As he often does, Mark Steyn cuts through the nonsense and gets to the heart of a matter. The green movement is a modern-day appeal by elitists to the divine right of kings:
According to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, we only have 96 months left to save the planet.
I’m impressed. 96 months. Not 95. Not 97. July 2017. Put it in your diary. Usually the warm-mongers stick to the same old drone that we only have ten years left to save the planet. Nice round number.
As the British newspaper The Independent reported;
“Capitalism and consumerism have brought the world to the brink of economic and environmental collapse, the Prince of Wales has warned… And in a searing indictment on capitalist society, Charles said we can no longer afford consumerism and that the ‘age of convenience’ was over.”
He then got in his limo and was driven to his other palace.
It takes a prince, heir to the thrones of Britain and Canada and Australia, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea and a bunch of other places, to tell it like it is: You pampered consumerists are ruining the joint. In the old days, we didn’t have these kinds of problems.
But then Mr and Mrs Peasant start remodeling the hovel, adding a rec room and indoor plumbing, replacing the emaciated old nag with a Honda Civic and driving to the mall in it, and next thing you know instead of just having an extra yard of mead every Boxing Day at the local tavern and adding a couple more pustules to the escutcheon with the local trollop they begin taking vacations in Florida.
When it was just medieval dukes swanking about like that, the planet worked fine: That was “sustainable” consumerism. But now the masses want in. And, once you do that, there goes the global neighborhood.
As Steyn notes, in our modern, scientistic world an appeal to absolute authority endowed by God doesn’t play well. Today, however, claiming Gaia’s Right to control the rest of us has been surprisingly successful.
That’s what it’s all about. Charles, Barack Obama, and the horde of “warm-mongers” who wax poetic about the unspoiled beauty of African villages lacking electricity, plumbing, or clean water want to impoverish the rest of us to ensure their own standard of living.