is based on an ideological animosity towards material prosperity; people like Australia’s Clive Hamilton have been critiquing materialism for some time; hatred of capitalism follows because it is the best vehicle for producing material prosperity; since capitalism is based on private ownership of property and means of production this explains the merging of ecotism and socialism; with centralised, non-individual economic control lip service can be given to preserving nature; but as I have shown in ‘The 10 Worst Man-Made Disasters’, the worst examples of environmental despoilation have been in non-capitalistic societies.
Still, the defining characteristic of the green is misanthropy; it is ridiculous for any green supporter to claim that it is only fringe fanatics who espouse drastic reductions in human population, or even eradication; such people as John Holdren, James Lovelock and Gus Speth are mainstream greens and have clearly enunciated programs for reducing population. The irony is of course that material prosperity is the best check on population as most Western nations show.
Prosperity is also the best for nature as Bjorn Lomborg shows but there comes a point when it has to be said that the interests of humanity diverge from the idea of pristine nature. The idea of pristine nature is terribly elitist and decadent; only a person nurtured by an advanced, unnatural culture could develop a non-utilitarian aesthetic about nature which dominates survival exigencies; how could it be otherwise; if one was living the sustainable life based on natural dictates one would be too busy doing what had to be done to survive to bother about that tree or that koala. This aspect of green ideology is both hypocritical and unrealistic; it is also as good an example of cognitive dissonance as a human could produce.
Cohenite lives in Newcastle, Australia
This series ‘Defining the Greens’ been archived here: http://jennifermarohasy.com/blog/tag/philosophy/
A series on ‘What is Wilderness?’ is here: http://jennifermarohasy.com/blog/tag/wilderness/
Read more from Cohenite here, including ‘The 10 Worst Man-Made Disasters’: http://jennifermarohasy.com/blog/author/cohenite/
The picture was taken yesterday at Agnus Water, Central Queensland, by Jennifer Marohasy. Click on the image for a larger and better view.