International Journal of Inactivism (now supplanted by Decoding SwiftHack)

2009/05/12

Climate science is not going to settle this

cite as: F. Bi. 2009. Climate science is not going to settle this. Intl. J. Inact., 2:69–70

Tom DeWeese claims that global warming mitigation is a malign Marxist plot, and that anyone who protests against “social injustice” is really a secret Marxist: []

Social justice is a major premise of Sustainable Development. Another word for social justice, by the way, is Socialism. Karl Marx was the first to coin the phrase “social justice.”

Uh… hmm. Also, at the top of the essay, there’s an editor’s note which among other things offers up Definitive Proof of the Phantom Soviet Empire Behind the Worldwide Marxist-Warmist Conspiracy:

One elected official said I had exposed too much — as he walked out on my presentation.

In other words, our editor didn’t know who the bloke was, but somehow was able to tell that he was an “elected official”.

Then again, DeWeese didn’t really have to rely on pop cryptography and vague rumours to make his case, because in China, some people are trying to promote climate regulation by calling it Marxist (!). [] To make things even more confusing, there are also Chinese who claim that the solution to global warming isn’t Marxism, but… Confucianism. []

Oh well. Capitalism, Marxism, Confucianism, whatever. Can’t we just make do with the science? I guess this is why I hate politics.

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2 Comments »

  1. Considering the degree to which Marx hated and mocked the idea of justice, the idea that he would use any such term is very silly.

    But then, there is nobody of whom the public have a more distorted image than Karl Marx. I am not saying that he was nicer than his public image; if anything he was less nice. But, while he doesn’t really belong on either the right or the left, (he is something different entierly) he probably had more in common with what we generally call ‘right wing’ than what we generally associate with ‘left wing’.

    Mostly because he was so utterly scornful of the idea of social justice!

    Comment by Josie — 2009/11/15 @ 18:27 | Reply

    • Considering the degree to which Marx hated and mocked the idea of justice,

      That sounds interesting. Is there any specific text in which Marx mocked the idea of justice? I admit, I’ve not actually read Marx to any significant extent, so I’m curious to know.

      Comment by frankbi — 2009/11/20 @ 11:36 | Reply


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