The phrase Green New Deal died down for a few years between 2012 and 2016. But that didn’t mean all activity had died down. And a more explicit and generally accepted comparison between the battle against climate to World War II began to emerge.
Climate Mobilization was founded in 2014 by Margaret Klein Salamon. Salamon earned her PhD in clinical psychology from Adelphi University and also holds a BA in social anthropology from Harvard. According to the webiste:
Though she loved being a therapist, Margaret felt called to apply her psychological and anthropological knowledge to solving climate change.
More like write the manual on how to manipulate the masses, but we will get to that later. Climate Mobilization’s stated goal:
Our mission is to initiate a WWII-scale mobilization to protect humanity and the natural world from climate catastrophe.
In 2014 they posited a case for a World War II-style mobilization and were helpful enough to post it on the internet. It tells us a couple of things:
“The leading champion of climate mobilization has been Lester Brown, a former United States Department of Agriculture global issues specialist, who first called for a WWII-style mobilization in his landmark 1995 book, “Who Will Feed China? Wake-Up Call for a Small Planet.” (Brown founded a non-profit environmental think tank, The Earth Policy Institute, which closed in 2015. And China is eating better than they did in 1995)
We all must return to labor-intensive, self-sustaining gardens like the “Victory Garden’s of WWII
The government will direct pretty much all investment and decide what gets produced and what does not
We, of course, need a jobs guarantee
Taxes need to go way up and rationing is a key feature
We need to research putting mirrors on space to reflect the sun and spraying stuff in our atmosphere. It’s called “geo-engineering”
Bottom line is massive government investment, high taxes and minimum liberty
I read the whole thing, which you are of course welcome to do. But essentially you would be reading the recently proposed Green New Deal and associated FAQ’s without the juvenile language.
Salamon was also good enough to write a manual on how to gin people up and terrify them into giving up their liberty in 2016. It is titled Leading the Public into Emergency Mode. She seems very pleased that her mobilization idea has caught on:
Sierra Club and 350.org oddly play a prominent role in my previous series on the Climate Kids. I also have a nagging suspicion these same organizations, as well as a few others, read this handbook. Salaman uses every bit of her psychology training to outline how an organization can create a large scale emergency. Some of the nifty sub headings:
Her organization caught the ear of Bernie Sanders and the Bernie Bros on his campaign in 2016.
It was probably smart to work through an established party, but Jill Stein had been nominated again and the Green New Deal was still the central plank of her 2016 campaign. I really see very little daylight between what is on Stein’s campaign website and what Best Supporting Actress Alexandria Ocasio Cortez hamfistedly shoved in front of Congress.
But as I said, the Bernie Bros, Cenk Uygur, Saikat Chakrabarti, Zack Exley, and others heard the call to mobilization! Or cash. Or unfettered government power. But in any case, when Bernie lost the primary to the Empress of Chappaqua, they went off to start a full court press to fill the Democrat party with Progressives. They formed Brand New Congress, which then either merged or morphed into the Justice Democrats and went to work.
Salamon took note that this new group had embraced her wartime mobilization idea.
The end result? A newly elected and much fawned over member of the Democrat caucus (Tom Perez called her the new face of the party) took Jill Stein’s Green New Deal and shoved it down the party’s throat. Even Dr. Stein took note:
There is absolutely no substantive difference between what Dr. Stein was talking about in 2012 and 2016 and what the Justice Democrats have funneled through Ocasio-Cortez. Or what Climate Mobilization was talking about in 2014. And it’s still a bunch of agitprop. Yet nearly every Democrat primary candidate is endorsing it.
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