The foodie site says that Washington, D.C.’s entree on the list is Penn Social and the best sports bar is Crystal City Sports Pub in Arlington,.
Sports fans revel in watching the big game surrounded by fellow fans while enjoying an ice-cold drink and classic bar food, wrote Daily Meal editors. “There are plenty of breweries, bars and bottomless brunch spots that also happen to have TVs, but these are not those bars. These bars are all about sports from football to soccer to UFC fights. And along with stellar food, drinks, entertainment and staff, they have an atmosphere that ripples with energy on game day,” the website said.
Here’s a look at what the food site said about Crystal City Sports Pub: “According to Arlington Magazine, this pub is a go-to spot to watch NFL and college games with big groups of fellow fans. It hosts multiple alumni groups from Virginia Tech and Virginia Commonwealth University to Oregon State and Baylor University. Televisions are spread out on every wall across three levels and the deck, and games are aired with volume on. Crystal City has an extensive food menu that includes its famous crabcakes, which it even sells online.”
Here’s the location and hours for the Arlington bar:
Address: 529 23rd Street South, Arlington, VA
Hours: Open daily from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.
And this is how Crystal City Sports Pub describes itself: “The Crystal City Sports Pub was founded in 1994 by three Mount St. Mary’s classmates. Majority partner Bill Bayne was already well established in the restaurant business. Bill approached Art Dougherty and Jim Madden with an idea for a sports theme oriented local pub with pool tables, well priced food and friendly service. The guys wanted a neighborhood restaurant with a playful ambiance that gave the weekend athlete a place to ice their knees and the 9 to 5 adult a place to go and relax. … We continually strive for a place that people can go to any day of the week. We are open 365 days a year. We offer nice size portions of good food at a reasonable price. It is our goal to make every Crystal City Sports Pub experience a pleasant one. We are thankful for our dedicated customers and staff who have made it possible for us to continually move forward.”
Here’s a look at what the food site said about Penn Social: “Penn Social is a hip place for big groups to gather with something for every kind of sports fan. For those just there for the food, you can split 10 pounds of buffalo wings for $50. For beer aficionados, there are more than 30 beers on draft, including selections from local craft brewers. For those who want to catch all the action, there are nine 10-foot screens and a 22-foot projector screen. And for those just there to socialize, there are plenty of games from ping pong to Skee-Ball to video games.”
And here’s the location and hours for the DC venue:
Address: 801 E Street NW, Washington, D.C.
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to close; Friday, 4 p.m. to close; Saturday and Sunday, noon to close.
Kitchen hours: Closes at 10 p.m. Sunday through Friday, 11 p.m. otherwise
Here’s how Penn Social describes itself: “We’re located in the heart of Penn Quarter, just three block from Capital One Arena. With three bars, seasonal patio seating, 30+ draft beers, two stages, and an array of games, we’re the place to be on days that end with y! If you’re looking for a big screen to watch your favorite team, we have a 22-foot movie screen and nine 10-foot screens to ensure you won’t miss any of the action. We have sound on for select games.”
Read the full list of The Best Sport Bar in Every State on the Daily Meal.
There are plenty of things to do and see in the D.C. area this holiday weekend. Some attractions you’ll find include: the 39th Annual MLK Parade, Rock the Rink, Illuminate Fairfax, and The Hip “Hop” Old School Bar Crawl.
If you’re thinking of taking the Metro on Saturday, Jan. 18 through Sunday, Jan. 20, you should plan accordingly.
Here’s everything you need to know before heading out for the weekend:
Red Line trains will run every 18 minutes between Shady Grove and Takoma, and single-track between Medical Center and Grosvenor-Strathmore.
Here’s what else to expect:
On Monday, additional trains will operate every 9 minutes between Medical Center and Takoma from opening until 8 p.m.Due to MTA Purple Line integration, free shuttle buses will replace trains between Takoma and GlenmontSilver Spring, Forest Glen, Wheaton, and Glenmont stations will be closed
Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Silver Line trains will run on a regular weekend schedule, which is every 12 to 15 minutes.
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Metro will open at 5 a.m. and close at 11:30 p.m. Trains will run on a Saturday schedule, off-peak fares will be in effect all day, and parking will be free at all Metro parking facilities.
