Naomi Klein is back. She despises capitalism, and has advocated for a totally new economic system for the entire world. Of course, this system is for Other People, as she travels around the world on fossil fueled vehicles, and hangs out on expensive sailboats (as the photo at the article shows). She’s also dragging her son into her cultish world
The short film I’ve made with the Guardian stars my son, Toma, aged four years and five months. That’s a little scary for me to write, since, up until this moment, my husband, Avi, and I have been pretty careful about protecting him from public exposure. No matter how damn cute we think he’s being, absolutely no tweeting is allowed.
But, now they’re willing to use him as a prop for the Cult of Climastrology.
All that information is important, of course. But I have started to worry that, by being so calm and clinical, we may be tacitly sending the message that this isn’t really an existential emergency after all. If it were, wouldn’t the people raising the alarm sound more … alarmed? Wouldn’t we share more of our own emotions?
Nah, what sends that message is Warmists refusing to practice what they preach. What’s the carbon footprint of a fossil fueled trip to Australia? She was already planning a trip when the UK Guardian asked her to document it. She initially refused, then reconsidered.
A few days later, the Guardian asked again. And I started thinking: maybe this was a chance to get at aspects of climate disruption that scientific reports and political arguments just can’t convey. Perhaps it could communicate, in a visceral way, the intergenerational theft at the heart of this crisis.
There is no question that the strongest emotions I have about the climate crisis have to do with Toma and his peers. I have flashes of sheer panic about the extreme weather we have already locked in for them. But even more intense than this fear is the sadness about what they won’t ever know. These kids are growing up in a mass extinction, robbed of the cacophonous company of being surrounded by so many fast-disappearing life forms.
In the eyes of Warmists like Klein, wouldn’t it be intergenerational theft to use lots of fossil fuels which, in their minds, are the main cause of this Holocene warm period? Oh, right, no, Other People should be forced to engage in the beliefs of the CoC. And, yes, she did write at the beginning of the year that everyone should make this the year that we all go fossil fuels free.
For that kind of rapid change to happen, however, we are all going to have to stop being so impeccably calm and reasonable. We’re going to have to find that part of ourselves that feels this threat in our hearts, as well as our heads.
Right. Because the CoC has been so calm and reasonable. Kinda like the way Klein advocates for killing off capitalism and replacing it with a government controlled economic system. And she’ll use her son and other kids as props along the way.