20 April 2007
Quote of the week
Kathy Shaidle, in a column Our Sunday Visitor couldn't bring itself to run:
Did your children celebrate Lenin's birthday in school last week?
Don't answer "no" right away.
The first Earth Day "teach-in" was celebrated on April 22, 1970, to protest the Vietnam War, pollution, and littering and to commemorate what would have been the 100th birthday of one of history's most notorious villains.
As the father of communism, the deaths of tens of millions of people can be laid at that Soviet dictator's doorstep. That now forgotten fact about Earth Day's origins should place your child's sudden enthusiasm for recycling, saving the panda bears and energy efficient light bulbs in a new, well, light.
Like the Marxist philosophy that inspired it, today's environmental movement has become, for its most ardent proponents, an ersatz religion. As Joseph Brean recently observed, "in its myths of the Fall and the Apocalypse, its saints and heretics, its iconography and tithing, its reliance on prophecy, even its schisms the green movement now exhibits the same psychology of compliance as religion."
And some of the same pathologies on its fringes, I'd add.
The good thing about this, of course, is that there's a legitimate argument for Separation of Environmentalism and State.
Addendum, 21 April: If we're going to have Earth Day commentaries and, let's face it, we are I recommend this one.Posted at 7:52 AM to QOTW