Leftists Love Global Warming Because They Hate the Middle Class

Ben Shapiro is a Senior Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and Editor-in-Chief of TruthRevolt.org. He is the author of the new book "The People vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against the Obama Administration" (Threshold Editions).


flooded_nyThis week, Secretary of State John Kerry announced to a group of Indonesian students that global warming was “perhaps the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.” He added, “Because of climate change, it’s no secret that today Indonesia is … one of the most vulnerable countries on Earth. It’s not an exaggeration to say that the entire way of life that you live and love is at risk.”

Meanwhile, Hollywood prepared to drop a new blockbuster based on the biblical story of Noah. The film, directed by Darren Aronofsky, centers on the story of the biblical character who built an ark after God warned him that humanity would be destroyed thanks to its sexual immorality and violent transgressions. The Hollywood version of the story, however, has God punishing humanity not for actual sin, but for overpopulation and global warming — an odd set of sins, given God’s express commandments in Genesis 1:28 to “be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it.”

This weird perspective on sin — the notion that true sin is not sin, but that consumerism is — is actually nothing new. In the 1920s, the left warned of empty consumerism with the fire and brimstone of Jonathan Edwards; Sinclair Lewis famously labeled the American middle class “Babbitts” — characters who cared too much about buying things.

In his novel of the same name, Lewis sneered of his bourgeois antihero, “He had enormous and poetic admiration, though very little understanding, of all mechanical devices. They were his symbols of truth and beauty.” Lewis wrote, through the voice of his radical character Doane, that consumerism has created “standardization of thought, and of course, the traditions of competition. The real villains of the piece are the clean, kind, industrious Family Men who use every known brand of trickery and cruelty to insure the prosperity of their cubs. The worst thing about these fellows it that they’re so good and, in their work at least, so intelligent.”

Lewis, of course, was a socialist. So were anti-consumerism compatriots like H.G. Wells, H.L. Mencken and Herbert Croly. And their brand of leftism was destined to infuse the entire American left over the course of the 20th century. As Fred Siegel writes in his new book, “The Revolt Against The Masses,” this general feeling pervaded the left during the 1950s, even as more Americans were attending symphony concerts than ballgames, with 50,000 Americans per year buying paperback version of classics. That’s because if the left were to recognize the great power of consumerism in bettering lives and enriching culture, the left would have to become the right.

Of course, consumerism is not an unalloyed virtue. Consumerism can be utilized for hedonism. But it can also be utilized to make lives better, offering more opportunity for spiritual development. It’s precisely this latter combination that the left fears, because if consumerism and virtue are allied, there is no place left for the Marxist critique of capitalism — namely that capitalism makes people less compassionate, more selfish, and ethically meager. And so consumerism must be severed from virtue (very few leftists critique Americans’ propensity for spending cash on Lady Gaga concerts) so that it can be castigated as sin more broadly.

In a world in which consumerism is the greatest of all sins, America is the greatest of all sinners. Which, of course, is the point of the anti-consumerist critique from the left: to target America. Global warming represents the latest apocalyptic consequence threatened by the leftist gods for the great iniquity of buying things, developing products, and competing in the global marketplace. And America must be called to heel by the great preachers in Washington, D.C., and Hollywood.

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  • johnlac

    Mencken was no socialist. In fact he debated some socialist name Robert Rives La Monte (?) in a book. Mencken was a social Darwinist who liked to lampoon religious people and the “booboisie.” But he didn’t believe in egalitarianism. He thought some people were superior to other people, and it was always going to be like that. Not exactly standard socialist “we’re all equal” theory.

    • Wolfthatknowsall

      Although Mencken later suggested to Roosevelt taking in at least one hundred thousand European Jews … or even all of them … in 1930, he wrote this:

      “The Jews could be put down very plausibly as the most unpleasant race
      ever heard of. As commonly encountered, they lack many of the qualities
      that mark the civilized man: courage, dignity, incorruptibility, ease,
      confidence. They have vanity without pride, voluptuousness without
      taste, and learning without wisdom. Their fortitude, such as it is, is
      wasted upon puerile objects, and their charity is mainly a form of
      display.”

      Yes, he was a social Darwinist. It’s sad when people of such tremendous intellectual ability use their skills for such dubious purposes. Some people think of Mencken as the spiritual father of American libertarianism. If so, libertarians should distance themselves from him.

