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“More than 25 years ago, as I sat on the roof of our house watching the neighborhood’s furniture float down the street, I thought things couldn’t get any worse. Everything I owned was under water. The capital of my country was ruined. Mother Earth was exacting its revenge upon its most arrogant inhabitants. As it turned out, things got a lot worse.”

I’m sure, like the rest of us, you haven’t forgotten that disastrous event either, that moment in 2022 when a climate-charged Hurricane Donald tore through Washington leveling the city, and our nation’s capital was subsequently moved to Kansas. While no one could have predicted such an event in all its details, there were few firsthand observers of that rampaging super-storm who had foreseen the fragmented, degraded world we now inhabit in a more clear-eyed manner than Julian West (the observer quoted above) whose 2020 bestseller Splinterlands eerily foresaw this present shattered globe of ours.

Okay, okay, here’s where I fess up: it’s true that geo-paleontologist Julian West (a namesake for the hero of Edward Bellamy’s nineteenth century utopian novel, Looking Backward) is just a fantasy stand-in for John Feffer, the author of the actual dystopian novel Splinterlands. And if that isn’t complicated enough for you, keep in mind that Feffer named that hurricane after Donald Trump while he was still writing his book back in 2016 just as the election campaign was gearing up, so he certainly does have a Julian West-style sense of what’s to come. Now, of course, Hurricane Donald has hit Washington in a tweet-charged storm of chaos and dystopian energy. And so today, Feffer turns his attention to what to make of that human hurricane at a moment when Americans are signaling their dystopian fears by driving novels like 1984 to the tops of bestseller lists — and not just in bastions of anti-Trumpist feeling either. So strap your jet pack to your back and take off with Feffer into a present that feels all too much like some dystopian future to all too many of us.

(Republished from TomDispatch by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Stopped reading after “climate change”. Tom Engelhardt proves once again what an utter fool he is. AGW has been know to be a fraud for years.

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    Stopped reading after “climate change”. Tom Engelhardt proves once again what an utter fool he is. AGW has been know to be a fraud for years.
     
    1. Climate is changing, it always was changing and will continue to do so.
    2. Anthropogenic (human) cause of this change is bullshit, of course. AGW is a fraud.
    3. For liberals "Climate change" today is a euphemism for a completely discredited AGW, for other, normal, people Climate change is just that--a climate change, which is due to natural factors (cycles), such as Sun.
    4. This is an excellent example of a Newspeak. Simulacra play a huge role in it. It is the same as "human rights". Humans, of course, being anyone but white (Christian) folks.
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  2. Stogumber says:

    George Orwell wrote “1984″ in order to show what would become of England, if the leftists – as he got to know them from his work in the MoI – took over.
    At the moment, leftists are still in possession of the media, so “1984″ is still relevant and undoubtedly read by a lot of rightists at this moment. What will become of the United States, if the Deep State and its media organize a coup and take over?

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  3. Andrei Martyanov [AKA "SmoothieX12"] says: • Website
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    Stopped reading after "climate change". Tom Engelhardt proves once again what an utter fool he is. AGW has been know to be a fraud for years.

    Stopped reading after “climate change”. Tom Engelhardt proves once again what an utter fool he is. AGW has been know to be a fraud for years.

    1. Climate is changing, it always was changing and will continue to do so.
    2. Anthropogenic (human) cause of this change is bullshit, of course. AGW is a fraud.
    3. For liberals “Climate change” today is a euphemism for a completely discredited AGW, for other, normal, people Climate change is just that–a climate change, which is due to natural factors (cycles), such as Sun.
    4. This is an excellent example of a Newspeak. Simulacra play a huge role in it. It is the same as “human rights”. Humans, of course, being anyone but white (Christian) folks.

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    No, the climate is not changing. Right now in the northern hemisphere it is still Winter and here in New England we are looking at a blizzard tomorrow. The southern hemisphere is still having Summer and Fall is a week away. What varies is the weather - not the climate. The climate rarely changes. The idea that the climate is continuously changing is just more hogwash dredged up by the AGW fraudsters.
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  4. woodNfish says:
    @Andrei Martyanov

    Stopped reading after “climate change”. Tom Engelhardt proves once again what an utter fool he is. AGW has been know to be a fraud for years.
     
    1. Climate is changing, it always was changing and will continue to do so.
    2. Anthropogenic (human) cause of this change is bullshit, of course. AGW is a fraud.
    3. For liberals "Climate change" today is a euphemism for a completely discredited AGW, for other, normal, people Climate change is just that--a climate change, which is due to natural factors (cycles), such as Sun.
    4. This is an excellent example of a Newspeak. Simulacra play a huge role in it. It is the same as "human rights". Humans, of course, being anyone but white (Christian) folks.

    No, the climate is not changing. Right now in the northern hemisphere it is still Winter and here in New England we are looking at a blizzard tomorrow. The southern hemisphere is still having Summer and Fall is a week away. What varies is the weather – not the climate. The climate rarely changes. The idea that the climate is continuously changing is just more hogwash dredged up by the AGW fraudsters.

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    The idea that the climate is continuously changing is just more hogwash dredged up by the AGW fraudsters.
     
    So, the Ice Age then was just a weather thing. Allrighty then.
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  5. Andrei Martyanov [AKA "SmoothieX12"] says: • Website
    @woodNfish
    No, the climate is not changing. Right now in the northern hemisphere it is still Winter and here in New England we are looking at a blizzard tomorrow. The southern hemisphere is still having Summer and Fall is a week away. What varies is the weather - not the climate. The climate rarely changes. The idea that the climate is continuously changing is just more hogwash dredged up by the AGW fraudsters.

    The idea that the climate is continuously changing is just more hogwash dredged up by the AGW fraudsters.

    So, the Ice Age then was just a weather thing. Allrighty then.

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    That is catastrophic change and quite different.
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    @Andrei Martyanov

    The idea that the climate is continuously changing is just more hogwash dredged up by the AGW fraudsters.
     
    So, the Ice Age then was just a weather thing. Allrighty then.

    That is catastrophic change and quite different.

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  7. zyezek says:

    What is it with this guy? He’s usually such a quality, in-depth critic of the USA’s foreign policy and clearly has the chops to be a very good analyst.

    My current hypothesis is that ‘progressive’ ideology has collectively evolved into a de facto religion, and “Climate Change” is its Book of Revelation. So the psychology is the same as knowing an otherwise thoughtful & intelligent Christian who genuinely believes things like ‘Left Behind’ depict a real & immanent apocalypse. That’s what stories like this are: The ‘Left Behind’ series for the Left. I have no objection to people reading & writing such things, but I don’t want people who take Feffer seriously in charge of environmental policy for the same reason I think those who take Tim LaHaye seriously shouldn’t control our Middle Eastern foreign policy.

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