Some “consultant” – whatever that consultation may be – takes note that environmental celebrity and Leonardo DiCaprio chum, David Suzuki, thinks that letting the world turn into a baking hot desert with sulphuric rain is a crime demanding punishment:
“As reported by a University of Toronto student newspaper, Suzuki stated that government leaders who aren’t acting quickly enough to save the environment “should go to jail for what they’re not doing right now … What our government is not doing is a criminal act.””
Here one might ask if not it ought to be the ultimate crime to destroy the planet? What could possible be a worse crime against humanity, against civilization, against all life?
However, the consultant, God knows who he’s been consulting?, “thinks” that this is a fascist action:
“This bit of eco-fascism was no mere slip of the tongue. A few weeks later at McGill University, Suzuki again equated government inaction on the environment with a criminal act and again was reported to have told students to find a legal way to throw politicians in jail for ignoring climate-change science.
It is worth keeping in mind that Suzuki is a geneticist turned broadcaster and not an expert on climate change. He apparently is no expert on the fundamental tenants of living in a democracy either.”
The consultant, obviously an expert on democracy, in other words, is of the opinion that fiddling while Rome burns is a democratic – right or privilege?
What exactly is it that renders the socalled elected representatives beyond jurisdiction? Why does Kissinger get the Nobel Peace Prize and not life in prison?
That is because the rich and the powerful control the law – through expertise and raw power – and the poor are kept poor by law. Small gains here and there have been made, such as some basic negative rights – however, most of these gains, generally made under the banner of social-democracy and pushed for by movements of marginalised people, have entrenched an oppressive system, a mode of production and way of being – culturally speaking – that is leading human civilization and many other life forms into extinction. But still – the law can protect and be used as a weapon against your enemy of riches – and for better and worse the law is everyone’s, so let’s use it. We have to keep trying.
So, back to the consultant, why does the think so, … well, backwards? That is probably because he is symptomatic of what some philosophers, one might have been Foucault, have called things like “self-discipline” – power, of society, operates from within each and everyone of us. It is not that he is stupid as such, but that he acts out of unfree will – that is on the basis of an ingrained admiration and aspiration for life on the top of the hill, where there is room they are telling you still, but first you must learn to smile as you kill.
Great philosophical insight with regard to self-discipline – with vast political implications, but somehow this line of thought often leads people to forget that even though it is not a simple top-down pyramid hierarchy we live in, and that even though there are many nodes in the network of powers that be, and that even though we discipline ourselves to be like the rest of those self-interested rational agents out there in the market place, – then, power, raw as it is when questioned, is nevertheless orchestrated, in a manner of speaking, from the top down by the top layer in the hierarchy of the many networks that make up the world. And these people have names and addresses. Against these people we have to take action. As suggested:
“What I would challenge you to do is to put a lot of effort into trying to see whether there’s a legal way of throwing our so-called leaders into jail because what they’re doing is a criminal act,” said Dr. Suzuki, a former board member of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.
“It’s an intergenerational crime in the face of all the knowledge and science from over 20 years.”
The statement elicited rounds of applause.”
So far humanity has not exhibited many signs of collective intelligence, in the way that we’d consider ants or bees to be collectively intelligent, but climate change is the great opportunity for the human kind. We now know that we have a problem, we know it is ultimately collective and that it would be rather intelligent to deal with it promptly.
So why not use legal processes to get rid of those mad men and women who carry on building roads, airports, trucks, tanks, SUVs and other manifestations of their (striving for) world domination disorder?
It is time for a big clean up of the world – where the poor, the indigenous, the peasants, the landless, the homeless, the rejected and the junkies and whores and other forgotten beings all come together to end repression and rebalance the natural and technological environments.
An appropriate first step might indeed seem to commence legal procedings against Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld et al. for genocide in Iraq and elsewhere, for deliberately oppressing climate change data – and whoever governmental people who do not support the motion can get a taste of the same. Up your jurisdiction!
That’s not ecofascism, Mr. Consultant, that’s rational, reasonable and enlightened. It is showing a sign of collective intelligence and a dream for the future of happy life on the planet.