Even capuchin monkeys get mad when they detect a lack of fairness.
A dislike of greed is a universal human condition and virtually all world religions reject it as sinful.
“Greed” however, is difficult to define objectively. Some see greed where others do not. For example, Capuchin Friars believe that a life that is not one of extreme austerity, simplicity and poverty is greedy and sinful. Other members of the Roman Catholic faith believe that wealth accumulation is not sinful as long as alms are made to the Church and to the poor.
The friars have a narrow definition of what behavior is greedy but other Catholics accept a much broader definition. The definition of what is and isn’t greedy and what is and isn’t fair play can vary greatly. It would seem that how we see greed is part of the foundation of our individual personalities.
The friars rail against greed and wealth accumulation but narrow definitions of greed and fair play are not limited to the religious. Many faithless people also believe that imbalances of wealth are a symptom of greed and that the imbalance is unfair.
These people almost universally adopt a leftist worldview. Leftists believe that wealth accumulation and the resulting imbalance in wealth are ‘sinful’ and that society’s primary goal should to eliminate this ‘sinful’ greed. Since capitalism has created many times more wealth than all of the other systems in history combined, they see capitalism as unfair and, therefore, evil.
In the past, these people became Marxists and told workers of the world that they were slaves. Capitalism, they explained, enslaved the workers and would lead to greater and greater wealth for the capitalist exploiters and increasing poverty for the workers. This unfairness would eventually be ended when the workers of the world united and launched an inevitable proletarian revolution.
The problems with traditional Marxism was that the workers didn’t descend into poverty. Capitalism created a huge middle class with workers able to buy homes, cars, vacations, restaurant meals, etc. The workers had no reason to rise up in revolution. They were getting richer too.
This reality punched a great big hole in the so-called scientific inevitability of the Marxist dialectic and the resulting revolution. Capitalism was making the workers wealthier. There was, however, still a disparity of wealth. Remember, leftists are mostly concerned with the unfairness of disparities of wealth, not poverty itself.
Some leftists adopted Cultural Marxism as the means to destroy capitalism and, thus, destroy unfairness and greed. Others discovered another means to demonize capitalism: Global warming.
Global warming is caused by capitalism, they explain. Industrial capitalism serves consumerism, materialism, wealth creation and, thus, wealth inequality. In the process, it also creates demonic CO2 which is murdering the earth itself. If people can be made to believe that CO2 is killing the planet, they will be willing to kill industry, kill capitalism and, therefore, kill the greed and unfairness it cultivates.
Global warming scaremongering is, therefore, the tool by which modern leftists work to end greed and unfairness as they narrowly define it. They see unfairness in the same way as a capuchin monkey or a Capuchin friar but they blame capitalism for creating the unfairness and see global warming scaremongering as the final means to kill capitalism.