The obvious reason for the wealthy to love pollution is that fossil fuels companies dominate the present economy, and they own most of it. Yet the psychoanalysis of plutocracy reveal much deeper and sinister reasons, for this perversion.
Paul Krugman makes in his “Pollution and Politics” (Nov 28) the observation that the wealthy sponsors of the Republican Party have the pecuniary interest to pursue with fossil fuels, and their attending pollution.
Careful, as usual to not hurt the feelings of the mighty, Krugman did not mention the evaluation, from the World Health Organization, and other knowledgeable institutions, that seven million human beings die, each year, from carbon burning pollution. He also forgets to mention that the poor tend to live where it is more polluted, say along freeways, and the wealthiest in the most pristine places, such as mountain tops or remote islands (Aspen, Obama’s Bali). Preventing pollution can be done, but it eats profit margins.
Yet, it one should go much further than this: defending pollution is a way for the plutocrats to inure We The People to viciousness.
ENLIGHTENING THE CONCEPT OF PLUTOCRACY IN ITS FULL HORROR:
Hades acquired a very bad reputation, so his name got changed to Pluto, an early example of the tritest manipulation of language. While metamorphosing into Pluto, though, Hades acquired further nefariousness. Pluto was the god of all things underground, from riches, such as silver, gold and precious stones, to all things undercover, including darkness of purpose, invisibility and hell.
Thus Hell-rule (Pluto-cracy) is thus not just the rule of money. Plutocracy is not just the rule of greed. It is not just the rule of unfairness, injustice. It is also the rule of all the emotions, strategies and tactics necessary to implement all this nastiness.
As all that nastiness, piled up high, is deeply abhorrent to human nature, it has to be applied with generous viciousness, and the more viciousness, the more necessary it has been to become even more vicious.
A crook such as Nixon was amateurish: he did his nasty misdeeds with a few accomplices, drew, all by himself, enemy lists, organized a break-in. He did not put all the power of the state to bear, to further viciousness (as the FBI’s Hoover, or the Nazi friendly Dulles, had done before).
Now though, viciousness has reached industrial proportion, it contributes massively to GDP. An example is the giant banks. They caused the 2008 crash, an under-performing economy, and increasing inequality (by lending to the richest of the rich, preferentially, and making, more generally the richest of the rich ever richer).
Yet, they got rewarded for all this. The Fed was recently admitting its gifts to the banks since 2009 (“Quantitative Easing”) total more than 4 trillion dollars ($4,000 billion).
In the 1980’s Reagan and his sponsors told us: “Greed is good, and it’s the only thing that’s good for the economy”.
Thus the rise of plutocrats. Plutocrats love to breed and multiply: thanks to their advice, Russia became a preserve, where they run wild.
Plutocracy is incompatible with democracy, by definition. So the plutocrats have a problem: once the Demos finally understands this, the Demos will want to shut Hell Rule, Plutocracy, down. Plutocrats are smart enough to guess that. They can see even the Pope, to great applause of the Atheist European Parliament, condemn the “austerity”, which the latest device plutocrats have invented to transfer money from the People to themselves.
The Pope used to be on their side (Pi XII wrote to Hitler, Ghandi-like, calling him “my friend”).
To stabilize their rule, plutocrats need to persuade We The People that viciousness and the rule of the few are the ultimate values, just as they successfully persuaded We The People that greed made the economy optimal.
So the plutocrats have engaged in a program of mental vaccinations: condition We The People to accept the intolerable, and infamy, learn to call it “philanthropy”.
To create a cult of viciousness, plutocratic propaganda is going over the top, embracing dubious causes, such as pollution. The more dubious, the better.
So we are told to love pollution and climate change, as in the fifties We The People were told to love the Bomb.
Plutocracy wants viciousness, rejecting loving values, to become normal. As in many of the Twentieth Century totalitarian regimes.
And what better way to achieve the rule of hell than making the viciousness of a cause its ultimate justification?