Left vs Right and Climate Change.

Put an interview of David Suzuki up on the front page which is worth listening to. I share his anxiety over our chances of doing what needs to be done to avoid disaster, but where I disagree is in his understanding of religion and that he gives too much weight to the doomsday predictions of Guy McPherson. McPherson has being predicting annihilation of life on Earth ‘in a few years’ for the past few years. For sure the situation demands immediate action but the greatest barrier to that happening is people giving up. It’s dying without having drawn your sword. Shameful. Lost cause? The ‘only ones worth fighting for’, as someone said.

Yesterday I found a link on the Bellingcat website (open-source journalism) to an article that looked interesting, thirty pages on the subject of the far right’s strategies from post WWII up to today. Got about halfway through and might finish it but it’s a bit like reading an undergrad assignment. The author for sure did his research and put everything together fairly well, but he might have done better when deciding to write about the far right , by asking himself what information his readers might need to make sense of the recent rise of the far right. Many of the strategies he describes are equally used by the far left, and so a better title for the paper would have been, ‘strategies used by revolutionary organisations from WWII to today”.

He does outline a few of the aims and objectives of the far right, but it reads like ‘the frying pan calling the kettle black’. A better approach I feel would be to look at the far right’s stated concerns and ask the question – do they have reason to believe their fears, such as population replacement, are well founded?

Anyways – what we do know is that western societies are increasingly polarised and that is not a good thing, and regardless of whether it’s progressives or conservatives who ‘win’. It would not be for long because and as numerous climate reports have insisted, anything from 3 degrees warming upwards is, ‘inconsistent with organised society’. We would find ourselves in a situation where indeed Darwin’s ‘survival of the favoured’ would apply, and that is not all that far off in the future. Unless we witness a miracle in Glasgow later this year.

Present day social debates relate to Psychological and Self-Fulfilment, and as though the Basics will take care of themselves, when in fact they could be well on their way out in less than a decade.