One of the best books to detail the ravages of the environmentalist movement was recently published by Elizabeth Nickson. It is called Eco-Fascists: How Radical Conservationists Are Destroying Our Natural Heritage.
What Elizabeth Nickson does best is identify the battle lines. She identifies the conservationist groups whose destructive agenda is impoverishing rural communities, empowering central governments and bureaucrats, and sowing the seeds of civic strife. More importantly, she also identifies a few groups and individuals who are mounting the counter-offensive to what has been almost 50 years of uncontested advances by the environmentalists.
In some ways it is an equally depressing and frustrating read, but this is why it is so important to read it. I suspect a book like this will resonate forcefully with those who identify with the libertarian movement. At the heart of the eco-fascist impulse is a desire to suppress individual liberty and economic freedom by diminishing or eliminating private property rights. I interact regularly with passionate libertarians, and at times I wish I could channel the same angst that they have toward the fed and central banking against the environmental movement, which is equally destructive and antithetical to individual liberty. I believe that this book adequately sounds the alarm. Many who read it will want to do more to fight back against the destructive conservationist agenda, but the book’s revelations on how to fight back are lacking. This might be due to the fact that ways to fight radical environmentalists haven’t been fully developed. On this note, this book starts the conversation that will hopefully lead to an aggressive counter attack against radical environmentalism.
While I expect to address some of the specific issues presented in this book in future posts, I wanted to at least introduce it to our readers with a strong recommendation to read it. A post-scarcity environment of abundance is a possibility only insofar as the radical environmentalists lose.
The rural people are dispersed, they’re not well-organized. They are undereducated by the standards of the city people. They don’t know how to manipulate media or even manage media very well, and they are far-flung. They are overmatched. -Elizabeth Nickson