Castro’s Cuba serves as a model for environmentalist tyranny
Are you still doubting the tyrannical tendencies of hardcore environmentalists? There is a reason why extreme-left environmentalists admire Castro's Cuba so much, and it has noting to do with "sustainability" and everything to do with tyranny.
Celebrity Scientist Thinks Canadians Should Sustain Poverty, Cuban-Style
The Trial of David Suzuki and Those Rich Enough to Play Being Poor
If Canada wants to avert an environmental apocalypse, it should follow the example of a communist state that consistently fails to meet its own citizens’ demands for toothpaste and toilet paper.So says Canadian scientist-turned-eco-warrior David Suzuki, who sees Cuba as a model of sustainability.
This week, Suzuki is inviting the public to vote on whether his recently released carbon manifesto is an act of treason, or, as he alleges, a fitting testimony to the “willful blindness” of government, corporations, and Canadians at large (essentially everyone except Suzuki himself).
Like many of Suzuki’s projects of late, “The Trial of Suzuki” is more than a little exaggerated. For starters, the “trial” is actually a controversial live theater performance sponsored by the Cape Farewell Foundation, an international environmental activist group that credits itself with offering “a cultural response to climate change.”
But since Suzuki’s manifesto decrees willful blindness — “failing to be informed about critical issues” — as an indictable offense, it seems only fitting that his own claims should be put under closer scrutiny.
In 2003, Suzuki lauded Cuba for having “invented” urban agriculture. Then, in 2006, he hosted Cuba: The Accidental Revolution, a two-part documentary (see trailers here and here) that celebrates Cuba’s de-industrialization. The documentary explains how Cuba turned adversity into acclaim, pivoting inwards toward organic, localized agriculture after losing its economic benefactors with the collapse of the Soviet bloc.
Fast forward a few years and things look a little different — even for Cuba’s ex-president Fidel Castro. When asked by a reporter in 2010 whether the Cuban model was still worth exporting, the aging revolutionary replied: “The Cuban model doesn’t even work for us anymore.”
This should come as no surprise. As Pierre Desrochers and Hiroko Shimizu explain in The Locavore’s Dilemma, the global food system developed as a way to diversify the risks inherent to over-reliance on local agriculture.
But Canada’s sultan of sustainability is not to be deterred.
One month after Castro’s remarks were published in The Atlantic (and immediately picked up by major newspapers around the world), David Suzuki reiterated his defense of the Cuban regime. He told an audience at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia: “I think we have to look to Cuba as a model for what we do.”
The statement earned Suzuki an immediate and vigorous round of applause, which is more than a little disconcerting.
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