With May Day approaching, it’s important to remember that ideas have legs. It’s hard, for instance, not to paint oneself into a rhetorical corner when using a Marxist term like “struggle” when battling ‘Da Man. Modern leftwing parlance has also brought us more jargon like “Smart Growth” i.e., pack the masses into urban centers to mitigate the freedom of conservative suburbs, and “At-Risk”—a repurposed insurance industry term to justify the welfare state.
But wait til you get a load of what “Sustainable Development” really means!
“Sustainable development” is a fuzzy term used as a propaganda tool to promote the conflicting agendas of a variety of special-interest groups, according to Independent Institute Research Fellow S. Fred Singer. In his latest piece for American Thinker, Singer examines the origins of “sustainable development” and its myriad meanings in debates about economic growth, population pressures, peak oil, the availability of basic commodities, wealth redistribution, and United Nations sovereignty.
“Among the worst policies being pushed with the help of [“sustainable development”] is a scheme called Contraction and Convergence (C & C),” writes Singer. “The idea is that every human is entitled to emit the same amount of CO2. This of course translates into every being on earth using the same amount of energy–and, by inference, having the same income. In other words, C & C is basically a policy for a giant global income redistribution.”
The sustainability movement has gained ground on college campuses across the United States. Singer quotes from a statement, released last week by the conservative National Association of Scholars, that chides the anti-capitalist, anti-individualist agenda of groups such as the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education: “The sustainability movement combines a bureaucratic and regulatory impulse with an updated version of the Romantics’ preoccupation with the end of civilization, and with hints of the Christian apocalyptic tradition…. The movement has its own versions of sin and redemption, and in many other respects has a quasi-religious character. For some adherents, the earth itself is treated as a sentient deity; others content themselves with the search for the transcendent in Nature.”
The Sustainable Development Hoax, by S. Fred Singer (American Thinker, 4/22/11) Spanish Translation
A Poverty of Reason: Sustainable Development and Economic Growth, by Wilfred Beckermann
Hot Talk, Cold Science: Global Warming’s Unfinished Debate, by S. Fred Singer