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Socialism Is Bad for the Environment


"Greed of the fossil fuel industry" is "destroying our planet," says Sen. Bernie Sanders (I–Vt.). Young people agree. Their solution? Socialism.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D–N.Y.) says socialism creates "an environment that provides for all people, not just the privileged few."

"Nonsense," says Tom Palmer of the Atlas Network in my new video.

Palmer, unlike Ocasio-Cortez and most of us, spent lots of time in socialist countries. He once smuggled books into the Soviet Union.

What he's seen convinces him that environmental-movement socialists are wrong about what's "green."

"We tried socialism," says Palmer. "We ran the experiment. It was a catastrophe. Worst environmental record on the planet."

In China, when socialist leaders noticed that sparrows ate valuable grain, they encouraged people to kill sparrows.

"Billions of birds were killed," says Palmer.

Government officials shot birds. People without guns banged pans and blew horns, scaring sparrows into staying aloft for longer than they could tolerate.

"These poor exhausted birds fell from the skies," says Palmer. "It was insanity."

I pointed out that, watching video of people killing sparrows, it looked like they were happy to do it.

"If you failed to show enthusiasm for the socialist goals of the party," Palmer responds, "you were going to be in trouble."