Goose, meet the gander
His move from Oxford to rural Wales with his family in January meant a change of lifestyle, and he discovered he needed personal transport. “I had cars from 1982 to 1989, then I didn’t have a car until about six weeks ago,” he says. “I’ve had to break a long-time commitment, but the only way to get by, we decided, was to have the occasional use of a car.”
Monbiot moved to Wales in the first place for this reason. "His intention to move to Wales, reported in The Sunday Times in November, was prompted by his Welsh wife Angharad, who wants their 14-month-old daughter Hanna to grow up as a fellow Welsh speaker" And that's fine. Nobody said it was a crime to own a car or argue that a language preference was an invalid reason to move far from the city. Nobody except perhaps the environmentalists. No matter. To atone for the climate crime of owning a car "the couple have plans to make their home as environmentally friendly as possible, adding insulation, solar thermal panels for hot water in the summer months, and a wood-burning stove (using sustainable wood) to provide heating and hot water during the winter."
It is fashionable to denounce Pat Robertson as a theocrat, but what do you call individuals who demand that the whole world live according to the dictates of their religion except theocrats? Environmentalists? Speaking of nature, the Seven Commandments of Animalism in the Orwell's The Animal Farm may be relevant to the discussion. The Commandments were:
- Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.
- Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
- No animal shall wear clothes.
- No animal shall sleep in a bed.
- No animal shall drink alcohol.
- No animal shall kill any other animal.
- All animals are equal.
Due to the exigencies of the Revolution several commandments were later amended to permit higher organs to defend the cause without undue inconvenience. The amendments were necessary, you understand.
- No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets.
- No animal shall drink alcohol to excess.
- No animal shall kill any other animal without cause.
Finally the entire philosophical system evolves to were certain actions are licit for revolutionary purposes but illicit otherwise. Today we are told it is a climate crime to travel overseas on vacation, but it is perfectly acceptable, even virtuous, to travel by private jet to attend a conference to Save The Earth. In the end, the Commandments of Animalism evolved into one simple proposition, which was probably the point of Animalism from the beginning. All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.