Good Men and Women Are Doing Nothing, and It Shows

We need more.

Jessica Wildfire
5 min readMay 11, 2022


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“Just shoot them in the legs or something.”

That was our president a couple of years ago, talking about protestors, at least according to the former secretary of defense.

He also talked about bombing Mexico.

That’s not even the worst part.

The worst part is our secretary of defense listened to this rant, and decided to do nothing. He chose to keep it a secret, because it would make for a juicy tidbit in the book he was planning.

Even that’s not the worst part. The worst part is that nobody’s surprised. Nobody seems to care.

They should.

Good men and women aren’t fighting climate change.

Here’s a really timely quote:

Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing. He is not a good man who, without a protest, allows wrong to be committed in his name, and with the means which he helps to supply, because he will not trouble himself to use his mind on the subject.

— John Stuart Mill

Bad men and women are triumphing right now.

There are millions of good people out there. A lot of them are in the fight. They’re using all the tools they have.

It’s not enough.

Look at what’s going on.

Everything from the climate to the economy is going down in flames, and most people out there are completely ignoring it, at least over here in suburban America. They can’t be bothered.

Our current president made climate change a central part of his campaign promise, but he just signed off on a frakking boom that’s going to release 140 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases. That’s going tip us right over the edge we’ve been trying to avoid:

It means the US, the centre of the world’s addiction to oil and gas, will play an outsized role in the heatwaves, droughts and floods that will impact people around the planet.

Further expansion will be catastrophic for climate change, and poses a growing threat to the…