Topic: Liberal Fascism
Guess what caused this summer’s violent disorder in Ferguson, Missouri? “To me, the connection between militarized state violence, racism, and climate change was common-sense and intuitive,” writes Deirdre Smith, a “black climate justice advocate” who is the Strategic Partnership Coordinator for something called 350.org. You and I, prisoners of false consciousness, might think that the weather is ideologically neutral, but Ms. Smith raps us across the knuckles with these trenchent observations:
Yeah, Deirdre, difficult work—but easier, I suspect, than plodding through the lugubrious blather generated by the windmills of your mind. Your screed exhibits the lockstep reliability of a doublepusgoodthinker, piling out progressive cliché upon leftie platitude, constructing an Ideological Theory of Everything by which carbon-based fuels are produced by sinister white men in pointy white hoods and even the rain has a racist agenda. I do thank you, however. For pure entertainment value, a bulletin from the alternate reality inhabited by progressives beats a knock-knock joke any day.
Communities of color and poor communities are hit hardest by fossil fuel extraction, as well as neglected by the state in the wake of crisis. People of color also disproportionately live in climate-vulnerable areas. Similarly, state violence should concern us all, but the experience of young black men in particular in this country is unique. Those of us who are not young black men must step up to the challenge of understanding that we will likely never experience that level of demonization. That kind of solidarity is what it takes to build real people power — the kind of power that stands up unflinchingly to injustice, and helps us all win our battles by standing together.
This is difficult work. Some of it requires listening and working with racial justice organizations, and some of it requires introspection, questioning what we have been taught, and healing from internal oppression. Part of that work involves climate organizers acknowledging and understanding that our fight is not simply with the carbon in the sky, but with the powers on the ground.
Aside from being deeply, deeply concerned with racial justice Ms. Smith is, of course, a big, big advocate of alternative fuels—“clean energy that doesn’t kill us,” as she puts it. I suppose she envisions this wonderful clean energy being produced and distributed by the People’s Sunshine Harvester Commune, the Communities of Color Clean Energy Collective, etc. Green jobs! Hurrah! But if you’re a middle-aged white guy with an American flag decal on the side of your hard hat and a serious Jones for NASCAR…don’t bother to send in a resume.