Dear Naomi Klein

The next thing to understand is that even in these rare moments, frontline voices do not have enough of a platform in the official climate meetings, in which the microphone is dominated by governments and large, well-funded green groups. The voices of ordinary people are primarily heard in grassroots gatherings parallel to the summit, as well as in marches and protests, which in turn attract media coverage. Now the French government has decided to take away the loudest of these megaphones, claiming that securing marches would compromise its ability to secure the official summit zone where politicians will meet.

Once again, the message is: our security is non-negotiable, yours is up for grabs
Some say this is all fair game against the backdrop of terror. But a UN climate summit is not like a meeting of the G8 or the World Trade Organisation, where the powerful meet and the powerless try to crash their party. Parallel “civil society” events are not an addendum to, or distractions from, the main event. They are integral to the process. Which is why the French government should never have been allowed to decide which parts of the summit it would cancel and which it would still hold.

Rather, after the horrific attacks of 13 November, it needed to determine whether it had the will and capacity to host the whole summit – with full participation from civil society, including in the streets. If it could not, it should have delayed and asked another country to step in. Instead the Hollande government has made a series of decisions that reflect a very particular set of values and priorities about who and what will get the full security protection of the state. Yes to world leaders, football matches and Christmas markets; no to climate marches and protests pointing out that the negotiations, with the current level of emission targets, endanger the lives and livelihoods of millions if not billions of people.

Please, do fuck off honey.

Whether you get to march up and down the streets of Paris or not, waving your banners and shouting your chants as you go, is deeply, deeply, unimportant.

Whether or not the gendarmerie have to stop their current work of tracking down mass murderers while you do might be considered to have possibly some minor significance.

Shut up.

Yours etc,

Tim Worstall

23 thoughts on “Dear Naomi Klein”

  1. Let’s face it, “the people” have no say at all. She’s referring to the nutjobs who have the time and money to follow conferences around the world, but lack the pull to travel first class and stay in 5 star hotels.

    In practice, no one can change the venue now, it’s way too late. I’m sure the well funded green groups and the government will again produce an agreement full of targets to slow something that couldn’t be stopped anyway, and which most governments will ignore.

  2. The voices of ordinary people are primarily heard in grassroots gatherings parallel to the summit, as well as in marches and protests, which in turn attract media coverage.

    Except for the ordinary people who aren’t bothered, i.e. about 90% of the population.

  3. So Much For Subtlety

    Rupert Fiennes – “Let’s face it, “the people” have no say at all. She’s referring to the nutjobs who have the time and money to follow conferences around the world, but lack the pull to travel first class and stay in 5 star hotels.”

    I thought you were referring to the delegates there for a second. Then I realised they have a direct pipeline to my bank account so of course they will all be in Five star hotels.

  4. Still, even “well-funded green groups” is a significant slip, as the Narrative is enthusiastic but poor idealist organisations versus evil mega-corporations.

  5. You’re completely ignoring her point.

    Without a shadow of a doubt, bringing the Great & Good to Paris for the summit will also distract the cops from tracking down terrorists, but that is still going to happen.

    There’s absolutely no justification for the claim that a talking shop for politicians to win votes by looking fancy is any more important than the hippies’ banner-waving.

  6. So Much For Subtlety

    There is a simple solution. Route them through Saint Denis. Withdraw police protection.

    If the disenfranchised protestors (that is, various colourful natives that the Greens have managed to fly in to look colourful and engender an acceptable degree of White guilt) want to take their chances with the disembodied terrorists, well, it may be tactless to say so, but it is a bit of a win-win really innit?

  7. There’s absolutely no justification for the claim that a talking shop for politicians to win votes by looking fancy

    That sort of talking shop is where we got our ridiculous 80% by 2050 target. Thanks, weird Ed!

    And in what dark alley of this world does Naomi Klein get away with considering herself not one of the unelected elite? I could have used johnb78’s “the great and the good”, but she’s clearly neither.

  8. SMFS,
    A large crowd would be fine there. Try sending just the young women through Saint Denis, one-by-one, late at night. That would be quite the eye-opener.

  9. Extreme green is a bigger threat to western civilisation than Isis. At least the Islamist want to improve the average shitty third world Muslim life by grabbing the goodies off undeserving infidels, extreme green thinks none of us deserve goodies and is attempting to harness big government to achieve that. Send them via the banlieus!

  10. So Klein is happy for an overbearing, far-reaching, unaccountable state telling everyone what to do. Except when she finds herself being trampled on. Why do these lefties never contemplate that they might find themselves on the wrong side of the monster they create?

  11. You are correct, Mr. Newman. “Climate change,” whatever that means, is just a tool to acquire world governance. She is expressing her desire to have world governance over France TODAY.

    She has said too much.

  12. Of course we should remember that this is indeed a restriction of Freedom of Expression. It’s one of the thankfully few occasions when it is absolutely justified.
    We should, however, be vigilant against those few occasions growing kn nver and everything becoming ‘a crisis’. For example there is very good reason the stop visitors to a zoo feeding bananas to the chimps; none really for preventing SMFS from spouting his cretinous racist shite on this blog.

  13. For example there is very good reason … none really for preventing SMFS from spouting his cretinous racist shite on this blog.

    Yes there is. “Tim’s gaf, Tim’s rules.”

    If that means Arnald doesn’t get censored and SMFS doesn’t get censored and you complaining about SMFS doesn’t get censored then those is “Tim’s rules.”

    Don’t like it? Go play chez Murphy, or at CiF, where they are somewhat less liberal with their (their gafs, their rules) comments policies.

  14. @Ljh: Extreme green is a bigger threat to western civilisation than Isis

    They should team up. Both wish to return us to a mythical golden age that they believe to have existed around 600 AD (sorry, BCE).

  15. So Much For Subtlety

    Ironman – “Of course we should remember that this is indeed a restriction of Freedom of Expression. It’s one of the thankfully few occasions when it is absolutely justified.”

    How is it remotely justified? If Ms Klein is fully aware of the risks, and wants to protest without police protection, why shouldn’t she be allowed to?

    “none really for preventing SMFS from spouting his cretinous racist shite on this blog.”

    Which is interesting given your long running campaign to shut down opinions you do not like and make this another CiF. But I don’t take it personally. I know it is just that a little bit of honesty makes you uncomfortable. You do not want to re-think your priors. And, of course, you lack the ability to coherently defend your trite politically correct prejudices. So you lash out. We understand.

  16. I’m pretty sure Ironman was saying that there’s no compelling reason to shut down SMFS and his bigoted drivel, so it would be am affront to the free exchange of ideas to do so.

  17. So Much For Subtlety

    Matthew L – “I’m pretty sure Ironman was saying that there’s no compelling reason to shut down SMFS and his bigoted drivel, so it would be am affront to the free exchange of ideas to do so.”

    I am pretty sure that is what he said too. Which is why I said, if you had read and understood what I said, it is a surprise to see him doing so. Given his very long running campaign to shut down my bigoted drivel. He seems to have had a change of heart.

  18. Hypocrites the lot of them, and Klein is entirely correct when she says “Once again, the message is: our security is non-negotiable, yours is up for grabs”

    After the attacks on 13 Nov, we were told that Shengen is non-negotiable, that free movement cannot be frustrated, even when we face plot of mass murder against the general population; then we are told that for the Paris summit there were plans for Shengen to be suspended and free movement curtailed – to protect the security of the delegates

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