      • lyndaaquarius

        what’s the evidence for his “tremendous intellectual ability”?From what he says about Jews,I’d say he was extremely ignorant.A really stupid man.

        • Wolfthatknowsall

          Lynda, I agree with you. You can read one of his books, be amazed at what he says, and then you read a single sentence which makes you want to burn the book.

  • Ben

    No way was Mencken a socialist.

  • Guest

    I hope Indonesian people aren’t as gullible we we are.

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  • ObamaYoMoma

    The Marxist/anti-Capitalist left are obsessed with limiting capitalism and that is what global warming is all about: limiting capitalism, they’re arch nemesis!

    • Harry Black

      Can’t take very seriously someone who writes “they’re” for “their,” but rave on as the glaciers melt, the deserts expand, and the planet becomes uninhabitable. This is the victory of free markets in coal and oil and natural gas. But as usual it’s profit uber alles. We’ll die of thirst or of cancer, but never mind, the last CEO will be a global warming denier, and those of us who agree with 99% of the scientists on this issue, will be remembered as “environmentalist wackos.”.

      • ObamaYoMoma

        those of us who agree with 99% of the scientists on this issue

        Your claim is so bogus and has been shown to be so bogus so many times it isn’t even funny anymore. You ought to be embarrassed to repeat it! Weather scientists can’t even predict what the weather will be like next week let alone global warming. Not to mention as well, that although Marxism has failed like clockwork in all its various incarnations every time it has been tried, nonetheless, you Marxist moonbats plod along trying to institute it ad nauseum. Nevertheless, the last people on earth that could possibly protect us from the so-called scourge of global warming are the Marxists. They’d actually accelerate it thinking they were stopping it, like they accelerate public housing, unemployment, the welfare rolls, food stamps, free Obamacare, and the number of people not participating in the workforce every time they are in power.

        In any event, global warming is a scam to limit capitalism: the fossil fuel economy in this case and the arch-nemesis of the Marxist left, and profits are the holy grail of capitalism. Amen!

        • Harry Black

          I’ve read a lot of idiocy on these pages, but OYM takes the prize. Ignore the scientists, ignore the empirical evidence, bow down to Rush Limbaugh and all will be well. Or will it? The Koch Brothers and their well-paid minions depend upon your ignorance of basic science to keep their profits rolling in. Who cares if the planet goes down in flames. Arguments, like those OYM mounts, attest to the failure of our educational system, which will only get worse as the Koch Brothers, the Waltons, et al. work to destroy public education. But hey, you’re not thirsty yet and unlike the farmers in Brazil whose crops are right now being destroyed by global warming, you have nothing to worry about–at least not until the day when it destroys your house and ruins your life.

          • Judahlevi

            Yes, I am sure we are all going to die as the “planet goes down in flames.” When I was younger, we were all going to die when the planet froze. Why do some people just love to think of all of us dying?

            Doom and gloom are always the arguments of those weak of mind and lacking in independent thought.

            100 years from now, individuals will read the comments like this one and laugh at how ridiculous it is. I am laughing now – LOL.

          • Harry Black

            Judahlevi must be a member of what Harold Rosenberg called “the herd of independent minds.” The herd runs around in ever-tighter circles on FP, ever-more fearful of basic science. But the drought is drying up the grass and the waterhole has evaporated. My Guess is that 100 years from now your descendants, if there are any, won’t be laughing but lamenting your foolishness and lack of foresight.

          • ObamaYoMoma

            Ignore the scientists,

            Thousands of emails from the lead scientists in the UK were confiscated exposing the scientists that were colluding together to make global warming seem legitimate by pressuring the media to blackball all voices and arguments countering the foolishness of global warming. Indeed, it exposed it as a scam and even exposed the cover up when the weather didn’t act according to their computer models. Once again, global warming is a scam to limit the fossil fuel economy because it is the biggest driver of capitalism. You don’t have to be a rocket scientists to figure it out.

            ignore the empirical evidence

            What empirical evidence? The picture of polar bears that appeared to be stranded on an iceberg! The ship full of global warming enthusiasts that set out for Antarctica during the summer time to film all the melting ice that then got trapped by the ice? And then when they sent out other ships to rescue them, those ships also got trapped in the ice. Eventually, they all had to be rescued by helicopter. Not to mention that this was in the summer time no less.

            bow down to Rush Limbaugh and all will be well. Or will it? The Koch Brothers and their well-paid minions depend upon your ignorance of basic science to keep their profits rolling in. Profits uber alles so who cares if the planet goes down in flames.