Future Democratic candidates for president will hearing the questions from poor and low-wage Americans this week in Washington.
Their actions should be above the fold of every newspaper in America; they should lead the news shows and fill the talk shows. A movement for common sense and social justice is building, putting every politician on notice: lead or get out of the way, a new moral majority is building and demanding change.
Jesse Jackson, center, with the Poor People’s Campaign co-chairs Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, left, and Rev. Dr. William Barber II, right. (Photo courtesy of Black Press USA)
As the co-chairs of the Poor People’s Campaign, the Rev. Dr. William Barber II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, write in their forward, this movement is not partisan. It calls not for liberal or conservative reforms, but for a moral renewal. It is not a deep-pocket lobby. It is mobilizing the 144 million Americans who are poor or one crisis away from poverty into a “new and unsettling force” to “revive the heart of democracy in America.”
This movement launched on Mother’s Day in May 2018. In 40 days, it triggered 200 actions across many states with 5,000 nonviolent demonstrators committing civil disobedience, and millions following the protests online. Forty states now have coordinating committees build a coalition of poor people and people of faith and conscience across lines of race, religion, region and other lines of division.
They are morally outraged that the richest nation in the world would in a “willful act of policy violence” condemn 140 million — more than 40 percent of the population — to live in poverty or near poverty. This includes 39 million children, 60 percent — 26 million — of African Americans, 64 percent — 38 million — of Latinos, more than one-third — 66 million — of White Americans.
These realities — and the extreme inequality that scars this society — pre-date the Trump administration, but now Trump is fanning increasing policy violence against the poor. In response, the Poor People’s Campaign is doing deep organizing and power building among the poor, turning them from victims to subject actors in history.
This week, the campaign releases their Poor People’s Moral Budget. It details authoritatively that the cost of our current inequality, the cost of mass poverty is far greater than what it would cost to invest in people, put them to work at a living wage and guarantee basic economic and political rights. It costs society big time to not provide health care or quality education or clean water and air, to suppress voting rights and to keep wages low.
The moral budget is detailed and authoritatively sourced. The numbers are clear, as is the conclusion.
As the document concludes, “We have been investing in killing people; we must now invest in life. We have been investing in systemic racism and voter suppression; we must now invest in expanding democracy. We have been investing in punishing the poor; we must now invest in the welfare of all. We have been investing in the wealthy and corporations; we must now invest in the people who build this country.”
This is not a time for incremental change, but for fundamental transformation of our priorities and our direction. The budget details large reforms — from automatic voter registration, a living wage, health care for all, quality education from pre-k through college, investment in clean energy and modern infrastructure. It details how these and other reforms can be easily afforded by fair taxes on the wealthy and corporations and by ending our effort to police the world.
The Poor People’s Campaign picks up the unfinished work of Dr. Martin Luther King. It realizes that ending the policy of violence on the poor at home cannot be achieved without challenging the costly endless wars and constant arms buildup that only make us less secure. It understands that change will come not from the top down, not from our corrupted big money politics, but from the poor, the worker, people of conscience coming together to revive our democracy and to change our course.
In these troubled times, the promise of this new force is powerful. Across the country, working and poor people are beginning to move. If this movement can continue to grow, it will transform our politics. And it is the only force that can.
This article originally appeared in the Charleston Chronicle.
D.C. Fire and EMS units responded to a fire Wednesday morning in the Carver/Langston neighborhood of Northeast, according to posts on DCFEMS’ official Twitter page.
Fire units were dispatched Jan. 15, at about 9:13 a.m., to the report of a fire at 817 21st St. N.E., according to Vito Maggiolo, D.C. Fire and EMS public information officer.
“We had a fire involving the first floor. It’s a two-story row structure. It did considerable damage to the first and the second floor. We prevented it from spreading to the homes on either side,” Maggiolo said, adding that firefighters extinguished the blaze in 5 minutes.
No injuries were reported and three individuals were displaced. The American Red Cross – National Capitol Region was contacted to assist.
Fire investigators are on the scene, working to identify the cause of the fire.
Metropolitan Police Department homicide detectives arrested a suspect in a fatal stabbing that occurred Tuesday in Foggy Bottom, according to a police release. They also identified the victim as Kevin Chamberlain, 48, of no fixed address.
