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The Federalist: Greta Thunberg is the patron saint of drug-using, booty-shaking “occultist, apocalyptic climate paganism”

Saint Greta?

By David Futrelle

There have been a lot of terrible things said in recent days about environmentalists in general and Greta Thunberg in particular. Even our dear impeachable president got into the action, mocking the 16-year-old climate activist in a tweet that Thunberg quickly appropriated ahs her new Twitter bio. Meanwhile, a host of creepy online commenters suggested that Thunberg just needed a good spanking.

But the most unhinged attack on Thunberg I’ve seen so far comes not from some anonymous Tweeter with four followers and an anime avatar but from a writer for The Federalist, Sumantra Maitra, who argues that “Saint Greta” has become the Joan of Arc of a new pagan cult of environmentalism that is trying “not only to turn back time but essentially to destroy the entire current edifice” of Judeo-Christian civilization itself. “The pagan barbarians from the north,” he writes ominously, “are back circling outside the citadel.”

He’s especially perturbed by the protest group “Extinction Rebellion,” which he describes as

an apocalyptic cult that wants to radically end every thing around you, from your private cars to the burgers you eat and the plastic chairs in your yard. It is a cult that was formed after its founder took psychedelic drugs … Members have blocked D.C. and London intersections, “twerking” the way people in a pre-civilized era would perform a fertility dance to pray to Gaia.

And above it all, Maitra writes, floats the spirit of the pagan “Saint Greta, our perpetual teen of sorrow,” whom he compares, in what he sees as a devastating blow, to Joan of Arc — apparently forgetting that Joan wasn’t the product of paganism but of the Judea-Christian civilization he is purportedly defending.

To Maitra , the anger in her voice during her recent speech to the United Nations was evidence of an “emotional meltdown.” Yet, he laments, she was “hailed … as a brave savior as well as a vulnerable, autistic teen who shouldn’t be bullied.” (Evidently he’s a bit chagrined that anyone would speak up against bullying.)

And so, Maitra complains, the allegedly rational forces of climate change denial — sorry, “skepticism” — find themselves up against “barbarians” engaged in

Sexualized dances, psychedelic hallucinogens, worshiping nature, confessing sins in pagan animism, worshiping purified teen saints, and throwing them up on an altar, bereft of their childhood, to promote a greater cause. …

The strangest part of the whole rant is Maitra’s weird paean to old-timey Stalinism. Unlike the new environmentalist pagans, Maitra notes, the old left understood that the earth was there for humans to exploit as ruthlessly as they could. And there’s no way that Stalin would have put up with those awful environmentalist twerkers!

For all the Marxists’ faults, the old left at least wanted to conquer nature instead of turning subservient to it. Of course, that went to its own extremes, but one can imagine Joseph Stalin putting all twerking climate fanatics as mentally ill people in a forced labor camp to build railroads in Siberia. 

Apparently Maitra wishes he could do the same. Why is it always the ones who rant about the barbarians who turn out to be the least civilized?

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occasional reader
occasional reader
2 years ago

Maybe he prefers to live in an Amish paradise ?

Cat Mara
Cat Mara
2 years ago

Ah, yes, those enterprising Marxist-Leninists of the former Soviet Union and their all-conquering approach to nature which gave us such miracles of geoengineering as the disappearance of the Aral Sea:

The Aral Sea is considered an example of ecosystem collapse. The ecosystems of the Aral Sea and the river deltas feeding into it have been nearly destroyed, not least because of the much higher salinity. The receding sea has left huge plains covered with salt and toxic chemicals resulting from weapons testing, industrial projects, and pesticides and fertilizer runoff. Due to the shrinking water source and subsequent worsening water and soil quality, pesticides were increasingly used starting in the 1960s to increase cotton yields, which further polluted the water with toxins such as DDTs. Furthermore, “PCB-compounds and heavy metals” from industrial pollution contaminated both water and soil. Due to the minimal amount of water left in the Aral sea, concentrations of these pollutants have increased drastically in both the water and soil. These substances form wind-borne toxic dust that spreads throughout the region. People living near the Aral Sea come in contact with pollutants through drinking water and inhalation of contaminated dust. Furthermore, due to the presence in drinking water, the toxins have entered the food chain. As a result, the land around the Aral Sea is heavily polluted, and the people living in the area are suffering from a lack of fresh water and health problems, including high rates of certain forms of cancer and lung diseases. Respiratory illnesses, including tuberculosis (most of which is drug resistant) and cancer, digestive disorders, anaemia, and infectious diseases are common ailments in the region. Liver, kidney, and eye problems can also be attributed to the toxic dust storms. All of this has resulted in an unusually high fatality rate among vulnerable parts of the population: the child mortality rate is 75 in every 1,000 newborns, and maternity death is 12 in every 1,000 women.

