Smug Alert!

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4 Responses

  1. PG says:

    That’s not nearly as bad as the people the NYTimes profiled. They made this Civic hybrid buyer wish for an SUV.

  2. Patrick S. O'Donnell says:

    I’ve never personally encountered smug environmentalists, learning about them instead through the media, and thus wonder if this is a class phenomenon. I suspect much middle and upper class environmentalism is an endeavor to consume without guilt, the consumption levels remaining largely unchanged: hence the new “green” cars, houses, what have you. In any case, I wonder if blogging about one’s “modestly engaged in everyday environmentalism” is all that different, apart from its affectations of discretion.

  3. Patrick S. O'Donnell says:

    I’ve never personally encountered smug environmentalists, learning about them instead through the media, and thus wonder if this is a class phenomenon. I suspect much middle and upper class environmentalism is an endeavor to consume without guilt, the consumption levels remaining largely unchanged: hence the new “green” cars, houses, what have you. In any case, I wonder if blogging about one’s “modestly engaged in everyday environmentalism” is all that different, apart from its affectations of discretion.

  4. smugly says:

    It’s not considered respectably to be smug/pious. But suppose that the smug/pious approach is actually the right one, as far as the merits of protecting the environment. Should we avoid the proper course of action merely to escape the disdain of our neighbors? This will further doom us.