Greens aren't harmless tree-huggers, but closet communists

Closet communists

Miranda Devine on the danger posed by the Greens:

IN a serendipitous coincidence of timing, in the space of two hours this week, Australians were afforded a sharp, momentary insight into the two opposing ideological mindsets that are competing for the soul of our nation.

In a Sydney hotel on Monday night, Czech President Vaclav Klaus, an economist who fought against communism, was warning of the new threats to our freedom he recognises in the doctrine of global warming.

Almost simultaneously, in a Hobart casino, Greens senator Christine Milne was unilaterally announcing, on ABC-TV’s Q&A show, that the Government would be conducting an inquiry into the section of the Australian media that she finds “extreme(ly) bias(ed) against action on climate change”.

Milne’s every illiberal pronouncement was greeted with applause by an audience that seemed full of tree huggers, bearded public servants and other recipients of government largesse, about the only growth industry left in Tasmania.

Klaus, on the other hand, was speaking to an audience of economic liberals and climate change realists invited by the Institute of Public Affairs, the Melbourne-based free-market think tank.

“Twenty years ago we still felt threatened by the remnants of communism. This is really over,” Klaus said.

“I feel threatened now, not by global warming — I don’t see any — (but) by the global warming doctrine, which I consider a new dangerous attempt to control and mastermind my life and our lives, in the name of controlling the climate or temperature.”

Klaus, 70, who has twice been elected as Czech President and is its former prime minister, is one of the most important figures in post-communist Europe. His experiences under totalitarian rule have made him exquisitely alert to the erosion of democratic freedoms.

He said environmentalists had been arguing for decades that we should reduce our consumption of fossil fuels, using various farcical ploys from the exhaustion of natural resources to the threat of “imminent mass poverty and starvation for billions”.

Those same environmentalists shamelessly talk now about dangerous global warming.

“They don’t care about resources or poverty or pollution.

“They hate us, the humans. They consider us dangerous and sinful creatures who must be controlled by them.

“I used to live in a similar world called communism. And I know it led to the worst environmental damage the world has ever experienced.”

Read it here.


  1. Lee Alford via Facebook says:

    Damn, I like that!!

  2. I heard an ex-KGB guy admit that years ago.

  3. Chef Kadiehicks via Facebook says:


  4. I AGREE

  5. Scary.

  6. Dustin Schreiner via Facebook says:

    and the truth shall set you free…, if we can just get the rest of the world to realize this…

  7. They are a cancer time to break out the radiation!!!!

  8. Mark Bailey via Facebook says:

    watermelons ! Green on the outside, red on the inside ! The Fabians are running the place…. They have members throughout Labor and the unions. Scary indeed..

  9. Bruce Oz Colyer via Facebook says:

    It is only the unwashed that don’t know that

  10. Serendipitous. Only this morning I commented on a “The Australian” opinion article that the best solution to the Tasmania problem would be to sell it at no cost to New Zealand to become the West Island. As a sweetener we could maintain all the subsidies for a fixed period (I suggested 100 years). As a result, we could see an end in sight, and with an imperative, and 100 years to do it, Tasmania could at last face the real world unsubsidised.

    New Zealand would be better off, we’d be better off and Tasmania would be better off. Tough love, but if we go on as we are nothing will change.

    Tasmania is more like New Zealand than Australia anyway, and the Constitutional change doesn’t need Tasmanian approval, only a majority of people in a majority of states. Who wouldn’t vote to unload this liability?

    • Seano from Western Sydney says:

      As an expat Kiwi, I find your comments offensive. Tasmania is nothing like New Zealand. We all know that Kiwis have a preference for sheep rather than their closest relatives, and I have never met a two-headed Kiwi in my life. New Zealand is what Tasmania aspires to become.

      Quit the crap or I will find Simon Shyte to put GetUp on to you!

      • Seano from Western Sydney says:

        By the way, I was only trying to have a laugh.

