I have subscribed to Scientific American for a few years now and really enjoy it. However, there is a regular column by a guy named Jeffrey Sachs, director of the ‘Earth Institute’ at Columbia University. This column is presented as science like the rest of the magazine but is typically a thinly veiled socialist propaganda piece. I am always disappointed by it and always see a huge contrast between it and the far more thoughtful and intellectual column by skeptic Michael Shermer.
Anyway, Sachs has written a piece in the hard-left UK newspaper The Guardian where he pushes for more and more government intrusion into the private sector to remake our economy into something that he finds more palatable. Always pushing the political junk-science idea of Anthropogenic Climate Change, Sachs also has to slam tax cuts in the process.
Conservatives are aghast. The bail-out of the auto industry was hard enough to swallow. Government investments in infrastructure and research and development are viewed with scorn, compared with the tried and true (if disastrously failed) tax cuts of the Bush era. Rightwing pundits bemoan the evident intention of Obama and team to “tell us what kind of car to drive”. Yet that is exactly what they intend to do (at least with regard to the power source under the hood), and rightly so. Free-market ideology is an anachronism in an era of climate change, water stress, food scarcity and energy insecurity. Public-private efforts to steer the economy to a safe technological harbour will be the order of the new era.
Remember people: those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach. This is another academic who does not live in the same real world as the rest of us. Rather than remaking our vibrant country into a EuroSocialist state, why can’t these Limousine Marxists just move to these wonderful workers paradises in Europe?
Also, even if you are a worshiper at the Church of Man Made Climate Change (it is akin to a religion) you should pay close attention to all of the freedoms they want to rob you of in the name of their [in my opinion] false religion. Remember, if they are wrong (as more and more evidence is showing), you will not get those rights back, you will not be able to extract the government from parts of your life where it has no place.
I remember a conversation that I had with a coworker several years ago. Her husband was British and they had lived in Europe for a time and she had nothing but good things to say about their system and how they support people and give health care, etc. Socialist Paradise and all that. I asked her why, if things were so wonderful over there, she and her husband choose to live in the US. She replied that there were more job opportunities over here. When I replied that in my opinion there was a relationship between these soft-socialist welfare states and their less-successful economies and results, she had nothing to say. I suggested that she vote with her feet and move back to Europe. We were not too friendly after that.
Anyway, read Sach’s screed here.