The third lady to speak, the one with all-natural, not-at-all-technological adult braces, is Ms Lierre Keith, a former radical vegan and now self-described “gender abolitionist” whose strange mental adventures have previously entertained us. Ms Keith and her associates wish to wage “decisive ecological warfare” against… well, the rest of us, and to “disrupt and dismantle industrial civilisation,” with “complete economic collapse” as the path to salvation. When not signalling their intellectual wattage by calling for the “abolition” of masculinity and “whiteness,” and the “abolition” of the United States, “an illegitimate settler nation,” Deep Green Resistance very much like the idea of “sabotaging infrastructure” and cutting power lines, thereby leaving tens of thousands of people without light and heat. Such measures would, apparently, encourage “class consciousness.” Elderly people in remote locations would no doubt embrace the finer points of revolutionary eco-socialism as they shivered in the dark and the feeling left their limbs.
In the comments, Joan is suitably puzzled by one of Ms Keith’s pronouncements, specifically:
Let’s do what we did before, which worked. We didn’t destroy the planet for those first four million years… we actually participated.
It’s one of the many odd things to fall from our eco-warrior’s mouth. She talks of “we,” by which I assume she means modern Homo sapiens, yet she talks of “those first four million years,” a timescale that massively predates the existence of Homo sapiens. Presumably, Ms Keith and her peers would like us to emulate Australopithecus anamensis, a tree-climbing non-human creature whose “participation” with other species would, I suspect, have been less than serene and angelic.
Behold, a model for us all:
And remember, these people imagine themselves as our teachers.