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Monday, November 26, 2012

Jeremy Rifkin: Where “Global Warming” Meets Anti-Capitalism

Jeremy Rifkin is one dangerous dude! See our profile of Rifkin many years back
Jeremy Rifkin was born in Denver, Colorado in January 1945, and was raised in southwest Chicago. He holds an economics degree from the Wharton School of Business, and a degree in international affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

During the 1960s and 1970s, Rifkin was active in the peace movement. He helped organize the massive 1967 March on the Pentagon, and two years later he co-founded the Citizens Commission, a group devoted to publicizing alleged U.S. war crimes in Vietnam. In 1970 Rifkin established the People's Bicentennial Commission (PBC), a New Left organization that preached hostility to corporations and called for a second American Revolution, this one based on leftist principles. In 1973, on the 200th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, Rifkin and PBC staged a so-called Boston Oil Party, a huge demonstration whose purpose was, as Rifkin put it, “to promote radical change” by condemning big oil companies and their profits.

In the late 1970s, Rifkin, with no formal training in the physical sciences, began speaking out against the fledgling biotechnology industry, which he viewed as a manifestation of mankind's ill-advised impulse to interfere with the workings of the natural world. Noting Rifkin's “skillfully manipulated legal and bureaucratic procedures to slow the pace of biotechnology,” National Journal named him one of the 150 most influential people in shaping federal government policy.

As the seventies progressed, Rifkin continued to burnish his credentials as the intellectual guru of neo-Luddism, the belief that modern technology has a destructive impact on mankind's quality of life and on the environment. To promote this worldview, Rifkin in 1977 established the Foundation on Economic Trends.

Since 2002, Rifkin has served as an advisor to the European Union. In that capacity, he has been the chief architect of the so-called Third Industrial Revolution, a long-term “economic sustainability” strategy to address issues of global economics, energy security, and climate change. The latter of these, which Rifkin attributes to greenhouse-gas emissions produced by human industrial activity, “may be the greatest threat our species has ever faced,” he says. “The effects of climate change are already eroding economies in many parts of the world,” adds Rifkin, “as extreme weather events destroy ecosystems and agricultural infrastructure.”
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