Everyone’s favorite MSNBC host Chris Hayes, he of the soft hands and purported bleeding heart, with his snazzy glasses that let you know just how smart he thinks he is, has apparently figured out how to make humanity moral again: by killing roughly 5.7 billion people.
Hayes has figured out — it’s all so simple by the way. Why did it take us this long to put two and two together?! (read: because it’s ridiculous) — that the use of fossil fuels is roughly equatable to human slavery and if we abolish the use of those fuels we have done the world and future generations a great moral service. I’m not making this up. But here, Hayes can tell you himself how he reached his hypothesis:
It is almost always foolish to compare a modern political issue to slavery, because there’s nothing in American history that is slavery’s proper analogue. So before anyone misunderstands my point, let me be clear and state the obvious: there is absolutely no conceivable moral comparison between the enslavement of Africans and African-Americans and the burning of carbon to power our devices. Humans are humans; molecules are molecules. The comparison I’m making is a comparison between the political economy of slavery and the political economy of fossil fuel.
While it’s tempting to just crack up and walk away at the use of the word “almost” there in that first sentence, the clever Tim Cavanaugh at National Review explains why you’d be justified in doing that: