Let a Thousand New Green Deals Bloom

Don’t get cowed into submission by politicians telling you the only options are “status quo” or “command-and-control”

Jeffrey Howard, an old friend from libertarian circles, recently invited me to rework my slightly polemical Green New Deal piece into a long-form essay for a new online journal, Erraticus. If you’re not reading Erraticus, you should. It is an online journal focused on “spontaneous culture and emotional intelligence,” rather than insipid outrage porn and mindless distractions. It scratches the itch for political discourse without distracting us from the real problem (our own shortcomings).

Both pieces on the Green New Deal reflect a transition I’ve undergone from a limited-government libertarian to quasi-post-libertarian (or was it meta-paleo-libertarian?). In other words, I look at the degree of (de)centralization as the key question in politics — not whether or not to regulate. Regulation, like all government, is a given.

For those who remember it, my article contains a throwback to the 1970s enviro-sci-fi novel, Ecotopia, which (for all its shortcomings) had the virtue of being a regional vision of eco-fixes.

I write:

Presenting “doing nothing” and “centralizing power in Washington D.C.” as the only options is a false dichotomy promulgated by those with a vested interest in the status quo.[a] decentralized ecological approach would recognize that managing emissions is one part of a larger equation that includes the natural carbon cycle…”

And we can’t take ourselves out of the equation either. Humans have been managing the ecosystem for 400,000 years.

My piece uses Austrian capital theory to argue that the Green New Deal is the fastest way to turn the U.S. into a petro-state. Decentralized solutions are the best hope, and there are lots of them, including privatizing federal lands and letting states experiment with different “green grazing” regimes. The article could be slandered as “paleo-libertarian” in more ways than one, but I prefer to think of myself as conservative neolithic (a la Ivan Illich).

FWIW, I also have a new short primer on monetary policy and Austrian economics out. Buy it, read it, and let me know what you think, or email me to get a free PDF.

Seastead solutions.

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