MIT Lecture: Is Islamophobia Accelerating Global Warming?

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Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Professor Ghassan Hage, of the University of Melbourne, apparently presented a lecture today at MIT, which explored the links between Islamophobia and Global Warming.

According to the description of the event;

Is ISLAMOPHOBIA accelerating global warming?

This talk examines the relation between Islamophobia as the dominant form of racism today and the ecological crisis. It looks at the three common ways in which the two phenomena are seen to be linked: as an entanglement of two crises, metaphorically related with one being a source of imagery for the other and both originating in colonial forms of capitalist accumulation. The talk proposes a fourth way of linking the two: an argument that they are both emanating from a similar mode of being, or enmeshment, in the world, what is referred to as ‘generalised domestication.’

Ghassan Hage has held many visting positions across the world including in Harvard, University of Copenhagen, Ecoles des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and American University of Beirut. He works in the comparative anthropology of nationalism, multiculturalism, diaspora and racism and on the relation between anthropology, philosophy and social and political theory. His most well-known work is White Nation: Fantasies of white supremacy in a multicultural society (Routledge 2000). His is also the author of Alter-Politics: Critical Anthropology and the Radical Imaginary (Melbourne University Press 2015). He is currently working on a book titled Is Islamophobia Accelerating Global Warming? and has most recently published a piece in American Ethnologist, titled: “Etat de Siege. A Dying Domesticating Colonialism?” (2016) that engages with the contemporary “refugee crisis” in Europe and beyond.

The talk is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by Global Studies and Laguages, Global Borders Research Collaboration, MIT Anthropology

Read more: https://mitgsl.mit.edu/news-events/islamophobia-accelerating-global-warming

I’m sure we’re all looking forward to the video of the presentation.

The University of Melbourne is making quite a name for itself, exploring unusual climate related themes, such as a 2014 attack on democracy, which discussed why Democratic freedom paralyses efforts to combat climate change, and how to restructure government, to maintain the flow of green subsidies when climate skeptics win elections.

There are plenty of other lectures by Professor Hage available online, such as the following.

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207 thoughts on “MIT Lecture: Is Islamophobia Accelerating Global Warming?

    • I weep for the entire Western world.
      AGW “science”, green “economics”, and “progressive” (i.e. feel-good, entitlement) leftist politics are ubiquitous.
      Canada’s Foreign Minister Stephane Dion recently tweeted that “We must support research into the links between #climatechange and conflict”.
      Lies are clearly more politically powerful and sexy than truth; whether it’s AGW or the myth of the gender pay gap. By proliferating and pontificating on these “social justice” lies, leftists will continue to dominate Western politics, and will continue to drift further left for the foreseeable future, because the “educated” yet arithmetically ignorant electorate is already comfortably asleep in bed with them.

    • I don’t see what possible connection there could be between a religion and racism.
      There are 57 countries with predominantly Islamic religion; and they encompass, just about every possible ethnic or racial group on the planet.
      Far as I can tell, the same goes for almost any other major religious belief system.
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      And the peoples on earth who display animosity to persons of some particular ethnic groups, or some particular religious factions, also encompass every ethnic group on the planet, and likely every religion on the planet too.

      • “And the peoples on earth who display animosity to persons of some particular ethnic groups, or some particular religious factions, also encompass every ethnic group on the planet, and likely every religion on the planet too”
        The Muslim vitriol directed against Israel pretty well outweighs all the other ethnic animosity on earth combined by what, a hundred to one? And Professor Ghassan Hage is just providing agiprop on their behalf by attacking anyone would dare to defend Israel.

  1. “This talk examines the relation between Islamophobia as the dominant form of racism today and the ecological crisis.”
    ————————————
    Note to Professor Hage – islam isn’t a race.

    • Yes, Islam is not a race. Islam includes many races. Which race is being discriminated against? None of them.
      The problem is a murderous “religious” philosophy that some Muslims practice. We discriminate against *that* practice, not against some particular race or against peaceful Muslims.

      • Yes, said so time and again myself; a religion isn’t a race. The English language is being twisted by people who lack intelligence. The same for ‘ocean acidification’. The dictionary definition of ‘acidification’ is online for everyone to see, but still it gets misused. A ‘race’ is people who share similar and distinct physical characteristics evolved over time through close breeding. Religion has nothing to do with it. Being of a particular faith doesn’t alter your genes, your skin colour, your facial features!
        Sometimes, I despair for the future. The one good thing is that I won’t be here.

      • To say there is no issue as racism dressed up as fear of Islamists is laughable.
        You only need to go into the sections of any British news paper to see the mass labeling of 1.5 billion muslims with one label.
        You had fox news telling its viewers in the US Europe is “finished” and “Birmingham in the UK is 100% Muslim and police cant even go in” “Muslims are taking over entire areas and ruling by sharia law” and a litany of other bollocks.
        While the article topic here about Islamophobia and climate change is complete nonsense, to also claim there is no pretty common profiling of people because they “look like certain ethnic groups” you are sadly mistaken.
        You’ve already forgotten the Italian that looked ever so remotely like someone from the middle east, being called a terrorist by a product of the media (because of maths).
        You have 2 year old Muslim girls on no fly lists and the FBI threatening Muslims to spy on their community or else.
        Lets not forget years of the FBI finding isolated angry mentally ill or slow witted Muslims and setting them up bomb plots and fake bombs, as in the whole plan, suggested it to them and provoked them and egged them on and game them everything. Most FBI foiled plots are exactly that.
        Trump only said he’s stop all Muslims coming to the US
        And lastly, after flattening several islamic countries on false claims, when there is a reaction to this destruction you call the “islamists” the war bent murderers. How tragic is your logic
        [??? .mod]

      • Mark, the fear of Islamism is completely justified – as it goes against everything that is ‘Western’. Islamism is homophobic, sexist, (to the point of misogynistic), undemocratic, bigotted, and doesn’t even allow belief in other faiths or atheism. Its ‘values’ are abhorrent. I have no problem whatsoever with Muslims keeping their faith and their beliefs within the confines of their geographical locations. But I don’t want them exporting their particular loathsome beliefs to my country (England), where we have tried very hard to be tolerant. But tolerance is a two-way street. We should not tolerate Islamism because it doesn’t reciprocate. It cannot, because of its very tenets. I’m an atheist, but can tolerate Christianity, Judaism, and all the others…because they tolerate my atheism. Islamism does not. Islamism is a political system dressed up as a religion. It hates.

      • I’ll support both sides on this. No it’s not “racism” per se. Religious discrimination would be properly titled “creedism”, but that word hasn’t really caught on. However, that being said, It is a serious problem. While most people are reasonable in understanding the issues, many are not. A mild glance would see that it is a problem in the west. Also, straight racism against arabs (or anyone that looks mildly Arabic) is a similar problem.

      • Mark May 11, 2016 at 1:35 am
        I think that you failed to make your point. It can be religious intolerance – although that is far more widespread against Christians than against other religions – but religious intolerance is not racial intolerance. You are using the wrong epithet.

      • bazzer1959 May 11, 2016 at 1:21 am
        Yes, said so time and again myself; a religion isn’t a race. The English language is being twisted by for people who lack intelligence.
        Those changing the language are doing it for control…they are not stupid.
        Their goals require the rest of us to lose our freedoms.

