The big-government environmental movement is a strange brew of mainstream and fringe ideology. Along with the typical assortment of hep college students and Woodstock veterans, the cause has been latched onto by anti-capitalists, “Smash the State” anarchists, neo-Malthusians, and Earth religionists.
Representatives from these far-flung camps fly the green standard for a variety of reasons, but the core reason is this: If the big-government environmental movement has its way — if it gains control of the commanding heights of the energy sector, so to speak —, it will have the power to dramatically alter society. The movement’s fringe members hope to use this power to alter society to fit their preferred image. Thus is environmentalism the catch-all issue for disaffected utopians and doomsayers, their best chance at present of bringing about systemic change.
These nuts were out in force among the many multitudes who joined the world-wide People’s Climate March on Sunday. Perhaps this is why urbane advocates of environmentalism preferred aerial shots to on-the-ground coverage. There was a certain grunge factor to the marchers that suburban voters may have found repellant.
Reason magazine’s Kmele Foster interviewed some of these marchers in New York City, and the result makes for entertaining viewing. Foster was only able to interview a handful of those who joined the march, so I have done a simple search for Creative Commons-licensed images tagged “People’s Climate March” to ensure the People’s voice is heard.
Here is the march’s purpose, as told by the People.
Lots of power fists.
A utopian future.
Eco-feminism. “Hands off our pussies / hands off Mother Earth.”
…The Kremlin’s state-funded propaganda network was at home at the march.
Breaking news from 2006.
The pro-starvation caucus.
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