Naive Enviornmentalism=Religous Fundamentalism
Excerpts below from a classic statement about why naive environmentalism is like religious fundamentalism, from economist Steven Landsburg in his book "Armchair Economics: Economics and Everyday Life:"
Like other coercive ideologies, environmentalism targets children specifically. The naive environmentalism of my daughter's preschool is a force-fed potpourri of myth, superstition, and ritual that has much in common with the least reputable varieties of religious Fundamentalism.
In a letter to his daughter Cayley's teacher, Landsburg writes:
Just as Cayley's teachers in Colorado were honestly oblivious to the fact that there is diversity in religion, it may be that her teachers here have been honestly oblivious that there is diversity in politics.
Let me then make that diversity clear. We are not environmentalists. We ardently oppose environmentalists. We consider environmentalism a form of mass hysteria akin to Islamic fundamentalism or the War on Drugs. We do not recycle. We teach our daughter not to recycle. We teach her that people who try to convince her to recycle, or who try to force her to recycle, are intruding on her rights.
The entire program of environmentalism is as foreign to us as the doctrine of Christianity (Note: Landsburg is Jewish). We face no current threat of having Christianity imposed on us by petty tyrants; the same can not be said of environmentalism. My county government never tried to send me a New Testament, but it did send me a recycling bin.
MP: I'm not sure, but I don't think Landsburg is an environmentalist.