Just what is “eco-fascism”?

Caption: A common visual trope of eco-fascism is nature scenes combined with the “ᛉ” rune.

This is quite an old article that I seem to have missed re-posting. Which is unfortunate, because it seems to me rather an important one. Maybe you’ll feel the same – in which case, my apologies for the delay in bringing it to you.

As we struggle to come to grips with the enormity of the Christchurch massacre, a key question is: why? The conclusions people are jumping to at the moment seem to mostly reflect their own prejudices rather than any sincere attempt to understand motive. The legacy media, like most of the left in general, swiftly decided that it was right-wing “Islamophobia”. The right angrily insist that the killer is really a communist. Some even claim that the attack is a “false flag”.

But the killer left a manifesto – before it was hastily scrubbed from the internet. It’s a bewildering, to the uninitiated, pastiche of millennial irony, internet memes and what is bluntly called “shitposting”: a variety of trolling designed to both provoke outrage and prevent useful discussion. But, buried among that is in fact a relatively straightforward enunciation of the killer’s goals and bizarre ideology.

Perhaps most important is his identification as an “eco-fascist”. While this phrase seems to have mystified most of the legacy media, it’s not that new. More importantly, it tells us a lot – and rings alarm bells for those who care to pay attention.

Eco-fascists believe that living in the original regions a race is meant to have originated in and shunning multiculturalism is the only way to save the planet they prioritise above all else.

Of course, eco-fascism has its schisms and differing schools of belief, like any ideology. But, like other ideologies, there are also a consistent set of core beliefs: veganism, anti-multiculturalism, ethno-nationalism, anti-single use plastic, and anti-Semitism.

New Zealanders have become grimly familiar with some of these beliefs. They’ve heard some of them straight from the Christchurch terrorist’s manifesto. But they’ve also heard some of them from the very people who are using the horror of Christchurch to demonise the right in general.

Many people have pointed out the confluence between modern ecological ideology, and the nature-veneration of the Nazis. Mainstream ecological activists angrily reject the comparison, and not unfairly. Just because Nazis were ecologists, does not mean all ecologists are Nazis. To argue that they are is a failure of basic logic.

But that doesn’t mean that there’s no confluence at all. No-one is more aware of that than eco-fascists themselves. They point out that “the Third Reich was one of the earliest governments to make conservationism a major focus”, and “It was Nazi Germany that was environmentally aware not Soviet Russia”.

It was many years ago now that I first heard someone draw attention to the way the far left and the far right seemed to find common ground in environmentalism: “it’s where the hippies’ sandals meet the skinheads’ boots’n’braces”. This explains the killer’s admiration for China: not because he is a communist, but because China is a fascist state which forces its citizens to obey its directives. Many mainstream ecologists, especially climate change activists, have also openly expressed admiration and yearning for China: “because they can get things done. Democracy gets in the way”.

Many climate change activists share eco-fascism’s alarming Malthusian misanthropy. It’s almost impossible to have a discussion on climate change without hearing that, “the real problem is overpopulation”.

In the words of Finnish ecologist Pentti Linkola ‘The worst enemy of life is too much life: the excess of human life.’

Linkola is not a fringe-right white supremacist: he’s in the mainstream of ecological activism. His views are echoed by many in the climate change movement. Many years ago, I had a discussion with an activist who argued that the human population must be reduced to 2 billion within the next 50 years, to save the Earth. I did some back of the envelope calculations and showed that, to achieve his goal, not only must all childbirth cease immediately, around 80 million people would have to be murdered, every year.

He was unmoved.

Many activist communities thankfully have barely any grasp on how to put their ideologies into action. Eco-fascism does – and its solutions are horrifying:

“The diminishing of the world population is the only thing that would guarantee the survival of our earth.”

As the media and the left – the Greens in particular – screech blame at the right for the crime committed in Christchurch, a little soul-searching of their own might be in order. While the Greens may not share the killer’s odious white supremacy (although they often substitute it for a mirror-image white inferiority), his genocidal malthusianism is mainstream Green ideology.

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