More Totalitarianism

But environmental campaigns often go further than simply informing future generations about the climate. Many initiatives urge children to use emotional pressure to change their parents’ behaviour. One example is ‘Climate Cops’, run by the energy firm npower: school pupils are given police-officer-style notebooks so that they can ‘book’ themselves, friends or family members who are caught wasting energy or performing other ‘climate-unfriendly’ actions.

Wow, this is totally Soviet! Not of my era, of course, because by that time everybody was very cynical about the ruling dogma but back in the 1920s and 1930s.

What’s new, once again, is the realization that totalitarianism doesn’t need a repressive state apparatus to herd people into a state of abject terror. The locus of terror’s control has been moved inside. But the idea of spying on family members are reporting ideologically unsound behavior is age-old. And so is the effort to isolate children and burden them with guilt from the earliest age.

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6 thoughts on “More Totalitarianism”

  1. From a historical perspective, are there examples of this kind of totalitarianism (people reporting on friends, family) before the rise of modern communism? Pre-Marx, that is.

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    1. Absolutely. The Holy Inquisition was very good at this kind of thing. Torquemada was the precursor of the communist luminaries, as the great Soviet writer Dudintsev observed.

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  2. There is also D.A.R.E., which used to be big, and related programs; kids were supposed to report parents smoking marijuana and I don’t know what all. In 80s and 90s I had various friends take kids out of school because they were being asked to spy and I don’t mean report abuse to teachers, I mean things like spy on medication before they were old enough to understand it, etc.

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  3. Contrary to the Carré Rouge student strike in 2012, where it was about improving students’ conditions, I’m vehemently against those consumerist « climate change student strikes », which constitutes a globalist diversion against welfare and has nothing to do with students’ conditions.

    No fucking way! (not Jose)

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