Sustainability: The Conservatism Of Our Age
September 27, 2011 1 Comment
People who want ‘sustainability’ want to freeze everything in place. We need to use exactly all the same stuff, in the same ways, in the same amounts, indefinitely. If it looks like we won’t be able to in some respect, and would have to change something, this bothers them.
Why are people attracted to such a philosophy? Because they like the way things are. A traditional reason people like the way things are, of course, is that their lives are nice and comfy, full of wealth and ease and privilege.
This is what ‘sustainability’ is primarily designed to protect, then: its advocates’ privilege. It’s a modern expression of conservatism, in other words.
But it’s a conservatism in disguise, in denial about what it is, because its self-loathing adherents are psychologically incapable of admitting that they seek their own privilege. Hence, from time to time some Third Worlders or situations get drafted as mascots or poster-children for this philosophy, when its inherent conservatism and privilege/status-seeking nature needs to be masked.
All of which is a somewhat longwinded way of saying, I think this may be how you end up with atrocities such as this:
…in this case, the government and the company said the settlers were illegal and evicted for a good cause: to protect the environment and help fight global warming.
The case twists around an emerging multibillion-dollar market trading carbon-credits under the Kyoto Protocol, which contains mechanisms for outsourcing environmental protection to developing nations.
The company involved, New Forests Company, grows forests in African countries with the purpose of selling credits from the carbon-dioxide its trees soak up to polluters abroad.
You’re so progressive, progressives. You’re so progressive.