Speaking For Themselves

In his latest column, Robert Locke takes on eco-terrorists, including many of the activist groups working tirelessly to eliminate meat and genetically improved foods — and shows that the most damning indictments of their extremism is found in their own words:

Stewart Brand, Whole Earth Catalogue: “We have wished, we eco-freaks, for a disaster or for a social change to come and bomb us into the Stone Age.”
David Foreman, Earth First!: “We advocate biodiversity for biodiversity’s sake. It may take our extinction to set things straight.”
David Graber, biologist, National Park Service: “Human happiness, and certainly human fecundity, is not as important as a wild and healthy planet… Some of us can only hope for the right virus to come along.”
Earth First! Newsletter: “If radical environmentalists were to invent a disease to bring human populations back to sanity, it would probably be something like AIDS.”

Are they as dangerous as the September 11 terrorists? “The going assumption is that they are not that kind of people… But there is strong evidence that in fact they are, and that some of them must have reacted to Sept. 11 with something akin to envy,” Locke writes.

“Ecoterrorists who actually have physical plans afoot — and there have been a steady drizzle of incidents coast-to-coast for some years — should of course be surveilled by the FBI and stopped in their tracks… But the deeper danger is that like the communists, they will be defeated on the battlefield and yet succeed in infecting society with their ideas. And they might even take out a few skyscrapers in the meantime.”

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