This is going to be sweary. If you are all Omar Little, and don’t like swearing, then look away now.
For fucking fuckity fucking fuck’s fucking sake. What kind of fucking clueless muppet chides environmentalists when they are lukewarm about some rapacious purveyor of salt, sugar, fat and protein getting in on the fake meat act? I mean, are you for fucking real? Srsly.
For the avoidance of doubt, and in keeping with the title of this short (but not short enough) blog post, there ARE circumstances when environmentalists can and should be called out for their stupidity, unhelpfulness and laziness.
If I didn’t stand by that position, I’d be a(n even bigger) raging hypocrite because a good portion of my energy and time these last 15 years has been taken up with pointing out the environmental “movement”‘s failings – see terms like the smugosphere, the emotacycle, ego-fodder, potemkinclusivity etc etc. And I have also gone into detail about what is underlying those failings (emotional needs, unexamined privilege – especially around class) – and, crucially, WHAT WE COULD AND SHOULD BUT PROBABLY WON’T DO DIFFERENTLY.
Environmental activists (self-included) absolutely are “fair game”. I am not one who subscribes to what a friend calls ‘the love and light brigade’. We are not going to “get there” (where the hell is ‘there’?) by pretending that any activity is good activity, that good intentions add up to anything. To pretend we are is to lack – to choose a phrase entirely at random – “emotional and intellectual honesty.”
But to chide other activists because they aren’t down with your ecological modernisation bollocks? I mean, that is some next-level stupid, unhelpful laziness.