Environmentalism, often understood as a revolutionary ideology, stands in opposition to practically all political formations and currents that are in favor of a broad intervention of the state in the economy and other spheres of society.
At the same time, unfortunately, this component of the agenda of the so-called “new left” continues to define both the political action of many of today’s modern states and the interests of the elites, the mainstream media, and woke capitalism.
Proof of the above is not only the so-called 2030 Agenda, with its so-called “Sustainable Development Goals.” We see how new taxes, spending items (Green New Deal) and rules are created to infringe on the use of private property and free movement (even of currency).
However, the crux of this article is to address how the discourse has been capitalized in Europe, by leftist formations, to the point of converting them, directly and indirectly, into their “central slogan.”
Más Madrid replaces PSOE as opposition leader in Madrid
On May 4, regional elections were held in the Spanish region of Madrid. They can be considered as the most exciting recent elections for the right wing as a whole. The charismatic “Ayuso effect” was quite overwhelming and his partners in the Vox government (conservatives) resisted, with a slight upswing.
In the left-wing bloc, on the one hand, we can account for the disappearance of the centrists of Ciudadanos (which, in practical exercise, existed as a “lifeline” for the left) and the abandonment of politics by Pablo Iglesias, as the PP came close to an absolute majority, which it sees as “filled” thanks to Rocío Monasterio and company from Vox.
In the meantime, the PSOE, which holds the central government, was overtaken by a split of Podemos called “Más Madrid”, which emerged after the former power struggles between Iglesias and Íñigo Errejón and headed, on this occasion, by Mónica García, a doctor involved in activism in favor of the hypertrophied welfare sate.
Now, despite the fact that at the time, Errejón whitewashed the Venezuelan regime (praising Hugo Chávez) and García pretended to shoot the Minister of Economy and Finance Javier Fernández-Lasquetty in parliament, this formation, very typical of post-modernity, presents itself with an “attractive and neat discourse.”
They do not focus their discourse on the Soviet nostalgia for the Second Republic or the end of the “monarchy”. They prefer to devote more time, under an “apparent practical transversality,” to feminism, “LGTBI rights,” state-run healthcare, and the reduction of working hours without technical justification, with special emphasis on environmentalism.
Merkel’s succession may not depend on AfD and CSU: Environmentalism in Germany
Angela Merkel, known as one of the most powerful women in Europe (with influence in the Brussels Eurocracy), has already resigned from the leadership of the German CDU as well as from a possible re-election (elections will be held in September).
That said, her “legacy”, quite questioned in recent years because she ended up surrendering to social democracy on wage issues, opting to apply an iron police statism against COVID-19, apart from not following the line of action of Poland and Hungary on migration issues, is not very likely to be amended by someone from the right.
I say this given that, according to recent polls, The Greens could become the most voted formation, and even if they did not have an absolute majority they could have an easy -most likely- negotiation of governability, either with the Social Democratic Party, the liberals of the FDP and/or the communists of Die Linke. Thus, there would be advanced leftism that would reinforce the “depth” of the previous policies.
This formation shares a European parliamentary group with formations such as the social-communists of Esquerra Republicana de Cataluña and has a political program that bets on putting an end to non-renewable energy sources and reinforcing the weight of the state in the economy (more regulation and more spending), although not everything is detailed yet.
Same bases adapted to new times
Same basic fundamentals, in step with the times
The so-called “new left” (also considered as the fourth and fifth phases of the Revolution, seen under the Plinian prism) is not so much focused on the proletarian workerism of the previous century (although there are those who adopt the “pro-green” discourse without renouncing this).
While on the one hand they focus on “cultural conflicts”, following the Gramscian script (gender ideology, secularist empowerment, multiculturalism, anti-white racialism, etc.), on the other hand they take advantage of certain health and environmental problems to make their discourse more marketable.
I will not deny that it is necessary to be responsible for the environment of the biosphere, nor the existence of COVID-19 itself. But I understand that there is an opportunity that, alleging “excessive CO2 emissions”, “overpopulation” or “deforestation”, it is easier to deny the correlation between economic freedom and conservation (read the studies of The Heritage Foundation).
In conclusion, what I do believe is that it has been understood that it is necessary to alter the way of promoting statist expansionism, with new discursive forms that do not break with rationalism and planning eagerness (Revolution).