      • Islam is a totalitarian political ideology/religion that mandates its followers to instill islam throughout the world. In islamic theology there are 2 parts to the world, the Dar-al-islam (house of islam) and the dar-al-Harb (house of war). In other words, you either live in an islamic country or you live in a war zone, and it will continue to be a war zone until it comes into the house of islam.
        According to Islam’s own ‘holy books’, Mohammad, the founder of islam, was a mass murderer, a child rapist, a sex slave trader, a torturer and a beheader. Islam is pure evil and every effort should be made to eliminate it from the western world.
        I keep reading all of this defense of peaceful muslims, but the violent aspect of islam could not advance without the aid and consent of those who do not actually engage in violence themselves.
        ISIS is so in your face evil that all sane people condemn it. The Muslim Brotherhood, on the other hand, is not overtly violent. They take over by infiltrating school boards, county boards, police departments, the military, etc., etc. The goals of the Muslim Brotherhood, however, are exactly the same as the goals of ISIS-to establish a worldwide caliphate and make islam the dominant force in the world. An internal document taken in a raid from a Muslim Brotherhood office in Virginia state their goals.
        Here is a brief excerpt:
        “The process of settlement is a ‘Civilization-Jihadist Process’ with all the word means. The Ikhwan [Muslim Brotherhood] must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers…”
        “[W]e must possess a mastery of the art of ‘coalitions’, the art of ‘absorption’ and the principles of ‘cooperation.’”
        In other words, the Muslim Brotherhood, by its own admission, is a subversive organization whose goal is to overthrow the US.
        It is not up to non-muslims to tiptoe around the delicate sensibilities of hurt muslim feelings. It is up to muslims to honestly examine the life of their ‘prophet’ and decide if this evil man is the one they truly want to follow. If the answer to that question is yes, then they are part of the problem.
        Islamophobia is not racism, it is survival.

      • Mark, I’m trying to figure out what your post is all about.
        Near as I can tell you are trying to claim that Muslims aren’t a problem, it’s just a big conspiracy on the part of Fox News and the FBI.
        PS: Nobody ever claimed that Birmingham was 100% Muslim, however the existence of “no go” zones is well documented, despite your desire to ignore the obvious.
        PPS: There are a number of instances of small children being put on the no fly list, not just 2 year old Muslim girls. That’s a problem with the brain dead way the list is being managed, it’s not evidence of Islamaphobia.

      • Islam, although it has elements of religion, is more of an ideology since it’s doctrine is more political than religious.

      • I thought the idea, by the mentally disturbed, of race had been thrown on the scrap heap of dumb ideas by science long ago. Humans are all so closely genetically related that there is no place for race categories, unless each human is a considered a separate race.

    • “Islamophobia as the dominant form of racism”
      No, but anti-semantisism seems to be.

      • I think the dominant form of “racism” (although racism is not the correct word for it) involves decapitating infidels, taking women and girls as sex slaves, deliberately blowing up or shooting innocent civilians etc. etc.

      • To be fair, Christians and Sikhs are targeted by Islam just as much as Jews are. On another note, semite is a misnomer since it’s a linguistic term referring to a family of languages within the Middle East. Anti-semite originates from the 1800s when Zionists first attempted to revive Hebrew (a semitic language) which had been dead for a thousand years. But there were many that opposed its revival (including some Jews since they didn’t believe we could ever learn to speak it correctly) and thus were called anti-semites aka anti-hebrew.
        I suppose a better word describe those against Judaism would be Judeophobia or anti-Judaism….Semantics, I know!

  2. Why do these the “intellectual ” types people always talk so slowly? 12 minutes in and absolutely nothing was said, so I gave up.

    • @ AndyE, 7:38 pm, I thought the same thing after reading this , (I didn’t even attempt to watch the video),
      “Ghassan Hage has held many visting positions across the world including in Harvard, University of Copenhagen, Ecoles des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and American University of Beirut. He works in the comparative anthropology of nationalism, multiculturalism, diaspora and racism and on the relation between anthropology, philosophy and social and political theory.”
      I just wondered how long the “visting” lasted.

  3. I have a relative who had some lectures from this person. He and everyone else in the course thought him to be an idiot and, as they found out later so did many of his professorial colleagues… I expect climate politics is the place where most no-hopers in the social ‘sciences’ wash up (and no-hopers in social sciences are the real thing!)…

    • “I have a relative who had some lectures from this person. He and everyone else in the course thought him to be an idiot and, as they found out later so did many of his professorial colleagues…”
      Good! There’s hope then. I am always encouraged when I hear how students – of all ages – realize the foolishness going on around them. Thank you, Exisle, for posting this comment.

    • No – it’s where the money is and the post-modernists have finally figured out how to get their share. Expect a lot more of this nonsense as more and more PM wackos board the cash wagon.

      • The problem is that these types are invariably employed by government in some form or another. And governments don’t go broke or out of business due to stupidity or mismanagement because they have unlimited money – yours!

  4. Sadly, it is a gullible and ignorant population that is allowing gov’t induced “climaphobia” to survive. The facts just don’t back up their theories! Just another piece of the globalist agenda 21 fiasco!

    • “Sadly, it is a gullible and ignorant population that is allowing gov’t induced “climaphobia” to survive.”
      Brilliant blame the victims strategy, Einstein . . Divide and conquer is pretty easy when “smart” folks are so much better than the ignorant masses, it seems to me . . ; )

  5. If you enjoy laughing at nonsense from the world of social science, follow Real Peer Review on Twitter. https://twitter.com/real_peerreview
    The article post-colonial feminist glaciology is par for the course. It’s just beyond belief how deeply insane the academic left in the humanities really is.

    • A bit of insanity influenced by a life rewarded for proclaimed status (queer, minority, a stutter etc.), a bit of average or less than average intellect (hence the courses that grade on political consensus rather than achievement) and a need to pretend a liberal belief system implies actual intelligence rather than mere simple-minded conformity.

      • Thus hastening western societies’ decline into simplistic, group-think, mob-rule Moronocracies ripe for even more manipulation and vigorous enforcement of WrongThought laws.

  6. Moron tries to merge a couple hot grant items. Makes ridiculous hypothesis. Liberals buy in. Proto-terrorists and CAGW hand wringers flock to lectures, paying their parents and sponsors money to watch the moron prance.

  7. At about 7:14 “Because I don’t think, one can think democracy anyway, without thinking..” This came After saying “I think, I think… ” Wow a what a genius this guy is.

  8. As a rule, anyone connected to the EHESS in any way isn’t worth listening to.

  9. I should burn my degrees to disassociate myself from that institution. But then all universities in Australia have turned into non-scientific, leftist think tanks.

  10. The relationship between Islamophobia and Global Warming is this: one is the belief that a few politicized extremists are representative of the overwhelmingly peaceful religion of Islam; the other is the belief that a small increase of a trace gas is driving the world’s climate. The only thing they have in common is faulty logic.

