Marxism, despite the fact that history has consistently repudiated its efficacy, continues like a relentless virus to assert itself in the modern world. One of its most virulent forms is the current environmental movement. Environmental Marxism is all the rage in the highest circles of government – especially among the Globalists.
Let’s begin this discussion (monologue?) with a disclaimer: I believe that every Christian ought to be an ardent environmentalist. The care, protection and stewardship of the biosphere that provides us with all that we need is a biblically mandated duty for all believers. At creation, God gave man dominion over all that He had created (Genesis 1:28). It was a mandate for stewardship. Man is the rightful caretaker of the biosphere.
At that time, the biosphere was a perfect system, designed to sustain in health all of its myriad life forms (Genesis 1:31). There was no pollution, no imperfections, and no environmental “concerns.” Somewhere between then and now something went terribly wrong.
We Christians and Jews all know what it was; it was sin. The environmental mess that we have on our hands today is the result of sin – the violation of divinely revealed laws. If you study the Bible closely, you will find a pattern of eco-destruction beginning with the very first man, and continuing apace until the flood of Noah’s day.
Following the flood, we find revealed a changed biosphere. For the first time, man is allowed to consume meat (Genesis 9:3). We now see the nature of animals changed. The relationship of predator vs. prey appears. Man too becomes a predator.
As post-flood man multiplies, environmental destruction grows. At creation, there probably were no deserts (Genesis 1:31). Yet, following the flood, deserts expand all over the planet. Today, some 14 to 28 percent of the Earth is desert. Deserts are associated in the Bible with curses (cf. Jeremiah 17:5-6; Deuteronomy 28:16,18,23-24 etc.).
The human race is inextricably bound up in what Paul called “the law of sin and death.” Between sin and death is the realm of curses. A major curse is the destruction of the eco-system that God gave man to bless and sustain him.
Enter The Environmental Marxists
In the 70’s, I became a serious environmentalist. I subscribed to Mother Earth News, and became a member of the Sierra Club and the Audubon Society. I fantasized about homesteading self-sufficiently on five acres of Alberta’s Peace River Country.
At some point, it began to dawn on me that behind these seemingly noble organizations was a political agenda. Their beautiful calendars and magazines belied the fact that they were more about gaining political power than advancing anything like Biblical environmental stewardship. Once I gained a picture of the politics behind these groups, I immediately withdrew my memberships. I wanted, and want, no part of any organization that forwards the cause of socialism or Marxism.
Today, the complexion of the environmental movement has changed dramatically. No longer is its Marxism and anti-capitalism closeted. It’s right out there in the open for all to see. The political tide of the once-free world is shifting strongly to the Left. I have written earlier of “creeping authoritarianism.” It has stopped creeping. It’s standing on its hind legs now and marching arrogantly forward, aided by a complicit Press, Media, Hollywierd, and half the population. The ultimate goal is not really a clean and healthy environment: it’s political power, pure and simple. Environmental issues are being relentlessly demagogued to give Big Brother Government more and more power over every aspect of the lives of “we the people.”
This “green” movement collectively views as The Enemy free market capitalism, conservatism, Constitutionality, the Protestant Work Ethic, Patriotism and the American Dream. You think I’m exaggerating? Listen to these quotes from well-known environmental activists.
“I think if we don’t overthrow capitalism, we don’t have a chance of saving the world ecologically. I think it is possible to have an ecological society under socialism. I don’t think it’s possible under capitalism” (Judy Barri of Earth First, quoted by Walter Williams June 25, 1992).
“The immediate source of ecological crisis is capitalism…Capitalism is a cancer in the biosphere…I believe the color of radicalism today is not red, but green” (Steve Chase, Editor, Defending the Earth: A Dialogue Between Murray Bookchin and Dave Foreman, Boston, South End Press, 1991, pp. 57-59).
“More science and more technology are not going to get us out of the present ecological crisis until we find a new religion, or rethink our old one” (Lynn White, Jr., Science, “The Historical Roots of Our Ecological Crisis, March 10, 1967, p. 1206).
In the 70’s, I collected a file full of journal articles blaming the “Protestant Work Ethic” for the corruption of the environment. Christian cultures, they claimed, had been responsible for plundering the ecosystem. So the Christian faith became a target. It continues to be such.
We all remember the Erlich’s alarmist book The Population Bomb. The Erlich’s continue to demagogue population issues and they have spawned an army of people like David Brower of Friends of the Earth. He says, like the leaders of Communist China, that “Childbearing [should be] a punishable crime against society, unless the parents hold a government license.”
Keith Boulding, the originator of the “Spaceship Earth” concept, has reputedly said, “The right to have children should be a marketable commodity, bought and traded by individuals but absolutely limited by the state.”
Carl Emery, of Germany’s Green Party is alleged to have said, “We in the Green movement, aspire to a cultural model in which the killing of a forest will be considered more contemptible and more criminal than the sale of 6-year old children to Asian brothels.”
Do you get the picture? Do you see the kind of people that are behind today’s environmental activism? These people are not out of sync with the movement in general. They are not the lunatic fringe – they are key players. I could fill this entire issue with quotes from others in the movement that reveal the frightening darkness of their hearts. Even the saintly Jacques Costeau is said to have mouthed some genocidal wishes late in his career. He was not alone in advocating mass euthanasia for those who don’t “fit in.”
The “brave new world” of Orwell’s nightmares is not just around the corner – we’re in it. Like hapless frogs in a huge cannibal pot, the water has heated up without us realizing what is going on. Many powerful names on the national and international scenes are advocating alarming and Draconian measures all in the name of the environment, and all with the goal of more power over the human populace for an elite, Marxist, few.
The American leaders of the so-called green movement are not interested in upholding the Constitution. As Bruce Babbit once said, “You can’t read the Constitution like a rule book” (Arizona Republic, July 8, 1987).
Maurice Strong, one of the most powerful and dangerous Canadians on the planet, and long a key player in the United Nations, said at the 1992 Earth Summit, “Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized nations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?”
These people have an agenda. They want to bring an end to the United States of America, as we have known it. They have no interest in, or allegiance to, the Constitution or the Rule of Law. Within their ranks are terrorists, saboteurs, radicals, and anarchists. They are energized by hate and offer nothing but a totalitarian State to replace what they seek to tear down. They have infiltrated every major opinion-forming sector in our culture. Universities are hotbeds of environmental demagoguery. Junk science is their servant. God for them is Gaia – the earth “herself.”
From Gore to Gorbachev, the armies of environmental Marxism are growing at an alarming pace. If they are not checked soon, they will ultimately have their malevolent way with the nations of the world. The United Nations is a blunt instrument in their service. Modern environmental Marxists worship and serve the creation more than the Creator (Romans 1:25) – but only as a means of gaining absolute political power. The life of a stand of trees is more important to them than the life of a six-year old boy sold into sexual slavery. These people are not merely crazy – they are evil. Evil unopposed is evil encouraged.
If you want to bone up on what’s going on in the Environmental movement today, I recommend the following two books:
Eco Scam by Ronald Bailey, St. Martin’s Press.
Green Delusions by Martin W. Lewis, Duke University Press.