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The psychological woes of the “The Wannabe Oppressed” are analyzed by Stanley Kurtz at NRO:

In his important new book, The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse: Save the Earth, Punish Human Beings, French intellectual gadfly Pascal Bruckner does the most thorough job yet of explaining the climate movement as a secular religion, an odd combination of deformed Christianity and reconstructed Marxism. (You can find Bruckner’s excellent article based on the book here.) Bruckner describes a historical process wherein “the long list of emblematic victims — Jews, blacks, slaves, proletarians, colonized peoples — was replaced, little by little, with the Planet.” The planet, says Bruckner, “has become the new proletariat that must be saved from exploitation.”

But why? Bruckner finds it odd that a “mood of catastrophe” should prevail in the West, the most well-off part of the world. The reason, I think, is that the only way to turn the prosperous into victims is to threaten the very existence of a world they otherwise command.

And why should the privileged wish to become victims? To alleviate guilt and to appropriate the victim’s superior prestige. In the neo-Marxist dispensation now regnant on our college campuses, after all, the advantaged are ignorant and guilty while the oppressed are innocent and wise. The initial solution to this problem was for the privileged to identify with “struggling groups” by wearing, say, a Palestinian keffiyeh. Yet better than merely empathizing with the oppressed is to be oppressed. This is the climate movement’s signal innovation.

But of course. In his new book, The United States of Paranoia, Jesse Walker of Reason magazine observed how easy it is for the proverbial blogger in his basement to feel like he’s in the command center with Ike and Churchill and Monty, leading the struggle against oppression:

Even if you set aside purely partisan fears, the 1990s, a time of relative peace and prosperity, were also a golden age of both frankly fictional and allegedly true tales of conspiracy. There are many reasons for this, including the not unsubstantial fact that even at its most peaceful, the United States is riven by conflicts. But there is also the possibility that peace breeds nightmares just as surely as strife does. The anthropologist David Graeber has argued that “it’s the most peaceful societies which are also the most haunted, in their imaginative constructions of the cosmos, by constant specters of perennial war.” The Piaroa Indians of Venezuela, he wrote, “are famous for their peaceableness,” but “they inhabit a cosmos of endless invisible war, in which wizards are engaged in fending off the attacks of insane, predatory gods and all deaths are caused by spiritual murder and have to be avenged by the magical massacre of whole (distant, unknown) communities.”  Many middle-class bloggers leading comfortable lives spend their spare time in a similar subterranean universe.

See also: the guys from the Big Bang Theory, who believe that the Nobel Prize for scientific research is theirs for the asking, in between rounds of “Dungeons and Dragons” and Star Wars lightsaber duels.

Everybody, particularly when they’re young, wants to feel larger and greater than they are.  The whole self-esteem movement in school is based on that assumption. Once they’re in college, is it any wonder that a kid playing guitar in a bar band thinks if he could just get that big break, he’d be the next Jimmy Page? The student filmmaker with a handheld 16mm camera is convinced that he’s the next Stanley Kubrick. A budding author is sure he’s the next Saul Bellow, etc. TV series such as Taxi and Fame were filled with people who were convinced that the big break was just around the corner and superstardom was theirs for the asking. Scorsese and DeNiro’s The King of Comedy was essientially the darker funhouse mirror version of the same obsession. And because so much of the left’s mythology is built on “the moral equivalence of war” and action for its own sake, and storming the barricades for chaaaaaange, maaaaan, of course global warming obsessives feel like they’re refighting either civil rights or World War II – the two analogies that Big Oil spokesman Al Gore swaps out in every speech he makes.

That in reality, the earth isn’t coming to an end just makes them feel more emboldened, like a Kennedy assassination theorist or 9/11 truther who’s convinced that only he knows how big the conspiracy truly is. “You petty bourgeois people just can’t see it, can you? If you don’t turn off the lights in your kitchen, the world is doomed!”, to paraphrase NBC’s goofy message to its viewers in the middle of a nighttime professional football game.