            You are morally equating us with the Left. Conservatives aren’t collectivists. They don’t follow the elite because they haven’t been inculcated to be subservient to a state or to anyone individual. Indeed, they all believe in individual rights and individual freedom. So they are all accustomed to thinking off the cuff independently and to making up their own damn minds, instead of letting a state or an elite make it up for them. By the way, capitalism is good and profits again are the holy grail of capitalism. It’s a heck of a lot better than public housing, welfare checks, food stamps, free Obama cell phones, and free Obamacare.

            Arguments, like those OYM mounts, attest to the failure of our educational system,

            Luckily I didn’t attend public schools like you, so I fortunately escaped Marxist indoctrination unlike you.

            which will only get worse as the Koch Brothers, the Waltons, et al. work to destroy public education

            As a matter of fact, the department of education needs to be bricked up and mortared closed and education needs to be left up to the individual states and local governments, exactly because it is inculcating our youth not to think on their own to become independent thinkers but to become instead subservient to a state ruled by Marxist elites that don’t know how to do anything other than make the same idiotic Marxist mistakes over and over again ad nauseum and like a broken record. Indeed, you are a testament to that stupidity!

            But hey, you’re not thirsty yet and unlike the farmers in Brazil whose crops are right now being destroyed by global warming

            Whatever the heck you are smoking, text me some of it! My number is BR-549.

            you have nothing to worry about–at least not until the day when it destroys your house and ru ins your life.

            So let’s see if I got this right: We are supposed to depend on the Marxist Left to save the planet from the made up scourge of global warming? Get out of here you flake!

          • Harry Black

            You will believe what you want, but your views are erroneous and laughable on every point and based on the paranoid view, propagated by your idol Limbaugh along with all the other well-paid ideologues of the right, that thousands of scientists–practically the entire scientific profession–are engaged in a massive hoax. This type of thinking yields profits for the Kochs et al., but it’s utterly irrational, similar to the widespread belief during the 1950s that a massive communist conspiracy was taking over the US. Oh, I forgot , you believe that as well!

          • ObamaYoMoma

            You can repeat bogus claims made by your elites that you have been inculcated never to question all you want, but it still does not mean that bogus claim isn’t bogus. Indeed, every time Marxism has been applied it has failed miserably and caused untold suffering for hundreds of millions of people, yet it never stops you moonbats from repeating those same old failed Marxist economic policies that have always failed every time before just like clockwork. You morons are all mentally incompetent, as exactly like a typical Marxist moonbat, you have been inculcated to always seek your answers from your Marxist elites. You couldn’t think for yourself even if your life depended upon it. Hence, you are reduced to repeating the same old bogus claims that have been shown to be false and bogus ad nauseum.

            By the way, profits, which are the result of capitalism, are good, as capitalism has lifted astronomically far more people out of poverty than Marxism, which has done just the opposite by destroying lives and indeed entire countries. Indeed, it’s a heck of a lot better than the alternative: public housing, public transportation, welfare benefits, food stamps, free Obama phones, and free Obamacare.

            As a matter of fact, the USA used to be the most powerful country in the world and barely still is, but it wasn’t Marxism that made the USA so powerful. Instead, it was capitalism. Yet, it is Marxism today that is currently bringing the USA down.

          • Harry Black

            You’re getting repetitious and boring OYM. Your hatred of some folks has scrambled your thinking. You don’t know what Marxism is (Obama’s no Marxist, he’s all for the capitalist system), you don’t know how those wonderful capitalist profits are made, and you sure as heck don’t have a clue to what the old Soviet Union was all about (here’s a hint–a form of capitalism called “state capitalism”). I’m through arguing with you since 1) you abandoned the topic which is global warming and its consequences for humanity; 2) you keep playing your same old paranoid tapes. Basta!

          • ObamaYoMoma

            You’re getting repetitious and boring OYM.

            Only in response to your repetitious and very ludicrous claims!

            Your hatred of some folks has scrambled your thinking.

            Okay, hatred of what folks?

            You don’t know what Marxism is

            I forgot more about Marxism than you will ever come close to knowing.

