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ECOLOGY
GovernmentControl
Of
The
Environment
GaryAllen,
agraduate
of
StanfordUniversityandone
of
thenation'stop authoritiesoncivilturmoilandtheNew Left,
is
author
of
CommunistRevolutionInTheStreets-
ahighlypraisedand d
ef
initivevolumeonrevolutionarytactics andstrategies;publishedbyWestern Islands.
Mr.
Allen,aformerinstructorof bothhistoryandEnglish,
is
activeinanti-Communistandotherhumanitarian causes.Nowafilmwriter,author,and journalist,he
is
aContributingEditor to
A
ME
R
ICA
N
OPINI
ON.
GaryAllen
is
alsonationallycelebratedasalecturer.
WH
EN
the.Establishments
hif
tsintoanewpropagandacampaignitdoessowith thesubtlety
of
aninebriateelep
hant
tryingtodancetheWatusiinachina closet.Firstitwaspov
erty,
andeveryimaginable
bur
eaucratwasoutsearching forgovernment-cer
tif
iedpoverts;thenit wasthe"peace"movement,withits angrylegionsofCastroitepacifists;now the"in"thingis"conservation"or,asit isknownamongtheusual"Liberal"press agentsandphonies,"ecology."Check almostanyre
cent
issue
of
suchEstab lishm
ent
slicksas
Lif
e
or
L
ook
or
Time
or
Newsweek
and
you
willfindatleastone doomsdayarticlea
bout
thegrislystate
of
theAmericanenvironm
ent.
For
thos
e
too
h
ypn
otizedbythe anest
hetu
betoread,thefederallyli censedtelevisionnetworksarenowde v
otin
ghoursto
prom
otion
oftheideathatmanispoisoninghisstreams,pol lutinghisatmosphere,
brut
alizinghisenvironment,absorbing
natur
alresourcesatacripplingrate,becomingengulfedin hisownrefuse,andatthesametime
MAY,1970
multiplyinghisnumberslikeover-sexedratstofurtherthedestruction
of
hisenvironment.OnS
eptemb
er14,1969, theNationalCouncil
of
Churchespresentedaseriescalled"HighRiseLiving" ontheN.B.C.network's
Frontiers
Of
Faith.
Thefirstguestwasid
entif
iedCom munistPeteSeeger,
introdu
cedinfeignedinnocenceasa
"c
onservationistandwell knownfolksinge
r."
Thefrontiers
of
theKremlin'sfavoritebard
know
no
bound
s.OnMarch20,1969,theXeroxCor porationsponsoredanothernati
onw
idetelevisionspecialonecology,alsofea turingComradeSeeger. Meanwhile,wide-eyedy
outh
sinour nation'shighschoolsandcollegesare beingenthralledwithhorripilanttales fromsuchfearmongers
of
ecologyasSt
anf
ord's
Dr.PaulEhrlich,
author
of
ThePopulationBomb,
prob
ablythebiggestbestselleroncollegecampusesina decade.
"
It
isalreadytoolatetoavoid faminesthatwillkillmillions,possiblyby 1975,"Dr.Ehrlichdeclares.Healso predictsthetotalpollutionanddeath
of
theworld'soceansby1
979.
Oh,it'sscarystuff. RudyAbramson
of
the
LosAngelesTimes
and
Washin
gtonPost
proclaimsthattheecologymovementwillbe"our Sputnikforthe1
970
s."Inreferringto "AmericatheUgly,"theEstablishment's
Time
magazinecroakswithitsusual homogenizedsirnilies:"Theenvironment maywellbethegutissuethatcan
unif
yapolarizednationinthe1970s."Eventhe pedagogousJ
ohn
Kenn
eth
Galbraithhasdeclared:"Pollutionmaywellbethe nation'smostbroadlybasedanddemo craticeffort."And,
of
course.chief
 
EstablishmentarianRichardNixonagrees.ThePresidentannouncedinhisStateof theUnionmessage:
Thegreatquestion
of
the'70sis:Shallwesurrendertooursurround ingsorshallwemakeourpeace withnatureandbegintomake reparationsforthedamagewehave donetoourair,toourlandand
to
ourwater?
In
his1971BudgetmessagethePresi dentdelighted"Libera
l"
punditsbycooptingtheirecologyissue.Conservativeswould,
of
course,applaudthePresid
ent
forcuttingthegroundfromunder
"Liberal"
issuesiftheMarxistsolutions proposedbythe"Liberals"werenot adoptedintheprocess.Afterall,the problemsof
our
environment
are
genuine.Butecologyisanissueonwhichthe"Liberal
s"
andradicalshave,forthemostpart,seizedtheinitiative.
*
Throughtheuse
of
highlyemotionalrhetoric,andbyplayinguponfearsof impendingsocialandenvironmental chaos,theLeftishopingtoconvert sincereandlegitimateconcernoverthe quality
of
ourenvironmentintoaccep tanceofgovernmentcontrol
of
thatenvironment.Theobjectistomakethe "GreenRevolution"part
of
theRedRevolutionbyusingtheEstablishment mediatostimulatetheusualover-reaction amongtheAmericanmassesthrough exaggeration,magnification,anddistor tionofagenuineproblem.Theobjectis federalcontroloftheenvironmentin whichweallmustlive. Whiletheproblems
of
pollutionhavebeenwithusforcenturies,itisonlyin
·Webster
defines
eco
logy
,
whichcomes
from
the
Gree
k
word
meaning
hou
se,as(I)
the
br
anch
of
biolog
ythatdeals
with
therel
ati
on
sbe
tween
living
organism
sandtheir
environ
ment
;(2)in
sociolog
y,therel
ationship
b
etween
the
di
stribution
of
humangroup
s
with
r
efer
enceto
materi
alre
sourc
es,
andthe
consequentsocialand
cultural
pa
tte
rns
.
