Climate change and racism: “All the oppressions are connected to earth destruction”

Recent publicity about the possibility of a Blue-Green party that focuses mostly on environmental issues brought up the old arguments about how the Green Party has always been an advocate for both environmental and social justice policies.

This dual purpose has been unbalanced by the relative obscurity of Green co-leader James Shaw, being very busy as Minister of Climate Change, and the activities in social media of the other Green  co-leader Marama Davidson, who covers more social issues. But Davidson has linked one of those social issues, racism, with climate change.

A tweet in November:

Today:

23 Comments

  1. david in aus

     /  January 31, 2019

    Is the convergence of Leftist issues more perfect than a mash-up of Identity Politics and Climate Change?

    When somebody’s world-view is so one-eyed is a surprise that sees their pet issues as been interrelated and reinforcing?

    Climate change is actually non-discriminatory- it affects everyone. How people deal with the effects are a function of their financial resources and geographically luck. It will affect poor people disproportionally greater no matter their skin colour.

    • PartisanZ

       /  January 31, 2019

      Perhaps the convergence is perfect because it’s correct?

      But no, of course, what am I thinking?

      No two ‘things in themselves’ that human beings have both done and allocated names to are interrelated, interconnected or interdependent …

      • Corky

         /  January 31, 2019

        The last paragraph in the comment by David in Aus says it all, Parti.

        Intellectual paucity hinders intellectual rigour. The sad thing is this type of bullshit is par for the course. Thirty years ago Marama would have been committed…let alone elected as a politician.

    • Gezza

       /  January 31, 2019

      Some of what Flannagan says in her article is true – such as the propensity for the powers that be (or who done been bought) to locate polluting industries in poor communities because “dem white folks ain’t gon’ be having none of dat’, and they are usually going to be brown and black communities in the US, & around the globe the impacts of climate change such as rising sea levels (evenually) will flood huge areas in places like Bangladesh where many poor brown folk live, & storms & cyclones and the associated floods and high winds will impact people with poor quality homes more – but the rest of it is a bit of a stretch to say this is all linked to racism. Not caring about what happens to other people isn’t racist. It’s just Right wing thinking.

  2. The Consultant

     /  January 31, 2019

    Fantastic stuff. Looking forward to more such goodness. It deserves the widest possible news media circulation.

    • Blazer

       /  January 31, 2019

      ‘“It has always seemed strange to me…The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.”
      ― John Steinbeck, Cannery Row

  3. sorethumb

     /  January 31, 2019

    Hunter gather cars didn’t pollute but Maori cut burnt 1/3rd of forests. A Maori academic has tried to argue that Maori learnt from the demise of the moa. She based it on sayings: “a tissue a tissue we all fall down” relates to the black death and they have similar things relating to Moa. However the first scientists found no knowledge amongst Maori of moa.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  January 31, 2019

      Ring-a ring of roses’ has been debunked as having anything to do with the Plague; for one thing, people who have it don’t sneeze, so don’t go a-tishoo, a-tishoo…the academic can’t be very well informed.

  4. sorethumb

     /  January 31, 2019

    Racism. Anti-racism is a religion.
    THE ‘RELIGION OF ANTIRACISM’ AND NATIONAL IDENTITY

    The 1960s witnessed, understandably, a romantic mythologization of the anti-racist project. The Civil Rights Movement’s achievements are a great success and deserve to be lionized. But this legitimate avant-garde identity mutated into a more proactive creed focused on the irretrievably fallen white, male `other’. Anti-racism morphed from an evidence-based policy resting on violations of negative ‘do unto others’ liberalism into a sacred value promoting positive liberalism. This represents a shift from a liberalism which accepts a variety of competing life plans — ethnic, religious, cosmopolitan — to one which enjoins minorities to be ethnic and whites to be cosmopolitan. Whites must not just tolerate diversity, a hallmark of negative liberalism, but celebrate it.

    This subtle shift from negative to positive liberalism occurred suddenly in the mid-1960s. Indirectly shaped by Randolph Bourne’s ideas of a half-century earlier, sixties multiculturalism was a more strident, ambitious and large-scale application of Bourne’s double-standard of applauding the Jew who ‘sticks to his faith’ while urging the WASP to leave his culture behind and become a cosmopolitan.” The New Left took Bourne’s rebellious experimental progressivism and electrified it with a moralistic charge. His cosmopolitan modernism was married to an expanded definition of racism in which whites’ attachment to their identity would be treated not as regrettable parochialism but as an outrageous violation of sacred values. In Canada, for instance, Native peoples and minorities are encouraged to adopt an uncritical romantic ethno-traditionalism while whites are urged to reject a white identity and celebrate diversity. Only in this way can we understand the ethical U-turns of Anglo-Canadian liberals like Governor-General David Johnston or Hal Niedzviecki
    White Shift – Eric Kaufman

    Essentially Marama’s anti-racism is anti-white ethnocentrism.

