Climate adaptation as a Maginot Line

Reading this (to be reviewed soon) made me think of adaptation metaphors I’d use if writing a similar book (and I am, sort of).

And the one that springs to mind, especially given climate activists’ fondness for World War 2 analogies, is…

the Maginot Line. As wikipedia sez:
The Maginot Line (French: Ligne Maginot, IPA: [liɲ maʒino]), named after French Minister of War André Maginot, was a line of concrete fortifications, tank obstacles, artillery casemates, machine gun posts, and other defences, which France constructed along its borders with Germany and Italy, in light of its experience in World War I, and in the run-up to World War II.
As in chocolate teapot. Inflatable dartboard. Mental security blanket. Gesture security. Et cetera.

We don’t know where “the attack” is coming from.* It’s going to be a blitz (not in the sense of an aerial bombardment, but in the sense of happening quickly in places we didn’t expect, with a vuca of a lot of vuca.)

Still, Maginot Lines helps us sleep well… (and I bet it made L’association de concrete manufacturers tres happy.)

* Yes yes, we’ve met the enemy and he is us…


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