While at the 2019 U.N. Climate Change Conference in Spain, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes argued to the United Nations that the United States needs to “stymie capitalism” to combat climate change, arguing that the free enterprise system has sent the world down a “path to destruction,” according to a video obtained by the Washington Free Beacon from the United Nations archives.
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As the Washington Free Beacon reported:
Barnes put the blame on the United States and its economic system.
“The simple answer is get money out of politics,” said Barnes. “The second answer is to stymie capitalism the way it is in America.”
Barnes goes on to offer a blistering critique of American capitalism that is far stronger than any statements he has made on the campaign trail. The unearthed remarks could be an obstacle for Barnes as he works to distance himself from far-left policies he championed during his decade-long political career. His speech—which was first reported by Empower Wisconsin but has not previously been published in video—pins the blame for climate change, as well as gun violence, on widespread greed in the United States.
“How greedy can humanity be? The reason why we’re in this mess is the pursuit of greed. Its capitalism run amok, that’s why we’re in this predicament now,” Barnes said. “It’s the same reason why gun violence is so rampant in the United States of America, it’s the same reason why we deal with all these other issues that have common sense solutions.”
“For so long, the thought process has been so short-term. It’s been thinking about, ‘How do we make the next dollar in the next year?’” he added. “We got to reverse that type of thought. And again, until money is less of an issue, we’re going to continue down this path to destruction.”
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Statement from NRSC Spokeswoman Lizzie Litzow: “Mandela Barnes continues to prove that he is a dangerous Democrat and dangerous for Wisconsin. This kind of anti-American rhetoric is what leads to liberal policies that crush Wisconsin families. Barnes would make the Badger State less prosperous, less safe and less free.”