“Consumer democracy”, “voluntary simplicity” and “mindful living” have proved to be a disastrous distraction from the political battle. They don’t work for all sorts of reasons, but above all because of the staggering hypocrisy of well-meaning people. If we want to change the world, we must force governments to force us to change our behaviour.I cannot envision any mechanism by which environmentalists can force governments to do more good than harm. I believe that we are more influential as consumers than as voters. I welcome any distraction from the political battle. I don't want other people to dictate my behavior. Given the choice I prefer to live free in a garbage dump than slaved in a beautiful garden. And I am afraid Monbiot's politics would lead to servitude in a garbage dump.
July 06, 2005
Tyranny in the garbage dump
George Monbiot said (found via Gristmill):