem that demands collective action on an  unprecedented scale and a dramatic reining in of the market forces that  created and are deepening the crisis.

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First Environmentalism—Then Socialism!

To the power brokers of America’s right, climate change poses a dire threat to business as usual. Environmentalism, in fact, is seen by many of them as a stalking horse for an even more sinister force: socialism. Progressive thinker Naomi Klein expertly dissects this dynamic in her Nation article “Capitalism vs. the Climate,” explaining why the average modern conservative is terrified silly by the prospect of confronting human-caused climate change:

Responding to climate change requires that we break every rule in the free-market playbook and that we do so with great urgency. We will need to rebuild the public sphere, reverse privatizations, relocalize large parts of economies, scale back overconsumption, bring back long-term planning, heavily regulate and tax corporations, maybe even nationalize some of them, cut military spending and recognize our debts to the global South. Of course, none of this has a hope in hell of happening unless it is accompanied by a massive, broad-based effort to radically reduce the influence that corporations have over the political process. That means, at a minimum, publicly funded elections and stripping corporations of their status as “people” under the law. In short, climate change supercharges the pre-existing case for virtually every progressive demand on the books, binding them into a coherent agenda based on a clear scientific imperative. …

Climate change detonates the ideological scaffolding on which contemporary conservatism rests. There is simply no way to square a belief system that vilifies collective action and venerates total market freedom with a problem that demands collective action on an unprecedented scale and a dramatic reining in of the market forces that created and are deepening the crisis.

Keep reading …