On Jan. 14, at about 2:35 p.m., officers from the Second District responded to the report of a stabbing in the 2400 block of Virginia Avenue, N.W. Arriving on the scene, they found Chamberlain suffering from multiple stab wounds. D.C. Fire and EMS transported Chamberlain to an area hospital to be treated for life threatening injuries, but all efforts to save him failed. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
As they conducted their investigation, officers realized the suspect was also the aggressor in an Assault with Intent to Kill (Knife) offense that occurred the same day at about 12:37 p.m., in the 800 block of Vermont Avenue, N.W.
Police arrested Joseph Melton, 51, of Southeast, and charged him with First Degree Murder while Armed and Assault with Intent to Kill (Knife).
Swing by the Gallery Place Vida Fitness for a free Pound class tonight. Inspired by drumming, you’ll hold lightly weighted drumsticks and create your own music in this full-body cardio workout. Class begins at 5:45 PM.
601 F St. NW
Channel your inner J.Lo in Hustlers at the U Street Vida’s free pole fitness class. Get ready to dance at 7:45 PM.
1612 U St. NW
As part of the NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo, you can take a free doonya class, which is a dance workout inspired by Bollywood. The 30-minute demo will begin at 10:30 AM. You can also take a free core-work class with Mizani Fitness at 10:30 AM, too. Both will be at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
801 Mt. Vernon Pl. NW
Head to the Lululemon in the Montgomery Mall for a free in-store yoga flow. Bring your own mat, if you can—class begins at 9:45 AM.
7101 Democracy Blvd., Unit 1268, Bethesda
Later this morning, check out this free strength and mobility class at the Logan Circle Vida Fitness where you’ll—you guessed it—work on exercises to improve your strength and mobility. Class kicks off at 12 PM.
1517 15th St. NW
Located on Volta Place NW — a short distance from Georgetown’s bustling shopping district — is a 3,240-square-foot property just waiting to to be snatched up.
This luxurious townhouse was built in 1900, but was recently renovated to include top-of-the-line finishes and a gorgeous floor plan. Suiting the needs of a growing family or the avid entertainer, 3210 Volta Place NW boasts three bedrooms, three full bathrooms, and two-half bathrooms.
Upon first entering the home, guests will be greeted by a bright and airy living room that seamlessly flows into a modern kitchen with an expansive island. From the kitchen is the dining room, which has recessed lighting and hardwood floors.
The second level features two bedroom suites with adjacent bathrooms, as well as a study. The study can be converted into a guest room.
On the lower level, there is a walk-out basement that boasts a living/media room, wet bar, bedroom, and sunny patio.
Like what you see? This house is on the market for $2,750,000.
Address: 3210 Volta Pl NW, Washington, District of Columbia Price: $2,750,000 Square Feet: 3240 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3 Full and 2 Half Baths Built: 1900 Features: EXCEPTIONAL NEW RENOVATION! Every inch of this 3240sf magnificent house has been curated with attention to quality and design! 3/4 bedrooms, family room on main floor, 3 full bathrooms, 2 powder rooms, The floorplan is airy and open to invite natural light. Ceilings soar on all three levels. The front living room flows to a stunning, white kitchen with an expansive island. From the kitchen is the dining room, which leads to the family room/parlor. These rooms enjoy the view of a glorious magnolia tree! On second level are two bedroom suites with adjacent bathrooms PLUS a study, which can serve as a guest room. The awesome walk-out basement has a living/media room, wet bar, bedroom, full bathroom, powder room and sunny patio. At the back of the house is two-car gated parking. Seconds to Georgetown’s Wisconsin Avenue and M Street retail mecca!
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Metropolitan Police Department detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect in a burglary that occurred Wednesday morning in Georgetown, according to a police report.
On Jan. 8, around 1:47 a.m., a suspect forcibly entered a business in the 1700 block of Wisconsin Avenue, Northwest, taking property and then fleeing the scene.
MPD posted video of the suspect caught on surveillance cameras on its official YouTube account:
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Police ask anyone with information about this incident to call 202-727-9099or text MPD’s TEXT TIP LINE at 50411.