    • Ronald P Ginzler,
      The central tenet of Islam is that its adherents will go straight to Paradise if they are engaged in killing unbelievers (that’s us). They get a ticket to Paradise even if they’re blown up while constructing a bomb intended for infidels (that’s us).
      Without that central belief, Islam would fade away as a barbaric 7th Century throwback religion.
      Therefore, Islam is not “overwhelmingly peaceful”. Quite the opposite. It is overwhelmingly bloodthirsty. The evidence is everywhere.
      In any sane world Islam would be declared an Outlaw Religion. In a sane world, anyone professing to be an Islamist would be barred from all but foot travel, and be denied banking of any kind, and be denied ownership of real property, and be restricted to their native countries. Those countries would be refused any and all foreign aid. And so on.
      But that’s in a sane world…

      • Many of the central tenants of Islam are completely illegal (in theory) in any democratic republic.
        In Islam there is…
        Complete rejection of separation of church and state; the religion rules.
        Legally enforced class distinctions.
        No such thing as women’s liberations or equal rights.
        Legal rape of non Islamic during war. (Which is all the time until Islam is submitted to, either stealth or overt Jihad.)
        Sharia law is brutal and totalitarian to the extreme.
        The major religious authorities of all Muslim nations support Sharia law.
        The majority of Muslims polled in the US say they should be allowed to establish Sharia law.
        Every year in this nation there are many more hate crimes against Jews then Muslims.
        On average Islamists commit the equivalent of three Parris mass murders every single month of the year.
        Numerous individual Muslims have tried to preach a symbolic interpretation of Islam and Jihad where the jihad is an internal battle for spiritual victory. Every single one of them has received death fatwas issued against them by officials of the Islamic states.
        The central tenets of Islam are seditious against the constitution of the US. It is not discrimination against “religion” but rational discrimination (common sense) against slavery, rape, legal enforcement of lower class status to non Muslims, legal subjugation of women and female genital mutilation, legal murder, and legalized religious dictatorship.

      • DB, have you read the Hebrew or Christian Bible? The mandatory isolation required by Moses is not exactly pretty, and the declaration that all unfaithful shall be punished eternally is not a metaphor.
        The only real difference between Islam and Christianity is that Christianity’s tenets developed from a place of weakness under a large empire while Islam developed in a place of strength handed down by the ruler of a large empire.

      • db, you are dead on. Too bad so many people have dedicated their lives to ignoring the obvious.

      • Ben, it is quite obvious that you haven’t read the Christian or Jewish holy texts, but are relying on what others have told you about it.
        The isolation that you reference was only for that time and place. It was not a universal requirement.
        Look also at that same section for the laws regarding the treatment of foreigners. Quite enlightened, especially for that time.

      • Well said, db, spot on. If only people could see this ‘religion’ for what it truly is. Alas, as some of the comments on your post show, people lack even the most base intelligence.

      • I see you are quick to chastize dbstealey, yet you provide no real information to refute.
        My information comes directly from the mouths of muslims. I am told to be concerned, and the people who tell me this are very afraid to be found out for having revealed this info ( the difference between Sunni and Shia ).
        The Sunni ( ~80% ) are peaceful and tolerant, but are also required to not reveal the conquering intent of the Shia ( ~20% ).
        That, coupled with the knowledge of history regarding muslims ( I suggest you do your homework ), you will find your defense of that particular religion is misguided.

      • benofhouston,
        There’s a big difference: Western civilization has moderated out the bible’s uncivilized parts, while keeping the good, moral parts. For example, we don’t stone people any more, but our jurisprudence is based on the Ten Commandments.
        But Islam has never moved on from the 7th Century. That’s the problem. What do you think would have happened if an Islamic state in the 600’s – 700’s had possessed nuclear weapons? Would they have used them? Of course.
        That’s the problem. Very soon Iran will have nukes. And it is ruled by 7th Century mullahs.
        Next, Simon sez:
        I was looking forward to your hateful comment re Islam. You didn’t let me down.
        Simon, if I ever needed proof that you’re a fool, I have it now. Maybe you don’t have relatives who were murdered on 9/11. Or maybe you’re one to turn the other cheek when a bully on the playground b!tch-slaps you. But only a fool would ignore history, which shows that tolerance of Islam always gets the other cheek slapped, too.
        Islam has literally declared war on the West. Repeatedly, without any doubt or misunderstanding. And their invasion of Western countries is a deliberate tactic to weaken and undermine “infidels”. It is working, with the connivance of leaders in the EU and the US — and with the support of fools in both places.

      • benofhouston:
        “The only real difference between Islam and Christianity”
        ================
        nonsense – Where is the blood on Christs hands? Did he ever ask anyone to kill anyone else? Who was it that said:
        38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: 39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.

      • dbstealy: And Christ said, let he who is without sin cast the first stone.
        The bloodier parts were being discarded long before modern times.

      • To me it was a great surprise to discover that there are two versions of the human rights:
        The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
        Proclaimed by the United Nations as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected. (Largely not signed by islamic nations)
        And then there is the islamic version of the human rights:
        The Cairo declaration of human rights in islam
        The Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam is a declaration of the member states of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (57 countries) which provides an overview on the Islamic perspective on human rights, and affirms Islamic sharia as its sole source.
        Example:
        General human rights Article 1:
        “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”
        Islamic human rights Article 1:
        “… All human beings are God’s subjects, and the most loved by him are those who are most useful to the rest of His subjects, and no one has superiority over another except on the basis of piety and good deeds.”
        More here Islamic Human Rights?

      • David A “The Sunni ( ~80% ) are peaceful and tolerant, but are also required to not reveal the conquering intent of the Shia ( ~20% ).
        That, coupled with the knowledge of history regarding muslims ( I suggest you do your homework )…”

        You do know that Al Qaeda and IS are Sunni? There seems t be an irony here about homework.

    • Nobody was “afraid” of Islam until they started blowing up planes and buildings, killing innocent (and peaceful) people. In the face of an actual threat, fear is an appropriate response. The other logical response is to fight.

      • William R

        Nobody was “afraid” of Islam until they started blowing up planes and buildings, killing innocent (and peaceful) people. In the face of an actual threat, fear is an appropriate response. The other logical response is to fight.

        Since 2001, Islamic worshipers (radical Muslims actively practicing Islam) have committed over 24,500 separate acts of violence harming or killing more than 110,000 other people (often deliberating terrorizing or intimidating other Muslims not as radical)….. Yet this “paid government propagandist” (er, international professor) claims there is rampant Islamiphobia when their CAGW efforts are delayed or contradicted.
        So, when the government is paying travel, salaries, tenure, and scholastic support funds to a deliberate liar in the name of protecting their CAGW message by wrapping it around their pro-Muslim propaganda and policies, what does that indicate about the rationality of either?

      • Islam has been killing infidels for 1400 years. The level waxes and wanes, but it has never gone to zero.

      • Even if we to somehow completely isolate them, they would continue to kill each other for not being pure enough.

    • Per Steyn Europe will be essentially Sharia within a few decades. Now for some prime Conspiratorial Ideation, that should also vastly increase the risk of an actual European Islamic attack on Israel, especially with what would be their control of nukes. Could be the end according to Revelation and all those religious predictions. Sad that the likes of Russia/US/China would then have no choice about having it out with an Islamic Europe & allies in a grand WWIII.
      http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/05/10/40000-christians-harassed-muslims/
      http://www.amazon.com/America-Alone-End-World-Know/dp/1596985275

    • Many of the central tenets of Islam are completely illegal (in theory) in any democratic republic.
      In Islam there is…
      Complete rejection of separation of church and state; the religion rules.
      Legally enforced class distinctions.
      No such thing as women’s liberations or equal rights.
      Legal rape of non Islamic during war. (Which is all the time until Islam is submitted to, either stealth or overt Jihad.)
      Sharia law is brutal and totalitarian to the extreme.
      The major religious authorities of all Muslim nations support Sharia law.
      The majority of Muslims polled in the US say they should be allowed to establish Sharia law.
      Every year in this nation there are many more hate crimes against Jews then Muslims.
      On average Islamists commit the equivalent of three Parris mass murders every single month of the year.
      Numerous individual Muslims have tried to preach a symbolic interpretation of Islam and Jihad where the jihad is an internal battle for spiritual victory. Every single one of them has received death fatwas issued against them by officials of the Islamic states.
      The central tenets of Islam are seditious against the constitution of the US. It is not discrimination against “religion” but rational discrimination (common sense) against slavery, rape, legal enforcement of lower class status to non Muslims, legal subjugation of women and female genital mutilation, legal murder, and legalized religious dictatorship.

