The more our stories come from individuals, the more untelligent they become.
In a world where environmental activists can freely lie, cheat and bring others down, shouldn’t we study why we tolerate such unethical behaviour?
During Pesticide Action Week, I think most of us are tired of their lies and feel-good bullshit!
Things are not looking too rosy for the big NGOs. Being crowded out of a market they had established, losing touch with online communities and grassroots support, having gurus steal their issues, seeing the nature of the game in Brussels change …
Stupid can win if it is clever. NGOs have developed an Activist Playbook – a means to take stupid ideas and strategically implement a campaign to successfully affect policy.
The Age of Stupid has grown from social media, with anecodotes from non-experts repeated and reinforced, creating trust (and opportunity) among the vulnerable.
How can three activists in a room create enough noise to affect policy, the media and people’s lives? The people they represent are a tiny fraction of the people they affect. This is wrong!
In 2013, Greenpeace inspired the destruction of Golden Rice trials. Today science declares their position as a crime against humanity.
Resolute has charged Greenpeace with racketeering, conspiracy and fraud. We know they do not follow ethical codes of conduct, but let’s not make them martyrs!
The Europeans have the watches; the Africans have the time. Today, the European Green Party passed an initiative in the European Parliament to make Africa wait for at least another generation to be able to lift itself out of poverty.
Industry needs to rethink its lobbying strategy as reasonable people and independent scientists start taking the lead in responding to activist campaigns.
Argumentum ad hominem is the tool you use when there is no science on your side. Is that why activists are using it so much today?