Al Gore and "Corporate Fascism"
During the 2000 election many on the Left claimed that there was no difference between Al Gore and George Bush and that both were "corporate fascists." History has shown how wrong that stance was.
Al Gore has spent the bulk of his political career pushing an issue that impugns a number of corporate interests. He is not against corporate interest as such, as corporate interest as such is not evil. There is nothing evil about Apple and Oracle. These companies produce work that vastly benefits people while using for these technologies minimal resources and replacing much more resource-intensive office and communication practices. Whereas Texas Oil is completely evil, and that's what we saw standing behind Bush and what we see now attacking Al Gore the most.
Going outside technology and living like hippies or the Amish is an option for only a small minority. For everyone else the solution is better technology. The problems we see today are not a result of technology as such, and the are not a result of capitalism as such. They are a result of wrong technologies such as oil and dirty coal and brainless economic practices such as burning down rainforest and flooding the atmosphere with CO2. A real-world solution is not to move away from technology; it is to move to better technologies. And the people who are interested in improving the world for their children will take the direction of creating and implementing better technologies instead of attacking capitalism and technology as such.
Al Gore's solutions are much more realistic than those of people who regarded him as a corporate fascist, and he has done much more to inform people of what is happening than have the people on the Left who see him in such a light. He has been telling people the truth for three decades while facing extreme nastiness and viciousness from the genuinely evil interests who continue to want him to shut up. As such he is a genuine liberal hero, and to a far greater extent than Ralph Nader or Noam Chomsky. And his solutions, far from doing away with civilization or capitalism or technology, is the same solution that has given the world prosperity in the first place: Genuine technological progress.
I think it is fair to say that the people on the Left who saw Al Gore and George Bush as being the same have been discredited. And now it is time for real solutions to real problems. Global warming is a real problem, and it is solved through transition to better technology. And that will benefit both the world of civilization that people have created and the world of nature that people have not created and allow people - as beings of both nature and civilization - the maximal enjoyment of both worlds.