So this came across my twitter feed last night, and in case you missed it there I wanted to be sure everyone saw it.
@RL_Miller: "Dark Ecology" responds to the neo-environmentalists. Fascinating #longread w/ harsh Unabomber parallels.http://bit.ly/W5K1ep
I think this is seriously twisted. It looks to me like Paul Kingsnorth is having Palinesque "starbursts" for Ted Kazynski--the Unabomber. And then he goes on to tell us in loving detail about his skills with a scythe. Sweet, eh?
Here's the direct link to the article at Orion, Dark Ecology, in case the tweet link fails: http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/7277
Although on twitter Robert Wilson said that he thought this:
@CarbonCounter_: @mem_somerville @SkepticalVegan well, he is arguing for withdrawal. He isn’t supporting action to solve problems, either way.
That's not what I heard. What I heard by the end--was "cut down the tall trees".
No where in this article did he address the fact that eco-anarchists have already been bombing and burning universities and other tech sites. Anarchists attack science. (Be sure to also read the letter from the brother of one of the bombing victims: Stand up against the anti-technology terrorists)
I think this article is a high-class version of what Mike Adams flogged recently: The GMO debate is over; GM crops must be immediately outlawed; Monsanto halted from threatening humanity
I predict a future where -- and for the record I DO NOT encourage this -- shipments of GM seeds to farmers are raided and destroyed by activists. I predict Monsanto employees being publicly named and shamed on websites. I predict -- but DO NOT CONDONE -- scientists who conduct research for Monsanto being threatened, intimidated and even physically attacked. Again, for the record, I DO NOT IN ANY WAY condone such behavior, but I predict it will emerge as an inevitable reaction to the unfathomable evil being committed by the GMO industry and all its co-conspirators. The "Army of the 12 monkeys" may become reality. (See the sci-fi movie "12 monkeys" starring Brad Pitt and Bruce Willis.)
What we are fighting for here is the protection of our species. We are fighting for the sanctity of life on our planet. Those who threaten that life must be stopped from continuing to harm us. This evil must be put back in its box and prevented from ever threatening us again.
I think they are going off the rails. Seriously.
More: Nanotechnology: Armed resistance http://www.nature.com/news/nanotechnology-armed-resistance-1.11287
The sentiment is echoed by Beatriz Xoconostle Cázares, a biotechnology researcher at Cinvestav, who is experimenting with transgenic crops resistant to drought and insects — and who regularly debates with ETC in public forums. Last September, Xoconostle arrived at work to find that her lab had been set on fire. A month later, arsonists attacked the lab of a neighbouring researcher.
I don't think amping up the rhetoric--even by decent writers--is a good sign. Linking the ideas to Kazynski? Ode to your scythe? I think this is a dark turn. And it's very disturbed and disturbing.