      • Excellent summary. Too bad the PC/SJW types are too stupid to realize what they are really supporting.

    • Do you have any evidence that only a small group of extremists are giving Islam a bad name by actually following the tenets of that religion?

      • People interpret their religion in many ways. The vast majority of Muslims are non-violent. Why don’t you ask one how he or she follows the tenets of their religion? Anyone here think the Klu Klux Klan are representative of Christianity?
        And dbstealey: “And their [Muslim] invasion of western countries is a deliberate tactic to weaken and undermine infidels.”
        Uh, who invaded Iraq? Afghanistan? Not with immigrants, but armies and bombing? With massive civilian casualties that far outweigh any Muslim terrorist acts against the West.
        And if you think 9/11 was a purely Muslim act of terror, you need to do a lot of research.
        By the way, Genghis Khan, not a Muslim, killed more than twice as many people as Tamerlane.
        I find it odd that people who haven’t fallen for the Climate Change con, have fallen for the Islam is Evil con.

        • R, Ginzler says:
          The vast majority of Muslims are non-violent.
          That excuse was rejected at Nuremburg. The ‘good Germans’ were also culpable. When a large fraction of Muslims begin to vocally reject violence, I’ll change my mind. But since that would require them to reject a central tenet of their religion, I won’t hold my breath. Following 9/11/2001, the most popular name for male babies among Molems suddenly became “Osama” (or “Usama”, depending on the country). They were silently cheering on the terrorism.
          You also say:
          And if you think 9/11 was a purely Muslim act of terror…
          What else would you call it? They were all Muslims.

        • Ronald Ginzler says:
          …if you think 9/11 was a purely Muslim act of terror, you need to do a lot of research.
          Since you seem to be saying that you’ve done that research, please provide the identities of the non-Muslims who took part in the 9/11/2001 attacks.

      • THere’s an old saying.
        A radical muslim wants to kill you.
        A moderate muslim wants the radical muslim to kill you.
        Are the vast majority non-violent, or do they just like the motivation and opportunity to do what their religion demands?
        I love the people like to pretend that history started with George Bush, there are reason’s why we invaded Iraq. Of course idiots like to pretend that such actions came completely out of the blue.
        Those of us who haven’t fallen for the climate change con have done so because we can do research, including reading history.
        Apparently that’s something you can’t be bothered with.

  11. Lecture title should be: Are the idiots who believe in AGW the same idiots who believe Islam is a religion of peace.

  12. It’s drivel but it has great potential as a template for a “Madlibs” multiple choice climate fraud party activity!
    E. G. “This talk examines the relation between X as the dominant form of Y today and the ecological Z.”
    X:
    a) Women Rights
    b) Islamophobia
    c) Hamburgers
    d) add your own
    Y: … etc.

  13. It is one thing to be thought a fool, and yet another to speak so profusely and remove any semblance of doubt. My God, how did university devolve to this?!

  14. The University of Melbourne and Ghassan Hage has set a new benchmark for stupidity. Apart from the fact that Islam is not a race, the mind boggles at how what one thinks could possibly control the climate. We have all thought of nice weather tomorrow only to be disappointed. I went to the University of Melbourne and despair at the juvenile standard to which the place has sunk now.

    • I went to the royal Melbourne Institute of Technology to become an engineer fifty odd years ago, it was brilliant with real teachers of the committed kind. About 30 years ago it was morphed into Melbourne University and it is now almost a waste of space.

  15. I listened/watched the video. Talking about democracy in the middle east – i think only Israel comes anything close to it. and the USA isn’t a democracy – it’s a republic -if we can keep it. there is a difference – check it out…

  16. Sorry cannot bring myself to watch the whole thing.
    But is fear of what amounts to a death cult, an irrational unfounded fear?
    When bright young men make videos of themselves butchering other people and say the killed them because they were not of the correct faith, it is a phobia if you believe them when they promise to kill your own kind?
    The Progressive,modern Liberals interpretation of “Islamophobia” is more proof liberalism is a progressive disease.
    It is not an unfounded fear,when they really are willing and wanting to kill you.
    Except in the multicultural morass.

    • Such a shame the word ‘liberalism’ has got mixed in with American ‘progressives’. It needs rehabilitation.

    • Yes. Al Gore’s private jet and Obama’s AF One heading to fundraiser/golf outings to see his Cali girlfriend.

    • “Is anything accelerating global warming ?”
      ——————————————–
      All the hot air coming from Profs like Hage?

  17. Professor Hage was born in Lebanon. Hardly the best place to grow up with a social conscience. And he had to migrate to clean, green Australia and go to Macquarie Uni to learn all about Global Warming and Islamophobia?

    • Old Bruno,
      you know you can walk 2 months through lebanon without ever sightIng a cedar tree.
      And it’s in their national flag and their not ashamed at all.

      • P.S. There were rumors of threats of prosecution, incarceration, and waterboarding if you didn’t accept the money and attend, but those were just rumors. ;o)
        (In all seriousness, it’s scary that there were a fair number that wanted to attend his lecture. He gets paid to swing a hammer, so of course all he talks about are nails, but the attendees had a choice. Who are the crazy ones in that room?)

    • Is it rational to ban the new London Mayor from entering the USA because of of his religion?

      • ‘England’ doesn’t want to ban Donald Trump – it was some of our media, and a few politicians. Speak to the people here, and you’ll find a LOT of support for Mr Trump…a lot! We (here in England) can see how ‘pro-America’ he is, and wish we had someone pro-England! Our current Prime Minister is a chickenhead who bows to everyone, like the Germans, and that gimp, Obama. We long for a Thatcher again (and I didn’t even support what she did), as she put Britain first. With it looking likely that Scotland will vote Out in the next referendum (after June 23rd), we Englanders are looking for a suitable strong leader. Currently, none of the ones in Parliament have any testicles.

      • Reality check. I suggest it is not rational to do either, and would not reccommend voting for anyone that proposed either policy. There are differences. One was suggested by someone who plans to become president of the USA and actually try to implememt the policy. If David Cameron called for banning Trump I would think he had gone a bit potty. The same one was not targeted at one individual, but includes 2 billion people, of whom the Mayor is only one.

        • seaice1

          I suggest it is not rational to do either, and would not reccommend voting for anyone that proposed either policy. There are differences. One was suggested by someone who plans to become president of the USA and actually try to implememt the policy. If David Cameron called for banning Trump I would think he had gone a bit potty. The same one was not targeted at one individual, but includes 2 billion people, of whom the Mayor is only one.

          The 2 billions Muslims are NOT “banned”. Your liberal bias and its biased lies posing as your sources in Oboma’s ABCNNBCBS national press corpse are exposed again.
          Trump has rationally proposed preventing the deliberate import of 100,000 Muslim military-age males, none of whom are employable nor bearing any trained or with skills, nor any even trainable (they speak no English and cannot write in their native languages), none of who are bringing inate existing talents or training (other than radical Islamic jihad tactics and religious hatred) directly from their radical Islamic roots in order to come onto permanent European and American welfare roles as voting democrats. There are NO “innocent refugees” nor any “climate refugees” nor many hundred “innocent children” in this group of 100,000 military-age males. The women in their group have been assaulted raped during the travels, and the 2% Christian worshipped in their camps have been beaten, assaulted, raped, intimidated and crucified for THEIR religion.
          Trump HAS proposed banning these invaders UNTIL EACH INDIVIDUAL “refugee” is vetted and verified who he is, where he came from, and why he should be allowed entry unto American welfare roles. ONLY until such vetting is complete. The Islamic mayor of London is NOT an “immigrant” and is NOT “unknown” nor is he demanding the rights of US citizenship. His rants – your rants and exaggerations about Trump’s proposals – are dead wrong. Deliberately dead wrong.

