TOC noted on May 28th that Marxism and environmentalism both are both systems of metaphysics. Both assert that the anointed know more of the mysteries than you do, and they should decide how you live your life. Charles Krauthammer makes the same point, in Carbon Chastity.
…For a century, an ambitious, arrogant, unscrupulous knowledge class — social planners, scientists, intellectuals, experts and their left-wing political allies — arrogated to themselves the right to rule either in the name of the oppressed working class (communism) or, in its more benign form, by virtue of their superior expertise in achieving the highest social progress by means of state planning (socialism).
…Just as the ash heap of history beckoned, the intellectual left was handed the ultimate salvation: environmentalism. Now the experts will regulate your life not in the name of the proletariat or Fabian socialism but — even better — in the name of Earth itself.
Carbon Chastity and Carbon
credits Indulgences. Mystical solutions you must accept on faith.