German Philosopher: Greta’s UN Appearance “Aggressive And Fanatical”…”Barely Veiled” Misanthropy

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Climate Debate Going Into Mass Psychosis?

Hat-tip: Die kalte Sonne

At the online German news weekly Der Spiegel here, we find an interview with philosopher Alexander Grau.

Grau has been studying the language and symbols in the climate debate and also works as a freelance cultural and business journalist. He writes the column “Grauzone” for political magazine “Cicero”.

When asked by Spiegel what he thought when he saw Greta Thunberg’s outburst at the UN in New York and her emotional accusation of “how dare you!”, Grau responded:

Greta Thunberg’s performance was aggressive and fanatical. That was repulsive and clumsy. “Fridays for Future” on the other hand has to make Thunberg’s message suitable for events. This is about mass communication: the result is political kitsch: simple solutions, sub-complex problem consideration, strong collective emotionalization, transfiguration of nature and a denial of reality that claims to be realism.”

He tells Spiegel: “Greta Thunberg’s appearance had something fanatical about it.”

When Spiegel asks if Greta Thunberg and “Fridays for Future” call on us to finally acknowledge the reality of climate change and draw conclusions from it, Grau says that there’s a series of conflicting goals at play:

But the whole story also includes the fact that we are dealing with a series of conflicting goals. Climate protection is just one of many political goals. Without poverty reduction, for example, we will not get a grip on overpopulation. But for that we need economic growth and a great deal of cheap energy. A complete phase-out of humanity from fossil fuels could lead to even greater catastrophes.

Grau also told Spiegel in the interview:

In view of human intervention in the ecosystem, many people think that the world would be more peaceful, ecological and harmonious without humans. But that is nonsense. Man, also the man of modernity, is part of nature, not an external foreign body. Here a cynical misanthropy is barely veiled.”

Read full interview on Spiegel Online

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6 responses to “German Philosopher: Greta’s UN Appearance “Aggressive And Fanatical”…”Barely Veiled” Misanthropy”

  1. Ann Banisher

    This mass psychoses has occurred and reoccurred many times in the past. I suspect it occurs on a regular basis.
    We hear these supposedly disconnected stories, stories of witch burning in Europe and US because of climate fear, or of China or Cambodia killing seemingly the most productive of their societies, the French ‘equality’ revolution killing its own or the Russian need to purge the productive Kulaks, (not to mention Rhodesia or, Cuba or Venezuela) all to get rid of a societal plague of inequality.
    Will you really be surprised if it happens again?

  2. Yonason

    In case anyone is wondering why we’re hearing so much about her, it’s because…

    Media Organizations Colluded to Boost Coverage of Greta Thunberg, UN Climate Conference
    https://www.aim.org/aim-column/report-media-organizations-colluded-to-boost-coverage-of-greta-thunberg-un-climate-conference/

    That’s right. It’s not because she was so important. It’s because they wanted you to think she was.

    Anyone who still trusts mass media is living in a fantasy world.

  3. bonbon

    Dr. John Schellnhuber, CBE, Commander of the British Empire, of the PKI does not veil anything – a target of 2 billion at most is openly stated. Greta’s handler said a few years ago, 500 million.

    Dr. John is the main author of the Pope’s “Laudato Si”, a paen to Gaia, and the Pope is even considering an 11th Commandment for the “common home”.

    I wonder what the good Philospher would say of Dr. John and Pope Francis?
    Or would a comment be to risky?

  4. richard

    “Mainstream Media CONSPIRED to HYPE Greta Thunberg!!!”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjp8B4SYZ38&feature=em-uploademail

    1. Yonason

      Thanks, Richard. I haven’t watched Turley before. He’s pretty informative, as well as entertaining.

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