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This ecofascism also lurks in the discussion about "overpopulation". There seems to be a growing trend among White "Climate Activists" that the problem isn't over consumption by the developed nations/people (the White 20%) it's "overpopulation".

Generally they aren't shy about saying that there are "too many" Black and Brown people.

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Apr 21, 2023Liked by Emily Atkin

Wow. I didn’t see this article coming but this gives me much to think about and look for in the days ahead. You have a really cool way of writing and communicating Emily and you sure come up with some front-burner topics!

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LOVED this piece. Probably my favorite HEATED in awhile! Already put "Ecofascism: Lessons from the German Experience" on my to-read list.

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Apr 21, 2023Liked by Emily Atkin

Well, Wallace has been famous in the neighborhood for a while now - may as well make him a global environmental hero! I hope it doesn't go to his head - maybe you can offer a few pointers from Fish.

As for the article - I'm not surprised a bit; when your underlying message is unsupportable by facts and logic, it is essential to find some clever deception to make it appear palatable. Conservatives have been doing it for years - GW Bush had the most environmentally friendly house in Texas, but his policies reversed any good that house did by an exponential factor. I would use the lipstick on a pig analogy, but I happen to like pigs.

We can only hope that a) most people will have a difficult time swallowing the "I'm concerned about the environment - really!" tripe and b) the rest will at least be aware of efforts like yours and others to point out the overt deception. Keep up the good work!

PS - thanks to our friend Elon, I became aware of a much nicer alternative to the fowl messaging platform. Hope to see you soon & often on Substack Notes.

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Apr 21, 2023Liked by Emily Atkin

Hi Emily, Glad to hear that you are in my home town of Boise for the conference. Might try to wander over to the conference in hopes of getting to meet you, shake your hand and thank you for all the great work you are doing. It looks like a great conference. Glad you made the time.

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This is not new, it's repackaged but it has roots that go back to the 50's/60's. Have you ever seen the movie "The Planet of the Apes"?

What few Americans know is that the movie is based on a French novel. Written by an extreme ethno-nationalist who used "sci-fi" to disguise his racist message. The "apes" are Black Africans and the theme is the "replacement" of European Whites by hordes of immigrants from Africa.

That was in the early 60's and the fear then was global food shortages due to overpopulation.

White America is TERRIFIED of the reality that Whiteness is genetically due to isolation and inbreeding. It's not "natural", as evidenced by 80% of the world being "not White". As soon as "Whites" stop inbreeding and mix with the larger population pool globally, it vanishes.

White America and White Europe has been afraid of this for decades. It is a HUGE hidden driver of their social policy choices.

These days it's not so hidden.

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Immigrants are just humans looking for a life that's worth living. The othering native to conservatives disgusts me.

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White Skin, Black Fuel: On the Danger of Fossil Fascism is an absolute must-read on this subject. I admit to being a broken record on the subject, but it's amazing. https://hillheat.substack.com/p/fascistic-futurism

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Hope the conference has some great info - but it's Idaho. So keep your heads on a swivel. Beautiful countryside, but there's some real monsters lurking there.

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I was interested in this article because of some "closer to home" examples that I'm familiar with. I've been a lifetime member of the Sierra Club since 1986, and most of what they've done over the years, I think, has been positive. As you're aware, though, some of the early Sierra Club members, including John Muir himself, had some racist-sounding ideas, and for a lot of its early history, it was a club of mostly white, fairly affluent men (mostly) who weren't that concerned about racial injustice. They've gotten better, but as recently as the early 2000s, there was an attempt by an anti-immigration faction to take over the Board of Directors, which fortunately was beaten back. In even more recent, actively-positive moves, they've been trying to do much better, though, including (just this year) appointing Ben Jealous, former head of the NAACP, as the first non-white Executive Director. A reminder, perhaps, that even the "good guys" can often make some improvements.

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You did it, Emily! You got rid of Tucker!

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Made my day! I got to meet Emily in person and shake her hand and thank her. She is a rock star!

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Saying "eco-fascism" has "some problems" is like saying swimming in shark-infested waters with a bleeding open wound is "questionable." The only brand of "fascism" with which I want to be associated is antifascism. Full stop.

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Just the sight of the execrable Tucker Carlson makes my blood boil. He is venomous purveyor of deceit and hate, and since Rush Limbaugh's passing, Carlson may be the individual who most has poisoned this country's body politic.

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Speaking anecdotally, it is scary how well this particularly is working among younger people, primarly men, along with a lot of other current tactics by the right. I think a lot of us who are more left naively (which maybe is too strong of a word) think the youth are largely already on our side and just need to turned out in voting or organizing, etc, but again anecdotally I don't think that is really true.

So I agree we can't get complacent.

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