Environmentalism, death cult 7

Environmentalism started as a rational conservationist movement, but evolved into mass lunacy. It’s decline – terminal, we hope – started with the global warming scam.

For many environmentalists the cause of “saving the planet” has become an obsession.

The worst threat to the planet, they believe, is the human race. We are too many. If there were far fewer of us the earth would be less threatened. When people were few in primitive times, living close to nature, struggling for survival, they did less damage. Civilization is the enemy of nature: with its manufactures, its consumption of raw materials, its profligate use of energy, its plunder of earth and ocean, its alteration of the natural order, it is finally recognizable as a bad, destructive development that should never have happened and must be reversed. The population of the world must be greatly reduced. People must go back to living from hand to mouth; stay where they are born; walk where they need to go; eat what grows about them…

Revert, in other words to the life of the savage, which, as Thomas Hobbes pointed out, is “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short”. Those who preach such reversion may know that that’s how it was and would be again if they had their way, but the health, safety, longevity, prosperity, happiness, freedom, and inventiveness of human beings is of no concern to them. The only thing that “matters” is the planet.

We’ve picked some samples of their thinking from a collection to be found here.

We have wished, we ecofreaks, for a disaster or for a social change to come and bomb us into Stone Age, where we might live like Indians in our valley, with our localism, our appropriate technology, our gardens, our homemade religion—guilt-free at last! – Stewart Brand (writing in the Whole Earth Catalogue).

Everything we have developed over the last 100 years should be destroyed. —Pentti Linkola [Finnish ecologist]

I suspect that eradicating smallpox was wrong. It played an important part in balancing ecosystems. —John Davis, editor of Earth First! Journal

Human beings, as a species, have no more value than slugs. —John Davis, editor of Earth First! Journal

To feed a starving child is to exacerbate the world population problem. —Lamont Cole [Cornell University Zoologist]

We, in the green movement, aspire to a cultural model in which killing a forest will be considered more contemptible and more criminal than the sale of 6-year-old children to Asian brothels. – Carl Amery [German environmentalist]

The collective needs of non-human species must take precedence over the needs and desires of humans. – Dr. Reed F. Noss, The Wildlands Project

How should the reduction of population be effected?

Some say by killing off many at a time with fatal infections:

If I were reincarnated, I would wish to be returned to Earth as a killer virus to lower human population levels. —Prince Phillip, [patron and past president of ] the World Wildlife Fund

Human happiness, and certainly human fecundity, is not as important as a wild and healthy planet … Some of us can only hope for the right virus to come along. – David Graber, biologist, National Park Service.

Some advocate more dramatic and economical solutions, with recycling in mind:

Cannibalism is a “radical but realistic solution to the problem of overpopulation.” — Lyall Watson, The Financial Times, 15 July 1995

There seems to be broad agreement that births should be restricted by governments.

The right to have children should be a marketable commodity, bought and traded by individuals but absolutely limited by the state.—Kenneth Boulding, originator of the “Spaceship Earth” concept (as quoted by William Tucker in Progress and Privilege, 1982)

They see (rightly in fact) that our civilization is a product of capitalism, and as in their eyes civilization is the supreme disaster, capitalism must be understood as an abomination:

Free Enterprise really means rich people get richer. They have the freedom to exploit and psychologically rape their fellow human beings in the process…. Capitalism is destroying the earth. —Helen Caldicott, Union of Concerned Scientists

We must make this an insecure and inhospitable place for capitalists and their projects…. We must reclaim the roads and plowed land, halt dam construction, tear down existing dams, free shackled rivers and return to wilderness millions of tens of millions of acres of presently settled land. —David Foreman, Earth First!

The only hope for the world is to make sure there is not another United States: We can’t let other countries have the same number of cars, the amount of industrialization, we have in the U.S. We have to stop these Third World countries right where they are. —Michael Oppenheimer, Environmental Defense Fund

Some of the most fanatical, forgetting, or intellectually unable to grasp, that value and meaning reside only in the human mind, and believing that the globe itself is all that “matters” (why? to whom? for what?), have come to the conclusion that the human race must be totally eliminated. No adjustments of life-style or behavior can make it fit for continued existence, because by its very nature the human species is a pollutant and wrecker of what would otherwise be a perfect ecosystem.

They long for the utter extinction of their kind. They have become exterminationists.

We advocate biodiversity for biodiversity’s sake. It may take our extinction to set things straight…. Phasing out the human race will solve every problem on earth, social and environmental.—David Foreman, Founder of Earth First!

It sure would.

They are not lone nuts raving on the fringes of society. Among them are highly respected opinion formers:

The extinction of the human species may not only be inevitable but a good thing….This is not to say that the rise of human civilization is insignificant, but there is no way of showing that it will be much help to the world in the long run. —Economist editorial [no less]

There we have it: if the human species is no help to the world, away with it. As if the concept of a “world” were not dependent on human consciousness!

Environmentalism has become the most nihilistic movement of all time. It is a death cult.

Jillian Becker    October 19, 2010

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  • Random Intent

    Disagree with most of your fans it looks like. There are far too many humans on the planet. Not much you can do about it now short of disaster, but wouldn’t it be lovely if everyone became so unencumbered by religion they could freely choose to have only two children or less?

    Rats in a cage eventually start eating their own when things get too cramped. There are reasons rats make very good test subjects when studying humans….

    • Jillian Becker

      Random Intent – too many for what?You take a sociological view of people. Which is almost inescapably a socialist view. We are individualists. Each person is a world. Everyone does harm. Everyone suffers. Have you travelled at all? Have you glimpsed any of the vast empty spaces of this planet? A fact to note: The population of every developed country, including Russia and Japan, is going down, with the sole exception of the United States which has a stable, not an increasing, fertility rate (2.1). The dying out of populations is a fact and a severe problem.

      • Random I

        I don’t understand the point of all your labels, but yes, I have traveled extensively. Each person is a world? Isn’t that a nice sentiment except billions of those worlds are dirt poor individuals that are destroying the environment they live in. Why not at least aim for a world where everyone has decent plumbing? Throwing human waste into the ocean is not good for anyone or anything, vast stretches or not. Look at a picture of a cancer growth and a city’s growth. Basically identical….

  • Ticked off: Shut the **** up! [directed at the eco-terrorists]

    Flippant: “Go ahead, eco-terrorist, make my day.”

    Sad: As a secularist, I believe the human mind and spirit to be the highest point we know on the ladder of evolution. Right now we don’t have evidence of life anywhere but Earth, and on Earth we don’t have evidence of anything more worthwhile than what people do: a Bach fugue, a Michelangelo ceiling, the intellectual achievement of quantum mechanics. Or make your own list, perhaps including evidence of deep commitment to courage or altruism. Whatever the case, it’s this stuff that makes us valuable as a species. Life appears to be rare in the universe; intelligent life is rarer still. How can anyone not understand the significance of those facts? We used to call that point of view humanism. I guess now it’s just been demoted to yet another bigotry.

    • Anticipatory (and still ticked off): Oh, and yes, I know, there is no “ladder of evolution.” Get a grip, imaginary pedant. It’s a value metaphor. Species radiate from progenitors in fractal patterns, more shrub-like than ladder-like. But if we are not prepared to place value on humanity, then we have nothing left but nihilism. See if that gets you out of bed in the morning.

  • Fan of Heather Mac Donald

    The earth will eventually be consumed by the sun, so there is no use trying to provide “help to the world in the long run.” Let us live the good life while we can, eating tasty animals, enjoying nice wooden shelters, and powering gadgets with fossil fuels!