The Rise of Eco-Authoritarianism
The recognition of the huge disruption of global civilization that will come from climate weirding seems to be going mainstream, what with Extinction Rebellion and Greta Thunberg the new darlings of the Media. As we have entered the "Age of Caesars" as Greer has pointed out, I wonder if we won't flirt with the rise of "Eco-Authoritarianism"? That is a charismatic leader/elite which uses force or coercive pressures to combat climate change, and incidentally gain power.
Sometimes, I think humans prefer to live under a benign dictator.
"At its best, the earth was once likened to a spaceship that sails through the heavens with a crew working together for the common good. Thanks to climate change, this metaphor no longer works. Our planet is now more like a lifeboat that’s sprung a major leak. People onboard are beginning to panic and the clock is ticking. It is, however, the perfect environment to test out the best way to deal with life-and-death situations. For such a test, imagine not one but two lifeboats of survivors bobbing in an endless, empty sea. Both contain the same number of people and a limited amount of food. Based on some educated guesses by one knowledgeable crew member, the boats are at least five days from land, if everyone rows together and they don’t veer off course.
In the first boat, the survivors debate the problem: Should they stay in place and conserve their energy or strike off in search of land? They divide into three committees to address the different aspects of the problem and present their findings, making sure everyone has input. They debate for hours, growing weaker and weaker until they no longer have the energy to do anything and the issue decides itself.
In the second boat, one person takes control, believing he alone has the skill and knowledge to steer the lifeboat toward land. Not everyone agrees, but dissenters are silenced. The others agree that there’s no time for more discussion. The new leader imposes rules on who rows and who eats. When someone falls deathly ill, he orders the incapacitated man thrown overboard.
The second lifeboat is moving at a good pace -- but is it going in the right direction?"
Just as I personally don't think a firearm is either good or evil, it is a tool that can be used for either purpose, I don't think Green Wizardry has a "political agenda". I can easily see a Green Wizard having a home in the Far Right as well as the Far Left. I do think though, that we need to consider how life will evolve in the coming Long Descent, and be prepared to live well and survive in some rather dark options.