Political Legitimacy, Authoritarianism, and Climate Change - Published online by Cambridge University Press - American Political Science Review - December 6, 2021
ROSS MITTIGA - Professor Department of Politics at University of Virginia (Former Assistant Professor, Instituto de Ciencia Política, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile, [email protected] )
Abstract Excerpt: Is authoritarian power ever legitimate? ... While, under normal conditions, maintaining democracy and rights is typically compatible with guaranteeing safety, in emergency situations, conflicts between these two aspects of legitimacy can and often do arise. A salient example of this is the COVID-19 pandemic, during which severe limitations on free movement and association have become legitimate techniques of government. Climate change poses an even graver threat to public safety. Consequently, I argue, legitimacy may require a similarly authoritarian approach."
The paper's author Ross Mittaga, calls for "authoritarian environmentalism" to address the alleged climate "emergency." : "It is ultimately an empirical question whether authoritarian governance is better able to realize desired environmental outcomes and, if so why and to what extent? Yet, it is undeniable that nearly all wealthy democratic states have failed to respond adequately to the climate crisis. By contrast, various less affluent authoritarian regimes have been successful in implementing stringent climate policies..."
Morano: “The idea is that your rights are conditioned upon whether you are being obedient to the regime in power. And that's literally all it is. New York City now is going to be doubling down.
“But here's the good news, Ezra, there are liberals who are waking up to this.
“Robert F. Kennedy Jr., my new hero, a man who wanted to jail climate skeptics, is opposed to lockdowns. Naomi Wolf, Max Blumenthal had an incredible piece against lockdowns. He talks all about how the left has just been largely silent on the greatest human rights violations on what's been going on.”
The UK Independent newspaper lays out exactly what a Carbon Quota would entail. It begins: “Your home, sometime in the next decade. You click the heating on and receive an app notification telling you how much of your carbon allowance you’ve used today. “Outside in the drive, your car’s fuel is linked to the same account. In the fridge, the New Zealand lamb you’ve bought has cost not just pounds and pence but a chunk of this monthly emissions budget too. “Welcome to the world of personal carbon allowances – a concept that is increasingly gaining traction among experts as a possible response to the climate crisis.”
Ron Clutz: "This all sounds like one’s entire life would be recorded and regulated and monitored and meddled with by politicians who’ll punish or praise, all in pursuit of a vague utopia. ... A world in which every consideration is now suffixed with ‘to save the planet.’" ... "You can define the confidence of a culture by the pettiness of its laws." ... "We shouldn’t feign surprise. A stubborn one-third of any population harbors latent authoritarian tendencies. All they need is a little nudge and a wink from someone in a lab coat or a pinstripe suit." ...
"As Mencken wrote, they’re governed by the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy. ... That’s the problem with do-gooding. There’s always more good to do. ... What happens when we reach Net Zero and the weather doesn’t change? I can only guess… ‘That wasn’t real Net-Zero. Real Net-Zero has never been tried.’"
"Wouldn’t it be grand, our technocrats think, if they could turn the COVID-19 emergency into a permanent emergency over climate? The possibilities are limitless.
Traveling? If we can lock you in your home to stop a virus, why can’t we trap you there so you don’t get in your gas-guzzling car or fly on a carbon-spewing airplane? Such wastefulness must be reserved for a select few, like the important leaders flying to international climate conferences."
WaPo features "a study by the nonprofit Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), shared exclusively with The Washington Post." "The report includes a broad range of climate disinformation, including articles that undermine the existence or impacts of climate change or misrepresent data in ways that might erode trust in climate science experts. This includes a Breitbart story published in March that suggested the Green New Deal, proposed legislation to decrease greenhouse gas emissions, would likely result in mass lockdowns if passed into law."
Watch: Morano’s full 25 min speech on Climate Lockdowns at Heartland Skeptic Conference in Las Vegas - Marc Morano gave a rousing speech addressing “Degraded Science and the Coming Great Reset.” ... Under a climate lockdown, Morano explained, there would be little to no air travel, no new clothing, no private property, no meat eating, and of course, no use of traditional, reliable fossil fuel energy. “If you’ve loved the last year and a half living under covid lockdowns, you’ll LOVE the coming climate lockdowns,” Morano quipped.