Green Zealot Clive Hamilton: Freedom Is Our Enemy

Posted on Thu 05/11/2017 by


By Andrew Bolt ~

Abusive Clive Hamilton -former Greens candidate, Gaian and Climate Change Authority member -once suggested the “suspension of democratic processes” to push global warming schemes.

Now Hamilton – who seems to me a proto-totalitarian – claims freedom is our enemy:

…the forces we hoped would make the world a more civilised place – personal freedoms, democracy, material advance, technological power – are in truth paving the way to its destruction. The powers we most trusted have betrayed us; that which we believed would save us now threatens to devour us.

Hamilton’s apocalyptic view – and seeming contempt for human freedom – seems driven by his Gaian faith, which demotes humans and makes them subservient to a kind of Earth god whose interests and wishes Hamilton claims to know:

The “humans-only” orientation of the social sciences and humanities is reinforced by our total absorption in representations of reality derived from media, encouraging us to view the ecological crisis as a spectacle that takes place outside the bubble of our existence.

It is true that grasping the scale of what is happening requires not only breaking the bubble but also making the cognitive leap to “Earth system thinking” – that is, conceiving of the Earth as a single, complex, dynamic system. It is one thing to accept that human influence has spread across the landscape, the oceans and the atmosphere, but quite another to make the jump to understanding that human activities are disrupting the functioning of the Earth as a complex, dynamic, ever-evolving totality comprised of myriad interlocking processes.

If you think I read too much into that last passage, here is Hamilton a few years ago explaining his new religion – one that seems to have little time or love for humans:

So I think where we’re going is to begin to see a Gaian earth in its ecological, cybernetic way, infused with some notion of mind or soul or chi, which will transform our attitudes to it away from an instrumentalist one, towards an attitude of greater reverence. I mean, the truth is, unless we do that, I mean we seriously are in trouble, because we know that Gaia is revolting against the impact of human beings on it.

You may laugh off his musing as just the rants of some random zealot.

But realise that Hamilton is considered serious enough to be a Professor of Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University in Canberra. He taught at Yale University, Cambridge and Oxford. Most notoriously, the Gillard Government appointed him to the Climate Change Authority to advise on global warming policies, even though he is a professional ethicist with little obvious expertise (at least to me) in climate science or economics.

But The Age preaches his dangerous politics with an unseemly reverence.

Andrew Bolt writes for the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, and The Advertiser and runs Australia’s most-read political blog. On week nights he hosts The Bolt Report on Sky News at 7pm and his Macquarie Radio show at 8pm with Steve Price.

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