Is Climate Change Ushering in Marxism?

Paul Krugman: “Everywhere you look these days, you see Marxism on the rise. Well, O.K., maybe you don’t — but conservatives do.”

“So it goes without saying that Obamacare, based on ideas originally developed at the Heritage Foundation, is a Marxist scheme — why, requiring that people purchase insurance is practically the same as sending them to gulags.”

Then there’s climate change.

“First, we’ll see any effort to limit pollution denounced as a tyrannical act. Pollution wasn’t always a deeply partisan issue: Economists in the George W. Bush administration wrote paeans to ‘market based’ pollution controls, and in 2008 John McCain made proposals for cap-and-trade limits on greenhouse gases part of his presidential campaign. But when House Democrats actually passed a cap-and-trade bill in 2009, it was attacked as, you guessed it, Marxist.”

“Second, we’ll see claims that any effort to limit emissions will have what Senator Marco Rubio is already calling ‘a devastating impact on our economy.’”

“Why is this crazy?  … as soon as anyone proposes adding a few limits to reflect environmental issues — such as a cap on carbon emissions — those all-capable corporations supposedly lose any ability to cope with change.”

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