Left Aus

This is exactly what I am talking about when I complain about the left’s absurd austerity discourse for the future. You know, their utopian dream of everyone living in gray concrete boxes and slurping algae out of bottles. Left austerity for a so-called green but impoverished future will work about as well as right austerity has for the economy. In that, you know, it won’t.

Unfortunately, the left has mostly become enmeshed in some purity movement where the more deprived you are and the more you force unnecessary hardship and privation on everyone else, the more pure and green you are seen as being. This is in large part the reason (other than protecting corporations) for the impetus behind banning the very-convenient straws and plastic bags rather than doing something more efficacious.

We have to do better.