Yesterday night I had made plans to post about Marcuse and individualism today, including some fantastic quotes I just came across while re-reading Watchmen. Then, I happened to catch the ending of last night’s Daily Show, tuning in just in time to hear, “… from the Heritage Foundation, Christopher C. Horner. His latest book is…” Naturally, upon hearing the words “Heritage Foundation” and “book” in the same sentence I had to laugh (scared laughter, but laughter nonetheless). Turns out this nice gentleman proceeded to push his book (picture above) that argues that gobal warming, etc. is singularly an invention of the left and a means of anti-capitalist propaganda. He then smugly went on to mock John Steward, the German Green Party, Al Gore’s environmentalist efforts, etc. That [expletive deleted] did indeed have the last laugh on the show, but see the title of today’s post. Why this bugs me so much? Why I don’t just forget about this clearly demented jerk? Well, for one because he has millions and millions of dollars backing him in form of a right-wing think tank, which lobbies this government, as well as puts lots of cash into spreading this nonsense. Not possible that people actually take this seriously, you say? Well, check today’s amazon.com rankings and you will see that the book is ranked number 33 (!!!) on their list of most sold books.
So, whatever you do, DO NOT LET ANYONE BUY THIS BOOK!
Ok, one could say, “well, dear blogger, you are giving him publicity.” Granted, this is to an extent true, but I would like this post to engage not in the discussion about the existence, or nonexistence of global warming (I think we are all aware of the facts by now), but rather to engage in a discussion about this strategy of the right to link environmentalism and the ecological limitations it allegedly imposes upon production to socialism/communism (the precise terminology used by Horner last night, in order to cash in on the still powerful negative stigma attached to these terms in the US), hence to focus the primary discussion on how idiotic this logic truly is.
Here some excerpts from the intro to the book:
“For decades, environmentalism has been the Left’s best excuse for increasing government control over our actions in ways both large and small. It’s for Mother Earth! It’s for the children! It’s for the whales! But until now, the doomsday-scenario environmental scares they’ve trumped up haven’t been large enough to justify the lifestyle restrictions they want to impose. With global warming, however, greenhouse gasbags can argue that auto emissions in Ohio threaten people in Paris, and that only “global governance” (Jacques Chirac’s words) can tackle such problems.
Now, in The Politically Incorrect Guide(tm) to Global Warming and Environmentalism, Christopher C. Horner tears the cover off the Left’s manipulation of environmental issues for political purposes–and lays out incontrovertible evidence for the fact that catastrophic man-made global warming is just more Chicken-Little hysteria, not actual science. He explains why, although Al Gore and his cronies among the media elites and UN globalists endlessly bleat that “global warming” is an unprecedented global crisis, they really think of it as a dream come true. It’s the ideal scare campaign for those who hate capitalism and love big government. For, as Horner explains, if global warming really were as bad as the Leftist doomsayers insist it is, then no policy imaginable could “solve” it. According to the logic of the greens’ own numbers, no matter how much we sacrifice there would still be more to do. That makes global warming the bottomless well of excuses for the relentless growth of big government.
Horner (an attorney and senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute) reveals the full anti-American, anti-capitalist, and anti-human agenda of today’s environmentalists, dubbing them “green on the outside, red to the core.” He details how they use strong-arm legal tactics–and worse–against those who dare to point out the weakness of their arguments for global warming. Along the way, he explodes ten top global warming myths, carefully examining the evidence to determine how much warming there really is and what is actually causing it. He exposes the lies that the environmental lobby routinely tells to make its case; the ways in which it is trying to impose initiatives such as the Kyoto Protocol on an unwilling American public; and much more–including the green lobby’s favorite politicians (John Kerry, John McCain, Joe Lieberman, and others).
It’s time to stand up to the environmentalist industry and insist: human beings are not the enemy.”
The elements that I “enjoy” the most here are the embedding of “anti-American” (always a good way to strongarm people ideologically these days), the logical conclusion that this all is a threat to humans and that the logic of capitalism in itself is humanist, the assumption that governmental control is actually growing, the slogan “green on the outside, red to the core,” as well as the general neoliberal struggle against any form of governmental regulation, assuming here that it must result in the stunting of inivation and production (sure, since environmental regulations have always held back technology and innovation–rejecting them is indeed a great way to remain efficient and e.g. continue to build cars that need 4-Liter engines to produce 75 horsepowers).
I would also like to provide you with some info on the publisher of the book, Regnery Publishing. They are a press located in Washington D.C., exclusively publishing conservative books, articulating its role ideologically in opposition to the “New York mainstream publishers” (because apparently liberal thinking is the mainstream in the US–or maybe because simple mainstream neoliberalism is lacking the “right” touch). They are the publisher of e.g. the “Politically Incorrect Guide to” series, which has as its mission to challenge what they perceive as the dominance of liberal ideology in US culture. Oh, and by the way, Regnery is also the publisher of Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry–remember that one (in fact a #1 New York Times bestseller!)?
I thus feel compelled to revoke my previous appeal and voice a new one:
whatever you do, DO NOT LET ANYONE BUY A BOOK PUBLISHED BY REGNERY!
Sorry Regnery, but if you should ever be short on cash, I am sure you can borrow some from your buddies at the Heritage Foundation.
Now I would love to hear what you think about this (ideo)logical clusterfuck of a book described above.