American Elephants

Genocidal Eco-Fascism: How to Save the Planet. by The Elephant's Child

Finnish writer Pentti Linkola is an ecological radical. He demands that the human population of the world reduce its size to around 500 million, abandon modern technology and the pursuit of economic growth.  He compares the Earth today to an overflowing lifeboat.
“What to do, when a ship carrying a hundred passengers suddenly capsizes and there is only one lifeboat? When the lifeboat is full, those who hate life will try to load it with more people and sink the lot. Those who love and respect life will take the ship’s axe and sever the extra hands that cling to the sides.”

He believes that the apocalyptic climactic changes that will soon effect us here in humanity land but he chooses to be brutally honest  and says that we’ve already missed our chance to curb the damage to the world, so we must begin the elimination of human and technological excesses now.

“A minority can never have any other effective means to influence the course of matters but through the use of violence.”

Any dictatorship would be better than modern democracy. There cannot be so incompetent dictator, that he would show more stupidity than a majority of the people. Best dictatorship would be one where lots of heads would roll and government would prevent any economical growth.”

We will have to…learn from the history of revolutionary movements — the national socialists, the Finnish Stalinists, from the many stages of the Russian revolution, from the methods of the Red Brigades — and forget our narcissistic selves.”

“Everything we have developed over the last 100 years should be destroyed.”

“If the present amount of Earth’s population is preserved and is reduced only by the means of birth control, then:

 Birthgiving must be licensed. To enhance population quality, genetically or socially unfit homes will be denied offspring, so that several birth licenses can be allowed to families of quality.

 Energy production must be drastically reduced. Electricity is allowed only for the most necessary lighting and communications.

This man is clearly a lot more worried about global warming than I am, but there are those who go even further. Back to the Pleistocene!  He sees America as the root of the problem:

The United States symbolizes the worst ideologies in the world: growth and freedom.

He has called for “some trans-national body like the U.N. ” to reduce the population via nuclear weapons or with bacteriological and chemical attacks.” Ecologists of this stripe have so glorified “nature” that they become freedom-hating authoritarians, who want control over their fellow humans. They cannot grasp that humans are a natural product of nature and a part of it. They have no interest in meeting the challenges of life on earth, but want government central planning and humans obediently to fall in line.

So he’s a nutcase, but he is not alone. I wonder how many of them inhabit the corridors of the EPA He celebrates, on his website, the Earth Liberation Front, the German Ecofascist Movement, Thomas Malthus and the Unabomber Manifesto. And he has a following.— hopefully very small. But these apocalyptic authoritarians keep popping up, you can probably name several of them.

There are, however, a number of authors who argue openly that democracy itself is the true obstacle and needs to be abandoned. We need to be aware of the nature of the opposition.

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