I still remember the days where connecting to an author of popular book was something that you could only do by sending a letter to a publisher. Of course, like everyone else, I never did this. However, there have recently been several occasions where I have been able to connect online to the authors of books that I read.
Last week I was pleased to find that Elizabeth Nickson had left a brief comment on my post that reviewed her book, Eco-Fascists. I wanted to republish the comment for our readers who might have missed it:
thanks for the great review – I must say I was desperate to find people fighting back, and was vastly relieved to find American Stewards and Fred Kelly Grant – and would not have written the book, had I not found them, and their entirely workable solution, coordination. Still and mostly we are just being run over like road kill in every jurisdiction I’ve been able to research. The federal and state bureaucracies are so vast, and so well funded and they feel so entitled, in part because the universities provide an endless stream of agenda driven research which our side cannot even begin to fund – facing them is like being a modern day Pict contemplating Roman legions advancing. God help us. Really. The only hope we have is if ordinary people stand up and say no, get out of our county. There is no other solution and it works, because these people are bullies, and they back down when challenged.
Here was my reply:
I am flattered that you found this site and left a comment. Once again, i would like to reiterate that I loved your book. I did appreciate the coordination solution that you identified. I invite you to become a regular reader of the Post Scarcity Alliance, as we plan to explore other ways to fight back, and I imagine you will be very interested.
As I see it there are tectonic shifts in our culture that are slowly moving us to a position where we will be able to effectively fight back. And once this paradigm shift has occurred, the financial and intellectual resources will be there to mount an effective counteroffensive against today’s radical environmentalism and replace it with something that actually protects the environment and our liberty. If you were to look at some of the other posts on this site, you will find that although it is a new site, there are a few things we are keeping a close eye on:
1. Genetic engineering – Look at the exponential growth that occurs with any technology that is built primarily on top of a computer processing power. I think we are less than ten years out from having bio-hackers who can engineer new species out of private, personal labs. The factions of the environmental movement who have built their influence from expanding the reach of endangered species protection laws will be in a clear existential crisis at this point. At once the will have to specify why biodiversity needs to be preserved in an environment where we can create at will while also having to specify why habitat protection is better than genetically modifying organisms to be more adaptable to different habitats.
2. The money of the Silicon Valley billionaires – If modern environmentalism is funded by the fortunes of 20th century tycoons, then future environmentalist efforts will be funded by the nouveau riche of Silicon Valley. This group has a distinct libertarian streak combined with an entrepreneurial desire to save the world. Many of these rich, powerful, intellectually-endowed, scientifically-credentialed individuals will embark on their quests to save the world only to find an army of bureaucrats standing in their way. Read my post on Russ George to get a deeper analysis of how this group will be a force to be reckoned with, and they are just getting started: http://www.postscarcityalliance.com/geoengineer-russ-george-vigilante-or-pioneer/
You can also watch the TED video in the post about Peter Diamandis. Pay attention to how he is using his X-prize foundation to siphon some of the best scientific minds out of the government-university complex and enlist them into solving some of the world’s biggest problems. In the battle for the brains of the next generation, self-funded and empowered optimists like Diamandis will win over the agenda-based, grant-driven academic slavery that you find in public universities: http://www.postscarcityalliance.com/peter-diamandis-the-abundance-pioneer/
3. The small libertarian-leaning faction of the tea party – The 112th Congress is the first Congress in decades that hasn’t approved a single acre of new wilderness. As a political force, the tea party leaning legislators have gotten the most attention for big battles of federal spending and taxes. However, they have been more effective at actually stopping things from getting done. Also, keep in mind that there was a huge sweep of state legislatures by tea party candidates in 2010. The 2012 election was at best a draw. However, I would argue that there are political forces that are growing and consolidating power in the United States that are designed to counter radical environmentalism. The organized minority of Ron Paul supporting libertarians have their moments, but if they were ever mobilized to counter radical environmentalism, this would at least provide some boots on the ground. Many in this crowd are academically credentialed and get labeled as liberal because of their views on social policy.
4. The environmental movement is now a thoroughly entrenched machine. As such, it is ripe for some monkey wrenching (if you know what I mean).
Maybe my optimism is overstated, and I don’t want to suggest that this will be an easy or short fight. There are some game-changing developments on the horizon, if we can make it that far. I don’t think the radical environmentalists will be beaten if we fight them on their own terms. Fortunately, the terms by which they will be beaten haven’t been fully established yet.
Anyway, welcome to the Post Scarcity Alliance. Keep in touch
The most important part of reading these comments is to recognize the conversation that is happening about fighting environmentalism. The fact that this conversation is happening at all is a step in the right direction. I have already strongly recommended reading Eco-Fascists, and I also recommend that you check out American Stewards. Nickson is correct that the coordination strategy that they have developed is an essential strategy in this fight that needs to be implemented on a wider scale. Visit their website and learn more about the success stories they have had in protecting private property and individual liberty from the encroachment of the radical environmentalists.