        Seriously though, Tasmania’s problem is the influence of the Greens. They get rid of the Greens, get innovative, and stop expecting the mainland to fund them, and they could be a seriously great state.


    Nice to see a journalist finally published a mention from Monday’s Q&A from tree hugger paradise, Hobart.

  12. Josh Moore via Facebook says:

    There is no doubt that there are flaws in our capitalist system that needs to be ironed out. But all these wankers do is point out the flaws and say socialism is the ONLY answer. Michael Moore does this all the time, communism has killed more then 100milliom people in the last 100years and I am sure it will happen again given the chance. I will stay fighting for democracy, freedom and individual rights. We could solve alot of our problems by charging a high tax to the super rich.

  13. David Gregson via Facebook says:

    I’d like them to see how much Socialism is the answer when they’re rotting in a gulag, or euthanised to save the planet.

  14. We could solve a lot more problems by weaning people from Government handouts / support packages / compensatory measures etc and taking some responsibility to contribute to the economy / society and ultimately their own self esteem and person. Less rules is the path we need to be heading down. The 3 tiers of Government are pushing to be the “go to” … like when you need to know something your first step is find a public servant to tell you how to do it. Be it teacher / council person / road authority etc. It’s pretty suspicious when breast feeding now becomes the governements role to teach. What happened to mum?

  15. David Gregson via Facebook says:

    Many people are addicted to handouts. Look at how Gillard is selling the Carbox Tax, highlighting what is in it for the ‘everyday Australian’, making sure that Joe Sixpack doesn’t wake up and wonder what the hell has happened to his country. As long as he gets his $0.20c

  16. Baldrick says:

    Nobody would have a better idea of what socialist economic ideology can do to a country than Vaklav Klaus. As a distinguished economist, who grew up under a communist regime, he has seen first hand what that means.

    The fact he can see parallels between communist Czechoslovakia and the policies of the Australian Greens should be a wake-up call to all Australians.

    A vote for the Australian Greens is not a vote simply for environmental issues – it’s a vote for eco-socialist ideology. Save the planet – kill the humans!

    • Hi, fully agree, I once asked an old Yugoslav who now lives in Australia, Was the country better now or better when Marshal Tito ruled. He said it was not good under Tito, but when you looked at what has happened in Yugoslavia since they moved on from the Tito era terrible things have happened and many thousands have died from so called ethnic cleansing, so he told me it is a lot worse.

      So as you say A great green free world but people must suffer and die because a bunch of greens want to run things eheir way not save the planet “This they can never do, not even stop the weather. But following their scenario not only will people suffer and die but so to will the planet.

  17. Josh Moore via Facebook says:

    Wakeup! Now that’s a idea Stuart !!!

  18. Rick Bradford says:

    Devine (with Klaus’ help) has nailed this — it is all about ideology and nothing to do with science or ‘saving the planet’.

    “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

    — C. S. Lewis

    That’s the fight we’re in.

  19. James Anderson says:

    How ironic that the people Lewis was critiquing in that passage you quote out of context were not communists, but rather Christians seeking to impose their morality and model of justifiable punishment on a society that included unbelievers – precisely what the Christian Right does today, a group in which climate change deniers, dirty industry apologists, and so-called skeptics like Devine are overrepresented. The essay is in a book called “God in the Dock”.

  20. Hi. when it comes to weather, ask yourself this. Of all the Billions of dollars spent world wide on this perceived problem and the hardship with rising bills on the people that can least afford it. Why is it with all the money spent world wide the Green cretins still tell us the climate is worsening. Then ask yourself how many companies, poloticians and so called climate specialists have lined their pockets. Maybe a better move would for governments around the world to scrap their Climate Change departments along with the relevant ministers, and spend all the money on realistic things that will help the needy. Add to this the human race is unique as the one species that causes carbon the planet needs along with natural carbon for what? Climate Stability. Cut back on global carbon and you will in fact destabalise the planet. Greens are just like the Communist a world enemy and a destroyer of nations!

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