      • I suggest that seaice go live in an area that is dominated by Muslims. It’s easy for eggheads to tell others how to live, when they are not facing the problems that others face.

      • Trump said London’s new mayor is welcome.
        London’s new mayor is known and already vetted, and is not a threat to the U.S., so he is welcome to come visit any time.
        That is Trump’s only requirement of Muslims: that they be known, and known not to be a threat to the U.S. If they fit in that category, then they are welcome to come to the U.S.

  18. Islamophobia as the dominant form of racism today

    Come on, there should be a limit to linguistic silliness unless one wants to render language utterly useless.
    Islam is not a race, it is a religion. Therefore islamophobia is not a form of racism, dominant or otherwise, but part of a perfectly legitimate anti-clericalist tradition.

      • And since Islam means submission, the fear to be submitted is perfectly rational.
        The opposite, islamophilia, is pathological, it is a form of intellectual masochism.

      • Nigel S May 10, 2016 at 11:16 pm
        As pointed out by several other here a phobia is an irrational fear.

        Which is why some tack it on to any that hold a different opinion.
        “Homophobia”, “Transphobia”, “Islamophobia”, etc.
        It gives those who irrationally tack “phobia” onto people’s opinions an excuse not to listen to them.
        PS Aside from Hansen and what they might be hauling, what do some have against trains? 😎

    • unless one wants to render language utterly useless
      I think the obfuscationists have already won, their victory accelerated by the internet.

    • Language is already being rendered useless. It is deliberate. Reality is also being rendered useless. Soon, gravity will be illegal in places and fear of mice will be called rodentophobia and declared hate speech. Welcome to the new world.

    • Berényi Péter on May 10, 2016 at 9:52 pm
      Islamophobia as the dominant form of racism today
      Come on, there should be a limit to linguistic silliness unless one wants to render language utterly useless.
      Islam is not a race, it is a religion. Therefore islamophobia is not a form of racism, dominant or otherwise, but part of a perfectly legitimate anti-clericalist tradition.
      ___________________
      Berényi Péter, everybody knows noadays ‘still hungarish right wing’ ai’nt rassist: but osman.
      You KruziTürken kneel for left been alive.
      Or kneel for throwning Erdowans fat base.

  19. My 14 year old son told me the other day that people are prejudiced against Muslims. I asked him if he was, and he said no. I said I wasn’t. I asked him how many of his friends at school are and he said none. I asked him how many people he thinks there are at his school that hate Muslims, and he wouldn’t offer a guess. I pushed him for an answer and he said maybe 3.
    So I asked him what evidence there was that this supposed prejudice is pervasive in society, and he explained that some Muslim terrorists do horrible things, so people hate all Muslims.
    We live in Utah, and there were 3 Mormon missionaries blown up in Belgium. I asked him if he heard about it, and of course he had. I asked him if he thought it was common knowledge, and he said yes. So I asked him where was the retaliation? Where were the beatings, the harassment, the burning of mosques? Of course there has been none.
    So I asked him if he still thought most people were prejudiced against Muslims and believed that all Muslims are terrorists, and he said he guessed not…

    • Ktm, as an interesting thought experiment, how do you think the conversation would have gone if your son had said people are prejudiced agains Jews?

      • Why not Christians, seance? Aren’t Christians, by far, the most persecuted religious group in the world?

      • DBStealey has missed the point, as I think has JohnKnight. If you had followed through the thought experiment you might have seen the point. If you put Jew instead of Muslim you can use the same arguments to demonstrate that there is no anti-sematism. There is anti-semitism, therefore it is not a good argument.

      • As usual, seaice missed the point. I am predjudiced against Islamists, not against jews.
        I have very good reasons for both. But since seaice never understands, I won’t waste my time trying to educate someone who can’t learn.

      • seaince,
        ” If you had followed through the thought experiment you might have seen the point. If you put Jew instead of Muslim you can use the same arguments to demonstrate that there is no anti-sematism. There is anti-semitism, therefore it is not a good argument.”
        So, why not Christians? Aren’t Christians, by far, the most persecuted religious group in the world? Too ho hum?

    • seaice1,
      You’re deflecting again, but I’ll answer anyway:
      Jews don’t tie suicide bombs to their children. They don’t fly airliners into buildings. They don’t wantonly rape and pillage in the countries they invade. In fact, they don’t invade other countries.
      So there is no comparison at all. But I suppose that’s the best you can do.

      • Exactly DB, The moral equivalence nonsense is just that.
        In Religion TODAY, other then Islam, there is no call to murder or stab or kill those of a different perspective. There is no call for a state mandated religion. There is no call for a caste system.
        Islam, in its current form, is fundamentally not compatible with the US constitution due to Sharia law as practiced and interpreted by hundreds of millions of the worlds 1.4 or so billion Muslims. Islam in this sense is not just a religion but a geo political force, the very foundation of which is to convert the world and set up political structure based on Sharia law.
        The worlds Muslims population is primarily Sunni, whereas the Shia population is much smaller with Iran being the largest Shia controlled state. Saudi Arabia is dominantly Sunni, as are the Muslim Brotherhood. The M.B. is a radical terrorist group active in over 80 nations with the goal of establishing the “Caliphate” or Islamic Sharia government worldwide. The M.B. has strong ties and connections to hundreds of organizations (over 300 unindicted co-conspirators) as well as to Hamas, the Taliban, Al Queda, and dozens of other Sunni terrorist groups that share the common goal of dismantling American institutions and turning the US into a Muslim Nation. In the US Holy Land Foundation trial a great many of their records were captured and documented, outlining their agenda and methods which included “An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America which can be summed up in this quote of their objective,
        ==============================
        “ their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands … so that … God’s religion [Islam] is made victorious over all other religions.”
        ===============================
        Their primary initial method is “stealth jihad” into corporations, local, state and federal governments, schools of every level, charity groups, etc. As stated their idea is that “you cannot break the egg shell before the chicken is ready to hatch”; thus violent Jihad is initially only occasionally used if it can be portrayed as a “fringe” group” yet still promote fear and acquiescence.
        One cannot understand the fundamental and legally incompatible nature of Islam in its current form, without understanding Sharia and Islamic jurisprudence as practiced. It allows murder, as in honor killings (Islam is responsible for over 95 percent of the worlds honor killings) killings of non Muslims for being non Muslim, “submit or die”, an Islamic caste system or second class status for non Muslims, who must pay a separate special tax to Muslims, and the subjugation of women in many forms including allowing legal rape by their husbands and forbidding a stranger entering their house without their husbands permission, stoning as punishment, complete abolishment of separation of church and state with Islam as the only state, Halah food where in many forms of practice the animal must see the murder weapon before slaughter, and even slavery, which is still being practiced.
        As stated, hundreds of millions of Muslims live under this system. Not all incorporate every aspect of it, but many do, and all have large percentages of the population that support it. Ten percent [supporting violent jihad] of 1.4 billion is 140 million, and ten percent is far [too] low.