            (Obama’s no Marxist, he’s all for the capitalist system),

            Obama is the quintessential Marxist!

            you don’t know how those wonderful capitalist profits are made

            Uhm it’s what I do for a living and I do pretty good. No public transportation, public housing, welfare checks, food stamps, free Obama phones, and Obamacare for me. Indeed, I’d die before I would sacrifice my personal freedom to live off the taxpayer’s dole.

            and you sure as heck don’t have a clue to what the old Soviet Union was all about

            The old Soviet Union was a collectivist totalitarian hellhole based on Communism.

            (here’s a hint–a form of capitalism called “state capitalism”)

            Oh so that’s why there were no food and staples on the shelves and the people were literally starving. By the way, states are incapable of capitalism and creating jobs on a long-term basis.

            1) you abandoned the topic which is global warming and its consequences for humanity;

            I only point out the truth, that you and your ilk are more than a little mentally unhinged.

            2) you keep playing your same old paranoid tapes. Basta!

            I’m not paranoid. You don’t see me idiotically screaming manmade global warming, of course, because it is obvious it is a scam to curtail capitalism, which you Marxist moonbats are completely obsessed with destroying. By the way, the word “profit” is a beautiful word, not a word to be demonized and vilified, as Capitalism is what makes the world go round.

          • Harry Black

            “I’m not paranoid.” Like Nixon’s “I’m not a crook,” and Christie’s “I’m not a bully.” Denial is a very long river. But let’s start at the beginning. Since you are such an expert on Marxism, pray tell the world what if anything you’ve actually read by Marx. As for the beauty of “profit”–ask the folks making minimum wage at McDonalds and Walmart. The word they live is someone else’s profit, not theirs. Capitalism means exploitation of the many by the few–or haven’t you noticed? The folks who work at McDonalds and Walmart surely have.

          • ObamaYoMoma

            “I’m not paranoid.” Like Nixon’s “I’m not a crook,” and Christie’s “I’m not a bully.”

            Wow…what does those two fake conservatives have to do with anything? As for as I’m concerned, they are both getting what they deserved. By the way, demonizing so-called bullies is juvenile. Anybody that allows themselves to be bullied is a wimp that deserves it!

            But let’s start at the beginning. Since you are such an expert on Marxism, pray tell the world what if anything you’ve actually read by Marx.

            In my senior year in high school I was assigned to read “Das Kapital” and to write a report on it. I received the grade of A on the paper.

            As for the beauty of “profit”–ask the folks making minimum wage at McDonalds and Walmart. The word they live is someone else’s profit, not theirs.

            Uhm…I don’t know what planet you live on, but on the planet I live on, people who work for others for a living earn wages as opposed to earning a profit. Now those that risk it all being entrepreneurs, on the other hand, earn profits. But, of course, since you live off of welfare benefits, food stamps, public housing, and free Obamacare, and are a product of public education, it is understandable that you would not understand such very basic things.

            Moreover, if it were left up to me, I’d abolish the minimum wage altogether and let the free market, i.e., the law of supply and demand, determine wages, as it would result in a much more vibrant economy, and the more vibrant the economy, the higher the wages overall will be. Indeed, wages today are dropping and it’s a direct result of Obama’s Marxist economic policies.

            Capitalism lives off exploitation–or haven’t you noticed? The folks who work at McDonalds and Walmart surely have.

            Really? Are people that work for others somehow being exploited as slaves or indentured servants in your mind? Is there forced labor in America? Don’t we have labor laws governing the rules of employment that all employers must abide by? Indeed, why don’t you explain in detail how you figure people are being exploited? So the people working at McDonald’s and Wal-Mart are not doing it on a mutually agreeable basis? How do you figure? Will they be executed or something if they quit or refuse to work? How exactly are they being exploited, but yet continue to work at McDonald’s and Wal-Mart nonetheless? Please explain your delusions in more detail.

            Now the people that voted for Obama, on the other hand, are being exploited to the hilt, but that’s another story altogether.

            “No public transportation for me”! So I guess you drive only on roads you built, have never ridden a train in your life (if you haven’t been on the TGV or the ICE you haven’t lived), fly your own plane, and built the airports you fly from and to. What a guy! But somehow I haven’t been able to find the Obama YoMama airport on any map.

            I once took a train ride through the Canadian Rockies of Alberta and British Columbia. The scenery was spectacular and it was very much like being on a cruse, but it wasn’t public transportation. Does that count?

            As for as public roads, trains, and airports go, zero Capitalism equals zero public roads, trains, and airports because it is tax revenues derived from the results of Capitalism that pays for the building and maintenance of those things. That’s why Marxism in all of its various incarnations always fails just like clockwork in time: because eventually it kills capitalism or forces it to flee elsewhere and without capitalism no country can survive.

