Catastrophic Climate Change

I made the following comment on the contributor’s site: 

‘You say: “. . . we might still light a candle for democracy, for freedom, and for truth.” Let’s hope so. Great article. I’ll publish a link to it on my website together with some excerpts of your article.’

Catastrophic climate change is not a problem for Fascists — It is a solution

Catastrophic climate change is not a problem for Fascists — It is a solution


Umair Haque writes: The tables have turned. The problem isn’t climate change anymore, and the solution isn’t global cooperation — given today’s implosive politics. The problem is you — if you are not one of the chosen, predatory few. And the solution to the problem of you is climate change. To the fascists, that is.

How Capitalism Torched the Planet by Imploding Into Fascism

Umair Haque, Eudaimonia & Co

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“There are no solutions, because these were never “problems” to begin with. The planet, like society, is a garden, which needs tending, watering, care. The linkages between these things — inequality destabilizing societies making global cooperation less possible — are not things we can fix overnight, by turning a nut or a bolt, or throwing money at them. They never were. They are things we needed to see long ago, to really reject together, and invest in, nurture, protect, defend, for decades — so that capitalism did not melt down into fascism, and take away all our power to fight for our worlds, precisely when we would need it most.

But we did not do that. We were busy “solving problems”. Problems like…hey, how can I get my laundry done? Can I get my package delivered in one hour instead of one day? Wow — you mean I don’t have to walk down the street to get my pizza anymore? Amazing!! In this way, we solved all the wrong problems, if you like, but I would say that we solved mechanical problems instead of growing up as people. Things like climate change and inequality and fascism are not really “problems” — they are emergent processes, which join up, in great tendrils of ruin, each piling on the next, which result from decades of neglect, inaction, folly, blindness. We did not plant the seeds, or tend to our societies, economies, democracies, or planet carefully enough — and now we are harvesting bitter ruin instead. Maybe you see my point. Or maybe you don’t see my point at all. I wouldn’t blame you. It’s a tough one to catch sight of.)

The tables have turned. The problem isn’t climate change anymore, and the solution isn’t global cooperation — at least given today’s implosive politics. The problem is you — if you are not one of the chosen, predatory few. And the solution to the problem of you is climate change. To the fascists, that is. They are quite overjoyed to have found the most spectacular and efficient and lethal engine of genocide and devastation known to humankind, which is endless, free natural catastrophe. Nothing sorts the strong from the weak more ruthlessly like a flooded planet, a thundering sky, a forest in flames, a parched ocean. A man with a gun is hardly a match for a planet on fire.

I think this much becomes clearer by the year: we have failed, my friends, to save our home. How funny that we are focused, instead, on our homelands. It would be funny, disgraceful, and pathetic of me to say: is there still time to save ourselves? That is the kind of nervous, anxious selfishness that Americans are known for — and it is only if we reject it, really, that we learn the lesson of now. Let us simply imagine, instead, that despite all the folly and stupidity and ruin of this age, the strongmen and the weak-minded, in those dark and frightening nights when the rain pours and the thunder roars, we might still light a candle for democracy, for freedom, and for truth. The truth is that we do not deserve to be saved if we do not save them first.”

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2 Responses “Catastrophic climate change is not a problem for Fascists — It is a solution”

  1. 2nd October 2019 at 6:44 pm

    Sorry to say, this is too superficial for such a serious subject, not convincing at all. This is merely scapegoating a system, i.e. a thing, for the “sins” of humans, groups of humans and leaders of humans.
    This is also very cheap. Since all of us are humans, can think and have a will, Haque and leftists who share this view (Ecologise.in has referred to two articles of Richard Smith) can exonerate us all by blaming a thing, namely capitalism, for everything that is bad in the world. As if capitalism fell from the sky like a meteor. As if it were a sort of Satanic being, a Frankenstein, with a character and will of its own.
    This is also ahistorical thinking. Industrial Capitalism as we know it – and Huque is writing of this capitalism – is just 200 to 250 years old. Who or what is to blame for its coming into existence? Who or what is to blame for all the pre-capitalist evils and environmental destructions? Who or what was responsible, for example, for the demise of the ancient Sumerian civilization? (Please read Clive Ponting’s A Green History of the World). Were not the Jews persecuted in Europe since much before Capitalism came into being? And why could not the Kaiser. the king and the Czar of Germany, Great Britain and Russia respectively, who were even cousins, cooperate to prevent the First World War?
    This is not the place to write a whole essay. I only suggest that Haque and all who share this view of his delve a little deeper into the human condition in search of answers to the serious questions of our cursed times, and in order to know what can still be done. For instance, take cognizance of the fact of limits to growth, of the fact that It is simply impossible to fulfill the continuously growing “needs”, demands, wishes, aspirations and ambitions of a continuously growing world population while our resource base is continuously dwindling and the ability of nature to absorb man-made pollution is continuously diminishing, of the fact that it is a lunatic idea that in a finite world infinite growth is possible.

  2. Anonymous

    15th October 2019 at 3:30 am

    Yes, it is obvious, in a finite world infinite growth is not possible.
    So, if infinite growth is not possible, why then do capitalists act as though it was possible?

 

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