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bulgaricus - uneducated fools, obviously!

there, fixed that for you.

when that latest affirmative action promoted clown (no names) climbed out of the clown car a few weeks ago, her first order of the day (taking her new office in high gov.) was to inform everybody in that 'scientific group' that 'she hoped there were no global warming deniers still around her offices'. yeah, that's real sciencxxe, whatever the nutty feminist director orders. no problem. payday is on every other thurs. still, right?
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The Left is always in search of a religion that asks nothing of them, that demands no personal investment or behavioral responsibility. Climate Change is just such a religion.
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I remember back in the 90's going to the Fringe Festival (an alternative theater festival) in NYC and seeing some Asian college kids putting on a show in that "slam poetry" yelling style. They bemoaning the hardships of being Asian and they really really wanted to be victims. I don't remember much about it but they threw around the term "banana" a lot (the Asian equivalent of the "oreo cookie"- yellow on the outside white on the inside.) The one specific thing I recall was a reaally angry girl ranting about how people see Asians and just ASSUME they're good at math!
Wow! The horror. People assuming that you are smarter than you are- that for her was OPPRESSION. If I had had any drinks in me I probably would've stood up and said, "Hey...Asian-Americans make more on average than white Americans. Asians get accepted into the best Universities at a MUCH higher rate than whites. GET OFF THE STAGE YOU LITTLE BRATS- YOU ARE NOT OPPRESSED!" It was as clear as day- they WANTED to be victims. It was kind of funny actually.
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nice article. but what about my fear of a total societal collapse because of hyperinflation, financial crisis and a society ready to tear it self apart?
am i enjoying my fear? as crazy as Al Gore disciples?
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my co-worker's step-sister makes $84 an hour on the computer. She has been out of a job for eight months but last month her check was $14245 just working on the computer for a few hours. go to the website ......... www.pro43.com
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In historian Paul Johnson's assessment, Kark Marx wasn't an economist, but an apocolyptic with visions of disaster. That came first; Communism just filled it in, even if he had to rely on Engels' fudged statistic.
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"...appropriate the victim’s superior prestige."

I think that comment's on the mark. It's the new keeping up with the Joneses; showing how racist you're not, seizing the moral high ground. As I've said before, I also wouldn't rule out this movement being infiltrated and led by people with genuine mental health issues and straight up racists. The paranoia that wants to fix things that ain't broken is rife within political correctness.

Without an enemy, these morons just make up windmills and straw men and start laying about themselves. Now the big foe is white privilege and cultural appropriation. Seems to me that if anyone's appropriating anyone's culture it's the Third World, not us. I've seen enough shag haircuts and Scorpions t-shirts in Java and baseball caps in places there is no baseball to know that's true.

Complaint, blame and self-pity: the three pillars of PC. I can't imagine any of these people on the Mayflower, at the Alamo or Guadalcanal. I just can't.
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It isn't being a victim as much as it is seeking drama and purpose in individual life. The "victim" becomes part of a life and death drama, a prophet, a member of a righteous few and a grand purpose to life. Some people don't like the victim theme and go for romance drama instead. EVERYONE wants drama and purpose in their lives, the hard part is being respectful and humble in your view of others and the world, being responsible for yourself and letting the drama chips fall where they may. Real, tangible, valuable "drama" is usually of the kind we don't much like at all, but engage with perseverance and the giving of our very best selves until the difficulties are finished. By real drama I mean things like family, illnesses, contention and struggles with our employment, daring to befriend and bless our neighbors - you know, all that dull business of being a mature human being. If ever you get to fight your way thru those battles, the rank stupid of Gaia religion will lose it's shine pretty quick, but in our wealth we quit engaging in the messy parts of life, separate from anyone who is difficult, and occupy our heads in whatever flights of fancy serve our egos. I'm sympathetic to the impulse, but it's a desire clinging to a false form, like paper mache - pretty in its best appearance but can't possibly stand up to hard use.
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“People believe unbelievable things because it’s self-flattering to think that you are intellectually daring enough to accept what others find preposterous.”

-- Christopher Buckley, No Way To Treat A First Lady.
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This reminds me that I've been hearing that the Great Barrier Reef was going to be dead in 20 years for 40 years now. Most recently, when I last heard, it is still going to be dead in 20 years. Many call the Jehovah's Witnesses crazy for passing their self-proclaimed end of the world several times and acting like it wasn't a huge mistake. Yet the eco-doomsayers have proclaimed this or that will be gone in so many years and there they still are after each deadline passes. They too refuse to acknowledge that they made a mistake. So if JW's are crazy, what does that make environuts? Obviously neither God nor nature wants to follow the agendas so helpfully set forth by their respective worshipers. But each failed prophesy does nothing to rock the faith.
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