Lileks nails down the thesis underlying modern "environmentalism" that is really concerned more with hurting humanity than with promoting good stewardship of the earth.
Note: this is not to say people donâ€™t spend too much money on things they donâ€™t need. Itâ€™s just not my place to request the state to keep them from doing so. In any case, I suspect that the impulse to bring all these untidy unhelpful examples of flagrant individualism under the steady hand of the Ministry of Rational Allocation has something to do with that fretful busybody insistence that people are simply not living right. If we had Star Trek replicators in every house that would conjure goods and meals out of boundless energy produced by antimatter teased from a three-micron fissure that opened into a universe populated entirely by unicorns who crapped antimatter in such abundance they were happy we used it up, and used their shiny pointy horns to poke more of it through the aperture into our dimension, columnists would bemoan the disconnect between labor and goods, and the soul-corrupting influence of endless ersatz vegetables. You canâ€™t win. Because you shouldnâ€™t.
If they really cared about the environment, "environmentalists" would get married and stay married. Hopefully these envirofascists won't get enough traction to win any more political power.