Word of the day: Eco-critical
If you missed your daily read of the New York Times on Wednesday, Thomas Friedman had a column titled “The Earth Is Full.”
Yeah. I missed reading the Fishwrap of Record too that day. Actually, I miss it most days, since it’s not on my must-read list……..or occassionally-read list……maybe even, ever-read list. But, thanks to Doug Powers and Clay Waters, my attention was brought to it.
Now, Friedman is not new to the global warming alarmist role, mind you. But, I digress. So, back to the point. In his column Wednesday, he tells us “the consumer-driven growth model is broken and we have to move to a more happiness-driven growth model, based on people working less and owning less.”
Now, this begs the question as to whether this applies to Thomas L. Friedman. Afterall, his wife is heir to the shopping mall fortune of one of America’s wealthiest families. He does live in a
modest “palatial 11,400-square-foot house, now valued at $9.3 million, on a 7.5-acre parcel just blocks from I-495 and Bethesda Country Club,” according to a write-up in the Washingtonian magazine. Or, as Matt Taibi puts it, “11,400 square foot suburban Maryland mega-monstro-mansion.” Yes. “Literally” and “seriously.”
So, allow me to translate for you. Thomas L. Friedman is telling us is to “own less,” because you have to offset his sasquatchian carbon footprint. Think of it as being for the greater good. That help? No? Me either.
Those of us here in the Volunteer State know ol’ Al has a history of being eco-critical, given consumption in his home, evidenced by one of his own energy bills. Yes. The Goracle is the same eco-nut who paid almost a combined $30,000.00 between his electric and natural gas for his palace in 2006, while preaching to the rest of us about our own carbon footprints.
So, all you need to remember the old global warming enthusiasts’ adage, when you’re reading or listening to eco-crits: Do as I say, not as I do. Oh! And, don’t drink the global warming Kool-Aid®.