2
recentm
onthsthat
theEstablishmenthas beguntofeedtheissuethroughits propagandamachines.AfewAmericans withhighlysensitive
prob
oscideshavealreadysmelledarodent.AsGuyWright
of
the
SanFranciscoExaminer
observed:
...
there'ssomethingaboutthe ecologykickthatdisturbsme.Most
of
thisenthusiasmwasartificially induced.
And
it
is
beingdeliber atelymanipulated.Liketheteenie bopperswhosquealforafavorite singer,thepeoplebeingmanipu lateddon'tknowitandwillswear itisn'ttrue.
But
it'sthere.
KeithLampe,anactivistinCommu nistJerryRubin'sradicalYippieMove ment,releasedanarticleinAugustof 1969whichwaswidelyreprintedinthe radicalundergroundpress.Hen
oted
:
Almostcertainlywithin
six
oreightmonthstherewilloccur amongmost
yo
ungactivistsashift
of
consciousnessemphaticallyaway fromcampus-and-Vietnamissues andenergeticallyintoissuesper tainingtotheecologyemergency.
Inearly1969hardlyanyoneknew whatecologymeant.Yet,bytheend
of
theyear,LynnSherr
of
AssociatedPress waswriting:"Americanyouthhasfound anewsupercause
..
..Theyoungare mobilizingwithsome
of
thesameinten sitythathasgonei
nto
antiwarmove ments,againstthepollutionofair,land andsea."Theradical
BerkeleyTribe
tippedofftheobjectiveinitsissuefor January2
,197
0:
Thepeacemovement,which revivedbrieflythispastfall,hassunk
again
intoalethargythat
is
morethanseasonal.Noonerealizes thismorethantheMoratorium leaders,whohavewatchedtheir constituencyslipawayasthe
AMt:RICANOPINION
 
monthsgoby.Inordertobroaden theirbasein1970,theyextended theirprogramtoincludeenviron mentalcontrol...aswellasim mediatewithdrawal.
Youwill
not
icethatwhilethestudent radicalshaveshiftedgearsinunisonwith theEstablishmentagainstwhichthey thinktheyarerevolting,theradicalstu
dent
leadershipremainsconstant.Ecology istobethegreatumbrellaoftheSeventies, witheveryradicalissuefromthegoverning
of
privateprop
erty
topopulationcontrol tiedtoenvironment.
Newsweek
ofDecem ber20,1969,
inf
orm
sus:
Whilefrontpagesstillreport thatthemajorstudentpr
ot
estsarecenteredonthewarandthedraft, concernedcollegestudentsareen listingincreasinglyinthefightfora cleaner,purer,less
ravish
edenvironment
..
..Joinedbyformerantiwaractiv ists,youngDemocrats,crew-cut fraternitymembersandso-called hippies,theenvironmentmovement oncampusisaresponsetoalarms asvariedaspesticides,oilslicks,
...
andcar-exhaustpollution.
...
Still,thetoneoftheantiwar movementhasinfluencedthefight againstpollution."Manystudents," saysWa
yn
eMiyao,asocial-sciencemajor,"viewenvironmentproblems andVietnamasmanifestations
of
thesamepoliticalandeconomic situation."Elsewhereaswell,themovement cutsacrosspoliticallines.Ha
lf
themembersofthemonth-oldEcology
Ac
tionorganizationatColumbia areformermembers
of
SDS.
But
theotherhalf,saidaradical,"are un-politicalfreaks.
..."
LynnSherr
of
Associ
ated
Presscommentsonthesimilaritiesbetweenthe Vietnikandecologymovements:
MAY,1970
Inmanyways,ecologyactivity islargelyanoutgrowth
of
TheMovement
[theNewLeft]-
antiwar,antighetto,antiEstablishm
ent
[sic
l.
Intheirownterms,bothgroups seethestatusquowhichtheyde fineaswarorpollutionasthreaten ingtoend
lif
eonthisplanet.Both see"thesystem"whichtheycon sidergovernm
ent
orgiantcorpora tionsastheadv
ersar
y.Bothreject oldvalues,oldpolitics,piecemeal solutions.Bothtalk
of
revolution.
And
bothblametheprofitsystem.
Ecologyradicalshavedonnedgas maskstoinvadeautoshows,picketed campusrecruitersforoilcompaniesand manufacturers
of
pesticides,andde velopedarhetoricforecology
of
whichLeninwouldhavebeen
proud
.Harvard'sundergr
ound
OldMole
rec
ommend
s:
Inordertolocalizeandfocus theenvironmentalcrisis,ecological radicalscanengageinexemplary actions:plugupabelchingsmoke stackwithcement.Radicalstudents canmakeradicalecologicalde mandsonuniversities
-
thelabora toriesofdeathtechnology,the ivorytowersoftechnocraticideol ogy.
...
Sporadiceco-guerrillaactions andlocalpiecemealdemonstrations canbeeffectiveandrevolution ary
.
...
Ecologybydefinitioncan notbereformist.Ensuringanin habitableearthrequiresaninterna tionalrevolutioninordertoestab lishaworldwideplanetofhuman
lif
ewhichconformstotheorganic requirementsoftheplanet.
Thenewecologygameprovidesthe radicalswithawholenewaudience
of
potentialrecruits.Afterall,the"peace" movem
enthad
itslimitations.NoAmeri canwithany
know
ledge
of
Communism,
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