Pascal Bruckner, a left-wing French philosopher, has written a book on the ecological movement which cannot be distinguished from what I write, save only he is 1) French and 2) left-wing, and therefore immune from criticism. [He must have been reading my blog postings for years.] Bruckner gets to the anti-human core of ecologism. Whereas Marx blamed capitalism for the scourges of the world, ecologism blames humanity itself.
Ecologism has become a global ideology that covers all of existence, modes of production as much as ways of life. In it are found all the faults of Marxism applied to the environment: the omnipresent scientism, the appalling visions of reality, the admonishment of those who are guilty of not understanding those who wish us well. All the foolishness of Bolshevism, Maoism, and Trotskyism are somehow reformulated exponentially in the name of saving the planet.
Steven Hayward, reviewing Bruckner’s book in The Weekly Standard, writes:
Bruckner offers a particular twist on the environmentalism-as-religion theme. More than just a form of faith, environmentalism revives a monastic mentality that wraps human guilt together with a call for humility, repentance, and a discipline of abasement. This “gaseous equivalent of Original Sin”—an eco version of the fall of man—explains why environmentalists are congenitally resistant to facts, science, and progress itself. Environmentalism isn’t out primarily to save nature, but to purify humanity: “Adding ‘eco’ . . . and ‘bio’ to any word is enough to sanctify it”—although it is no longer acceptable to the high priests to carry your holy eco-water in plastic bottles.
The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse is available here.