So, apparently even the Greens are too industrialised these days:
So: what next? One increasingly fashionable answer is offered by a coalescing group which we might call \”neo-environmentalists\”. The resemblance between this group and the neoliberals of the early 70s is intriguing. Like the neoliberals, the neo-environmentalists are attempting to break through the lines of an old orthodoxy which is visibly exhausted and confused. Like the neoliberals, they speak the language of money and power. Like the neoliberals, they cluster around a few key thinktanks: then, the Institute of Economic Affairs, the Cato Institute and the Adam Smith Institute; now, the Breakthrough Institute, the Long Now Foundation and the Copenhagen Consensus. Like the neoliberals, they think they have radical solutions.
Neo-environmentalism is a progressive, business-friendly, postmodern take on the environmental dilemma. It dismisses traditional green thinking, with its emphasis on limits and transforming societal values, as naive. New technologies, global capitalism and western-style development are not the problem but the solution. The future lies in enthusiastically embracing biotechnology, synthetic biology, nuclear power, nanotechnology, geo-engineering and anything else new and complex that annoys Greenpeace.
Apparently the solution is that we should all stand in muddy fields and smell the rain. What we might call the neopeasantry movement. With Kingsnorth as its Wat Tyler perhaps.
Actually, it\’s straight William Morris arts and crafts movement. Perhaps we should have a word with the Chancellor and see if the family firm has room for a wallpaper designer? Might be where Kingsnorth is happiest.