Friday, May 02, 2008
During the ride in to my conference one morning this week, I heard an interesting report on NPR about a phenomenon in India that sounded eerily familiar: American-born Indians returning to their ancestral homeland to work for left-wing causes, most notably environmentalism.
"Trash is just trash," says Vinay Prakash, a young businessman who is helping create one of India's first waste-recycling companies, EcoWise Waste Management. "Primarily, we don't have any, any sense of category of waste. It's just waste with us."Completely unmentioned in the short summary page at the NPR website, however, was something from the audio report (available at the above link) that sounded like music to my ears -- a native Indian woman who wouldn't have any of the doomsday global warming hysteria spouted by the "ABCDs", as the American do-gooders are known over there.
But young Indians who grew up in Britain, Australia and America are now arriving here, hanging out with Indian friends, and important conversations about climate change and the [environment] are starting. [bold added]
If you don't have time for the whole audio, start at about the 4 minute mark for that. There's also a guy who confuses his interviewer by expressing a love of a new mall that sprang up in his area. "This is exactly what [my friends] aspire for," he says. But then, shortly after that, the subject returns to what leftists really find stimulating: garbage.
The phenomenon of Americans -- raised with all the material benefits of capitalism, but without an appreciation for its virtues or its intellectual foundation and with the belief that it is harmful -- going out into the developing world to undermine its progress by implementing bad ideas is hardly new. The same thing happened in Nicaragua back in the eighties:
"I am just back from Central America," proclaimed James Matlack last April on the steps of the Capitol as he tried to get arrested for protesting Contra aid. "I feel we have to keep faith with those who struggle." He is not alone: each year some 15,000 to 20,000 Sandalistas (a name that pays tribute to their footwear) fly south to Managua and then flock to Washington, D.C., claiming spiritual solidarity with the Nicaraguan people.The biggest differences between the Sandalistas and the ABCDs appear to be that the Sandalistas were, as a group, far less productive than the ABCD's, and that the privileges the Sandalistas enjoyed came much more from the government of the country they were descending upon than those of the ABCDs.
Nevertheless, each group is working to spread and implement ideas from the left that would, in undiluted form, hamstring and ultimately destroy any country that implemented them consistently, including the United States.