      • David… A “Picture” is worth a 1000 words.
        http://k7ktr.com/images/quotes.jpg
        You are correct in one way… They get “Others” to do it for them! Though I hate to compare this to ALL Jew’s I would say that Zionist’s (Khazars) are the issue as well as neocons are.
        Within this… They control the US Congress who loves to give them standing ovations, decide US foreign policy, send American boys to fight and die in wars based on 100% lies.
        Ref: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpQdg4D78Jc
        They also in violation of Article 1 Section 8 (Whereas the US Government) CAN coin it’s own currency FREE from DEBT and INTEREST and have not only installed the non-federal FEDERAL RESERVE that pays NO TAXES and is above ALL LAWS as well as the IMF/World Banks that enslave the masses to “National Debt” that none of Us signed for. This is Usury condemned in both Christian and Muslim faiths.
        Also Please Note: THE UNITED STATES is a CORPORATION as defined by LAW.
        28 U.S. Code § 3002 – Definitions | US Law | LII / Legal Information Institute
        https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/28/3002
        See line description #15
        The United States is a Corporation. This is why through Corporate Bailouts/Bail-in’s that the Banks and Corporations get bailouts as well as Bankers are never prosecuted for laundering hundreds of billions in Cartel monies, not prosecuted (Individually) for the financial crisis woes that have left millions with destroyed credit, lost homes and so on.
        Also… The FACT that our Police State today is solely trained by current and former members of the IDF reflects the racism within America today.
        Ref: http://www.critraining.com/
        Ref: http://www.adl.org/learn/learn_main_training/default.asp
        I should also add: That ALL US Terrorism is a byproduct of the FBI (Stings) that are used to keep the people in fear of said Muslim’s.
        Ref: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/29/opinion/sunday/terrorist-plots-helped-along-by-the-fbi.html?_r=1
        Ref: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/21/government-agents-directly-involved-us-terror-plots-report
        As well as the NSA whom shares all RAW DATA with Israel.
        Ref: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/11/nsa-americans-personal-data-israel-documents
        As an American I would think this is an act of TREASON! As well as when US Politicians travel to Israel to “Touch” a damn wailing wall. You can also freely Google the photos of this and then be outraged when my cousin Obama bows to an Arab King?
        I personally have MANY Jewish friends that agree with me as well as Muslim ones. But again I MUST say that while the Media whom also is “controlled” blocks the videos of 1000’s of Jewish Rabbi’s here in America of who denounce the Statehood of Israel.
        I’ll conclude with also the 20,000 Plus Jew’s who refuse to leave the Islamic Republic of Iran to move to Israel and who have a seat in the Iranian political system. One nice note is that Iranians HANG BANKERS! As well as the ENTIRE IAEA Report on Iran is ONLINE. Which deals with the Iranian nuclear energy program that the UNITED STATES gave Iran under the Atom’s for Peace program in 1954.
        Ref: http://www.haaretz.com/beta/mossad-cia-agree-iran-has-yet-to-decide-to-build-nuclear-weapon-1.419300
        Summery: While we daily are pitted against one another. You should realize that these are all a distraction from what’s really going on. 93,000,000+ Americans unemployed, our cities going bankrupt, 300,000 dead veterans, 22 a day more who commit suicide, lead in water across the US as well as the Native’s in Arizona, Colorado who have had their lands destroyed by corporations which is also to include the Bundy and Hammond ranches as well as others that were seized by the Fed’s (Strip Mining) of Americas lands to no mine Uranium and drill for Oil and now they are going into the Grand Canyon?
        Locally to give you an idea… The alleged “Security Barrier” WALL in Israel is in length would cover 2/3rds the State of Montana’s I-90 which Montana is our nations 4th Largest State! Also while they bash Trump for border walls (Vatican) that the Government here is building larger walls around the White House?
        Oh I should also include that if ANYONE knows history (Common Core) That the so-called Refugee’s are in fact “WAR REFUGEES” so common to the Allied “TERROR BOMBINGS” of WWII that left much of Europe’s Cities looking like Swiss Cheese and lined the roads of Europe with Millions fleeing those Allied Terror Bombings. Finally we have Gen. Wesley Clark in 2002 who said the United States through the Project for a New American Century was to ATTACK (7 Countries in 5 Years) NONE of which attacked the United States.
        How many countries does the US have to attack before you call it a World War? As with all the lies about “Russian Aggression” whereas the US overthrew the democratic government in the Ukraine and those in Crimea VOTED to succeed from that Junta under International law and it was granted. Yet like all votes in the PEOPLES Democracy the (WEST) – US refuses to accept that WILL of the People.
        This would include the Libyan Government’s overthrow which emails from Hillary prove that is was because of OIL and GOLD and now into Syria whereas yet another government democratically elected and monitored elections is also not recognized by the United States. Now we have Brazil another member of BRICS being ousted as well as the US in Venezuelan area where inflation due to US Sanctions has people eating dogs and burning alive others whom are stealing for food. Much like the US Sanctions on Iraq that murdered 500,000 Iraqi children. Whereas Saddam in the Oil for Food got UN approval to sell Iraq’s oil in the Euro bypassing US Sanctions.
        You might review the video: “ALL WARS ARE BANKERS WARS” on YouTube and remember WHO Controls those banks today also as aforementioned above.
        [Left in queue, recommend removing. Not really sure this is appropriate, even in this political-social issues thread. .mod]

  20. The nutty Professor drones on and on, a bad case of verbal diarrhea on the taxpayers dime a waste of academic training gone to the bottom of the gene pool. The old English/Australian saying fits him to a tee – He’s a real fruit and nut case if I ever saw one!

  21. Actually, the dominant form of racism, sexism, etc. today is [class] diversity. It is an insidious and progressive form of institutional prejudice that denigrates individual dignity.

  22. As far as I know the only link between Professor Gassan Hage and Queens College (pictured) is that they are both linked to the University of Melbourne. Prof Hage likely works and teaches in one of the modernist buildings on the main campus.
    It is disappointing that the University of Melbourne is associated with “learning” of this type.
    The sooner Universities become independent of Goverment funding the better. This is what Vice Chancellor wants to happen, but the benefits are not yet apparent.

  23. [Ghassan Hage] has most recently published a piece in American Ethnologist, titled: “Etat de Siege. A Dying Domesticating Colonialism?” (2016) that engages with the contemporary “refugee crisis” in Europe and beyond.”

    I’m not sure what Hage means by “domesticating colonialism,” but from his other references to things like “colonial forms of capitalist accumulation” and “Fantasies of white supremacy,” he seems to have a big problem with western whites. Of course that’s not racism in his book. I would also bet that the over 500 battles initiated by Muslims in the middle ages as a means to spread Islam around the world would not be considered “colonialism” to Professor Hage, either.

  24. “Professor Ghassan Hage, of the University of Melbourne, apparently presented a lecture today at MIT, which explored the links between Islamophobia and Global Warming …”.
    ===============================
    Nothing new here, it’s further confirmation of Blair’s Law ‘coined by Australian journalist Tim Blair’:
    “… the ongoing process by which the world’s multiple idiocies are becoming one giant, useless force …”
    It’s Settled Science™.

  25. The link between islamophobia and global warming is as indisputable as the link between elves and fairies.

  26. Unless you live on planet Zog or some other place not of this world it is impossible not to know that certain adherents of Islam are clearly at war with anyone who does not share in their own violent and obscene interpretations of this creed. Death by any method is the common currency of such people, the preferred targets being so called infidels, that is anyone who is not Moslem, or if that is not possible the slaughter based on sectarian interpretations, in this case Shia Moslems who are considered heretics by the Sunni majority. That this has created a degree of fear of where this is going is entirely rational. What any of this has to do with the world’s climate is incomprehensible. Professor Hage is clearly certifiable.

