by Douglas Gregory
The Story of Change
, the sequel to The Story of Stuff
, should be renamed The Story of Changing to a Marxist Political Economy
, though its creator might not understand her own political views well enough to recognize that. …
Unsatisfied with individual, voluntary actions and public debate of the ideas she promoted in The Story of Stuff
, Leonard later produced curriculum called Let There Be—Stuff?
for use in unsuspecting churches and synagogues. …
Now Leonard uses her new video, The Story of Change
, to tell people they must become political eco-activists lest, however unwittingly, they join in destroying the planet. “We can’t only talk about citizens voting with our dollars,” she begins. “Real change happens when citizens come together to demand rules that work.”
Leonard requires citizens’ corporate (read collectivist
) political action to demand laws and regulations to change the market economy to a planned economy. …
Most of Leonard’s concerns are environmental. She says government must force consumer rationing through environmental reforms. Compare that to President Obama’s promise of sky-rocketing electricity prices to curb demand if he were elected. Does that kind of thinking show concern for the individual?
There is no end to the number of times Leonard asks for corporate action, mostly by a minority upon the majority. Behind her friendly demeanor lurks the cold heart of one who wants everyone (else!) to be the slave of the all-ruling state.
Leonard’s ignorance of what the world was like before the market economy—near-universal extreme poverty; high infant, child, and maternal mortality rates; short life expectancy; unsanitary filth dominating every human settlement; rampant disease, hunger, and starvation—is astounding.
“Instead of this dinosaur economy that focuses only on corporate profits,” she says, “we want a new economy that puts safe products, happy people, and a healthy planet first.”
Where do corporate profits come from if not from satisfying people’s demands for safe and useful products? What exactly does Leonard think has happened in the last century in America? We have not only innumerably more and better and safer products but also a healthier planet, with better nutrition, rising life expectancy, and less pollution. How many Americans today fear cholera, high infant mortality, or unsafe drinking water? …
To achieve the political change she wants, Leonard proposes three steps by “corporate citizens”: sharing this “new” idea, corporate unity despite “minority status,” and “action” to ensure its success. Whether that refers to a revolution of some sort, she doesn’t say. But she does say the movement needs certain types of people, including “resisters,” to ensure change. Interestingly, she speaks the word resisters
before an animated picture of a protester with a “We are the 99%” sign in front of a bulldozer. Is she promoting violating property rights?
Leonard’s newest video claims to spark a new movement, to spread new ideas about a new economy and a new focus for our lives. What it really promotes is oppression by statist eco-masters, trapping people’s bodies in poverty and their minds under the tyranny of ignorance and group-think.
What lies at the root of Leonard’s confusions? She fails to understand the nature and calling of real human beings. Made in the image of God to be creative and productive as God is, men and women are called not to be the docile slaves, or the coddled wards, of totalitarian states but to exercise their God-given liberty to fill and rule the Earth (Genesis 1:27–28), enhancing its fruitfulness, beauty, and safety, to the glory of God and the benefit of their neighbors. That, not the deadening oppression of collectivism, is the path of love.
In His Image 2012
launches a major, multi-year initiative through which the Cornwall Alliance seeks to help people understand the importance of the free and responsible individual, of marriage and the family, and of private enterprise as the foundations of a free, just, and prosperous society as well as of a healthy, bountiful natural environment. Please help us correct the materialist, Marxist views represented not only in The Story of Change
but also in propaganda emanating from literally thousands of environmentalist organizations by donating to In His Image 2012
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Scripture for the WeekGenesis 41:25–40:
Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, "The dreams of Pharaoh are one; God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do. The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good ears are seven years; the dreams are one. The seven lean and ugly cows that came up after them are seven years, and the seven empty ears blighted by the east wind are also seven years of famine. It is as I told Pharaoh; God has shown to Pharaoh what he is about to do. There will come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt, but after them there will arise seven years of famine, and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt. The famine will consume the land, and the plenty will be unknown in the land by reason of the famine that will follow, for it will be very severe. And the doubling of Pharaoh's dream means that the thing is fixed by God, and God will shortly bring it about.
