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The Coming Avocado Politics

Nils Gilman in Breakthrough Journal No. 12

What happens when the ethno-nationalist Right gets serious about climate? As Nils Gilman argues in the newest Breakthrough Journal, it doesn't mean they'll suddenly embrace liberal policies. For years, many progressives assumed that right-wing nationalists refuse to accept climate science because it would force them to accept ideas they loathe. Not so, Gilman writes; there's a long intellectual-historical legacy of nativist policies justified by environmental needs.

As traditional conservative parties crumble and the far right gains power in many countries, embracing the reality of global warming is likely to be used to provide a powerful new set of justifications for the far-right policy program. 
Gilman visualizes this pattern as an avocado: green on the outside, brown(shirt) at the core. It's a nod to the moniker used in the 1970s and '80s, when "Watermelon Politics" referred to the many first-generation European Green Party leaders that were also prominent members of the New Left: green on the outside, red on the inside. Avocado Politics is the parallel phenomenon on the Right. Those on the Left dedicated to ratcheting up public fears of ecologically driven social and economic collapse, Gilman suggests, should be careful what they wish for.
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