Thursday, April 24, 2008

Thomas Friedman gets pied

From ZP Heller blogging at alternet...

Thomas Friedman, the author and NY Times columnist, was all set to deliver an Earth Day speech at Brown University entitled "Green is the new Red, White, and Blue." Friedman's been calling for government-led environmentalism to bring about energy salvation and climate change.

Not everyone agrees with Friedman's ideas, including the Greenwash Guerrillas, who stormed the stage and let their green pies fly. As the Greenwash Guerillas fled, they threw leaflets into the crowd that stated:

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.

I'll try to post a longer critique of Friedman at some point. He's my favourite straw man to bring up in workshops these days because his arguments in favour of globalization vary between the silly and the inane.

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