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Eco-Fascists Threaten To Co-Op The Climate Movement

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He added:

"So the next logical step is to decrease the number of people in America using resources. If we can get rid of enough people, then our way of life can become more sustainable."

His solution was to exterminate Latino immigrants.

This reeks of 18th-century social theorist Thomas Malthus, who argued population increases strain food production, and advocated population control as a remedy.

Eric Levitz proposed in New York magazine that the climate exigency risks sparking two trajectories away from the current economic growth model: those toward something like a Green New Deal, or those toward an extreme-right archetype based on draconian immigration policies and opposition to economic growth in the Global South.

Levitz writes:

"If one insists that the U.S. government must put 'America first,' then taking the most dire implications of climate science for granted makes Trump's zero-sum, nationalist worldview appear more coherent, not less."

Janet Biehl and Peter Staudenmaier state in their book Ecofascism: Lessons from the German Experience:

"[Nazi ecology was] linked with traditional agrarian romanticism and hostility to urban civilization...[Ecological ideas were an] essential element of racial rejuvenation."

We should all be united in the fight against climate change.

However, beware of nefarious organizations and individuals glomming onto it to promote lawlessness, division, hatred, and chaos.

While it's possible we might be looking at a planet hostile to our existence if we continue dragging our proverbial feet, there is still time to unify around comprehensive environmental policies and initiatives.

There are over seven billion people on Earth.

Each has a role to play in a more sustainable future.

Each is valuable.

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