To the editor,
Mr. Patrick Hampson, in his well-written, albeit dense, TNH article, “Liberals Must Stop the Progressive Left” (TNH, April 18), is wrong in his assumption that the “progressive left”, as he calls it, is on the wrong track. They are likely on the only track that works.
It is that “progressive left” that is responsible for bringing us something we vitally need: the Green New Deal. Nothing less than four decades of UNH’s own climate and ecological research, not to mention the similar research of many other American and global institutions, indicates very clearly that two young women in particular, 29-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, newly elected congresswoman from New York and not much older than most UNH students, and 16-year-old Greta Thunberg of Sweden, clearly younger than UNH students, together with a much older man, Bernie Sanders, all of whom would be thought of as the “progressive left,” are right on the mark.
If we are to have a future, we’d better consider embracing the Green New Deal and the progressive left which is behind it. Under our present circumstances, and given the present reality, that’s only common sense.
John E. Carroll
Professor Emeritus of Environmental Conservation