…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Sinodinos is wrong when /How Red was her valley/ he says:
“The real issue for the Greens now is the fight that is going on for the heart and soul of the Greens. The Greens are split. The Australian people should know that and they should know that there are people in New South Wales within the green movement who are seeking to subvert the green movement as a whole. “
I am perhaps wrong in assuming that he meant what he said; an assumption that is always dicey with politicians and the ex-Goldman Sachs’ ones in particular. Let’s give him a benefit of doubt; and if he meant what he said, then he is wrong. The Marxist theory and Leninist practices subverted the environmental movements, from Sierra Club to Greenpeace, long time ago. Australia, even though following the Californian fads belatedly, cannot be that many decades behind.
A more than a quarter of century ago I became incensed by what I considered a farmer’s idiotic attempt to grow more of something by destroying hectares of virgin bush which (disclosure of interest) I used to visit. (Aside: He did grew more of that stuff, true, but could not sell it. Australians in charge of Woolworths prefer shinier and cheaper Asian produce. So do consumers. The last time I saw the place, the weeds took over)
Back in town, I thought I ought to do something* and so I decided to join one of the planet saving organisations. I genuinely and naively believed they are concerned with the environment. Luckily, prior to signing up I acquired their literature and discovered that they are more worried about warships than wombats. In fact, almost 70% of the propaganda was devoted to decrying the cruel capitalism as such, and the much worse United States capitalism, militarism and general un-socialism in particular. A nuclear powered warship was on the top of the planet saving activists’ agenda. Not the peace loving USSR ones, of course. The communist dictatorships’ abysmal environmental record got barely a mention, and if so, in a benign, apologetic, dare I say, dialectic manner. Dismayed, I checked another organisation and got the same result. The so called environmentalists were obtaining money from the well-meaning public by false pretences. Saving cuddly pandas surely sounds better than saving the Chinese politburo, and dictatorships in general, and only the true-red trade union apparatchiks would be ready to donate their members’ money to the second cause.
At that time I was working 60+ hours a week (yes, you guessed it – a self-employed) and to see what these organisations were all about took perhaps an hour. Had I blindly joined, it would have taken a few weeks at the most. In any case, the time well spent and I avoided the social justice’s red, very red herring. That was a long time ago and since then the environmental movements world-wide moved to the extreme Left at a rapid pace. /Red Green Brown/Today, i.e. in 2012, anybody in the Green Party pretending he or she doesn’t know that it is a front for the rabid socialist, and anti-Semitic ideology, is either dishonest, unbelievably naïve or has not bothered to read the Greens website for the last ten years or so.
Just in the unlikely case there are some environmentalists in the original meaning of that word left, can Senator Sinodinos say what chances they have against, say a disciplined activist who cut his or her milk teeth at the socially aware age of three, remained red in claw and tooth ever since and for whom any means, unfortunate syphilitic koalas included, justify the end. The end of the democracy in Australia.
*/ I now realise that that would disqualify me immediately – a Green wants somebody else to do something. A true Red-green wants the government to compel everybody else to do something.