    • Barry wrote:
      “[…] Professor Hage is clearly certifiable.”
      Agreed, but I admire his ability to get paid for it.

  27. Idiocracy is a 2006 American satirical science fiction comedy film directed by Mike Judge and starring Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard, and Terry Crews. The film tells the story of two people who take part in a top-secret military hibernation experiment, only to awaken 500 years later in a dystopian society where advertising, commercialism, and cultural anti-intellectualism have run rampant and that is devoid of intellectual curiosity, social responsibility, and coherent notions of justice and human rights.
    And there was me thinking like 1984, it wasn’t a work of fiction, it was an instruction manual.

  28. Islamophobia and racism are the wrong argument here, and if some think the lines are not blurred then.. I cant help you. There is not enough logical reasoning in many of these comments.
    If you burn and pillage the middle east and the put in your puppet governments, expect a reaction, especially from the victims. It seems some dont understand cause and effect when wondering why some Muslims might be angry at some western nations. Mainly UK France US, the very nations that have been flooding the place with weapons, installing dictators and starting wars and invading and total destruction of a nation on lies, not mistakes.
    If you lie and say there is WDM in my home, jump over my garden wall and kill most of my family, all based in lies. I will kill you, and anyone who helped you. I am a christian. I will torture you and kill you, as slowly as I can, anyone who hurts my family, will suffer

    • Lovely story.
      Every Muslim has a book that says he should kill you.
      But it is the West’s fault that Muslims want to kill you? The book wasn’t written last year.

      • Gamecock wrote: “Every Muslim has a book that says he should kill you. But it is the West’s fault that Muslims want to kill you? The book wasn’t written last year.”
        Excellent point, Gamecock.
        Cause and effect. Sometimes some people get the two confused.

    • You don’t know what you are talking about. While a lot of the western involvement in the Middle East is beyond stupid and poorly thought out, it is not the cause of islamic terrorism. Islamic terrorism began 1400 years ago with Mohammad’s mandate to spread islam throughout the world, by the sword if necessary.
      Jihad terrrorists had been conquering for 1100 years before the US came into existence.

    • If you lie and say there is WDM in my home, jump over my garden wall and kill most of my family, all based in lies. I will kill you, and anyone who helped you.
      Excuses.
      Furthermore, WMDs were found stashed in numerous locations in Iraq. But belief is a funny thing. It becomes reality to those infected, and it gives them the license to go on murdering sprees. And don’t fool yourself, 9/11 would have happened with or without the Iraq war.
      The same World Trade Center was attacked by the same Islamists, years before 9/11/01. Their van didn’t contain enough explosives to do the job right, so the next time they used airliners.

    • Thank you for showing how the West has created the situation with Muslims and how cause and effect work here. I don’t agree with your last paragraph, I am non-violent and would not react that way, but I understand how some people would. I am not a Muslim or a Christian or a Jew.

      • Islamists have killed Russians, Asians, Europeans, mass brutal murder of civilians and children. They do this daily, the equivalent of three Parris massacres each month, every month. Islamic terror has little to do with the US except the more we stand down, they advance in violence. The truth is Iraq was advancing economically very rapidly, until Obama took over. Read jihad watch, or Pamela Geller, and see the daily violence brutality, and demands to submit. If all the west left the middle east, and Israel disappeared, they would kill each other until one side emerged victorious. They kill any of their own who try to moderate Islam. It is what they have always done

      • I’m guessing you never bothered to actually read the responses to you.
        I’m fascinated at how some people are determined to blame everything bad in the world on the West. No matter how badly they have to twist logic to do so.

  29. Embarrassed as a graduate of that institution. Gee, they have some clowns going around now.

  30. Consider than the arrow of cause and effect here has been reversed. Dissatisfaction with depauperate living conditions drives emigration as terrorism.

    • “terrorism” has become meaningless as a term now.
      lack of education and exposure to outside ideas. Food poverty. Idle significant youth demographic, religious zealousness (usually brought about by agitators with their own agenda accompanied by propaganda which is very effective on a highly uneducated population in the poorer parts of the world).
      Throw on top every other lunatic out there with an agenda, this can be applied to global warming, look at how many ignorant people it has caught up in it’s net, and that is our “first world” (I hate that term).
      This is because people thanks to Liberal controlled education are now much less able to negotiate life. They want life to adapt to them.
      Education education education and negotiation, life is about negotiation not a static set of “dos and donts”

    • Do you really believe environmentalists will not resort to violence, or Regressive Liberals, they are the ones who react most violently to opposition, they become angry at the suggestion there may be opposition.
      This regressive thinking where the world must adapt to one’s view, IS INSANE and no different than thinking the world should follow Sharia law for example

  31. Wait – I thought it was GlobalWarming™ that was causing Islamophobia. Which is it now?

    • And I thought it was “Climate Change”. He needs to keep up with the ideology. It keeps changing its spots.

  32. The only culturally acceptable form of racism is conservatophobia. But only flat earther, science denying, right wing fools and country hicks would tell you so.
    In all honesty, how can people so smart be so blind? I can only think that they are insulated in bubbles of group think for such long periods of time that it becomes an alternate reality.

    • Education. That is the cause. People are no longer given the tools to negotiate life. College kids are being turned into activists to varying degrees where you are to go out into the world and change it to your match your views, people with similar ideas group together to form what is essentially a cult. A macro culture, except, this liberal progression has turned sour, Liberal professors are now terrified of liberal students because liberal education has created these self interested authoritarian idiots who are motivated and imbued with concepts, concepts that trap thinking within the confines and protocols of a given concept.
      Such a protocol is dealing with opposing positions to one’s own, the new Liberal protocol is close ranks and be aggressive, polarizing and decisive. Things anathema to intellectual and social growth and understanding. Again, this is a refusal to negotiate life, and it is a product of more normal liberals which make up most professors I think, they have created a monster even they now fear

    • It’s perfectly fine to discriminate against anyone with a southern accent.
      I’ve had plenty of Liberals tell me that anyone from the south is a racist.
      Also white males are always fair game.

    • ‘In all honesty, how can people so smart be so blind?’
      Decadence. The West’s success has made it too comfortable.

  33. In listening to the video (I could only stand about 1 minute), he appears to be rambling on incoherently. These social science academics have a severe case of OCN. Obsessive compulsive narcissism.

    • I always find it a bit frightening when a lecturer/professor cannot clearly communicate their “expert” opinion. It is particularly alarming when the person is unable to do so in a planned lecture. If this man is such an expert on these subjects, has written several books, and is a professor, he should have some sort of “stock” lecture at the very least. He ought to be able to speak “off the cuff” about the topics with little difficulty. It is one thing to be a little rough (we are humans not robots), but it is quite another thing to be unintelligible. Word salad does not equal erudite!
      People really need to stop shoving random words together just because they like the words and/or think the combination makes them appear smarter/visionary/competent. Pro tip: it does the opposite.

  34. Personally, if you keep changing the discussion, keep finding different ways to occupy ones thoughts, eventually you will check your pockets and find them empty. often when you give, more will then be needed to maintain. Give an inch to have a foot taken. A perfect example of this is the history of Environmental Easements. As with all religions, there will always be those who will use it against the simple minded to gain power of money. There are never any other reasons. All religions, when thoroughly reviewed have one true process. “THINK” If your thoughts are clear, your actions will follow.

  35. Haven’t read a word of the article – there’s no need. Its mere existence is proof positive that almost everyone in the alarmist ‘climate change’ and physico-analysis industries are off their collective rockers.