            Of course, there is always the means of production via collectivism, which is a form of forced, i.e., slave, labor, but that didn’t work out too well as we have seen in places like Cambodia and the old Soviet Union, for instance. However, Capitalism has done wonders for China, on the other hand.

          • Harry Black

            You read Das Kapital and wrote a book report on it in High School. Hahahahahaha!

          • ObamaYoMoma

            If you read Das Kapital, you’d know that workers have no assets to risk.

            I don’t know where you live, but where I live workers have plenty of assets thanks to good jobs and hard work, and the fact that a lot of them don’t choose to risk their assets to go into business is a measure of satisfaction with their jobs.

            Not to mention that no one in their right mind right now is risking their money and assets to go into business until at least after Obama is out of office first.

            You inherited something to “risk everything.”

            I know this sounds counterintuitive for someone like you, but unlike rich Leftists that were born with silver spoons in their mouth and never worked a day in their lives, the vast overwhelming majority of rich Conservatives, on the other hand, are self-made millionaires that started from scratch with only a dream and a strong work ethic.

            Wage labor used to be called (correctly) wage slavery.

            You are obviously severely mentally deficient, as in America employment is at will. Thus, if people aren’t satisfied with their present jobs, they are free to go out and get another. As a matter of fact, it is the competition for the best workers among businesses that drive up wages and compensation. Indeed, the higher the demand, the greater the wages and compensation.

            However, when we elect a Marxist President like Obama, that like you has been inculcated to hate Capitalism, demand for the best workers precipitously drops, taking wages, compensation, and the number of jobs available down with it, as the Marxist economic policies inevitably enacted destroys incentive and softens the economy.

            So according to you, all people that have a job and work are in essence slaves? What a miserable small life you must live!

            That’s system you support.

            While Marxism in all of its various incarnations always inevitably fails in time just like clockwork always leaving behind massive starvation and enormous suffering, no other economic system besides Capitalism, on the other hand, has lifted up more people out of poverty and despair and made them self-sufficient. Indeed, look at the dark continent of Africa, as country after country has been wrecked and destroyed over and over again due to Marxism. Indeed, why has Latin America always lagged behind the USA? Again, Marxism! Meanwhile, the USA didn’t become the richest and most powerful country in the world through Marxism. Instead, it became the richest and most powerful country in the world thanks to Capitalism, which unlike Marxism requires individual freedom and liberty, as opposed to collectivism and central planning.

            Nixon and Christie are “fake conservatives” (never mind that Christie is on the take from OYM’s good friends the Koch Brothers).

            While Nixon and Christie may not be full-blown Marxist like you, they are nonetheless progressive liberals, and Christie is no friend of the Koch Brothers. Indeed, the Koch Brothers would have nothing to do with a progressive like Christie. In any event, it’s funny that you demonize the Koch Brothers at the same time you think that George Soros is a saint. A self-hating Jew whose main claim to fame comes from destroying various countries’ currencies.

            Who would be a real conservative? Mussolini? Hitler? Not to forget they were on the right.

            I hate to rain on your unhinged parade again, but Mussolini and Hitler were both Marxists, i.e., both Leftists, as Fascism and Nazism are both very destructive forms of Marxist totalitarianism you dufus! Meanwhile, all true conservatives, on the other hand, believe only in smaller and lesser government. Thus, they are the anti-thesis of Fascists and Nazis.

            Of course. Stand your ground. Kill at will (especially black people). That’s obviously what Jesus would do.

            Actually, blacks face astronomically far more racism emanating from the Left as opposed to the right. Indeed, witness all the hate and vitriol emanating from the Left that is directed at people like Senator Tim Scott and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, both great patriotic Americans that happen to be black and who also are both serving their country admirably.

            Meanwhile, at the same time the Left vilifies bullying, it is bullying the states to force gay marriage down their respective throats, even though the people voted it down repeatedly. Heck, Obama has used his IRS to bully the Tea Party ever since he was elected President. He even demonizes Fox News relentlessly in an effort to bully them into submission like the other so-called mainstream media. Indeed, the Left are the biggest bullies on the planet as they hate and despise individual liberty and freedom.