    • phantom snowflake

       /  January 31, 2019

      Anti-racism is racist towards white people!” Haha I’m loving your blend of Orwellian Doublespeak and White Fragility. Incidentally, how’s the White Ethnostate coming along old fella?

      • sorethumb

         /  January 31, 2019

        Good to see that academics are taking a look at your junk academia.

        “Incidentally, how’s the White Ethnostate coming along old fella?” Coming along? You mean resistance to progressive policies where “diverse” peoples flood in?
        It is your policies which are “coming along”. In which case

        1. Australia cools towards New Zealanders thanks to Chinese and Indian immigration.
        2. House prices sky high.
        3. Quality of life in decline.
        4. Society hunkers down. Social welfare inclinations weaken thanks to ethnocentrism.

        • sorethumb

           /  January 31, 2019

          Election of Donald Trump and Brexit.

        • phantom snowflake

           /  January 31, 2019

          It is your policies which are “coming along”.
          This may be difficult for one so accustomed to black and white/binary thinking to grasp, but there are valid objections to mass immigration which have no connection to White Nationalism/Ethnocentrism or similar bankrupt ideologies.

          • sorethumb

             /  January 31, 2019

            White nationalism is NZ prior to 1987. People choosing who they want to mix with and where from. For one thing migration policies trade countries with freer movement (as with wealthy Anglo countries). For another they have common cultures and languages. The problem is when there is no demonstrable benefit other than “if you don’t like it I’ll call you racist”.
            The key hit of the anti-racist is to say “why do you want white Rhodesians; you wouldn’t want a load of blacks?”. In which case we are color blind and good triumphs; except that all people are ethnocentric. Overall society is no less racist for that act.
            There is no evidence that people enjoying their ethnicity are antagonistic to outsiders. The problem start when the union is threatened (as it is today by progressive priests of anti-racism).

            • phantom snowflake

               /  January 31, 2019

              It’s telling that you refer to a country which hasn’t existed for 40 years. (Rhodesia) That very name reeks of white supremacy!

            • sorethumb

               /  January 31, 2019

              I used Rhodesia because I heard it used in a podcast in that context. Telling you talk about “white supremacy” when what you mean is opposition to mass -migration into pre-existing white majority countries.

            • sorethumb

               /  January 31, 2019

            • phantom snowflake

               /  January 31, 2019

              When have I ever argued in favour of “mass migration”?? The answer to that is never; particularly in the case of this country where a pre-existing indigenous population was supplanted by mass (white majority) migration!

            • sorethumb

               /  January 31, 2019

              The previous hunter gather society was supplanted by agricultural society – as happened everywhere.

  5. sorethumb

     /  January 31, 2019

    This paper shows that the level of deforestation in Indonesia is positively related to the degree of ethnic fractionalization. To identify a causal relation, we exploit the exogenous timing of variation in the level of ethnic heterogeneity due to the creation of new jurisdictions. We provide evidence consistent with a lower control of politicians, through electoral punishment, in more ethnically fragmented districts. Our results are consistent with the literature on (under)provision of public goods in ethnically diverse societies
    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/ecca.12285

    • phantom snowflake

       /  January 31, 2019

      Classic Correlation/Causation Fallacy. (Post hoc ergo propter hoc.) And I get bonus points for self-satire; me pointing out a logical fallacy hehe!

      • sorethumb

         /  January 31, 2019

        Give yourself a good pat on the back for self delusion.

        “This paper contributes to the body of work on the effect of ethnic fractionalization on public goods provision (Alesina et al. 1999; Alesina and La Ferrara 2005; Miguel and Gugerty 2005). In Indonesia, Bandiera and Levy (2011) find that in villages with higher ethnic diversity, the level of public goods provision reflects the preferences of the wealthy elite when a democratic system is in place. Our paper is also related to the literature on the depletion of common resources such as water, fisheries and air (Lloyd 1833; Hardin 2009; Ostrom 1990). In the absence of regulation or well‐defined property rights, the ‘tragedy of the commons’ is pervasive. Related to this, our paper is linked to the literature on natural resource management, specifically deforestation, in developing countries. One of the first studies to use forest cover data is by Foster and Rosenzweig (2003), who show that income and population growth are the leading causes of forest growth in India. Another relevant branch of this literature has looked at the effect of decentralization of forest management. Baland et al. (2010a) find that transferring forest management to local communities can reduce tree lopping by 20 percentage points. Baland et al. (2010b) find a decrease in firewood and fodder collection activities. Our results also relate to those of Burgess et al. (2012), who show that greater political fragmentation is detrimental to deforestation due to increased competition among districts for the provincial wood market. Our findings suggest, however, an additional and different effect of political fragmentation. In an ethnically heterogeneous environment, an increase in political jurisdictions can have beneficial effects on deforestation if it leads to lower ethnic fragmentation. We compare in great detail our results to theirs in Section 7.3