Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise. Former National Post & Toronto Star columnist, past vice president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. New posts: Mondays & Wednesdays.
A scathing critique of anti-human environmentalism, by a prominent French philosopher, is now an affordable e-book.
I have begun reading Pascal Bruckner‘s brilliant book, The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse. A critique of modern environmental thought, its introductory chapter is titled “The Return of Original Sin” and contains observations such as:
Consider the meaning in contemporary jargon of the famous carbon footprint that we all leave behind us. What is it, after all, if not the gaseous equivalent of Original Sin, of the stain that we inflict on our Mother Gaia by the simple fact of being present and breathing?
Bruckner says the green movement
excels more in preventing than in proposing: it closes factories, blocks projects, forbids the construction of super-highways, airports, railway lines. It is the power that always denies.
This gentleman resides in France. If he were from North America, pipelines would have led that list of thou-shall-nots. He continues:
There are at least two ecologies: one rational, the other nonsensical…For the latter, nature is only a stick to be used to beat human beings.
While admitting that it is tempting to be swept away by fear and negativity, Bruckner insists we do, in fact, have another option:
we could wake up from this nightmare and rid ourselves of it.
Yes, indeed, I plan to keep reading.
I discuss Bruckner’s work here, as well: