Special Report: Legitimizing the Lunatics

The Center for Consumer Freedom has learned that the California State University at Fresno will host an event in 2003 dedicated to the topic of “Revolutionary Environmentalism.” The soon-to-be-announced February 13-14 conference will include a list of speakers that reads like a “Who’s Who” of the environmental and animal-rights criminal culture.

According to a draft of the conference’s publicity flyer, Cal State Fresno will bill the event as “A Dialogue between Activists and Academics.” On the contrary, the entire escapade looks like a one-sided, anti-intellectual exercise completely bereft of opposing viewpoints.

Confirmed participants will include:

The event brochure laments that “tree spiking” and “animal rescues” have received “little public recognition.” In order to remedy this situation, says the flyer, “faculty members at California State University, Fresno invite environmental and animal-rights activists, and scholars to participate in a conference on the practical, political, and spiritual aspects of revolutionary environmentalism.”

This state-funded university is extending its open arms to individuals and movements that break laws, threaten innocent lives, and cause immeasurable damage. Although the proposed program includes a roundtable discussion on “The Ethics of Sabotage,” the overall impression being promoted by the Cal State Fresno faculty (and by extension, the taxpayers of California) is one of legitimacy.

The full list of conference sponsors within Cal State Fresno includes:

  • Department of Political Science and Public Administration
  • University Lecture Series
  • Office of the President
  • College of Social Sciences
  • Department of Anthropology
  • Department of Criminology [editor’s note: At last! an appropriate sponsor!]
  • Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Department of Geography

We hope you are as incensed as we are by the thought of California tax dollars paying for a program to glorify criminal behavior, with absolutely no balance from more levelheaded observers.

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