Before clicking on the above video, take the warning of the Sad Hill blog to heart: “Do NOT watch this video if you wish to avoid portrayals of extreme violence, genocide, child murders, demonic practice and terrorism — all in the name of environmentalism.”
That disclaimer out of the way, we’ll get to the insane video at the top of the post in just a moment, but first, some background.
In a recent edition of City Journal, Fred Siegel explored how the radical environmentalism of the early 1970s created a new breed of “Progressives Against Progress,” as he put it:
In 1972, Sir John Maddox, editor of the British journal Nature, noted that though it had once been usual to see maniacs wearing sandwich boards that proclaimed the imminent end of the Earth, they had been replaced by a growing number of frenzied activists and politicized scientists making precisely the same claim. In the years since then, liberalism has seen recurring waves of such end-of-days hysteria. These waves have shared not only a common pattern but often the same cast of characters. Strangely, the promised despoliations are most likely to be presented as imminent when Republicans are in the White House. In each case, liberals have argued that the threat of catastrophe can be averted only through drastic actions in which the ordinary political mechanisms of democracy are suspended and power is turned over to a body of experts and supermen.
Paradoxically, today’s environmental fascists can use the power of the free market against itself, taking advantage of the freedom brought by powerful advances in computer video and computer illustration over the last decade to produce messages preaching the very opposite of freedom and individuality.
Last September, shortly before the “Hide the Decline” story broke, doing to the left’s global cooling/warming/climate change/global climate disruption fantasies what RatherGate did for Dan Rather’s reputation, we noted a series of ads designed to “raise awareness” of “global warming.” Instead they raised awareness of how desperate the eco-left have been to escalate their rhetoric.
First, there was MasterCard’s ad, originally spotted by James Lileks, in which a credit card company helps a thoughtless father see the error of his consumerist ways by buying doubleplusgood enviro-themed consumer goods, thanks to the prodding of his benighted young son:
Here we go again — the latest 9/11-mocking botched ad campaign, this time from the Brazilian division of DDB Worldwide (whose initials stand for the agency’s founders, Doyle, Dane, and Bernbach), the ad agency employed — possibly for the last time — by the World Wildlife Fund:
Click the image to enlarge to full size to see the ad’s “Fire make sea gods angry” caption, to borrow from an Iowahawk riff from a few years ago. It reads:
“The tsunami killed 100 times more people than 9/11. The planet is brutally powerful. Respect it. Preserve it.”
You can watch an accompanying video version of the ad here, which the WWF attempted to have squelched from YouTube. And we rounded-up several other 9/11-themed ads to promote anti-smoking, Starbucks, and even Spanish socialist politics around that time as well. And then in November of last year came this infamous YouTube clip:
Back then I wrote:
As I noted in last week’s “Hide The Decline” edition of my Silicon Graffiti video blog, in what turned out to be, in retrospect, the run-up to ClimateGate, the left seemed to be dramatically escalating the craziness of their global warming-themed PSAs and advertisements. By the fall of this year, it reached the point where the WWF was comparing global warming to a whole fleet of terrorist-controlled planes attacking the World Trade Center. Which was followed by this ad from Plane Stupid, the British anti-aviation group, which, in what was clearly another 9/11-inspired ad, featured photorealistic digital animation of polar bears falling from the sky, hitting skyscrapers, leaving blood trails on the sides of those buildings, and ultimately flattening parked cars.
Short of replacing the bears with humans falling from the sky for the complete 9/11 experience, once you’ve reached this level of hysteria, where else do you go to ramp up the hysteria?
Well, last Super Bowl had Audi’s Green Police ad, which was actually kind of fun for those of us who aren’t Gaia Worshipers, as it reminded people of the eco-left’s lust to control the lives of others:
….But England’s Green Police takes their capital punishment seriously. Unlike a recent American Express advertisement, they’re not content to merely demolish hydroelectric dams; they’ve blowing up, Scanners-style, people who’ve committed doubleplusungood oldenvirothink.
Which brings us to the video at the top of the post, which we’ll discuss right after the page break.