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Climate Change Emergency: Authoritarianism

"According to deep ecologists, the longer democratic societies postpone making the difficult political decisions needed to solve environmental problems, the more drastic will be the political measures that may have to be taken later on to save remnants of humankind and the biosphere" (209).

Zimmerman, Michael E. "The Threat of Ecofascism." Social Theory & Practice, vol. 21, no. 2, Summer 1995, pp. 207-69.

"[T]he extent of the environmental crisis is such that unless significant changes are made to prevent further climate change, drastic restrictive measures may need to be taken in the near future in order to preserve the biosphere" (63).

Hassan, Patrick. "Inherit the Wasteland: Ecofascism & Environmental Collapse." Ethics & the Environment, vol. 26, no. 2, Fall 2021, pp. 51-71.

"[O]ften, our best means for avoiding legitimating authoritarian power is to prevent or expediently redress the kinds of grave security threats that make the use of such power necessary. We may be too late for this with respect to climate change, however, which, after decades of inaction, represents a clear threat to public safety across the world . . . . With little time left, only a rapid — and thus potentially rights- and democracy-abridging — mobilization of resources may be sufficient to prevent its most catastrophic effects" (12).

Mittiga, Ross. "Political Legitimacy, Authoritarianism, and Climate Change." American Political Science Review, 2021, pp. 1-14.