Jeffrey Wells. He wants us all to be put in "green re-education camps."
The Blaze reports that Militant Environmentalists Call for Executions and ‘Decisive Ecological Warfare.’
One of the activists, Derrick Jensen, allegedly even believes those who destroy the environment should be summarily executed: “If it were up to me, all the people associated with the Gulf oil spill, which is murdering the Gulf, would be executed. That would be part of the function of a state,” said Jensen.
In addition to Jensen, the two other environmentalists interviewed in the article – Lierre Keith, and Aric McBay — have spearheaded a fringe movement called the “Deep Green Resistance” (with a book of the same name) that calls for “direct attacks on infrastructure” and an annihilation of civilization as we know it.
According to the far-left triumvirate, humanity must devolve into living primitive, “indigenous” lifestyles. To this end, Keith targeted a litany of ills that must be stopped, declaring: “We need a culture that is self-consciously oppositional to things like corporate power, capitalism, industrialization and ultimately civilization, because that is the arrangement of power on this planet right now.”
Yes, well, just bless his little murderous heart. Good luck with that. That lends a whole new meaning to the phrase popular among ranchers plagued by the wolf laws: "Shoot. Shovel. And shut up."
Jeffrey Wells is not quite so insistently bloody, although he wants London-style riots in the United States and wants to begin "rounding up Tea Bagger types and sentencing them to green re-education camps for minimum one-year terms."
And who is Jeffrey Wells? From his bio:
Jeffrey Wells is the publisher/editor of Hollywood Elsewhere, an opinion-attitude site with reporting thrown in from time to time. HE is an outgrowth of a twice-weekly Hollywood column Wells has been writing online since October 1998. Th earliest incarnation was on the ABC News-owned Mr. Showbiz, then moved to Reel.com in August 1999 until August 2002, then shifted again to Kevin Smith's Movie Poop Shoot.com until launching Hollywood Elsewhere in August 2004. He wrote a weekly Hollywood column for the L.A. Times Syndicate from 1994 to 1999. Wells was regular contributor to Entertainment Weekly from 1991 to 1996, and People magazine from 1996 to 1998. He has also freelanced for the N.Y. Daily News, Rolling Stone, Men's Journal, the N.Y. Times and the Washington Post.
What else do we know about Wells? Well, he identifies with the film Brokeback Mountain, and considers Che Guevara to be Lawrence of Latin America.
Here is his self-described "delicious fantasy":
Many times I've riffed on a dark, delicious fantasy about rounding up Tea Bagger types and sentencing them to green re-education camps for minimum one-year terms. Not to punish per se but to expose these contemptible morons to facts, to truth, to the way things really are and how they're being played by the rich, and the fact that Boomers have taken almost everything and that diminished lifestyles and economic security are being bequeathed to Genx and GenY for decades to come, and that the best is definitely over. The infra-structure that once provided decent, fair-minded quality of life to middle-class people in this country is disintegrating. The game is rigged. This is the fall of the Roman Empire.
All largely because of impediments to logical, intelligent governing put up by the knee-jerk, mule-like, corporate-kowtowing mentality of Tea-Bagger types and their 60 or so looney-tunes Congresspersons now in office. We've truly become a South American society of rightist oligarchs, angry lefties, disillusioned wage-earners, retirement-age fuddies and struggling, debt-smothered have-nots, and the rightist boobs will never understand that they're primarily the problem. The deficit-reduction deal will almost certainly hurt growth and kill jobs, most analysts are saying. And the radical right will own this when it happens. This level of ideological denial is no longer appalling -- it's become lethal. Ignoramuses can no longer be tolerated. The right is killing this country, things have gotten really crazy, and Obama will never stand up to them.
A second Civil War would be an incredibly destructive thing, but it would feel so good.
Blithely dreaming of putting people in camps for their political opinions and stating that civil war would "feel so good" are statements of someone who has never been shot at, someone who has lived a completely sheltered, self-absorbed and smug existence safe from challenges of any sort. This is so divorced from reality, I wonder if he has ever read even one book of history.
A dozen years ago, I wrote "What I Have Learned From the Twentieth Century." In it I noted 6 lessons I had learned from the collectivist dictators of the 20th Century.
LESSON NO. 1: If a bureaucrat, or a soldier sent by a bureaucrat, comes to knock down your door and take you someplace you do not want to go because of who you are or what you think -- kill him. If you can, kill the politician who sent him. You will likely die anyway, and you will be saving someone else the same fate. For it is a universal truth that the intended victims always far outnumber the tyrant's executioners. Any nation which practices this lesson will quickly run out of executioners and tyrants, or they will run out of it.
"If you can, kill the politician who sent him." That also applies, under Bill Clinton's Serbian Rules of Engagement, to the intellectuals who justify it.
On those twin premises, if Mr. Wells gets what he wishes for, he will be a dead man.
He probably hasn't worked all that out yet, but if someone tries to start up political re-education camps in this country, it will be explained to him, no doubt rather abruptly.
To paraphrase the Sipsey Street sidebar icon, when democracy turns to tyranny . . .
. . . Men and women with rifles still get to vote.