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Powerline blog alerts us to an impending food crisis in Great Britain and other disruptions in Europe arising from “green” policies: WILL “GREEN” ENERGY DESTROY EUROPE? Who knew getting rid of CO2 could starve people?!
Ignoring the details of this particular crisis there is a larger point about the hubris of political leaders to believe they can organize life into abundance. As Adam Smith observed over two centuries ago, life organizes itself around rules extant at the creation. Mankind, when properly understanding those rules, can affect things in beneficial ways for society, but cannot interfere with the operation of those rules to force alternative outcomes without suffering adverse consequences.
This is the dilemma of socialism/communism: Command economies with or without some protections for private property is like trying to permanently dam a river without outlet and without controlling the rainfall that feeds it. In the initial stages it seems to work and provide whatever benefit was intended by lake creation, but it takes increasing resources to keep raising the dam and maintaining its strength to pen the deluge, to transport water below the dam for whatever activity needs it after having stopped the river, and when resource run out, storms and flooding will eventually destroy the dam.
In contrast, working with the power of water one can create a reservoir, utilize the outflow for power, and provide water security even in generally desert conditions. But there is a difference between incrementally nudging Mother Nature and issuing a command; between working with natural forces and trying to stop them.
Maybe in the coming golden age of artificial intelligence, our combined computing power can game-play all the possible scenarios to develop new rules for life that assure abundance for all. But I doubt it. It takes the intelligence of the Creator to do so. That Progressives seek to supplant the Creator with a human master is neither surprising nor new. But all prior attempts have met with failure and caused widespread misery. Nonetheless, it appears that one of the rules of life is that someone will always try and must be stopped lest misery follow.
Humans controlling other humans does not lead to abundance. At best a society can adapt to control only by lowering its expectations to the production levels that a command economy can produce. Not only are there unintended consequences, there are unintended consequences of unintended consequences, and so on and so forth. We have to accept that we cannot know everything, therefore we cannot organize everything. That we can organize everything is the lie at the heart of the “Green New Deal” and all other economic policies reliant on the iron grip of government.Published in