            In sum, OYM, the perfect ultra-rightwing libertarian zombie, is fighting for a society in which everyone is armed, compromise and reason are never options, and a Christie isn’t sufficiently bloodthirsty. Stand your ground old boy.

            There isn’t anything wrong with gun ownership. Indeed, in every community with high levels of gun ownership, crimes perpetrated with guns and knives always fall precipitously, as the perpetrators of crimes never know who may or may not be armed. Meanwhile, compromising with Marxists just means more Marxism and more mediocrity. Finally, when it comes to reason, conservatives always reason, while Marxists always emote, which is why they fall for Marxist schemes that in time always inevitably fail like clockwork every time they are implemented. Indeed, I bet you can’t even point to just one Marxist country that ever became a success in the history of the world.

            Moreover, Christie is not a conservative. He’s a leftwing moonbat just like you. Just because he has an R before his name doesn’t mean he is conservative. Of course, he is often mentioned by the leftwing press as being the most likely Republican candidate for President, as the Left is always trying to pick and choose the most leftwing Republican they can to become the leading candidate for President. Nonetheless, most conservatives wouldn’t spit on him if he were on fire. In any event, it is very apparent that the leftwing media unduly influences you and your unhinged perceptions, as there is no Marxist propaganda you don’t swallow.

          • Harry Black

            Christie a “leftwing moonbat”? On what planet exactly do you live? Apparently it’s a place overflowing with jobs for hardworking folk, a place where virtuous persons like yourself accumulate capital from their take home pay, “risk all,” and end up with prosperous small businesses. But perhaps you should read a news report or two before you exhale more ignorant libertarian zombie nonsense. Christie was a featured speaker at a Koch event in 2013. (Just Google “Christie Koch.”) As David Koch recently said, Christie’s “my kind of guy.” And indeed he is. But when it comes to presidential elections, I’d prefer that one of the libertarian zombie favorites–Rand Paul, Ted Cruz–run on the Republican ticket. They’d meet the fate of Barry Goldwater since when it comes down to it the American people don’t like extremists. (Despite your paranoid fantasies, Obama is no extremist, he’s a political centrist–that’s why he was re-elected.) If you read the polls, you’d discover that a majority of the American people support Obama’s policies. But you’re an extremist and a fanatic and a paranoid fantasist–anyone who doesn’t agree with you is in your eyes a “Marxist”–although you probably think you’re some sort of genius. I’ll bet you still have that high school book report on Das Kapital. Why not publish it? I’d love to read it dude.

          • Harry Black

            Nixon and Christie are “fake conservatives” (never mind that Christie is on the take from OYM’s good friends the Koch Brothers). Who would be a real conservative? Mussolini? Hitler? Not to forget they were on the right.

            “Anybody that allows themselves to be bullied is a wimp that deserves it!” Of course. Stand your ground. Kill at will (especially black people). That’s obviously what Jesus would do.

            In sum, OYM, the perfect ultra-rightwing libertarian zombie, is fighting for a society in which everyone is armed, compromise and reason are never options, and a Christie isn’t sufficiently bloodthirsty. Stand your ground old boy.

          • Harry Black

            “No public transportation for me”! So I guess you drive only on roads you built, have never ridden a train in your life (if you haven’t been on the TGV or the ICE you haven’t lived), fly your own plane, and built the airports you fly from and to. What a guy! But somehow I haven’t been able to find the Obama YoMama airport on any map.

  • Myrtle Linder

    John Kerry should have been down in SC last week, without any type of jacket. He would not say anything about global warming, BUT THEN: he , like his mentor always has his lies in order, the gush out in an ever flowing stream. He does not even care that we know he is lying. Half of a huge Magnolia landed on my house caused by accumulation of ice, to the point that he weight broke 15 inch limbs which reached out 40 feet.

  • shawkins57

    Those of us who are well-educated in science are not dumb enough to believe garbage like this. Of course, this has everything to do with socialism in your mind, and nothing to do with trickle-down economics that has never worked.

    • johnlac

      It hasn’t? Then why is America, the land of the rugged individual and supposed free-market capitalism, the wealthiest country in the world?

      • shawkins57

        Fact check: America is not the richest country in the world. Second, the middle class began to disappear due to Reagonomics and the three decades following.

        • Schmitty

          Yes because Carter’s policies were doing so much for them. If the economy is so bad why are people still flocking to get in?

