31 July 2007
The ethics (or lack thereof) of vandalising 4x4s
Patrick Crozier

It happens in Germany:

Greens employing guerrilla tactics have begun targeting the prized assets of car-loving Germans.

The tyres of dozens of 4x4 vehicles were slashed last week in Berlin, with each attack accompanied by a note detailing the dangers of carbon emissions tucked under the windscreen wiper.

Which,  at first, made me wonder why they don’t vandalise themselves (after all, I presume these people, at very least, breathe).  Then I realised it’s the “greed” that motivates them - the idea that there are people out there who consume more than they do - far more than the idea of actually saving the planet.


  1. Somewhat counter-productive to their stated aims, too.  I’m sure a lot of carbon gets released manufacturing tyres.

    The trouble is, if you challenge them, I think they will respond that people who consume more than they do are destroying the planet and killing people in third world countries.  It would seem to be impossible to argue with that position without explaining the whole of philosophy, science and economics.

    Posted by Rob Fisher on  31 July 2007 at 01:41 pm

  2. Rob beat me to the point about carbon emissions in the manufacturing of tires to replace the ones slashed.

    Kinda reminds me of the greenies who torch houses and car dealerships encroaching on wilderness.  How much pollution does a burning Hummer release into the air?

    Posted by John on  31 July 2007 at 06:44 pm

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