THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 435, September 16, 2007
"Electoral politics has failed."
Conservative Report on Environment a "Blueprint for Green Feudalism"
Special to The Libertarian Enterprise
The Libertarian Alliance, the radical free market and civil liberties policy institute, today denounces the Conservative Party report Blueprint for a Green Economy as a "blueprint for green feudalism".
Libertarian Alliance Director, Dr Sean Gabb, says:
"The Conservatives are proposing more taxes and more regulations on the basis of fraudulent claims about the impact of human activity on the climate. There is no global warming. If there is, it is not our doing. If it is our doing, government action is not the answer. But there is no global warming. This whole set of claims is a device to rescue socialism from the failure of its promise to deliver heaven on earth. Shame on the Conservatives for joining in the clamour.
"And shame, above all, on the very rich men who are telling us to tighten our belts in their attempt to 'save the planet'. Zac Goldsmith, one of the authors of this Report, is one of the richest men in the country. David Cameron and John Gummer are not poor. If all the economic growth of the past century were to be rolled back, their sort would not suffer.
"If the rich want to travel, they have their private jets and helicopters. If they want to eat fresh fruit and vegetables out of season, they have their vast greenhouses. If they want to do without washing machines and gas-fired central heating, they can fall back on armies of servants and expensive personal generators. If they want entertainment, they can have their private theatres and orchestras, or whatever in our degraded modern culture serve in their place.
"For them, a reduction of the general wealth would be a blessing. It would ease pressure on the roads that they would continue using, and reduce numbers at exotic holiday resorts that would remain within their reach.
"These people talk about making the world a better place. Perhaps they believe what they say. The natural effect of their words, however, would be to make the world a better place for people who have done nothing to earn their wealth other than take the trouble to be born.
"This whole report is a blueprint for green feudalism."
The Libertarian Alliance believes:
Dr Sean Gabb is the Director of the Libertarian Alliance. His new book,
Cultural Revolution, Culture War: How Conservatives Lost England, and How
to Get It Back, is published on the 25th July 2007 and may be downloaded
for free. His other books are available
from Hampden Press.