In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, Robert Kagan argues that the climate change movement is “an anti-capitalist movement” that seeks to “redefine capitalism.”
“This means that its goals are not limited to reducing global warming, but to the redistribution of wealth and power, and the elimination of a range of social, economic, political, and social structures that support and encourage economic exploitation.”
But Kagan’s critique overlooks the fact that the movement’s goals are a long way from what many in the United States would consider to be the “right” path.
According to a 2017 Gallup poll, only 14% of Americans have a favorable view of capitalism.
That number is down from 23% in 2000, but it still stands at a dismal 34%.
When it comes to the economy, the percentage of Americans who view capitalism favorably has remained virtually unchanged since 2000.
As a result, according to a recent Gallup poll from July 2018, only 18% of respondents had a positive view of the U.S. economy.
Only 13% of people in 2016 had a favorable opinion of capitalism as a whole.
In contrast, there are now nearly two-thirds of Americans (64%) who have a positive opinion of the capitalist system as a result of Trump’s election.
So what makes Kagan think that the “anti-capitalist” movement is anti-capitalism?
The problem with Kagan is that his analysis is based on a misunderstanding of the history of the environmental movement.
The environmental movement was an anti-imperialist movement, a movement that saw the exploitation of the environment as a vital part of the global struggle against imperialist domination.
While Kagan thinks that the environmentalist movement has been “misconstrued” by many, he fails to explain why it is important to oppose the use of the “environmental” as a label for exploitation.
Instead, his focus is on the role of capitalism in supporting the exploitation and destruction of the planet.
Capitalism is the system of economic, social, and political relations that creates wealth and privilege for a small group of people at the expense of all of humanity.
Capitalism promotes and maintains a system of power, where wealth and status are largely concentrated in the hands of a small number of people, while a greater number of workers and other marginalized people suffer in the same way.
Kagan cites as evidence of the importance of the ecological movement that in 2013, the World Bank estimated that the total wealth of the world’s billionaires was worth $4.4 trillion.
However, the true figure is closer to $4 trillion because many of the billionaires who own significant portions of the economy are also billionaires who have benefited from the exploitation, and destruction, of the natural world.
In fact, the U