Friday, December 18, 2009

Critiques of Eco-Totalitarianism

The Return of the Primitive: The Anti-Industrial Revolution by Ayn Rand (it can be partially read online using Amazon's look inside option) is a devastating critique of environmentalism (among other items) written long before eco-fascism became mainstream and replaced communism as one of the two arch-enemies of civilization (along with religion). Here, as always, Ayn Rand is truly prophetic. The book also features Apollo and Dionysus, an essay that contrasts the launch of the Apollo spacecraft - the crowning achievement of reason and a colossal triumph of science - with the simultaneous Woodstock festival - hippies' mindless wallowing in the mud.

Another scathing critique of envirofascism can be found in the Natural Resources and the Environment chapter in Capitalism: A Treatise on Economics (fully available online), the magnum opus of Ayn Rand fan George Reisman. He is, by the way, a unique combination: a prominent Austrian School economist who is also an Objectivist.

1 comment:

Reasonsjester said...

Thanks a lot for the eleven hundred page homework assignment!

As for the Ayn Rand work, I wasn't aware she addressed the subject of natural resource usage specifically. I had intuitively figured out that capitalism is better for man's environment than communism, but Rand should be able to bring those tentative strands of thought together and focus them. Best, RJ