Greenwash Guerrillas Pie Thomas Friedman on Earth Day

April 24, 2008 at 6:27 pm 2 comments

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Thomas Friedman, the author and NY Times columnist, was invited to Brown University to give a keynote speech on Earth Day, before a packed auditorium. His talk, titled “Green is the new Red White and Blue” was about how corporate environmentalism (based on putting a price on the atmosphere, and investing in biofuels and techno-fixes) can restore America to its “natural place in the global order.” Luckily, this outrageous neoliberal capitalist propaganda was interrupted with a suprise visit from the Greenwash Guerrillas. Leaflets were thrown to the crowd, stating:


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.


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  • 1. gtwrg605  |  January 4, 2009 at 1:30 am

    That is disgusting. Way to accomplish absolutely nothing. Throwing a pie in someone’s face is not “non-violent”. I hope those two assholes got their asses kicked. Thomas Friedman is an extremely intelligent man with great foresight. I don’t see how throwing a pie in his face is doing more to save the earth and human kind than authoring a book and a plan about how to effectively change the way we live and conduct business in order to make ourselves more green. If I had to guess, I would say that “Greenwash Guerrillas” is actually a group of oil company stooges, paid off by big oil to use a bunch of smoke and mirrors to keep America and the world off the right path to energy security..

  • 2. skunkcabbage  |  January 4, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Oh I don’t know. Strikes me that the pie, like a shoe or two recently hefted in another context, is a big Non to free-market Friedman and his ilk. If the pie is violent, it is far less so than the policies Mr. Friedman advocates. Please see any of the 3 million recently unemployed beneficiaries of a deregulated global economy. And that’s just in the US. Pie makes resistance concrete.

    I don’t care to speculate on Mr. Friedman’s intelligence; certainly he has made some money.

    It is difficult to identify Mr. Friedman’s neo-liberal bromides as “green” for the reasons aforementioned by the greenwash gorillas. With them, I’ll take science and policy over market-bred faith.

    Fortunately you don’t have to guess. Paranoia aside, Big Oil fails the irony threshold (i.e. are they comfortable enough to satirize a practice they engage in by explicitly naming it). Look at Chevron’s or Exxon’s ads. They’ll have you believe that they too are leading the green revolution.

    Then take a look at the meaning of greenwash at wikipedia:

    No, the Guerrillas are a group of courageous activists, to whom we should be grateful for shaming the shameful and demanding the truth.


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