Have you noticed how everything is green lately? The exhortation to go green shows up in TV shows and in advertising everywhere you look and listen.  You can’t find a weather forecast on the Weather Channel without a reminder.  Comcast has a Green channel.  Even the NBA stuck its toe in the water. This propaganda blitz has to be historic.

But to what end?  What is really being advocated?  An article in The Objective Standard slices and dices the philosophy underlying the environmental movement and reaches this simple conclusion:  it’s all about who lives and dies, and environmentalists aren’t cheering for the human team.

Exploiting the Earth—using the raw materials of nature for one’s life-serving purposes—is a basic requirement of human life. Either man takes the Earth’s raw materials—such as trees, petroleum, aluminum, and atoms—and transforms them into the requirements of his life, or he dies. To live, man must produce the goods on which his life depends; he must produce homes, automobiles, computers, electricity, and the like; he must seize nature and use it to his advantage. There is no escaping this fact. Even the allegedly “noble” savage must pick or perish. Indeed, even if a person produces nothing, insofar as he remains alive he indirectly exploits the Earth by parasitically surviving off the exploitative efforts of others.

According to environmentalism, however, man should not use nature for his needs; he should keep his hands off “the goods”; he should leave nature alone, come what may. Environmentalism is not concerned with human health and wellbeing—neither ours nor that of generations to come. If it were, it would advocate the one social system that ensures that the Earth and its elements are used in the most productive, life-serving manner possible: capitalism.

Capitalism is the only social system that recognizes and protects each individual’s right to act in accordance with his basic means of living: the judgment of his mind. Environmentalism, of course, does not and cannot advocate capitalism, because if people are free to act on their judgment, they will strive to produce and prosper; they will transform the raw materials of nature into the requirements of human life; they will exploit the Earth and live.

Much more at the link.

This view is more colorfully expressed in Green is the color of death:

The term “green” as used by environmentalists refers to the pristine beauty of nature free from the corrupting influence of humanity, but humanity where ever it exists, by our nature must use our environment for our survival.  When it is broken down, the philosophy of environmentalism is the philosophy of life on earth without humanity at all. Green becomes the color of a forest that grows over unmarked graves.

…Really,  what environmentalists usually think of when they look on the world is how humanity has sullied its pristine beauty. And they invented earth day to remind us all of what a blight we are on the planet. Don’t be fooled by their use of words like “balance” and “living in harmony”. In nature balance is the constant struggle between life and death, creation and destruction. Animals eat and kill, fires burn, waters flood; that is the nature of things. What environmentalists want humanity to do is give up the struggle, to die, and to leave the earth in peace. They won’t even extend the same courtesy they give to animals like wolves that eat other animals or beavers that cut down trees to build dams.

Environmentalism, like other successful religious movements, has exploited the time-proven tactic of guilting people into compliance with its views, playing on the tension between human nature and needs, and the moral laws posited in its creed. It also recognizes the value of molding unformed minds.  Look at school curricula and children’s shows.  It has been effective.

I’m a big fan of looking at results.  To me, the inevitable result of following the path of environmentalism’s philosophy is the diminishment of humanity’s chances of survival, littered with the corpses of dreams and human potential.  There’s an old proverb that goes something like, “Be careful what you wish for, you may get it.”  The end result of of embracing green views is the fulfillment of a deathwish for humanity.

Go green?  Hell, no.  Go humanity.

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