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Oct 4, 2017

Yale Diary: fighting climate change in the elite liberal bubble

Blind, abiding faith in the American system is well and truly alive in some circles writes Emma Shortis in this new regular column: Yale Diary.

Welcome to a new series from Crikey, from our insider up in the ivory tower.

Almost a year after Donald Trump was elected, there’s still a tangible sense of disbelief among the American liberal elite. It’s easy to see, as an outsider thrust into the middle of the "east coast liberal bubble," (which, even as it is used and abused ad nauseam, is most definitely a thing), that sometimes that disbelief is focused almost entirely on how vulgar, how brutish, how lacking in decorum the president is. That perhaps if he was just a little more polite, and conformed to acceptable standards of behaviour, it might be easier to understand and to cope.

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3 thoughts on “Yale Diary: fighting climate change in the elite liberal bubble

  1. Roger Clifton

    “Kumi Naidoo… Most people are simply unable to acknowledge how close to the cliff we are.”

    Indeed. In an earlier series in Crikey, Clive Hamilton argued that most of us are in denial, and that denial is one of the five stages of grief. Clive Hamilton is author of the book, “Requiem for a Species”.

    Many fellow Crikey readers believe that installing wind-plus-gas will be sufficient to replace coal, oil – and gas. The failure of logic here is denial, and the token gesture will not earn forgiveness from our peers, let alone our survivors.

    The stages of grief comprise denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. So we have a long way to go, and the 83 years to the Paris deadline of 2100 may not be enough time for us to get there.

  2. old greybearded one

    The “Liberal” elite have absolutely no idea why people would vote for Trump, because they represent part of the problem.. the destruction of the US middle and upper-working class. I hate Trump because of his racist, crooked, lying, misogynist attitude and because he is part of the problem, not a solution. I can see why he appealed though, because he talked about the people left behind. No one else did. Pauline Hanson talks about them here. The Yale darlings would not know the working class if it bit their arse and it has.

    1. AR

      Agree – as loathsome as Trump is, does anyone really think that la Klingon would not have engaged in more war, more subversion & invasion of other disobedient nations – Kim, count yourself lucky, more dominance of the world by the vampire squids and tax evading megacorps?

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