1. Public policy is governmental design aimed to benefit most citizens. But, lets not make the mistake of believing that the 540 or so nationally elected officials always know what the greater good is. The Founders prepared for the decision-making by leaving a memo which reminded successors what they may, and may not, do. Its known as the Constitution. a. Let me hasten to remind all that human nature finds a way .office-holders regularly ignore the memo. Thus.....the regulate-and-confiscate version of totalitarian command-and-control economics, environmentalism. 2. The constitutional government that emerged after the American Revolution recognized that they did not have the right to interfere with the law-abiding activities of their citizens. In fact the linkage between private property and prosperity is clear and obvious. Most intellectuals today are aware of what communism, socialism, totalitarianism, or any central command-and-control doctrine has done in Russia, under Maos reign of terror, or Cuba or other grotesque examples. Yet great numbers of them will use every excuse to avoid attributing the problems to their economic systems. Even a superficial comparison of North and South Korea, East and West Germany before the Berlin Wall fell, Hong Kong and Mainland China before reforms, or Cuba and other countries in Latin America, demonstrate that free economies are superior at promoting the common good. And yet the mystification continues. Socialist true believers have the power to cloud their own minds. https://www.hillsdale.edu/news/imprimis/archive/issue.asp?year=2007&month=05 a. On the excellent webcast 'Uncommon Knowledge', Czech president Václav Klaus recently compared two ideologies that were structurally very similar. They are against individual freedom. They are in favor of centralistic masterminding of our fates. They are both very similar in telling us what to do, how to live, how to behave, what to eat, how to travel, what we can do and what we cannot do. The first of Klauss two ideologies was Communisma system with which he was deeply familiar, having participated in the Velvet Revolution in 1989. The second was environmentalism. The Varieties of Liberal Enthusiasm by Benjamin A. Plotinsky, City Journal Spring 2010 3. In the Iron Curtain countries, where there were no constitutional democracies and no private property rights, the central planning ethic could be fully realized; the results have been shown to be catastrophic. But, in dire need of a mitigation for their beloved Marxism, the failure, it was posited, was due to the fact that it hadnt been tried using the bounty of the West! a. When the Soviet Union fell, many fellow travelers migrated to the environmental movement. So much so, that the movement is often referred to as the Watermelon Movement: green on the outside, red on the inside. b. Delingpole does an excellent job of cutting through he jargon and presenting the essentials. But where the book really shines is exposing the politics behind this manufactured crisis. From a review of Watermelons: The Green Movement's True Colors 4. A review of the jaundiced origins of environmentalism, its totalitarian foundations, are instructive. In 1867 the German zoologist Ernst Haeckel coined the term 'ecology' and began to establish it as a scientific discipline dedicated to studying the interactions between organism and environment. Haeckel believed in nordic racial superiority, strenuously opposed race mixing and enthusiastically supported racial eugenics. Haeckel contributed to that special variety of German thought which served as the seed bed for National Socialism. He became one of Germany's major ideologists for racism, nationalism and imperialism he fulminated in antisemitic tones played a key role in the establishment of the Nazi movement. Eco Fascism / Fascist Ideology : the Green Wing of the Nazi Party and Its Historical Antecedents by Peter Staudenmaier a.Speaking of instructive....German philosophy, Hegel in particular, burdened, infected us, with the Progressives and socialism. In one of the best examples of projection, Liberals claim that it is conservatives who are the authoritarians. 5. The principles of the American republic produced prosperity based on private property and individualism. The principles behind both environmentalism and the former Soviet Union are based on the abolition of private property and the collective, what Robespierre would call the general will. Which actually advances the greater good?