“An Anti-Environmentalist Manifesto” Signals a Backlash (Great Events from History II: Ecology and the Environment Series)
Article abstract: The essay “An Anti-Environmentalist Manifesto” signaled the beginning of a new movement to resist environmental regulations and expanding aims of environmentalists.
Summary of Event
In response to the nationwide observance of the twentieth anniversary of Earth Day in April, 1990, conservative journalist Patrick J. Buchanan asked Llewellyn H. Rockwell, a conservative critic and propagandist, to take a critical look at the origins and aims of the environmental movement. Rockwell’s essay “An Anti-Environmentalist Manifesto” was published in a special quarterly report of Buchanan’s newsletter, Patrick J. Buchanan . . . From the Right, in 1990. Rockwell’s essay helped pioneer three themes that later became staples of the conservative critique of environmentalism and the antienvironmental, wise-use movement, which gathered momentum in the early 1990’s.
The first theme is the comparison of environmentalism with Marxism-Leninism, asserting that environmentalism combines the same utopianism, statism, and atheistic orientations as its socialist brethren. Environmentalists replied that conservatives make this comparison only because they are looking for new enemies to energize their constituents after the collapse of communism in 1989. Rockwell asserts that environmentalism represents a threat to free enterprise and individual liberty that is as great as the Soviet challenge...
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