Piles of trash left after a progressive protest:
I’m sure all of these people care deeply about the environment.
Here is a relevant quote from Tucker:
Our environmental leaders don’t care about litter anymore, or even about the state of the natural world, the birds or the riverbanks. They’ve got bigger concerns now—global concerns, moral concerns—that ordinary fishermen stepping over dirty diapers and Tecate bottles couldn’t possibly understand or appreciate. But they feel good about themselves, and that’s what matters.
And one more:
As a theology, environmentalism speaks deeply to America’s elites. Its moral absolutes affirm them, adding meaning to their otherwise secular world. The collapse of mainline Protestantism left a void in the hearts of America’s ruling class. The environmental movement fills it. Seen this way, the movement’s new priorities make sense. Environmentalism as a religion is more compelling than environmentalism as a means to save birds or clean up some river in Maine. After a while, details about the natural world begin to seem irrelevant. Compared to questions of virtue and salvation, they’re not that interesting.
Back at Yale, students organized a protest once in support of the rights of the janitorial staff. There were great speeches about the solidarity with the janitors and the need to treat them with dignity. After all the speeches were over, students left. The building was completely trashed. There were heaps of litter everywhere. The janitorial staff had to pick it all up.