ShareTweetEmailShare Council member Jack Evans resigned his seat effective Jan. 17. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), one of the Council’s strongest supporters of the LGBTQ community during his 29 years in office, announced on Tuesday that he will resign from the Council effective Jan. 17.
Evans announced his plan to resign in a brief letter he hand delivered to Council Chair Phil Mendelson (D-At-Large) minutes before the start of a special Council hearing called to discuss the Council’s plans to expel Evans for alleged ethics violations and to give him a chance to defend himself before a final expulsion vote scheduled for Jan. 21.
After reading Evans’s resignation letter, Mendelson adjourned the hearing and announced the hearing would resume on Jan. 21. He did not say what, if any, action the Council would take upon the resumption of the hearing.
“After nearly 30 years of public service to the District of Columbia, I have advised the Board of Elections that I resign my position as the Ward 2 Councilmember on the Council of the District of Columbia, as of close of business on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020,” Evans states in his letter.
“I believe Washington, D.C. to be the pride of the nation and I am proud of the contributions I have made in helping to create a vibrant city,” Evans states in his letter. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the District of Columbia and the residents of Ward 2.”
Many of D.C.’s most prominent LGBTQ activists over the past several months joined community leaders from across the city in calling on Evans to resign based on multiple ethics related allegations that Mendelson said the Council had confirmed through an investigation conducted on its behalf by a law firm.
Monica Nemeth, former president of the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, the city’s largest local LGBTQ political group, expressed what appeared to be the sentiment of many LGBTQ activists over Evans’s downfall. The Stein Club passed a resolution in July calling for his resignation.
“I’ll say I have mixed feelings about it,” Nemeth told the Washington Blade on Tuesday. “I wrote him and the Council at the time we passed the resolution in July asking him to resign,” she said.
“Essentially what I said was Jack was a stalwart ally of the community and for that we are totally grateful,” Nemeth told the Blade. “We recognize that and we will never forget how wonderful he was to the community,” she said.
“And it really is very sad what has happened in his situation,” she said in referring to revelations disclosed in the Council investigation that Evans violated multiple ethics rules when he allegedly used his office to assist companies that paid him hundreds of thousands of dollars in consulting fees.
Evans has denied any wrongdoing and has pointed out that he did not break any laws despite a separate pending investigation by the federal government in which the FBI raided his house and confiscated documents.
“We feel he’s been in office for nearly 30 years and for 25 of those years he has really been a monumental leader in this city,” Nemeth said. “He really was instrumental in bringing this city back from the brink,” she said. “It’s really, really sad that he has fallen like this. I’m not sure what happened and why.”
Nemeth was referring to Evans’s longstanding support for local businesses and the city’s economic development efforts, including projects related to the Washington Nationals Stadium, the Walter Washington Convention Center, and the downtown arena where the city’s professional basketball and hockey teams play.
Rick Rosendall, a longtime Ward 2 resident and former president of the D.C. Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance, wrote in a Washington Blade column in October, “How do you tell an old friend that it’s time for him to go?”
Rosendall recounted Evans’s long list of legislative accomplishments on LGBTQ related issues going back to when he led efforts to repeal D.C.’s antiquated sodomy law that made it illegal for consenting adults to have same-sex sexual relations.
“So urging Jack to move on need not be motivated by personal animus,” Rosendall wrote in his October column. “This is about the greater good. Please, old friend, do the right thing for Ward 2 and the District and bow out.”
Evans’s resignation announcement this week creates a new wrinkle in the campaigns of six candidates, including gay Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner John Fanning, who last year entered the race for Evans’s seat in the city’s June 2, 2020 Democratic primary. All six candidates have expressed strong support for LGBTQ rights.
LaDawne White, a spokesperson for the D.C. Board of Elections, told the Blade on Tuesday that the board was scheduled to meet on Jan. 8 to discuss the scheduling of a special election to fill the Ward 2 Council seat following Evans’s resignation. White noted that the winner of the regularly scheduled Ward 2 election in November would not take office until next January, thus a special election is needed to fill the seat until that time.
Most if not all of the six candidates running in the June primary were expected to run in a special election that was expected once it became known that the Council was about to expel Evans if he did not resign.