“Now therefore let Pharaoh select a discerning and wise man, and set him over the land of Egypt. Let Pharaoh proceed to appoint overseers over the land and take one-fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt during the seven plentiful years. And let them gather all the food of these good years that are coming and store up grain under the authority of Pharaoh for food in the cities, and let them keep it. That food shall be a reserve for the land against the seven years of famine that are to occur in the land of Egypt, so that the land may not perish through the famine." This proposal pleased Pharaoh and all his servants.
And Pharaoh said to his servants, "Can we find a man like this, in whom is the Spirit of God?"
Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Since God has shown you all this, there is none so discerning and wise as you are. You shall be over my house, and all my people shall order themselves as you command. Only as regards the throne will I be greater than you."
Resisting the Green Dragon: Dominion, Not Death
In a powerful, well-researched analysis of the contemporary environmental movement, Resisting the Green Dragon: Dominion, Not Death
, physicist and lay theologian Dr. James A. Wanliss carefully documents the anti-Christian worldview, theology, and ethics of the Green movement.
“Like a lion, the environmental movement has stalked its prey—in this case the Christian church,” says Doug Bandow, author of Beyond Good Intentions: A Biblical View of Politics
. “And many devout Christians have adopted a ‘green’ message in response. But in Resisting the Green Dragon
James Wanliss presents a vision of genuine stewardship, which worships God, places man at the center of creation, and cares for the poor. Wanliss’s fine book warns Christians to avoid all idols, even green ones.”
The 309-page book, including an extensive index to enhance its value for study, has seven chapters:
- Green Dragon: How Environmentalism Gets It Wrong
- The Church Complicit: How Environmentalism Has Penetrated the Church with Anti-Human and Anti-Christian Ideas
- Created in the Image of God: Why Humans Are More Special to God than Other Creatures
- Naked Ape: How Nature Is Not Divine, and Humans Are Spiritually Superior to All Other Creatures
- Dominion: How Humans’ Filling and Ruling the Earth Can Release It from Bondage
- Death Wish: How the “Sustainability” Chimera Is Harmful to the Environment and Politically Dangerous
- Dominion, Not Death: How Environmentalism Harms the Poor and Biblical Christianity Offers the True Hope for the Future
The book is a companion to, but independent of, Cornwall Alliance’s twelve-part DVD series Resisting the Green Dragon
“Dr. Wanliss’s book … should be read in depth by all those concerned to maintain biblical religion and a serious respect for God’s creation whilst not falling into the trap of deifying the ecology movement,” says Dr. John Warwick Montgomery, one of the world’s leading Christian apologists, Professor Emeritus of Law and Humanities at the University of Bedfordshire, UK, and Distinguished Research Professor, Patrick Henry College, Purcellville, VA.
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Landmark Documents from the Cornwall Alliance
- Protecting the Unborn and the Pro-Life Movement from a Misleading Environmentalist Tactic
A Joint Statement by Pro-Life Leaders (2012)
- The Cost of Good Intentions: The Ethics and Economics of the War on Conventional Energy (2011)
- An Evangelical Declaration on Global Warming (2009) and Prominent Signers
- A Renewed Call to Truth, Prudence, and Protection of the Poor: An Evangelical Examination of the Theology, Science, and Economics of Global Warming (2009)
- The Cornwall Stewardship Agenda (2007)
- An Open Letter to the Signers of "Climate Change: An Evangelical Call to Action," and Others Concerned About Global Warming (2006, superseded by Evangelical Declaration)
- A Call to Truth, Prudence, and Protection of the Poor: An Evangelical Response to Global Warming (2006; superseded by Renewed Call to Truth) and Endorsers
- An Examination of the Scientific, Ethical, and Theological Implications of Climate Change Policy (2005)
- The Cornwall Declaration on Environmental Stewardship (2000) and Prominent Signers
E. Calvin Beisner, Ph.D., Founder and National Spokesman
Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation
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