“Climate Change” Is Dangerous Just Like The Occupy Movement

No, really. Here’s Rebecca Solnit

Call climate change what it is: violence

Social unrest and famine, superstorms and droughts. Places, species and human beings – none will be spared. Welcome to Occupy Earth

Interesting. The Occupy movement showed us far left violence, rape, murder, theft, pooping on police cars and doorsteps, attempted bombings, mayhem. Fascinating.

Anyway, here we go:

If you’re poor, the only way you’re likely to injure someone is the old traditional way: artisanal violence, we could call it – by hands, by knife, by club, or maybe modern hands-on violence, by gun or by car.

But if you’re tremendously wealthy, you can practice industrial-scale violence without any manual labor on your own part. You can, say, build a sweatshop factory that will collapse in Bangladesh and kill more people than any hands-on mass murderer ever did, or you can calculate risk and benefit about putting poisons or unsafe machines into the world, as manufacturers do every day. If you’re the leader of a country, you can declare war and kill by the hundreds of thousands or millions. And the nuclear superpowers – the US and Russia – still hold the option of destroying quite a lot of life on Earth.

So do the carbon barons. But when we talk about violence, we almost always talk about violence from below, not above.

Or so I thought when I received a press release last week from a climate group announcing that “scientists say there is a direct link between changing climate and an increase in violence“. What the scientists actually said, in a not-so-newsworthy article in Nature two and a half years ago, is that there is higher conflict in the tropics in El Nino years, and that perhaps this will scale up to make our age of climate change also an era of civil and international conflict.

The message is that ordinary people will behave badly in an era of intensified climate change.

All this makes sense, unless you go back to the premise and note that climate change is itself violence. Extreme, horrific, longterm, widespread violence.

Climate change is anthropogenic – caused by human beings, some much more than others. We know the consequences of that change: the acidification of oceans and decline of many species in them, the slow disappearance of island nations such as the Maldives, increased flooding, drought, crop failure leading to food-price increases and famine, increasingly turbulent weather. (Think Hurricane Sandy and the recent typhoon in the Philippines, and heat waves that kill elderly people by the tens of thousands.)

Climate change is violence.

So much bat-shit crazy, so little time. She even partially blames the Arab Spring on “climate change”, and blames “climate change” solely on humans. I suggest full legalization of marijuana, the better to keep these people heavily medicated. They are in desperate need.

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4 Responses to ““Climate Change” Is Dangerous Just Like The Occupy Movement”

  1. John says:

    Soooo Teach are YOU packing heat today ?

  2. John says:

    Teach actually nicotine is a much more effective emotional control this us why a biggie was traditionally offered to a man about to be shot before a hiring squad
    Nicotine is also quite palatine for schizophrenics

  3. The first is a nice strawman. Not sure of your point in the second.

  4. david7134 says:

    Teach,
    John let the cat out of the bag in knowing of the association between nicotine and schizophrenics.

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