"We must make this an insecure and inhospitable place for capitalists and
their projects . . . We must reclaim the roads and plowed land, halt dam
construction, tear down existing dams, free shackled rivers and return to
wilderness millions of tens of millions of acres of presently settled land."
-David Foreman, founder of Earth First! and co-founder of the Wildlands Project of which the California Wilderness Campaign is a part of
"To quell violence and disorder, to repulse barbarians and brigands, to rescue living souls from agony and torture, to save the nation from imminent downfall, these are the true ends of Humanity and Righteousness."
In light of current world events, in which statement do you find the most comfort? In which statement do you find the salvation of - and continuation of - the United States of America and our freedom?
The Sierra Club and Center for Biological Diversity's (CBD) goal to remove access to our Forests is just part of the campaign to change our society to their idea of environmental nirvana. What is the predominant economic and political ideology of the leadership of the environmental movement? What effect will this ideology and its' implementation have on our country's future as well as our economic standing in the world?
If you missed our past Forest Plan Updates:
What's at Stake Part I (fire management)
What's at Stake Part II (roads/Access)
What's at Stake Part III (mountain biking)
What's at Stake Part IV (Vision)
What's at Stake Part V (The Wildlands Project)
you can view them on our web site by clicking on drop down list at the top of this page
Most Americans are unaware of the economic and political agenda of the
environmental movement - as well as its ultimate effect on them. This
ignorance has manifested itself as apathy towards our freedom; an apathy
that is letting our freedom slowly slip away.
Freedom does not bind itself automatically or permanently to those unwilling to nurture it. Freedom is like the flame of a fire that is not fed; like the fire, unless fed and nurtured, freedom will die a slow death.
The environmental movement's disdain for our political/economic system, the very system that provides the funds for their supporters to donate and make their radical proposals possible, has been documented.
"If we don't overthrow capitalism, we don't stand a chance of saving the world ecologically. I think it's possible to have an ecologically sound society under socialism. I don't think it's possible under capitalism."
-Jodi Bari - EarthFirst!
From the statements they've commonly made, the impression is they see America and our place in our world as the root of all evil and environmental degradation. While I do not debate that we are the current great power, i.e. "Leviathan," in the world, I do not see us as the perpetrators of all that is evil in the world.
Are we perfect? NO! But the fact we can openly debate this issue is a sign of freedom, not evil. In many countries the open debate or opposition to the government's policies can have you jailed - or worse. What I find comfort in is our ability to self-reflect, and change direction, sometimes radically, other times slowly. Reason must rule in order for this open debate to work and society to advance. Ideologies must be exposed and not hidden behind emotionally appealing slogans such as "Protect and Restore our Forests!"
As the mainstream environmental movement rails against "Big Business," and any form of resource recovery, making our economy increasingly dependent on sources of raw materials outside our country, have they ever addressed how we will compete against the growing economy of China and others that are allowing the freedom and self-determination that they wish to take away from us?
"China has 700 million people. It is not a great power today. But in twenty years, it will be a great power and in fifty years it will be an enormous power."
-General Charles de Gaulle - 1967
It is interesting to view China's growth as the government allows more personal and economic freedom, which began with reforms in the late 70's when their leaders realized the futility of their Socialist/Communist economy. After 30+ years of growing freedom (and not without loss of life at Tiananmen Square), China's citizens are developing a love of it. The central government has let the genie of freedom out of the bottle to a people that are hungry for it. Like a gathering storm; they will not be able to control it or stop it.
"No arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women."
China has a growing economy and military. In the future will China replace us as the greatest power in the world, the "Leviathan," by throwing off the very economic/political shackles that the environmental movement wishes to place on us? Do we truly appreciate and understand the freedom we are blessed with?
"Today Asia has emerged as one of the most dynamic and fastest growing regions in the world and has surpassed Europe as America's No. 1 trading partner. Over the past three decades, China has awakened and seeks to reassume its historic position as one of the great nations of the world, while Japan's economy has risen and fallen."
