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Debunked: Anti-Greta Propaganda
(Adults Behaving Like Children Again)
“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words . . . We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is the money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you?” – From Greta Thunberg’s strong appeal and admonition to the UN, September 20, 2019
Why Some So-Called Adults Are Attacking A Child
Greta Thunberg, the now famous Swedish child and prominent environmental activist who has focused the world on the risks posed by global warming, is being attacked by climate deniers, right wing politicians, major conservative media outlets like Breitbart, even President Trump and random bloggers like Lord Monckton, Miranda Devine, climate skeptic Bjørn Lomborg, and many others. The Heartland Institute (video) is now introducing the “anti-Greta,” aka Naomi Seibt (video). Unlike Greta, Naomi is a paid spokesmodel, literally a little girl being prostituted by the Heartland Institute.
“In December, Heartland headlined Naomi at its forum at the UN climate conference in Madrid, where Taylor described her as “the star” of the show. Last month, Heartland hired Naomi as the young face of its campaign to question the scientific consensus that human activity is causing dangerous global warming.” – Washington Post
Why is this happening? It’s really very simple. Greta is seen as a huge threat. She is wise beyond her years. Her words are always carefully chosen and prescient. She has brought the most crucial issue of our time to the attention of millions of people while world leaders have called it a hoax and attempted to sweep it aside. Greta Thunberg may, in fact, be the most authentic hero in the world right now. Jealous much?
Thunberg delivered an emotional and blunt speech (video) Monday, September 23, 2019 to the United Nations climate summit. She told the assembly, “We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you?” That speech—and her glaring reaction to Trump’s arrival at the UN where they said he made quips to upset her and gaslight her behind the scenes —immediately went viral and roused backlash.
Other conservative pundits like Dinesh D’Souza and Sebastian Gorka have called her “brainwashed.” Breitbart has posted articles aimed at attacking and undermining Greta and her parents. They illustrate the concerted efforts of ill-informed contrarians, and climate deniers to fight against sanity and science and instead, perpetuate business as usual (BAU).
These climate trolls have been showing up all over the Internet to the extent that groups have been deluged with climate denier propaganda and rhetoric especially after the Global Climate Strikes in September 2019 very much inspired by Greta Thunberg’s leadership. One group, Science Alert, recently issued a “Do Not Feed the Trolls” bulletin. This is sound advice across many of these forums.
“Some of the criticism leveled at Thunberg is astonishing. It is the most vicious and the most fatuous kind of playground bullying. In an age when democracy is under assault, she hints at the emergence of a new kind of power, a convergence of youth, popular protest and irrefutable science.” – The Irish Times
Unbelievable Online Bullying and Narcissism Trend
The misogyny of these climate deniers is open and flagrant. Climate skeptic Bjørn Lomborg has repeatedly mocked and criticized Greta Thunberg. In June, he tweeted out a cartoon that implied Greta was only useful to climate activists because being young made her unassailable—in four years, he joked, she’d be replaced with someone younger still. Earlier in the year, he’d asked why the World Economic Forum was listening to her at all, and approvingly shared a Quillette article which called Thunberg a fanatic and “absolutist” and which argued adults had a duty to correct her childlike naiveté.
“At a deep level, the language of climate denialism is tied up with a form of masculine identity predicated on modern industrial capitalism – specifically, the Promethean idea of the conquest of nature by man, in a world especially made for men. By attacking industrial capitalism, and its ethos of politics as usual, Thunberg is not only attacking the core beliefs and world view of certain sorts of men, but also their sense of masculine self-worth. Male rage is their knee-jerk response. Thunberg did not try to be “nice” when she confronted world leaders at the United Nations last week. She did not defer or smile. She did not attempt to make anybody feel comfortable.” — The Conversation
“Instead, Thunberg is tough. Uncompromising. Unsentimental. Furious. And to a certain kind of adult, this is wildly discomforting. Because we expect women and girls to be smiley, solicitous, sympathetic” says Maya Crockett. Greta is demonstrating something new — inadvertently opening up a space where women and children might be seen and heard, in a world where they have long been expected to be invisible. She also shows us that telling the truth matters. The far right, with its long history of gender and racial bigotry, has exploded with a multitude of defensive knee jerk reactions to this phenomenon. Greta, a child, is turning the tables on this disastrous old-world order that has put all life in the biosphere in jeopardy. This makes her a threat on many levels.
