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May 11, 2010

Got Religion?

Environmentalism does indeed tell its adherents “what to eat”
(pesticide-free organic food, preferably grown nearby to cut down on trucking) and “how to travel” (by public transportation or, better yet, bicycle). But it also lays down rules on nearly every aspect of life in a consumer economy: how to wash your clothes (seldom); how to wash yourself (take a shower, not a bath, and use a low-flow showerhead); how to light your house (with fluorescent bulbs); how to choose your TV (look for the Energy Star logo!); how to go to the bathroom (with high-efficiency toilets and recycled paper); how to invest, clean, sleep, and dress (in environmentally friendly companies, with nontoxic chemicals, on sheets made of “sustainable fibers,” and in clothes made of the same); and even how to procreate (Greenpeace has issued a guide to “environmentally friendly sex”). -- The Varieties of Liberal Enthusiasm by Benjamin A. Plotinsky, City Journal Spring 2010

Posted by Vanderleun at May 11, 2010 5:10 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Here's the Green low carbon Gaia approved Vertical Digit. Now I'll go rip off a green piece.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck at May 11, 2010 5:48 AM

Now all they need is broad-brimmed black hats and side locks, and the wimminz must shave their heads.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at May 11, 2010 10:41 AM

Plotinsky? Really? You made that up.

Posted by: flannelputz at May 13, 2010 10:11 AM

Don Rodrigo: Well their lower echelon priesthood has got the dreadlocks part down.

Posted by: monkeyfan at May 17, 2010 12:26 PM

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