I just thought: there is a caveat to my post saying that I am in favour of dictatorship with regard to measures against climate change: climate measures should be fair and not hit the poor more than the rich, or rather the reverse: they should hit the rich more than the poor.
As a friend of mine said: "Macron's
huge mistake was approaching the climate problem without any
consideration for the social damage that decades of neoliberal
austerity have caused to the living standards of the majority.
Mitigating the coming climate catastrophe will require sacrifices from
all, but they will only be accepatablle in a democracy if it's clear
that the rich are sacrificing the most. That means that the funds for
conversion to a sustainable economy need to come from wealth taxes that
will reduce today's glaring inequalities and a restoration of the
welfare guarantees that ordinary people have lost since 1980. If
citizens see that happening, they will support the measures necessary to
insure a future for their children.
As one of the French Green protesters said last weekend, ecological justice is inseparable from social justice."
More or less the same is said by the group of Piketty who drafted a Manifesto for change of policies in Europe. Its second paragraph states:
"The new European governance that has consolidated over the past decade
in the wake of the financial crisis is not only opaque and
unaccountable as epitomized by the Eurogroup; it is also ideologically
biased towards economic policies with an almost exclusive focus on
financial and budgetary objectives. Unsurprisingly, Europe has proved
unable to take up the challenges with which it is confronted: growing
inequalities across the continent, the acceleration of global warming,
the influx of refugees, structural public under-investment (most notably
in universities and research), tax fraud and evasion…"
And the fourth paragraph of the Piketty Manifesto states:
"To date, European integration has primarily benefited the most powerful
and most mobile economic and financial agents: major multinationals,
households with high incomes and large assets. Europe will only
reconnect with its citizens if it proves it has the ability to bring
about genuine European solidarity, by having the main beneficiaries of
the globalization process fairly contribute to the financing of the
public goods Europe desperately needs."