05/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Eco-nomics Comes Out of the Closet

Mike Rosen has an interesting column in The Denver Post, which shines a welcome light on the economic underpinnings of the environmental movement.

Perhaps those who still believe it's all about bunnies and butterflies will see things differently, when they come to recognize the strong anti-capitalist, anti-free market, anti-property rights and anti-consumer choice strains that undergird the ideology. Eco-economics isn't often talked about, explicitly (for fear, no doubt, of awakening doubts in those who still laugh-off environmentalists as harmless granola-crunchers), so it's helpful to see a few proponents lay their cards on the table and make the agenda explicit.

Anti-capitalism can be found in almost every strand of the movement's DNA (think Edward Abbey's Monkey Wrench Gang), but the shift toward eco-socialism became more pronounced after the fall of the Soviet Union, when hard-core collectivists, left out in the cold, so to speak, began searching for a new, more politically-fashionable home to inhabit. They were warmly received by the movement, which already saw prosperity, consumer choice, development, property rights and the market economy as mortal threats to the planet.

Thus appears the so-called "watermelon" -- snide shorthand for someone who is green on the outside and red on the inside. It's good to see the watermelons come tumbling out of the closet, so that average Americans can see that there's much more to this movement than cleaning waterways and saving trees.