Campus activists are morons
I’m sure most of you have seen this already:
For the uninitiated, a group calling itself the “Greenwash Guerrillas” threw a pie at New York Time columnist Thomas Friedman on Tuesday while he was giving a speech at Brown University. Leaflets thrown to the crowd during the pieing stated that:
Thomas Friedman deserves a pie in the face…
* because of his sickeningly cheery applaud for free market capitalism’s conquest of the planet
* for telling the world that the free market and techno fixes can save us from climate change. From carbon trading to biofuels, these distractions are dangerous in and of themselves, while encouraging inaction with respect to the true problems at hand.
* for helping turn environmentalism into a fake plastic consumer product for the privileged
* For his long-standing support for the US Occupation of Iraq and the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Such committed support to the US War Machine and its proxy states overseas cannot be masked behind any twisted mask of “green” – the US Military is the largest single emitter of greenhouse gases in the world.
* for his pure arrogance.
On behalf of the earth and all true environmentalists — we, the Greenwash Guerrillas, declare Thomas Friedman’s “Green” as fake and toxic to human and planetary health as the cool-whip covering his face.
It’s long been my opinion that campus activism is generally done by self-righteous idiots who achieve nothing, trying to be like their parents in the 60’s and 70’s, who were also self-righteous idiots who achieved nothing. True to form, these imbeciles qualify.
It’s not that campus activism can’t possibly affect societal change. It’s that campus activism is rarely ever about affecting change, it’s about making students feel righteous; it’s all about the fact one is an “activist” rather than any results of said activism. It’s the same egotism and superficiality that makes anti-war protests the useless spectacles they are today.
Like the students at my alma mater who began a hunger strike during their negotiations with the administration on a living wage for university staff, the Greenwash Guerillas’ actions here were at best ineffectual and at worst counterproductive. I empathize with Thomas Friedman, and that is making me nauseous. Thanks a lot, hippies.