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Shakedown World, Shakedown Nation!

Charles Krauthammer’s column on Friday, December 11, was one of those “must read’” ones. He discusses environmental shakedowns and the effort by the United Nations  “to transfer fantastic chunks of wealth from the industrialized West to the Third World.” He explains in part:

“One of the major goals of the Copenhagen climate summit is another NIEO shakedown: the transfer of hundreds of billions from the industrial West to the Third World to save the planet by, for example, planting green industries in the tristes tropiques. *emphsis in the original)

“Politically it's an idea of genius, engaging at once every left-wing erogenous zone: rich man's guilt, post-colonial guilt, environmental guilt. But the idea of shaking down the industrial democracies in the name of the environment thrives not just in the refined internationalist precincts of Copenhagen. It thrives on the national scale too.”

Krauthammer goes on to explain:

“Socialism having failed so spectacularly, the left was adrift until it struck upon a brilliant gambit: metamorphosis from red to green. The cultural elites went straight from the memorial service for socialism to the altar of the environment. The objective is the same: highly centralized power given to the best and the brightest, the new class of experts, managers and technocrats. This time, however, the alleged justification is not abolishing oppression and inequality but saving the planet.”

Take a few minutes to read the entire column. He concludes by writing:

“Because Big Brother isn't lurking in CIA cloak. He's knocking on your door, smiling under an EPA cap.”

In Arlington County, the Arlington County Board began their environmental shakedown a couple years back with their FreshAIRE Initiative.

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