          • shawkins57

            I never said that the economy was so bad; please read what my reply was in response to. Reagan was determined to deconstruct the government, declaring that government was the problem. The truth is that his trickle-down experiment of low tax rates on the rich has done nothing more than concentrate our country’s wealth at the very top and has left everyone else either stagnating or falling backwards into poverty.

          • blert

            The Reagan tax cuts were for the middle class.
            The 1986 tax reform eliminated vast, vast, loop-holes that were oriented towards the wealthy.
            The wealthy are getting wealthier because of Hyper-Leverage — which only took off AFTER Reagan left office.
            Do focus on the 1990 tax re-rigging by HW Bush. That bit was a total cave to the Democrats. It was monster news at the time. It cost HW Bush the 1992 election.
            Stepwise, the elite were given back their tax breaks — by the Democratic House of Representatives — when they were calling the shots. (Clinton)
            Epic fail.

          • shawkins57

            Oh yes, Ronald Reagan was a friend of the middle-class. The king of corporate deregulation, corporate perks, union busting, unfair advantage and tax breaks to big business was only looking out for the middle class.

  • gawxxx

    human’s are fools , born fools, live as fool’s and die as ignorant fools ,
    ( check our history ) all of the rest is just a bad movie ! , why “GOD” created mankind is beyond me , were ignorant , arrogant , liar’s, thieves ( and these are just our good points ) , we all deserve to be exterminated and let “HIM” start over ! , (sheesh! I’m going out for pizza and the cheap seats to watch this carnage from a safe distance )

  • Steeloak

    Attacking the middle class is Marxism 101. Marx believed that the middle class of happy, prosperous, hard working citizens were the base of support for Capitalist systems. Furthermore, believed that unless they were destroyed, the communist revolution could take place.

    • Dale McNamee

      Marx would have gone nowhere if not for Engels, who was wealthy…

      While the lefties decry the middle class and the rich…They need the money from the same…

    • Galtness

      “Yet the test should be so simple: just listen to any prophet and if you hear him speak of sacrifice – run. Run faster than from a plague. It stands to reason that where there’s sacrifice, there’s someone collecting sacrificial offerings. Where there’s service, there’s someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice, speaks of slaves and masters. And intends to be the master. But if you ever hear a man telling you that you must be happy, that it’s your natural right, that your first duty is to yourself – that will be the man who has nothing to gain from you. But let him come and you’ll scream your empty heads off, howling that he’s a selfish monster. So the racket is safe for many, many centuries.” The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, “The Toohey Speech” (do a search to read that excerpt in full)

      Ayn wasn’t perfect, but she was insightful.

  • American1969

    Notice how Leftists always scream about “consumerism” and the environment and all of that stuff….
    Yet they don’t mind enjoying what capitalism provides for themselves. They just don’t want it for anyone else. In this they are hypocrites and liars and have nothing to say to anyone until they give up their enormous wealth and privilege.

    • Dale McNamee

      Leftists are hypocrites of the first order…

      It’s funny when I ask them to give up the things that they ask others to do…PC’s,smartphones,etc…

      • American1969

        Exactly!

  • dolt

    Consumerism as a sin? Leftist should better stop destroying the institution of the family

  • blert

    I love the alarmist gag Photoshop.
    Floating ice cannot raise the level of water in a glass upon melting.
    The ENTIRE Arctic ice sheet is a floater. If it went to zero, the oceans would not rise a millimeter. Basic physics.
    If the ENTIRE Ross Ice Shelf went into the ocean, they could not rise a millimeter.
    The ONLY ice availble for doomsday is that which is on land and stacked at low altitude.
    Consequently, most of the ice in Greenland and Antarctica is out of the equation. It’s too high on the mountainside to melt — just like Mount Everest.
    In sum, we’re ALREADY at peak ocean.
    The result has been tragic: the human population has ramped from 50,000 souls to 9,000,000,000 souls in a mere 25,000 years.
    So, it should be obvious what the Greens are really worried about.

    (Think anal-retentive personality disorder scaled up into a political crusade….
    Or, potty-training the planet.)

    This is why you have grasping individuals making a stink about stink… so as to create a NEW ORDERED WORLD.

  • The Facts

    Hahaha. Mencken the socialist. That was stupid. Must have found Andy Breitbart’s secret drug drawer under his desk.

  • dudeasincool

    Ben, I think the issues propagated by climate change do not revolve specifically around consumerism. But for sake of argument, consumerism wouldn’t disappear with less consumption of oil and coal, people would simply buy different products.