In addition to Fanning, the candidates running in the Democratic primary include Foggy Bottom Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Patrick Kennedy and community activists Jordan Grossman, Daniel Hernandez, Kishan Putta, and Yilin Zhang.
California burned. The Amazon burned. Greenland burned. Siberia burned. Indonesia burned. Australia’s ongoing fires look hellish.
Now, last year’s global inferno looks to Naomi Klein, the author and intellectual godmother of the Green New Deal movement, like a lit fuse to a fascist future.
“We’re in a moment where we are literally flammable,” Klein, whose latest book “On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal” was published in September, said on a recent afternoon. “But we are also politically flammable.”
In 2019, some factions of the global far-right that gained power in the past decade started to abandon their traditional climate denialism and adopt new rhetoric that looks increasingly eco-fascist, an ideology that defends its violent authoritarianism as necessary to protect the environment.
In France, the leader of the far right, Marine Le Pen, refurbished Nazi-era blood-and-soil rhetoric in a pledge to make Europe the “world’s first ecological civilization,” drawing a distinction between the “ecologist” social groups who are “rooted in their home” and the “nomadic” people who “have no homeland” and “do not care about the environment.” In Germany, the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany party’s Berlin youth wing urged its leaders to abandon climate denialism. The manifestos posted online by the alleged gunmen in massacres from Christchurch, New Zealand, and El Paso, Texas, explicitly cited climate change as a motivation for murdering immigrants and minorities.
“This is what it means to have people so close to the edge,” Klein said. “There is a rage out there that is going to go somewhere, and we have demagogues who are expert at directing that rage at the most vulnerable among us while protecting the most powerful and most culpable.”
The solution, she said, is to enact the kind of Green New Deal that progressives in the United States and elsewhere started fleshing out over the past year. The proposal ― more of a framework than a policy ― calls for the most generous expansion of the social safety net in decades. It promises good-paying, federally backed jobs for workers displaced by the transition away from fossil fuels, and those struggling to get by with stagnant wages and insecure gig-economy and retail jobs.
Klein, a journalist and author whose work over the past decade thrust pointed critiques of capitalism into the mainstream debate over climate change, has campaigned in recent months for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as he runs for the 2020 Democratic nomination on a platform that includes a sweeping, $16.3 trillion Green New Deal.
HuffPost sat down with Klein to discuss her latest book and what comes next in the climate fight.
In Spain, there are competing versions of a Green New Deal. In New York, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo called his clean energy proposal a “green new deal.” The European Commission is pushing a “green deal.” Are you worried about Green New Deal branding being coopted by advocates of austerity and centrism? How do you fight back against that?
Any phrase can be coopted and watered down. The main reason why I wanted to write the book is to help define what a transformational Green New Deal has to mean, to put more details out there. Any vague proposal is vulnerable to what you’re describing. The reason why I’m using the phrase now is because it is being used in a climate-justice context and the parameters that have been put around it by the resolution sponsored by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) — and further supported by the Sanders campaign and Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s (D) campaigns — have made it more detailed.
Canadian author and activist Naomi Klein speaks to the media before speaking at the Willy Brandt Foundation in December.
But I still think there are parts of the discussion that we need to talk about — like the danger of a Green New Deal inadvertently failing to lower emissions in line with what scientists are telling us we need to do, and what sort of mechanisms need to be in place to prevent a carbon bubble that could be generated by rolling out a bunch of new infrastructure and creating a whole bunch of jobs.
How has the emergence of the Green New Deal changed the way we talk about neoliberalism? The movement seems to take the governing ideology of the past five decades as a given, yet we still have certain pundits questioning whether “neoliberalism” even exists.
It’s so interesting, this. I’ve been trying to understand what the insistence on refusing to understand neoliberalism is all about. In most parts of the world there was a discussion about the phenomenon of neoliberalism and there was a name for it, while in the United States, people were always asking what neoliberalism was. It was always about what hegemony means and that it was an ideology that didn’t want to recognize itself as an ideology. Rather, it sees itself as seriousness and commonsense. The very fact of being named as an ideology, as a contested ideology that had opponents at every stage, was antithetical to the project. How it’s possible to still deny that there is a thing called neoliberalism ― understanding that the term gets thrown around, and every term gets used and abused ― but the insistence that it doesn’t exist is about a desire to not debate it on its merits, to not reckon with the history of how it was imposed through tremendous violence in many parts of the world.
