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Mon Aug 19, 2019, 03:48 PM

Two mass killings a world apart share a common theme: 'ecofascism'


Before the slaughter of dozens of people in Christchurch, New Zealand, and El Paso this year, the accused gunmen took pains to explain their fury, including their hatred of immigrants. The statements that authorities think the men posted online share another obsession: overpopulation and environmental degradation.

The alleged Christchurch shooter, who is charged with targeting Muslims and killing 51 people in March, declared himself an “eco-fascist” and railed about immigrants’ birthrates. The statement linked to the El Paso shooter, who is charged with killing 22 people in a shopping area this month, bemoans water pollution, plastic waste and an American consumer culture that is “creating a massive burden for future generations.”

The two mass shootings appear to be extreme examples of ecofascism — what Hampshire College professor emerita Betsy Hartmann calls “the greening of hate.”

Many white supremacists have latched onto environmental themes, drawing connections between the protection of nature and racial exclusion. These ideas have shown themselves to be particularly dangerous when adopted by unstable individuals prone to violence and convinced that they must take drastic actions to stave off catastrophe.

The alleged El Paso shooter’s document is full of existential despair: “My whole life I have been preparing for a future that currently doesn’t exist.”

In recent years, the mainstream environmental movement has moved strongly in the direction of social justice — the opposite of what hate groups seek. Now, the leaders of those organizations fear white nationalists are using green messages to lure young people to embrace racist and nativist agendas.

Absolutely disgusting. RWers are using this as an excuse to blame "the left" for mass shootings. Not the racism or easy access to assault weapons.

Oh and "took pains to explain their fury" means they don't have a political agenda and are therefore not terrorists.

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Mon Aug 19, 2019, 03:54 PM

1. There were 'deep ecology' adherents in earthfirst, like Dave Foreman, back in the '80's.

These nazi types don't care a bit about the environment. Just another angle for them to use to try to sway people into fascism.

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