Environmentalism, Earth Day, and other such Parsing Nonsense

Fred Siegel's The Revolt Against the Masses

Fred Siegel’s The Revolt Against the Masses

“In the 1960s, the spirit of Southern Agrarians was reborn in the modern environmental movement, complete with its recurrent hysterias. The first of those hysterias came from Rachel Carson’s The Silent Spring (1962), which depicted a world shorn of birds by the effects of DDT. Like Lewis Sinclair’s Main Street published in the wake of WWI, The Silent Spring was set against the backdrop of war in this case, atomic testing.”

 ***

“Environmentalism also drew on the earlier Malthusian liberalism of H.G. Wells and Margaret Sanger, both [much like Reinhardt Tristan Eugen Heydrich] proponents of population control and eugenics.” The Revolt Against the Masses, copyright © 2013 by Fred Siegel, Encounter Books, Page 164.

 ***

“If one were to pick a point at which liberalism’s reversal took hold, it might be the celebration of the first Earth Day, in April 1970.”

 ***

“Thanks in part to Earth Day’s minions, progress, as liberals had once understood the term, came to be reviled as reactionary. In its place, Nature became the totem of authenticity, a sacred realm where technology and affluence had not bleached man’s true essence out of existence. It was only by rolling in the mud of primitive practices that modern man could remove the stain of sinful science and materialism.” The Revolt Against the Masses, copyright © 2013 by Fred Siegel, Encounter Books, Page 165.

About Michael

Retired military officer; retired Air Force civil servant; retired executive, DS Information Systems Corporation; writer; researcher; reader and avid yachtsman.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.