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Unintended consequences can be deadly,
This review is from: Eco-Freaks: Environmentalism Is Hazardous to Your Health! (Hardcover)The author of this well researched book knows his facts and posits his conclusions in a logical way. Unfortunately, as Berlau shows rather adroitly, environmentalism isn't about facts as much as it is a religion of whom Gaia the mother earth goddess is the big Kahuna. Environmentalist are true believers as depicted by Eric Hoffer in his classic book, and they remain in that mode as they struggle to give their life meaning thru their own twisted version of caring for others; as though they are truly the final arbiters of moral virtue. And if you resist them they'll hold you by the arms and shove it down your throat.....real tribal stuff.
What's interesting, and pointed out so skillfully by John Berlau, is that these pod-people never seem to learn from their mistakes. They don't look at the game films to determine how to do it better the next time, but instead lie and propound all the more that they may frighten the uninitiated into finding common cause with them. Think of the Luddites in newly industrialized England and you'll understand this measure of environmental muddleheadedness. They're the sound of one-hand clapping. They've never considered asking the question, "compared to what...?"
Berlau gets it right in every phase of this book, but I don't believe that those who really need to read it will. There are many authors who have written books critical of the environmental movement and each new one adds to the weight of the pile. But what's really needed is for big pharma to invent a reality pill which compels everyone to look at all sides of these arguments in the hopes that we can more easily reach the best solutions for our national environmental agenda.
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Initial post: Mar 5, 2008 1:29:12 PM PST
Roger Smith says:
What does this have to do with the book? I wonder what your experience is with actual "environmentalists." It sounds like it is from movies or talk shows- am I right? Please tell us abour your personal experience having your arm twisted in the name of environmental quality. Are Christians involved in stewardship also Gaia-worshippers? I don't understand this or its relation to the book.
Posted on Apr 25, 2013 1:24:37 PM PDT
Mr Jewett: Referring to 1st line of your 3rd paragraph; some of these Godless envio-worshippers may have actually read Mr Berlau's book. Noting the fear, denial and vitrolic attacks contained in the eight 1-star reviews sealed the deal on this book purchase.
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