(Source: ibid.)

Of course, the American Right has apparently never had a problem with contaminated water supplies and high maternity mortality rates.

Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
2 years ago

@Alan Robertshaw
Ha, ha, I loved that cartoon. It’s true: the entire grim spectacle is also entertaining.

Lumipuna (nee Arctic Ape)
Lumipuna (nee Arctic Ape)
2 years ago

“forced at the pointy end of a knäckebröd”

Best FDOTM ever.

Hoon Seong Teo
Hoon Seong Teo
2 years ago

Hello David. Thank you for writing about this. I have linked this post to the Manchester Extinction Rebellion FB page. We are very pleased that they are this frightened.
I have been involved in XR since inception and am most upset to have missed out on all the drugs.

TheKND
TheKND
2 years ago

For all the Marxists’ faults, the old left at least wanted to conquer nature instead of turning subservient to it.

I think this quote is all we need to know about this person: There are two ways to interact – Conquer or be conquered. Exploit or be exploited. Kill the tree or the TREE WILL KILL YOU!

That’s the kind of mentality that children’s TV shows warn about.

Hoon Seong Teo
Hoon Seong Teo
2 years ago

Plus, I am sure the Federalist will be delighted to know, there is a Christian group linked to XR, the Christian Climate Action Network. We would be delighted to debate his theological arguments, which are errant nonsense

Lumipuna (nee Arctic Ape)
Lumipuna (nee Arctic Ape)
2 years ago

I think this quote is all we need to know about this person: There are two ways to interact – Conquer or be conquered. Exploit or be exploited. Kill the tree or the TREE WILL KILL YOU!

Eh, more likely they’re just constructing a ludicrous false dichotomy for rhetorical purposes.

Malitia
Malitia
2 years ago

TheKND wrote on
September 27, 2019 at 5:36 am:
Kill the tree or the TREE WILL KILL YOU!

I mean…

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(Yes. This was intended to be a joke.)

varalys the dark
2 years ago

I was at the Animal Rights march in August, which closed down an intersection for about and hour. I don’t remember any twerking happening. We sat and had a picnic and enjoyed the sunny weather.

Moggie
Moggie
2 years ago

@Kat:

And how about that guy who is the current president of Russia, Vladimir Putin — Trump’s best friend, former KGB agent, a man who is unafraid to be photographed shirtless, and a leader who is courageous enough to bring his dog to a meeting with Angela Merkel, who is known to have a phobia of dogs.

“But Angela, Connie is good girl, no?”

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If this is a tactic, I wonder what he takes to meetings with Trump? Stairs? Rain? Facts?

Violet the Vile, Moonbat Screech Junky
Violet the Vile, Moonbat Screech Junky
2 years ago

@Alan
I had a good laugh at that this morning!

[Extinction Rebellion] wants to radically end every thing around you, from your private cars to the burgers you eat and the plastic chairs in your yard.

I’m a member of Extinction Rebellion and as far as I’m concerned well, yes, frankly, that’s true*. If you can suggest a way in which we can continue to have the lifestyle we have now and still have a planet to live on, there are a lot of people who would be really very interested.

*Apart from the plastic chairs. You already bought them, you might as well use them. Throwing perfectly good chairs away and buying new ones would be a waste of resources.

Lainy
Lainy
2 years ago

@Malitia

That drawing made me think of that episode of Danny phantom where these like ghost plants attacked the town and we’re enslaving people.

Moggie
Moggie
2 years ago

@Violet:

Apart from the plastic chairs. You already bought them, you might as well use them. Throwing perfectly good chairs away and buying new ones would be a waste of resources.

At least your plastic chairs aren’t releasing a significant amount of plastic into the environment while you’re using them.

