Eco-cide = Genocide? [updated]
Some years ago George Reisman began warning about a dangerous new trend emerging from man-hating environmentalists—i.e., “to make an international crime out of attempts to increase production and raise living standards, to the extent that those attempts entail an increase in the discharge of greenhouse gases.” (Read his most recent warning here: ‘The Environmental Noose is Tightening.’)
The trend is now accelerating, with a UK lawyer Polly Higgins campaigning to have what she calls “eco-cide” declared as an international crime on a par with genocide, war crimes, crimes of aggression (such as unprovoked war), and crimes against humanity.
Even global warming skeptics should fall under the ambit of the law, say Higgins’s supporters, which would include anyone acting “to discourage voters and politicians from taking action to tackle global warming and climate change.”
Think about that. Posting articles debunking Phil Jones and Al Gore would be a crime equivalent to the torture and imprisonment of innocent human beings. And if the absurdity were fully accepted, damaging insects, invertebrates or fish—or trees, or rocks or mud puddles—would be seen as a crime on a par with the industrial-scale murder of human beings. Nothing could more transparently reveal the man-hating ethic of environmentalism.
The implications of such an absurdity are as wide as they would be destructive. Reisman points out a few in his 1996 book Capitalism:
In casting the production of wealth in the light of a danger to mankind, by virtue of its alleged effects on the environment, and thereby implying the need for global limits on production, the ecology movement attempts to validate the thoroughly vicious proposition, lying at the very core of socialism, that one man’s gain is another’s loss…(p. 110)
“If the influence of the ecology movement continues to grow, then it is perfectly conceivable that in years to come, the very intention of a country to increase its production could serve as a cause of war, perhaps precipitating the dispatch of a U.N. security force to stop it. Even the mere advocacy of economic freedom within the borders of a country would logically—from the depraved perspective of the ecology movement—be regarded as a threat to mankind. It is, therefore, essential that the United States absolutely refuse to sanction in any way any form of international limitations on “pollution”—that is, on production. (p. 118)
“I regret having to say [said Reisman in 2007] that I can’t take very much satisfaction from having had this foresight. It’s like being marched to a concentration camp and saying, ‘I tried to tell everyone this is where we’d all end up.’”
Consider the absurdity of where we have ended up: a serious proposal to put the “mass-murder” of invertebrates on a par with the mass-murder of human beings. Made by people who (to paraphrase Reisman) have no problem with nuclear bombs in the hands of lunatics, but do have a problem with sane people pursuing their material self-interest by means of increasing production. That’s what they consider dangerous and needing to be stopped.
Instead of a new law attempting to make humans equivalent to slugs, sharks and mosquitoes, we need a new ethic recognising human beings are first.
UPDATE: The Onion plumps for ridicule:
- Pope Vows To Get Church Pedophilia Down To Acceptable Levels
The pope said he was deeply disappointed to learn that the number of children sexually abused by priests was almost 10 times beyond the allowable limit clearly outlined in church doctrine. Admitting for the first time in public that the overindulgent touching of "tender, tender young flesh" had become a full-blown crisis, the Holy Father vowed to implement new reforms to bring the pedophilia rate back down to five children per 1,000 clergy.
"The truth is there will always be a little bit of molestation—it's simply unavoidable," Vatican spokesperson Rev. Federico Lombardi said. "But the fact that young boys have gotten much more attractive over the past few decades is no excuse for the blatant defiance of church limits that have been in place for centuries."
- Pope Forgives Molested Children
Calling forgiveness "one of the highest virtues taught to us by Jesus," Pope John Paul II issued a papal decree Monday absolving priest-molested children of all sin…
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