Independence Day should be a time of reflection on our Declaration. Lincoln had some thoughts in that regard that apply today to environmental activism.
Environmental activism has, over time, become ever more radical and intolerant. Its adherents are, too, ever more intent upon imposing their will on others (for the latter’s own good, of course). They demand others submit to their views, while posturing either as nature’s protector or the representative of a “people” somehow confined only to the like-minded. They talk science and democracy, but advocate ideology and a green tyranny. All this came mind yesterday as I reflected on Independence Day, read a few articles on the subject and considered what it’s all about.
The striking arrogance and condescension of environmental activists, particularly those of the fractivist sort, is a sure sign there’s more to the whole thing than first appears. Abraham Lincoln was a keen observer of human nature and when I read this quote from a speech he gave in 1858, it offered a real insight into how these folks think:
Those arguments that are made, that the inferior race are to be treated with as much allowance as they are capable of enjoying; that as much is to be done for them as their condition will allow. What are these arguments?