Sunday, January 25, 2015

More Rich, Elite, Leftist, Environmental Hypocrisy

Blogging on this topic is like shooting fish in a barrel -- there's so much material to work with that it's almost not fun.  Well, no -- it's always fun calling attention to liberal hypocrisy.  And few do it better than Kevin Williamson.  The context for his lastest bash of rich liberal enviro hypocrites is the latest gathering of rich collectivists at Davos, Switzerland.  Here's a great excerpt from an article at National Review On-line:
Convening to ring the alarm about global warming, our putative betters and would-be rulers convened in Davos, Switzerland, filling the local general-aviation hangars with some 1,700 private jets. Taking an international commercial flight is one of the most carbon-intensive things the typical person does in his life, but if you’re comparing carbon footprints between your average traveler squeezed into coach on American and Davos Man quaffing Pol Roger in his cashmere-carpeted intercontinental air limousine, you’re talking Smurfette vs. Sasquatch. The Bombardier’s Global 6000 may be a technical marvel, but it still runs on antique plankton juice. The emissions from heating all those sprawling hotel suites in the Alps in winter surely makes baby polar bears weep bitter and copious baby-polar-bear tears.
The stories add up: Jeff Greene brings multiple nannies on his private jet to Davos, and the rest of the guys gathered to talk past each other about the plight of the working man scarf down couture hot-dogs that cost forty bucks. Bill Clinton makes the case for wealth-redistribution while sporting a $60,000 platinum Rolex.
Although Williamson has his fun banging on leftist elites, the bulk of his article is really about an interesting phenomenon captured by the phrase "none of us individually is as dumb as all of us together".  In other words, people at the high end of the power distributions across the various institutions in Western society are generally, according to Williamson (though I do want to state that I'm not quite as willing to make the concessions he does), smart and well-intentioned folk.  The paradox is: why is it that when intelligent, educated, well-meaning individuals gather as a group they end up supporting and promoting really, demonstrably, bad ideas and destructive policies? Looking at that question is the main thrust of Williamson's article.  For another take on this issue, click here. [ht:]