Pastor Robert Jeffress, who serves on President Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Board and the White House Faith Initiative, had words for young climate activist Greta Thunberg as well. On the program, Jeffress referred to climate change as an “imaginary crisis,” telling listeners that Trump was right to skip the summit. “Somebody needs to read poor Greta Genesis, Chapter 9,” Jeffress said, “and tell her the next time she worries about global warming, just look at a rainbow. That’s God’s promise that the polar ice caps aren’t going to melt and flood the world again.”
This misogyny and defamation may be expected from the far right, but things have also been amok at far left wing media outlets as well. One far left group recently posted a blog asking Is Greta Thunberg a sock puppet for green capitalism?
“[WKOG’s] take on Greta is part of a wider world view shared by Morningstar and others who reduce global events to the actions of the big powers over pipelines, and treat the masses as dupes and pawns without agency. This a fake left conspiracy theory that lumps eXtinction Rebellion (XR) and Greta together with other ‘actors’ who are supposedly manipulated and duped by powerful elites into defending capitalism.” – Situations Vacant
There are many stripes of so-called environmentalism going around now. But not all of those claiming to work for climate justice are actually interested in it and it is very important to understand what they really do want. The history and backstory here is really fascinating and begins with Archeo-Primitivism, starting as early as with Guillaume Faye (1949). This shares some aspects with alt-right paradigms. Understanding climate change and political ideologies (video) is important to this discussion and it is very much a hidden history of hidden agendas. It is essential to question human extinction worldviews (video) much more in depth to understand what is really going on.
Wrong Kind of Green (WKOG) followers are sometimes called “collapsitarians.” The term collapsitarian was revived in a 2009 New Yorker article on Dystopians. Near-Term Human Extinction (NTHE) and Anti-natalist groups also fall into this category. These groups desire collapse and the annihilation of the human species (which they see as parasitic) as a sort of penalty for environmental sins. Any attempted discussion of solutions in their forums is quickly denounced cult-like as “hopium.”
They direct commentary in a well-maintained subterfuge campaign rife with psychological warfare techniques that barely camouflage the promotion of human extinction. In carefully contrived subtexts they proffer extinction as the final solution for humanity in what has become a kind of post-modern malaise-faire nihilistic doomer (video) trope, popularized in the US by the trending OK Doomer meme.
These groups have multiple hidden agendas. They rally behind inaction, defeatism, destruction, and ultimately avoidance of the issue through gaslighting and deflection. They assail Greta Thunberg while hypocritically claiming to support her. They often begin their attacks with virtue signalling and sociopathic distancing statements like “I fully support the 16-year old activist.” But then, they proceed to openly marginalize Greta Thunberg’s activism by connecting it to the neoliberal greenwashing present in mainstream political campaigns like the Green New Deal (GND), which many have criticized as flawed and which collapsitarians conveniently see as too little, too late. They fail to notice that Greta Thunberg, in no way a greenwashing capitalist, has herself criticized the GND for these same flaws. Greta constantly reminds us that she is neither a politician, a capitalist, nor a scientist; she’s a child activist.
“No matter how political the background to this crisis may be, we must not allow this to continue to be a partisan political question. The climate and ecological crisis is beyond party politics. And our main enemy right now is not our political opponents. Our main enemy now is physics. And we can not make ‘deals’ with physics.” – Greta Thunberg
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- The Pathological Power and The Danger of Governments Led By Narcissists and Psychopaths
- Rumble with Michael More. Centrism Kills. Misogyny Does Too.
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- 2:35 pm Jan. 25, 2020 – S. Cairns (Added update content and links to latest reports as this continues to unfold).
- 3:15 pm Sept, 28 , 2019 – S. Cairns (Added Anti-Greta Propaganda page, introductory content outlines, and menu items and content write up).
Note: This page, as with all wiki pages, is a work in progress. It aims to introduce the topic of anti-Greta propaganda as it is related to climate change denial campaigns.