A true Green New Deal platform makes visible that the failure to act in the face of the climate crisis is not the result of something innate in humans. It’s the reality that the things that we need to do to lower emissions while avoiding a massive backlash ― while bringing the population along with you, which is what you have to do in a democracy ― require breaking every single rule in the neoliberal playbook.
Can you briefly define it?
Neoliberalism is a clear set of policy frameworks which used to be called the “Washington consensus.” It’s privatization of the public sphere. It’s deregulation of the corporate sphere. It’s low taxes for corporations and all of this offset with austerity and public cutbacks of the social sphere. That in turn creates more of an argument for privatization, because you starve the public sphere. And all of it is locked in with technocratic-seeming arrangements like free trade deals.
And a progressive Green New Deal would be a reversal of these trends?
That is what the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has told us we need to do. We need unprecedented transformation in every aspect of society: Energy, transportation, agriculture, built environment. That requires huge investments in the public sphere. It requires regulating corporations. It requires getting some money from somewhere, and usually involves raising taxes on the wealthy. And if you want to do it democratically, you need to do it in a way that is fair. That means creating a lot of well-paying jobs and improving services, so you’re not just adding burdens onto people’s daily lives.
Besides the obvious, what are some obstacles to this project?
It so happens that we have a lot of trade agreements that our governments have signed that make a lot of the things we need to do illegal under international law. So, a lot of those trade agreements are going to have to go.
The reason why we haven’t done these things is we’ve been trying to do them in the constraints and confines of the neoliberal imaginary. That’s the only reason we’re actually now finally talking about solutions: We’re in the midst of a democratic socialist revival, which is breathing oxygen into the political imagination and made us think that maybe we can do things again. The Green New Deal has made visible the constraints, the actual barriers to what it would take to deal with this crisis.
Why can’t a market-based solution deliver on those goals?
The Green New Deal is certainly making visible the tremendous costs of the neoliberal project. There have been so many attacks on public goods, on public services like transportation, on trade unions, on worker rights of every kind, on living standards. Climate policies that adhere to a neoliberal framework ― like introducing a marginal carbon tax or a buying a fleet of electric buses (but you want to do it in a “fiscally responsible” way, so then you increase bus fares) … We are seeing these huge, popular resistances.
It’s the reality that the things that we need to do to lower emissions while avoiding a massive backlash … requires breaking every single rule in the neoliberal playbook. Naomi Klein
We saw it in France when President Emmanuel Macron introduced a tax on gasoline. We saw it in Chile with President Sebastián Piñera, ahead of the U.N. climate summit, when they bought a whole bunch of electric buses in order to make their public transit appear green. But, of course, because Chile has been the laboratory for neoliberalism since 1973, they have rules in place that say all of your expenditures have to be offset, so they increased transit fares. That was the spark that set off the Chilean uprising.
A thing I’ve been thinking about a lot, which you write about in the book, is the looming threat of eco-fascism. It’s been hard not to think about that over the past few months, as you’ve had these different shooters in El Paso and Christchurch citing environmental concerns in their manifestos and you have somebody like Marine Le Pen talking about borders as a climate policy and “nomadic” people having no appreciation for the need to make France an ecological society. How quickly do you think this kind of right-wing, climate fascism is going to spread? What besides adopting equitable policies can you do to fight back against that?
These types of policies that make life more secure for people, that could tamp down the political flammability of the moment we’re in, are absolutely necessary. I don’t think they’re sufficient. I don’t think there’s any way that we move forward without a frontal confrontation with white supremacy. Which isn’t to say “Oh, just fund schools and hospitals and create lots of jobs and it’ll take care of itself.” We need both: We have to address the underlying supremacist logics in our societies and we also need to do what is necessary to be less flammable.
I want to be clear: I don’t think there are any shortcuts where we don’t actually have to battle supremacist logics. And it’s different in different parts of the world. In the United States, it’s white supremacy, it’s Christian supremacy, it’s male supremacy. With Prime Minister Narendra Modi in India right now, it’s Hindu supremacy; under Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, it’s Jewish supremacy. It’s all very, very similar. As I argue in the book, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that supremacists have come to power at the very moment when the climate crisis becomes pretty much impossible to deny.
