I don’t think there is any doubt that the world is heading for some kind of crisis. Probably a combination of climate-change meets peak oil kinda thing. We’ll run out of energy, oil, water and/or civility at much the same time as billions try to migrate away from the ever-hotter sunbelt. I mean, you can see that happening already, can’t you?
And it will get more complicated by food shortages and currency earthquakes, economic shifts and increased national and cultural tensions not to mention the weird inclination of governments all around the world to be more oppressive.
The times, they are a’changing, eh? And FAST!
But some things are good, right? I mean, we have Green consciousness now. We have eco-movements. We have blue-box. We save whales. We are (the righteous and pure of heart) at least shouting the right message from our Prius. We are trying do to the right thing. Right?
Not according to Elizabeth Nickson in her book Eco-fascists. Lizzie doesn’t like the green movement. She doesn’t like the organized, institutionalized efforts being made. She hates ’em. And she makes a few good points in her criticisms.
Basically, Liz says that BIG GREEN is like BIG PHARMA or BIG BROTHER. BIG GREEN is elitist, bureaucratic, Machiavellian, corrupt and gets the opposite results from what people and the planet want. She debunks BIG GREEN as corrupt, myopic and rolling in dough (spending 10’s of billions each year just on propaganda). Worse, they are driving people from the land!
One of her examples is the Island Trust. She was, of course, a victim of it because she lives on Saltspring and wanted to subdivide but that doesn’t negate her points.
She claims that the unelected trust and it’s required ‘hoops’ is slow, expensive and sports a staff of 45 bureaucrats whose main focus for the southern Gulf Islands is to ensure that nothing can happen. She states that a landowner with waterfront can’t plant a garden within 100 feet of the ocean (or any body of water) without getting a $2500 environmental study filed. And she goes on and on about that kind of madness not only in little political fiefdoms like the Islands Trust but also in Green Peace, the Sierra Club and other champions of our planet. She really doesn’t like land trusts and she especially criticizes the Environmental Protection Agency in the United States.
But, then again…….is that news? I am not so sure. I confess that I have always attributed good motives to those organizations even if they were a little over zealous or bureaucratic at times. But the truth is, just as power corrupts in the usual sense so can Green power. There is no greater enemy to reason than the righteous and the pure-of-heart and, as a member of the Greenies I, too, have cloaked myself in righteousness and purity now and then. And I felt more powerful as a result of it. And I am capable of making mistakes with that power, too.
She claims that is exactly what is happening throughout the environmental movement and worse, they are exercising that power in ways that are destructive and prejudicial to rural life.
And, I admit that I see that there is an erosion of the ability of people to live rurally. I see an invisible hand guiding most people to the cities. Stack ’em and pack ’em is the plan it seems. She claims it is not only the plan but that the plan negatively impacts the planet!
I find it hard to like this author. She tends to write in a fast and loose manner and she draws negative conclusions everywhere she looks. Worse, she is debunking some of my favourite entities. To be fair, though, she has looked in a lot of places. She has done her research.
I will think about what she has written. It is definitely a different message.