Saturday, 23 February 2013
Australian academics: Democracy should be replaced by 'elite warrior leadership' in order to fight global warming
The world is full of envirofundamentalist doomsday prophets, who paint a grim picture of what is ahead for humanity. Few are however as candid as the two Australians, professor emeritus of medicine David Shearman and philosopher and ecologist Joseph Wayne Smith, who openly attack the liberal democratic system, which they think should be replaced by an authoritarian "elite warrior leadership".
This is what the two "warriors" have to say in the foreword of their book 'The Climate Change Challenge and the Failure of Democracy':
We have known about these impending problems for several decades.
Each year the certainty of the science has increased, yet we have failed to act
appropriately to the threat. We have analyzed the reasons for this indolence.
This understanding will lead you to ask yourself if Western civilization can
survive in its present state of prosperity, health, and well-being, or will it
soon suffer the fate of all previous civilizations—to become a mere page in
We will demand from you the reader, far more than your comprehension
of the consequences of climate change and the workings of democracy. You
will need to examine the limits of your introspection and the motivation
bestowed upon you by biology and culture. The questions to be asked are
difﬁcult. You have a commitment to your children, but are you committed
to the well-being of future generations and those you may never see, such as your great-grandchildren? If so are you prepared to change your lifestyle
now? Are you prepared to see society and its governance change if this is a
necessary solution? -
Chapters 6 and 7 demonstrate that the inherent failures of
democracy that have lead to the environmental crisis also operate in many
other spheres of society. They are inherent to the operation of democracy.
Furthermore, we come to share Plato’s conclusion that democracy is inherently contradictory and leads naturally to authoritarianism.
In chapters 8 and 9 we argue that authoritarianism is the natural state of
humanity, and it may be better to choose our elites rather than have them
imposed. Indeed Plato, on seeing the sequelae of democracy’s birth, observed that it is better that the just and wise should rule unwillingly, rather
than those who actually want power should have it. We analyze authoritarian structures and their operation ranging from the medical intensive care
unit and the Roman Catholic Church to corporatism with the conclusion
that the crisis is best countered by developing authoritarian government
using some of the fabric of these existing structures. The education and
values of the new “elite warrior leadership” who will battle for the future
of the earth is described.
(bolded by NNoN)
The authors do not - at least not in the foreword - say, what will happen to the global warming 'deniers' in their brave new world. However, the Gulags of Stalin and Mao should serve as good models ...