What’s Worse Than Climate Catastrophe? Climate Catastrophe Plus Fascism.

Andreas Malm, historian and human ecology scientist at Lund University in Sweden, is possibly the hardest-working intellectual in the field of climate. The author from 2016 Fossil capital, an important contribution to our historical understanding of the climate crisis and the year 2018 The progress of this stormSince last September he has published three more books: Corona, climate, chronic emergency;; How to Blow Up a Pipeline; and now the massive ones White skin, black fuel: On the danger of fossil fascism.

Malm and me spoken last december roughly How to blow up a pipeline (A far more nuanced book than the somewhat alarming title suggests). While this much shorter book is a kind of manifesto dealing with the climate movement (which Malm has been a long-time participant in), this new book is the result of a major research project in collaboration with the Zetkin Collective, an international group of scientists dedicated to the climate movement turns human ecology department at Lund University. The book reveals the links between the refusal and obstruction of the fossil fuel industry and the recently growing white nationalist far right in Europe, the United States and Brazil, and delves into the historical roots of “fossil fascism” – a term Malm goes to We owe it to the political scientist Cara Daggett of Virginia Tech – back to British coal imperialism and the European fascist movements and regimes of the 20th century.

With the violent radicalization of the Republican Party grassroots base, everything feels terribly relevant to our American situation. The sudden turnaround in climate under the Biden government, refreshing as it may be, does little to counter the threat posed by a growing reactionary movement – an alliance of fossil capital and neo-fascist white nationalism. It has already been said: the only thing worse than a climate catastrophe is the climate catastrophe plus fascism. So it seems to be an urgent, too seldom asked question of what a truly anti-fascist climate policy would look like.

– As Stephenson

W.en S.Tephenson: I think it’s important to begin by saying that the fossil fuel industry’s decades-long strategy of denial and obstruction already is an unprecedented crime against humanity. The situation we will face in the coming decades is more extreme under current political conditions than even the cataclysms of the mid-twentieth century totalitarianismin terms of the extent of death and destruction, especially in the global south. And this is not the doing of fascist or totalitarian regimes, but of liberal, so-called democratic capitalism – it is economy and politics as usual that have brought us here. And yet the situation could be even worse if something like fascism prevailed when the climate system collapsed. It seems this is where this book comes in as a well-researched warning that the danger of fascism in the context of the climate crisis is all too real. Am I right. Is that how you see this project?


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