-Ambassador John R. Malott President of the World Affairs Council of Orange County - From a 2002 article in the Orange County Register
India's economy is growing near the same rate because they've mimicked China and are abandoning the Socialist policies that today's environmentalists want us to adopt.
"...In recent years, India has developed space rockets able to place satellites into orbit, while it has simultaneously developed short and medium range missiles capable of hitting targets in neighboring Pakistan or China"
-From a Sunday, June 20, 2004 O.C. Register Associated Press article titled "U.S. India to discuss space cooperation"
The economies of the large European nations are feeling the net effects of Socialism. Germany and France's economies are in decline and crippled, hobbled by the Socialist policies that China and India are abandoning. In 2003 (est.) the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of the largest European nations, except Britain, grew weakly, with France GDP at .10 percent and Germany's at -.10 percent. In 2003 (est.) the U.S. GDP grew 3.10 percent and China's GDP growth was 9.10 percent. Only Britain, a Socialist leaning country (which does not have as extensive social benefits), has shown any real growth at 2.10 percent:
(I suggest you check the data on this web site and other economic web sites to confirm the information contained in this alert)
"I think that there's certainly a case for trying to involve countries as self-evidently important as China and India in discussions on these issues."
-Statement made by British Prime Minister Tony Blair on June 10th, 2004 at the G8 Summit as quoted in the June 11th 2004 issue of the Orange County Register.
Unemployment in France is 9.8 percent; Germany, 10.5 percent; Spain, 11.4 percent; the U.S. 5.7 percent. Germany, Europe's largest economy, has averaged just 1.3 percent growth over the last 10 years, the U.S. 3.3 percent. Europe's state run retirement and health-care systems are near collapse.
The citizens of Germany and France have forgotten that freedom does not mean the government becomes your keeper. It is the opposite, freedom means not having the government take care of you. Only a slave expects the former. As Germany and France try to reform their political and economic structure, their people, like infants dependant on others to change their diapers and feed them their bottle, are unwilling to accept responsibility for their own destiny.
Has the environmental movement spelled out what our economy and world standing would be under their economic and governmental policies? Will they leave us at the mercy of other countries that do not share their naïve viewpoints on government, the projection of power and economic sustainabliity? Will we share the current fate of Germany and France - or worse?
What will be the effect on our freedom if we adopt their economic and political ideology as well as lock up our public lands, stopping all resource recovery? How will this affect our economy, standard of living, and the power we project in this rapidly changing world? Can we count on China or other rising powers to hobble their economies in the same manner as the environmental movement wishes to do to us?
It is important to protect the environment, but we must not discount the importance in protecting our economy, which makes protecting the environment and protecting our country possible.
In light of 911 should this important issue be left to chance?
In their rush to lock up our public lands, do environmentalists support any resource recovery that will support our economic system? Raw materials must come from somewhere, are those raw materials coming from 3rd World Countries with no oversight? Are we not capable of manufacturing products in a more efficient and environmentally sound manner than the rest of the world that has no oversight?
What level of GDP, does the environmental movement find acceptable, a -.10 percent GDP like Germany?
If we follow their environmental agenda, they promise us an ecological nirvana, but at what cost? What economic and political system will bring this ecological nirvana about? Will China, India and other growing economic powers embrace their agenda? What about Islamic terrorists?
Will the environmental movement's economic / political ideology protect us from current and future threats? Or do they see America as the source of all that is evil in the world? Do they fear our freedom, the very freedom that has made us the most modern and advanced country in the world?
Do they see America's abdication as the "Leviathan," i.e. the leading world and economic power, as the key to the salvation of the world and the one thing standing in the way of the fundamental ecological nirvana they seek; a belief that has led some to commit crimes of eco-terrorism?
If this is so - as 911 has shown - they are not alone...
"Thus, the more socially and economically advanced the times, the more necessary it is for the leaders to maintain a sense of their societies' fallibility and vulnerability: that is the ultimate defense against catastrophe."
In our next update we will discuss resource recovery and their concept of preservation that views nature as being in a "static state".
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