Sunday, 14 August 2016

Where did the green movement come from?

"The common enemy of humanity is man. In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. All these dangers are caused by human intervention, and it is only through changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome. The real enemy then, is humanity itself."
-- The First Global Revolution, 1991, Alexander King (Club of Rome co-founder) & Bertrand Schneider.

The anti-nuke movement did, indeed, begin about 1969, but the concurrent event was not the founding of Friends of the Earth (1969), but the Club of Rome (1968). Large numbers of very rich people took it upon themselves to deindustrialize the USA and bring poverty to U.S. workers. Pulling up the ladder to riches against the poor, like countless rich people before them. The billion dollar U.S. foundations they funded have been promoting Luddism and neo-Malthusian economics since them. Some of the bigger foundations are listed below with the original sources of their funds:

Blue Moon Fund
CITGO (oil); Original endowment = $400 m
King Broadcasting (Seattle); assets (2010) > $104 m
Charles Stewart Mott
GM Motors; 2006 assets = $2.6 bn
Levi Strauss
David & Lucile Packard
Hewlett-Packard (computers), endowment = $5.8 bn
Ford motors
Gordon and Betty Moore
Intel micros
Harold K. Hochschild
American Metal Co.
lumber, building, and sawmills; AuM (2014): $0.95 bn
Patrick Lannan, Sr., entrepreneur and financier
Getty Oil
MacArthur (John D. & Catherine T)
banking & real estate; AuM: $6.47 bn (2014)
Nathan Cummings
General Dynamics
Rockefeller (oil)
ATR: A Territory Resource Foundation
media (Ted Turner)
Trust for Mutual Understanding
Gordon Letwin (one of the initial Microsoft 11), assets = Assets: $88 m

It was not an intellectual schism (among greens) that made the antinuclear power movement. It was a schism within U.S. capitalism. The ideas of the antinuclear power movement were bound to arise. There was nothing inevitable about them getting so much funding.

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