Do you think that’s a blindspot for the climate movement at large? It seems like there has been this consensus for a long time that, if only we could exorcise denialism from the polity, then people would embrace social democratic policies to deal with emissions. Is there any evidence for that?
It’s a massive blindspot. The assumption that the biggest problem we’ve had is just convincing the right to believe in the scientific reality of climate change was a failure to understand that the right denied climate change not because they didn’t understand the science, but because they objected to the political implications of the science. They understood it better than many liberals understood it.
This is the argument I made after spending some time at the Heartland Institute conference and interviewing [co-founder] Joseph Bast, who was very honest about his motivation. He understood that if the science was true, then the whole reason for the Heartland Institute, a free-market think tank that exists to advance the neoliberal project, would crumble. He said to me that if it was true, then any kind of regulation would be possible, because in the name of safeguarding the habitability of the planet, you’d need to regulate.
It was never about the science or needing someone to patiently explain the science to you. It was always about the political implications of the science.
That said, I think there are lots of people who are not hardcore climate deniers but who are just exposed to a certain kind of right-wing media and haven’t heard the counter arguments, and could absolutely be persuaded. But if you’re talking about the hardcore denier, it’s an epic waste of time, because you’re dealing with somebody who has an intensely hierarchical worldview, which is what all the studies show. That’s just a nice way of saying somebody is racist: It means you’re OK with massive levels of inequality, you think the people who are doing well in the world are doing well because they’re somehow better and the people who are poor and suffering are experiencing this through some cultural or biological failure of their own making.
White nationalists march on the grounds of the University of Virginia ahead of the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017. Many of the white supremacists in attendance chanted “blood and soil.”
So what happens when those people stop denying climate change?
If you convince those people climate change really is real, or if it just becomes so obvious that they can no longer deny it, they don’t suddenly want to sign onto the Paris Agreement. What actually happens is they apply that intensely hierarchical supremacist worldview to the reality that what climate change means is that the space for people to live well on this planet is contracting. More and more of us are going to have to live on less and less land, even if we do everything right. It’s already happening. So if you have that worldview, then you will apply it to people who are migrating to your country and to those who want to migrate to your country. We will harden the narratives that say those people deserve what they get because they’re inferior and we deserve what we have because we’re superior. In other words, the racism will get worse.
One last question. Former Secretary of State John Kerry just announced a new project, this star-studded effort called World War Zero, saying we’ve got to have war footing on climate change but we’re not married to any specific policy. John Kasich, the Republican former governor of Ohio, was quoted in The New York Times saying he was on board because it’s policy agnostic and if there were a “no frackers” provision, he wouldn’t join. Is there a danger to these elite, “let’s just do something about climate change” efforts?
There would be a huge danger if there wasn’t a powerful movement today pushing for a Green New Deal at the same time. The idea that what we need to just scare people in this moment, or just get people to understand that we’re in an emergency and once we’re on emergency footing, this will somehow solve itself, that’s a very dangerous theory of change.
I began writing about climate change while I was writing about something I called the “shock doctrine,” which says that for the past four decades, states of emergency have been systematically harnessed by the most powerful and wealthy forces in our society to impose policies that are so harmful and unpopular that they are unable to impose them under normal circumstances.
I get my back up when people just say all we need to do is get people to understand we’re in a crisis. There are many ways of responding to a climate emergency, and a lot of them are very harmful. You could decide to dim the sun with solar radiation management. You could decide that you need a massive expansion of nuclear power and ignore the impact on the people whose lands are being poisoned. You could decide to fortress your borders. There are any number of emergency responses to climate change that could make our world much more unjust than it currently is.
That said, I’m not too bothered by the idea that there’s going to be a lot of people out there just screaming “fire!” For the first time since I’ve been involved in the climate movement, there’s now a critical mass of people out there who have a plan for putting out the fire that is robust, justice-based, science-based and has a movement behind it. That’s the movement for a Green New Deal. There are enough of us out there who can harness that energy and direct it in the right way. But we certainly have our work cut out for us.
This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.
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