Antonia Senior: Better dead than green

July 27, 2009

From The Times (July 24):

… Our intransigent refusal to choose green will be met by a new militancy from those who believe we must be saved from ourselves. Ultra-green states cannot arise without some form of forced switch to autocracy; the dictatorship of the environmentalists.

The old two-cow analogy is a useful one. You have two cows. The communist steals both your cows, and may give you some milk, if you’re not bourgeois scum. The fascist lets you keep the cows but seizes the milk and sells it back to you. Today’s Green says you can keep the cows, but should choose to give them up as their methane-rich farts will unleash hell at some unspecified point in the future. You say, sod it, I’ll keep my cows thanks. Tomorrow’s green, the Bolshevik green, shoots the cows and makes you forage for nuts.

If the choice is between ecological meltdown, or a more immediate curtailment of our freedom, where do those of us who are neither red nor green, but a recalcitrant grey, turn? Back to those small desires, and a blinkered hope that the choice never becomes so stark. If it does, I’ll take my chances with Armageddon.

One Response to “Antonia Senior: Better dead than green”

  1. dublds Says:

    What’s with the doom and gloom?

    What could really go so wrong with idealists and politicians controlling your water, air, food, and electricity? Who could possibly be against surrendering all sovreignty to such well intentioned public servants and do gooders? Freedom comes with too many headaches. The other day I had to decide between paying for my baby’s health insurance or paying my cell phone bill. Who needs that hassle…Oh hold on, I’m getting a call…


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