Nature's End? Hardly
The novel Nature's End (1986 by Warner Books) by Warday authors Whitley Strieber and James Kunetka is a shrill screed about the collapse of nature by 2025.
Here is a world where people die of asphyxiation in Denver, the Amazon has burned to ground and is a desert. The mass murder of human beings is advocated to enforce population control. This theme is advocated by the eco-pessimists such as Paul Ehrlich:
"A cancer is an uncontrolled multiplication of cells; the population explosion is an uncontrolled multiplication of people...We must shift our efforts from treatment of the symptoms to the cutting out of the cancer. The operation will demand many apparently brutal and heartless decisions. ... We must have population control at home, hopefully through changes in our value system, but by compulsion, if voluntary methods fail."
Environmental extremist Paul Ehrlich circa 1970. I won't rehash the numinous failed predictions of Mr. Population Bomb.
Once again we have Malthusian population control, hatred of technology and capitalism. The murder and forced sterilization of people this book suggests. Don't forget rain has become battery acid, food shortages, and resource depletion. Iowa was a dust bowl. None that are true today in the West.
Hidden in the text is the usual pseudo-religious undercurrents of the sin of excess, capitalist exploitation with technology, and repentance by spiritual centered ecological change.
None of this is taken seriously today by any thinking person. The technology the authors attacked enabled the West to clean up the environment. We support more people, grow even more food, and produce more energy at a lower cost.
Professor Steven Pinker differs from pessimists. In "Progressophobia Why Things Are Better Than You Think They Are" Dr. Pinker writes,
Intellectuals dislike the very idea of progress. Our own mental bugs also distort our understanding of the world, blinding us to improvement in the human condition globally -- and to the ideas that have made them possible.
Source: Skeptical Inquirer May-June 2018. Dr. Pinker notes,
The nature of news is likely to distort people's view of the world...people estimate the probability of an event ... by the ease with which instances come to mind."
People are fed negativism 24-7 in biased news reports. They indoctrinate not educate. This is what is called "fake news". I call it propaganda. Journalists and our elites their worldviews are programmed at our elite universities.
Pinker lists a slew of leftists, cultural Marxists, and postmodernists including Nietzsche, Shopenhaur, Martin Heidegger, Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Herbert Marcuse, Jean-Paul Sartre, Frantz Fanon, Michel Foucault, Edward Said, Cornel West, and a "chorus of eco-pessimists" and I'll add crackpots like Paul Ehrlich.
Yet in the very issue of Skeptical Inquirer (P10) another writer falls right back into the same tired climate change apocalypse is around the corner mentality. Those not believing the faith of human induced climate change are attacked and conflated with flat earthers.
Update 11/27/2018. Global temperatures have dropped. To quote:
From February 2016 to February 2018, "global average temperatures dropped by 0.56 degrees Celsius...is the biggest two-year drop in the past century...the biggest five month drop ever (February to June 2016) and the fourth biggest (February to June 2017). A similar event from February to June 2018 would bring global average temperatures below the 1980s average."
Source: Investor Business Dailey 5/16/2018. And we are suffering below normal temperatures as I write this. Blizzards blanket the upper midwest.
Nobody denies climate change, which is a natural and ongoing process. The question is what part humans play and how much? What is the real cost in human terms? That they never answer with data or evidence. They fall back on authority, attack critics for heresy.
We question supposed solutions that would delight the very cultural Marxists and eco-pessimists that Dr. Pinker points out, people whose influence should have no place in public policy.
The leadership of environmentalist organizations more and more consists of those who are motivated by an aggressive anti-industrial ideology that can only function effectively through a centralized government.
Funny how atheistic communists infiltrate a movement of pantheistic Earth worshipers. But the one thing both political causes have in common is that they require the people of a country to submit to a small group of bureaucrats in a centralized government who rule by telling everyone what to do and believe.
Ref. Today's Environmentalism - Pantheism and Marxism Unite by Rolf Yungclas June 2, 2014.
Also questioning if the subject hasn't been hijacked for political ends does require skeptical inquiry name calling aside.
There is no "Nature's End" any time in the foreseeable future or ever no matter how much yelling and name calling we get from social justice jackasses.
They should try going out and contributing to society instead of constantly tearing it down.
New essays on this subject October 2018:
Paradise California Fire Product of Nature, Human Error The Paradise Ca. Fire was not caused by President Trump or Human induced climate change. Any fool could see this coming and they did nothing to mitigate the threat. This drought problem will get worse and started 800 years ago.
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