Malitia
Malitia
2 years ago

Lainy wrote on
September 27, 2019 at 9:13 am:

@Malitia

That drawing made me think of that episode of Danny phantom where these like ghost plants attacked the town and we’re enslaving people.

It’s from the comic book “Punisher Kill Krew”, where after the last devastating crossover event (“War of the Realms”) the Punisher takes some requests from a bunch of orphans to hunt down the (this time literal) monsters that killed their parents. To date (still ongoing) it included that tree, a cybernetic shark, and cannon fodder, I mean, a lot of frost giants and dark elves.

rv97
rv97
2 years ago

@Eddie

Wanted to add to your list: tools to process petrochemicals

Professor Fate
Professor Fate
2 years ago

“Sexualized dances, psychedelic hallucinogens, worshiping nature”

I’m not entirely sure i’m seeing what the problem here is. To me is sounds like an interesting way to spend a Tuesday.

Actually it’s amazing how one young person can utterly flip them out, it’s almost as if they know that they are awful people and lash out when they are called out for being awful people.

Weird (and tired of trumplings) Eddie
Weird (and tired of trumplings) Eddie
2 years ago

@ Podkayne:

is their fixation on the idea that they’re ‘not allowed’ to criticize her,

What is galling the igno-right isn’t that they’re being “silenced,” it’s that NO ONE IS LISTENING TO THEM ANYMORE.

Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
2 years ago

OT: Computers are learning our implicit biases.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/20/arts/design/imagenet-trevor-paglen-ai-facial-recognition.html

Their template for how to be is us. Which leads to an interesting problem. Some AI researchers worry about AIs being too unlike humans, to where they develop values wildly different from our own and, if they get powerful, will turn the world into a hell from our perspective, or more likely just something inhospitable, wiping us out quite incidentally in the process.

The opposite danger may also exist: that they’ll be too like us. Then, if they get powerful, they’ll act just like powerful humans have. Which means it’ll be 1492 all over again, with biological humans in the role of the Indians and the machines in the role of conquistadores.

Sounds disturbingly like Skynet, doesn’t it?

Weird (and tired of trumplings) Eddie
Weird (and tired of trumplings) Eddie
2 years ago

well, (as I’m sure you’ve all noticed…) trumpism has certainly ripped the masks off white american men. I apologize to the group, I’m in a funk and I need to vent. I’m a member (7+ years clean) of a fairly well-known recovery fellowship for substance abusers, but I’m unable (unwilling, actually) to go now. The fellowship literature speaks of a spiritual principle:

Each of us is responsible for carrying the […] message without regard to age, race, sexual identity, creed, religion, or lack of religion.

a principle which I was raised with. But, over the last few years, I’ve been “schooled” that the overt bigotry of some of the members is an “outside issue”, not available for discussion. I just can’t be around people who tell me straight up that my children don’t matter because they’re brown, who wear clothing with hateful slogans, and who openly mock people who are “not like them”… and that I’m less, or other because I object.

I don’t have the fucking spoons to deal with this and take care of myself, too. I also don’t have the tools to take care of myself if I try to sail alone.

I’m tired

Naglfar
Naglfar
2 years ago

@Weird Eddie
I’m sorry you have to deal with that. Are there any other fellowships you could join in your area?

Weird (and tired of trumplings) Eddie
Weird (and tired of trumplings) Eddie
2 years ago

@ Naglfar:

There are, but the problem is, it’s everywhere…. I despise what’s happening to me, I’m becoming a bigot. I’m not just angry, I’m disappointed, embarrassed, hurt, etc., etc., et-fucking-cetera…. I’ve begun to see trumpism as a disease of white men and I’m carrying that into my dialogue with others. That’s not fair, though there IS an argument to be made about toxic masculinity.

Not surprised, though.

Thank you for your concern!

Naglfar
Naglfar
2 years ago

@Weird Eddie
Have you considered seeing a therapist about this? It sounds like that might help with some of what you’re feeling.

Weird (and tired of trumplings) Eddie
Weird (and tired of trumplings) Eddie
2 years ago

@ Naglfar:

Looking up BCBS network shrinks in my area even as we (virtually) speak!

and every time I use my insurance I wonder why EVERYONE can’t get what amounts to FREE medical care….

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