"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Friday, September 9, 2011

Still More "Wow" From Jim Lacey

More from Jim Lacey at NRO, this time on the impact of leftist economics, and specifically global warming advocates blithe disregard of the economic impact of their proposed policies:

In the world’s emerging economies each 1 percent loss of GDP causes almost 2,500 premature deaths per 100,000 population. So, if the warmists get their way, they would kill off about 50 million persons a year on their way to a 2050 nirvana. One could plausibly claim that as soon as the pain became apparent, politicians would immediately reverse course before more damage was done. Such a belief would be comforting if we were not witnessing the destruction of huge amounts of food in order to turn it into inefficient and costly energy. One would think that global food riots and millions of starving people would cause a rethinking of our priorities. But this year, American farmers will grow more corn for ethanol than for food. After all, why should the empty bellies of countless children get in the way of saving the planet from warmist fantasies? Look again at that picture of a starving black child and tell me whose policies are racist.

Whenever some granola-eating, Prius-driving, Think Globally, Act Locally-bumper stickering know-nothing tells me that "I think everyone should eat food that's been 'organically' grown without pesticides or herbicides," I have to try hard not to say to them, "Oh, that's nice, and which billion people on the planet are you willing to sentence to a slow, painful death by starvation?"   Maybe I shouldn't try so hard -- maybe if our manners didn't get in the way of challenging these fools who mouth these platitudes out of habit at the store, or at the kids' soccer game, or at the PTA meeting, maybe, just maybe, they'd think about the consequences of taking positions the only purpose of which is to make themselves feel better.

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