Eco-fascism: how the environment could be a green light for the far right. On August 3, 2019, a gunman shot and killed 22 people in El Paso, Texas. The killings were the deadliest attack on America’s Latino community in history. A manifesto, which police believe is connected to the alleged gunman, said the El Paso killings were inspired by what happened in Christchurch and motivated by “the Hispanic invasion of Texas”. The El Paso manifesto is called “An Inconvenient Truth” – mirroring the title of Al Gore’s 2009 documentary on the threat of climate change. In the manifesto, the writer says the people of America are “too stubborn” to change their lifestyles “so the next logical step is to decrease the number of people in America using its resources. If we can get rid of enough people, then our way of life can become more sustainable”. Academic, activist and author Naomi Klein’s new book, On Fire: The (Burning) Case For A Green New Deal, warns of the growth of eco-fascism. Klein has been called “the intellectual godmother of the Green New Deal Movement”. The Green New Deal envisages a greening of the economy, and reforms creating a fairer job market. Klein says: “My fear is that, unless something significant changes in how our societies rise to the ecological crisis, we are going to see this kind of white power eco-fascism emerge with much greater frequency, as a ferocious rationalisation for refusing to live up to our collective climate responsibilities”.
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