“Capitalism and consumerism have brought the world to the brink of economic and environmental collapse, the Prince of Wales has warned. … And in a searing indictment on capitalist society, Charles said we can no longer afford consumerism and that the ‘age of convenience’ was over.”
He then got in his limo and was driven to his other palace.
It takes a prince, heir to the thrones of Britain and Canada and Australia, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea and a bunch of other places, to tell it like it is: You pampered consumerists are ruining the joint. In the old days, we didn’t have these kinds of problems. But then Mr. and Mrs. Peasant start remodeling the hovel, adding a rec room and indoor plumbing, replacing the emaciated old nag with a Honda Civic and driving to the mall in it, and next thing you know instead of just having an extra yard of mead every Boxing Day at the local tavern and adding a couple more pustules to the escutcheon with the local trollop they begin taking vacations in Florida. When it was just medieval dukes swanking about like that, the planet worked fine: That was “sustainable” consumerism. But now the masses want in. And, once you do that, there goes the global neighborhood.
By contrast, as an example of an exemplary environmentalist, the Prince hailed his forebear, King Henry VIII. True, he had a lot of wives, but he did dramatically reduce Anne Boleyn’s carbon footprint.
And that’s really the goal here: reduce the world population to the same substandard level of misery. The princes will be driven in their limousines while the peasants are driven to penury by carbon taxes. Prince Gore will continue his globe-trotting Gulfstream lifestyle, pimping his green “investments” and getting richer by the day.
The rest of us, not so much.
I was talking to the owner of a very small winery just yesterday. He said that they would be driven out of business by the cap and trade scam, as would all of the other wineries he was in touch with. Just more collateral damage to the limousine liberal “princes” who know better than you how your life must be led. And who don’t care if your energy prices skyrocket.
They already have their wealth and power, you see.
Now they want yours, too. Back to peasantry for you and me.