Thinking For The Individual

Formerly known as 'Thinking For The People', this site offers some reflections on the state of British society and her people from the perspective of a libertarian Conservative with a passionate belief in the pillars of freedom and responsibility.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Socialism Is Responsible For Global Warming!!!

I have a theory. Yes, it makes me sound like a crank. Yes, it's probably mostly wrong. But here me out at least. My theory is that socialism is responsible for global warming.

In Britain, socialism saw the centralisation of industry and public services. Whilst before the Welfare State, there were clinics and small schools serving every two or three small streets, now there is a comprehensive serving a catchment area of miles. Whilst before the nationalisation of industry, there were small factories and workshops at the end of every street, now people's workplaces are much further away.

Because people work further from their homes, and are required to travel further away to drop their children off at school or to go for a scan at a hospital, they can not necessarily live their lives on foot.

One of the key reasons many car owners cite for their reliance on their little, colourful boxes of metal and oil is precisely that. People nowadays must travel further to work and to live.

It is a commonly accepted fact that transportation is responsible for a significant proportion of the global environmental problems our planet is suffering. 18% of the UK's CO2 emissions are caused by cars, and that figure is rising. And CO2 emissions are responsible for some of those dangers facing our earth, including global warming.

No matter what we may individually think about the science behind global warming (I myself believe the scare stories of the environmentalists are rather dubious, but that's for another time) the fact is that people rely on cars today because of the centralising nature of socialism, which has destroyed the strength and spirit of small, local communities. This is precisely what the twenty-first century should be about. The defining characteristics of our new century may have something to do with the global environment, or terrorism, or, as ever, warfare. I sincerely hope, however, that the politicians make our new century about something different. The twentieth century will go down as the era when they took away power from local people and gave it to meddling, interfering politicians and bureaucrats. We should go back on all of that, so that one day in the twenty-first century we can simply walk down the street to work or skip to school with a spring in our step.

A localised society, based on the strength and spirit of the community, not the State, is, inevitably, the way to relieve the burdens we have placed on Mother Nature.


At 8:04 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thats actually a very intelligent and perceptive argument!

At 9:04 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that the goverment is responsible! :D
Martin, Poland

At 5:53 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh dear ... of course it has nothing to do with economies of scale, does it? Like that great socialist monolith B&Q that strides like a behemoth across the land smashing all the free-market independent DIY chains in its path?


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