“In both the cultural and economic spheres, it was attitude and intentions ─ not outcomes ─ that mattered to liberals. Their claim to moral superiority rested more on self-image then real-world results [and it still does].” ─ The Revolt Against the Masses, copyright © 2013 by Fred Siegel, Encounter Books, Page 161.
“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 Eugen Tristan 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.
One More Truth…
Earth, “…the mother of all is seen also to be the universal sepulchre….” ─ Lucretius, De Rerum Natura, with English translation by W. H. D. Rouse, revised by Martin Ferguson Smith, Copyright © 1975, 1992 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College, Loeb Classical Library (LCL 181), Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts; London England, Page 399.