Climate change is fueling extremism, raising tempers along with temperatures, but there are steps people can take to reduce their impact on the planet.
By David Roberts
“I will not be forced to use a gas mask,” the American activist who made headlines on the Internet in 2009 for refusing to wear a gas mask in the face of the H1N1 flu pandemic said in a column I published on Monday.
We’ve had some strong moments, like when a British rock band announced that they wouldn’t appear on The X Factor if they couldn’t play a song with the line “Fuck the Pope.”
And of course, we have the recent moment in which a U.S. military officer used the “N-word” about the President of the United States in a television interview.
But I still have a problem. We’ve been having some strong moments, like when we elected a Pope. We had a Nobel Prize winner who was the second Muslim ever to win one. And we had a politician who was the first sitting member of the U.S. Congress to be endorsed by the LGBT community.
But that didn’t make a dent.
It is the nature of most human beings to feel some kind of duty to do whatever they can to further their agenda. There is a feeling that it’s their job, and it becomes a way of life.
The American culture is full of people who, year after year, try and be the person they think the world wants. Most of the time, they do not get it, so they become more and more extreme.
In the 20th century, fascism and communism were the most extreme forms of the totalitarian ideology in human history, and we now know it can be contagious even in the most democratic nations.
The rise of the Nazis and the Soviet Union has been an excellent example of why a few politicians from that time actually did more than any other to cause a major conflict.