Friday, 17 September 2010

An alternative? Really?

An alternative to the new wave of ecofascism
By liberating humanity from the compulsion to consume, climate catastrophe can be averted without recourse to authoritarianism

It is time to acknowledge that mainstream environmentalism has failed to prevent climate catastrophe. Its refusal to call for an immediate consumption reduction has backfired and its demise has opened the way for a wave of fascist environmentalists who reject democratic freedom.
In which our intrepid blogger tells us that those nasty population controlling, back to the stone age eco-fascists have got it all wrong and instead a cuddly environmental movement will ban advertising, 'liberate' us from consumption, revoke the power of corporations and bring about a downshift in the economy.

So by doing the same as the 'eco-fascists' but doing it with a good heart.

Yeah, right.

Just more of the same mantra, ignoring that this twat can't see he's just calling for the same control-freakery nonsense that his alleged targets are.
Humanity can avert climate catastrophe without accepting ecological tyranny. However, this will take an immediate, drastic reduction of our consumption. This requires the trust that the majority of people would voluntarily reduce their standard of living once the forces that induce consumerism are overcome.
So 'humanity' can avert disaster by bringing disaster upon itself. See it's consumerism that's the cause of the world's ills. Not stone-age theocracies that seek to diminish individualism, not tin-pot dictators who like to keep their poor cowed and accepting what scraps are thrown at them, not western societies that spend half their GDP on government and building a client-state of reliant masses firmly stuck in the bottom.
No, it's ingenuity, invention and production of desirable products that are going to kill us all. In Micah's world a kettle is far worse than a gun, a toaster more depraved than preventing women from getting an education and cars worse than tanks. To be fair, he has a vested interest in this seeing as he edits a magazine which you can buy in the name of reducing your consumption.

What is it with these loons that makes them unable to see that everything they say is hypocritical?

Here's what Adbusters think:
Citing the global vilification of tobacco as his model for other industries, Adbusters chief Kalle Lasn writes: “[Culture] Jammers are now mobilizing to repeat the tobacco story in many other areas of life. We’re going to take on the global automakers, the chemical companies, the food industries, the fashion corporations and the pop-culture marketers in a free-information environment …We want auto executives to feel just as squeezed and beleaguered as tobacco executives. We want them to have a hard time looking their kids in the eye and explaining exactly what they do for a living."
I blame Bill Hicks.

Nah, just kidding, at least Bill could see through hypocrisy.

So the Guardian pay a guy to write an article about how the 'eco-fascists' are wrong, and what is needed is big dose of eco-marxism instead. If it wasn't in the Guardian I guess you couldn't make it up.

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