Denial of the Rise of Fascism: Winston Churchill Quote

For some reason, I have always seen a close connection between the Appeasement process, that denied the seriousness of the rise of fascism in Germany, Austria and Italy in the 1930s, until it was almost too late; and the denial that climate change and other environmental threats are endangering our civilization in a similar fashion. I therefore liked this quote from Winston Churchill about Appeasement, that I think applies well to current climate change deniers but more specifically to those politicians and voters, who while recognizing the problem do nothing about it. (‘If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem’ )

They go on in some strange paradox, decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent…Owing to past neglect, in the face of the plainest warnings, we have entered upon a period of danger. the era of procrastination, of half measures, of soothing and baffling expedience of delays, is coming to a close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences…We cannot avoid this period, we are now in it.’

Winston Churchill 1936

 

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About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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