  36. It’s not like this is some type of fringe thinking on the left. Bernie Sanders claims that climate change helped create the Islamic State and he doesn’t get any pushback on that nutty premise either. This attempted fusion of racism and climate change is just the latest example of delusional thinking cooked up by luminaries of the left who have turned serious institutions of higher education into fashion houses of intellectual dishonesty and waste.

  37. Clearly we need to accelerate the lab investigations of the Zika virus. There is evidence here of adult brain infections beyond the known pathways.

  38. There’s something wrong with fearing people who have declared their desire to kill you?

  39. If Islamophobia were significant, we’d be building nuclear plants all over the country so we’d need less oil.

  40. I think there may be a shift in this direction happening among climate activists. Here is what Naomi Klein (board of directors 350 dot org) has to say about it:

    “In a context where we are facing multiple and overlapping crises, from gender and racial inequalities and injustice to the corporate takeover of politics… it’s not about saying that climate change is so big, and so urgent and time is so short that it should trump everything else,” she said. “All of these issues are equally urgent.”
    By uniting the climate change causes with other issues of justice, all movements will be strengthened, she said, adding that finding the commonality in our goals is not just the right strategy but “the winning strategy.”
    While climate change presents significant challenges, Klein said, it is also a “moment of possibility.” She noted that Pope Francis, in his recent visit to the United States, made some strong statements about global climate change, showing that the world must act quickly. This summer, Klein was invited by the Pope to speak at “People and Planet First: the Imperative to Change Course,” a gathering to create an action plan around the Pope’s recent climate-change encyclical, Laudato Si’.
    “It is an incredible opportunity to build a much better world than we have now,” she said.

    This is climate change as a vehicle for social change in many areas. I don’t know if Naomi is dog or tail in this phenomenon, but it looks like what she’s talking about to me.
    In a way this is refreshing. This means that the Lewandowsky’s of the world may have a more difficult time in the future suggesting that it is counterfactual ideation and conspiracy theory to tie climate change activism to movements with other objectives. It may be that we will no longer be branded tin foil hat wearing nut cases for pointing out that socialism is part of the agenda.
    For what it’s worth. ~shrug~

  41. The ivory tower is stupid and craven. Their cowardice actually drives their stupidity.

  42. One is tempted to say we have reached the discussion of how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.
    Angels being somewhat out of fashion today, I would update the saying to:
    How many pinheads can dance on the head of another pinhead?
    As you can see, AGW is pinheads all the way down…

  43. “This talk examines the relation between Islamophobia as the dominant form of racism today and the ecological crisis.”
    What incredible nonsense!
    What possible credible relationship is there between Islamophobia and the ecological crisis, and what crisis is he referring to? Runaway global warming? Ocean acidification? Wilder weather? JUST NOT HAPPENING!
    Besides, everyone has their own definition of the “dominant form of racism”- many would nominate the Pavlovian racism against white heterosexual males in the Magna Carta countries – the British Commonwealth and the USA. This blighted group no longer enjoys the protection of Rule of Law, or even common decency. They are the victims of all manner of underhanded slurs, and are all guilty until proven innocent.
    I guess we could add black heterosexual males in the USA, who seem to have an unfortunate propensity to place their backs in front of speeding police bullets.
    This is what passes for academia these days – a circle of delusional imbeciles, all complimenting each other.

  44. brazzer1959 said it above perfectly, his comment follows…..”Mark, the fear of Islamism is completely justified – as it goes against everything that is ‘Western’. Islamism is homophobic, sexist, (to the point of misogynistic), undemocratic, bigotted, and doesn’t even allow belief in other faiths or atheism. Its ‘values’ are abhorrent. I have no problem whatsoever with Muslims keeping their faith and their beliefs within the confines of their geographical locations. But I don’t want them exporting their particular loathsome beliefs to my country (England), where we have tried very hard to be tolerant. But tolerance is a two-way street. We should not tolerate Islamism because it doesn’t reciprocate. It cannot, because of its very tenets. I’m an atheist, but can tolerate Christianity, Judaism, and all the others…because they tolerate my atheism. Islamism does not. Islamism is a political system dressed up as a religion” Excessive expressions of group think of any description gives me the willies and I begin to think of the Borg in Star Trek.

  45. So I’m wondering how this will play out once these global-warming smarty pants find out that European scientists are now predicting an ice age by 2030?

  46. A phobia of Islam is quite logical. And as others have pointed out, Islam is not a race, so this is deism at best, but certainly not racism.
    For instance, everything that ISIS is doing in Syria comes direct from the Koran. And they freely quote the relevant paragraphs too, although the western media will not admit or repeat this. I could past the relevent extracts, but there is no point. It is true, that is enough.
    And all the subsidiary laws come from the Covenant of Dhimmitude, which were the laws all non-Muslims lived under during the Caliphate era. Basically, non-Muslims were second class citizens who had no control over thier lives, suffered oppressive restrictions, and paid all the taxes that maintained the economy (the jizya protection money, as the Kroan calls it). If effect, Islam is no more than a giant protection racket, that claims divine rights from a god. I think I am justified in having a phobia of a protection racket, whether it is based in Chicago or in the Mid East.
    Ralph

  47. So in effect, Professor Ghassan Hage is saying if we exterminate the Muslims we can slow Global Warming. Bit severe.

  48. The kinds of asinine, twisting, conclusion-based pseudo-rationalized circular logic that allows people to actually get on stage and spew this sort of drivel is worthy of a Woodstock-overdose’s bad acid trip.
    To actually get stage time at MIT is a disgrace.
    ‘Professor’. Dear God. It almost discredits the word.

  49. Here is how it happened.
    Initially, the good professor thought “global warming makes everything worse, so I bet it also makes islamophobia worse.” However, that sounded a little boring, in a dog-bites-man kind of way. Aaah, he thought, what if we turn this into man-bites-dog? Yes, it does sound a little implausible, but so much more interesting.

  50. All that education and the guy can’t write a simple, clear statement? The description of his talk reads as if it had been written by a freshman student in a remedial English class. It just screams B.S. You know he has nothing intelligent to say when he uses words and phrases like – “an entanglement of two crises, metaphorically related” and “originating in colonial forms of capitalist accumulation” and “are both emanating from a similar mode of being, or enmeshment, in the world, what is referred to as ‘generalised domestication.”
    It’s laughable

    • Islamophobia as the dominant form of racism today
      He is not mentally competent. Islamophobia is religious discrimination, not racism. There are muslims of many or most races, as there are christians, bhuddists etc. Racism would be discrimination against arabs, persians, africans, polynesians, whites, hispanics etc.

  51. Wednesday lecture 3: Ghassan Hage on the “de-cosmopolitanisation” of democracy
    He’s a na3i. Pure and simple. Cosmopolitan is the na3i word for Jew. He is calling for a rerun of the holocaust and MIT invites him to lecture on it.

  52. This guy is a moron he can hardly string a coherent sentence . Where did he get his credentials?
    Islamophobia is real and we should embrace it.
    It is not a religion it is a cult that has a lot of members . Their God is not a an omnipotent deity.
    Any god that relies on humans to enforce Islam and god’s laws is no God at all . An omnipotent God would be able through its mere presence infuse that feeling and desire to follow His(Hers) life instructions
    As far as the his prophet goes , well He wasn’t there to save him from poisoned meal of mutton and to add to the humiliation he let a Jewish woman accomplish the task. I guess He was either unable or did not give a shit about his last “prophet”
    In my opinion anyone that follows , acknowledges Islam as a religion is a brainwashed fool.

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