Tuesday, 24 April 2012

James Cameron: Hypocrite

It’s nice to know the calibre of some of the folk moving here, isn’t it. While the Prime Minister flatly tells people showing incredible gumption to piss off, we get this flatulent hypocrite flying here to tell us that we should live with less, while he…

PS:  Proposition 23, to which the aging hippy is donationally opposed, would suspend California's Global Warming legislation requiring energy companies to do the impossible by reducing their carbon output to 1990 levels.


  1. But this is just cheap snark. You can agitate for causally efficacious shared sacrifice of various sorts and conditionally agree to do your share without being prepared to first be a (usually causally inefficacious) saint yourself. E.g., Warren Buffett can call for higher taxes on people like himself (or for everyone) without unilaterally giving away the same sum of money first. Presumably Cameron's just like the rest of us, living the largest most interesting life he can. What everybody's lives (from the richest to the poorest) will look like in a low-carbon world is almost impossible to know/plan and it shouldn't be required of anyone who wants to see price signals for carbon etc. introduced that they guess at what might be required of them (perhaps in a world of all those explicit price signals Cameron, the super-winner lives exactly the way he lives now but has to spend large sums of money buying lots of individual carbon allowances off poor people).

  2. @plague You must be the change you want to see in the world. - Mahatma Gandhi

  3. @PaulB. No. You shouldn't have to be Jesus/Gandhi to effect collective/group-level change (Gandhi's advice on practical matters is almost always awful). That's what ordinary politics and persuasion is for. Rather than requiring people to be saints (of course if they *can* motivate themselves to be unilaterally self-sacrificing that's wonderful, it's just not required), the rest of us should try to elevate the debate and the politics by calling out destructive individuals (such as NotPC in this instance) who insist on trying to play the man not the ball.

  4. Hal Incandenza24 Apr 2012, 19:30:00

    Anyway, pointing out that James Cameron has lots of money, and spends it on stuff, negates the laws of physics how exactly?


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