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THREAD: Over the past 24 hours, my pro-Greta/anti-Dinosaur Brigade posts on Facebook have attracted much co-ordinated trolling and tender loveletters, like the attached. Leading me to the personal conclusion that the opposition to Thunberg from the Right has *nothing* to do...
... with climate change. It’s not even that they don’t accept it - these folk cannot even *comprehend* it. The technicalities of the discussion are beyond them. Their ferocious opposition isn’t even about attachment to fossil fuel industries - the man calling me a “mutt”...
... is hardly the CEO of a petrochemical company, much as he may dream about the BMW and cigars at night time. No, the opprobrium is not about climate change, as much as it is a true, distilled terror toward the (inevitable) disruption of the prevailing social order that...
... the climate action MOVEMENT represents. The young people and their allies represent a future upon which the dinosaurs will no longer exert ANY influence. Not even within their own families, let alone communities. They are fighting desperately to demonise and marginalise...
... the representatives of the movement, because they know their lives will be swallowed by events, their “legacies” as they imagine them turned to dust, their ideological protégés irrelevant to emerging centres of power and influence. For the likes of “media personalities”...
... and political gatekeepers this prospect is even more terrifying as the stakes are higher - Sam Newman calling Greta Thunberg a “brat” and “piece of shit” says nothing about her and everything about what she makes him feel about himself. And the person of her is the...
... perfect avatar of the movement they fear. She is focused on her activist task and she truly DOES NOT CARE what they think of her. Their judgment is powerless because she gives it no power. Girls, in particular, are encouraged by the old culture to internalise shame...
... to define themselves by what men think of them, to hang their heads and process insults as legitimate criticism. And women are refusing to do this any longer, and the likes of Greta are from a generation who don’t feel obliged to do it AT ALL! Imagine having thought you...
... were a king yesterday, and awakening today to an empty castle and an abandoned court. They are terrified. They are mobilising what’s left of their broken army to fight like rats from a corner. That is why the language is so extreme and cruel. And it will get worse. Worse.
But we have been here before, in the West. In the 1960s, we were all here before. The youth movement and its allies beat the dinosaurs then and will beat them again. The clearest evidence that we will is the true terror felt by its. My only concern here is how prepared...
... the doomed armies of the old world are to spoil the planet just to spite the new. The job for my generation - Gen X, & those before us - is to throw ourselves into the machines of power, and stop the destruction however we can, wherever we can. That’s on us. Are we up to it?
We can be.

I keep thinking of this Bowie lyric that someone quoted to me on the internet yesterday. He was right back then. And he’s right now. It gives me courage. It gives me hope. #auspol #howdareyou
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