This post is the second in a series chronicling my engagement with a climate-change-denying, retired dentist who has mistaken me for Tony Heller, a climate denier, and how I am able to lead him down a path toward fascism using the twisted logic of climate change denial as my entry point. If you haven’t read Part I, please do.
So we last left off with our anti-hero, “Bill,” agreeing to fund my fictional scheme by the Trump administration to smear climate scientists. Early this morning, I exchanged more emails with Bill in which I entice him into writing a piece for Tony Heller’s blog (who he thinks he’s talking to). I suggested he should give his account from a Gore supporter in 2000 to where he is today, a willing participant in fascist activities. Bill also reveals how quickly his fascist tendencies are progressing.
Here is the first email I received from Bill (again, the emails have been redacted and lightly edited to hide the original author’s identity):
Joanne Nova recommends this blog and I think you’ll like it.
He writes for the Hearld Sun (Melbourne, Australia I think?) and writes often on the climate scam.
If you look at the right side bar you’ll see lots of his articles on climate.
I’m pretty sure he wrote one up on your visit with Malcom Roberts when you and Tim Ball were in Australia…..
For those unaware, Joanne Nova is a famous Australian climate denier who writes prolifically on the topic of climate change and has a large following. Like many climate deniers, including Tony Heller, she takes extreme right-wing positions as her reading recommendation to Bill demonstrates.
So taking an excellent suggestion from one of my blog readers yesterday, I asked Bill if he might be interested in writing about how he became radicalized:
Excellent piece. Thank you!
Hey, how would you like to write a piece yourself? I can put it on my blog or maybe even find a wider outlet for it. We need voices of real folks to help lead. I can help you ghost write it if you’d like.
Bill was ready and willing, writing simply:
By the way, the piece I was referring to was this one:
Bill replied with some words that let me know we were on the same page (at least in his mind):
I read them all!
Not long after after this exchange, Bill sent me a new email with a link to an article and a quite startling pull quote from it.
Please, try to understand us. Your liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here. You must consider again our reality in the Middle East, because you are welcoming in your countries an ever growing number of Muslims. Also you are in danger. You must take strong and courageous decisions, even at the cost of contradicting your principles. You think all men are equal, but that is not true: Islam does not say that all men are equal. Your values are not their values. If you do not understand this soon enough, you will become the victims of the enemy you have welcomed in your home.
You will become victims of the enemy you have welcomed in your home.
Robert Spencer: This Christmas Is the Ghost of Christmases To Come
It was clear now that Bill was now becoming frighteningly radicalized and now I could posture with some insane positions. And so a couple of hours later, I responded with this:
GREAT piece and quote. The sooner we realize we are at war the better. We do have to put our principles on hold for a bit so they can survive. At this point, everything must be on the table.
I have not yet heard back from Bill. We will see what tomorrow brings.