Here are a few parting thoughts and observations about Earth Day.
First of all, it should be well noted that the greenest of greenies (the Nanny State in Washington DC) spewed inordinate amounts of CO2 emissions jetting around the country to tell all the rest of us how terrible it is that our cars are emitting CO2 emissions. Gotta love liberal hypocrisy, huh?
Though I suppose it doesn’t ultimately matter, because a recent study also found that biofuels are worse for climate change than fossil fuels. So, it appears the moral of the story is that we should all keep buying normal gasoline for our planet-killing cars rather than that expensive and less potent government subsidized ethanol stuff. Fill ‘er up!
Also, no one cares:
Fourteenth out of fifteen? Not exactly an urgent crisis, according to most people. Unsurprisingly, this breaks down very heavily along party lines, and that foreshadows something I’ll get into in more detail in a future post. For now, let’s just leave the obvious conclusions in place.
Anyway, the last thing I wanted to share today was that April 22nd was originally selected as Earth Day back in 1970. In a complete coincidence, that was the 100-year anniversary of the birthday of Vladimir Lenin, the infamous Communist Russian tyrant:
Needless to say, the Lenin centenary was a huge deal to the communist movement, which goes bonkers over dates and memorials to its icons.
Here are more striking similarities: Vladimir Lenin and the communist and environmental movements all remonstrated against capitalism, profits, corporations, industry, free markets, the West.
Here’s another: When the communist movement imploded in the late 1980s, many of its disciples just happened to join… yep, you guessed it: the environmental movement.
Let’s back up and start from the beginning.
Vladimir Lenin, a hateful man, was born April 22, 1870, precisely 100 years before the first Earth Day. The number “100” is auspicious for the communist movement. It reflects the number of human beings exterminated by the Marxist-Leninist ideology over the last 100 years. According to the seminal Harvard University Press work, The Black Book of Communism, communist governments killed over 100 million in the last century. This, incidentally, is a conservative figure. The total number of dead is probably closer to 140 million—more than double the combined deaths of World War I and II.
Our more knowledgeable friends on the left will cry foul at my crass connection between Lenin Day and Earth Day. They might note that Lenin was not an environmentalist. True, Lenin was a collectivist. He was also an angry atheist who detested human beings, mowing them down, filling land-fills with them. He did, however, share the penchant for central planning championed by environmentalists. And like environmentalists, more people were a problem for Lenin and his minions. Both environmentalists and Leninists view people as a drain on resources. For environmentalists, too many people consume too much of the earth’s (alleged) limited resources. For Leninists, too many people consume too much of the state’s limited resources. Both see mass collectivism and redistributionism — not to mention government control and seizure of property — as solutions to perceived global problems.
But to my main point: Was it a coincidence that the first Earth Day occurred on Lenin’s 100th birthday?
To be sure, conventional history tells us that the initial Earth Day had unsuspicious roots. One of its founders was Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, a Democrat and an environmentalist. He is typically credited as the initiator of Earth Day. By the time of the first Earth Day, Country Club Republicans like New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller celebrated by launching environmental departments in their states — i.e., cumbersome regulatory agencies that communists would come to admire.
But was there more to it? Was the communist movement involved?
For the record, this was a question that didn’t escape notice in 1970, from the eye of the FBI to Time magazine and the New York Times. The two obvious parallel dates raised eyebrows. The Time piece covering that first Earth Day, published in the May 4, 1970 edition, shows how our mainstream press was once more level-headed. Time wrote of the event: “It had aspects of a secular, almost pagan holiday — a sense of propitiating an earth increasingly incapable of forgiving what man has inflicted upon it.”
Can you imagine that kind of lead in Time today? Unfortunately, the ’60s radicals who populated the first Earth Day now run such publications.
Time noted that 100,000 marched in New York alone for the first Earth Day. Notably, New York was where the communist presence was strongest. Both Communist Party USA and the Daily Worker were headquartered in New York, not to mention numerous communist front-groups. The Vietnam War was in full swing, and so were the war protesters, many of them peace-loving liberals who were easily duped by pro-Vietcong communist ringleaders like Mark Rudd, Tom Hayden, Bill Ayers, and Bernadine Dohrn (to name just a few) — who today are professors and literal Progressives for Obama (seriously, look it up).
Communists specialized in agitation and propaganda. They had a campaign for everything. They excelled at suckering impressionable liberal/progressive dupes, especially youth, whom they targeted at World Youth Festivals and via other deceptive activities. At this point, April 1970, they were having wild success with college students. Many of the major anti-war protests had communist fingerprints all over them. The documents have been declassified. (In my book Dupes, I have several chapters on this.) Congress knew about the communist involvement and held extensive hearings.
New York’s huge communist community had an amazing ability to turn out a crowd, whether to denounce Eisenhower as a fascist for condemning the sweet and innocent Rosenbergs or to generate a ticker-tape parade for Fidel Castro. It was at such blatant phoniness that the communists really shined.
And so, the question remains: Did the closet Reds come out into the warm sunlight on April 22, 1970, organizing America’s first Earth Day on Lenin Day?
…the environmental movement ultimately became a haven for old communists from the former Soviet Union. One of them, Mikhail Gorbachev, proudly proclaimed himself a “Leninist” (see his 1987 bestselling book, Perestroika) long before he proudly proclaimed himself an environmentalist. When Lenin’s empire alas crumbled at Gorbachev’s feet, the former general secretary went green. Once out of the Kremlin, Gorbachev formed an environmental organization with quasi-religious overtones. It was called the Green Cross, a re-constituting of the Red Cross label. It’s a fitting metaphor for the green-olatry of the movement. The red cross of Christ becomes a green cross of Gaia. You can see this in Gorbachev’s 2000 book, On My Country and the World, where he calls for “a new… environmentalization of consciousness.”
Most interesting, Gorbachev’s words on Lenin in his 1987 book, Perestroika, were almost worshipful, reverential. A decade and a half later, when Lenin and Gorbachev’s USSR was dispatched to Ronald Reagan’s ash-heap of history, Gorbachev genuflected to Gaia instead of Lenin. He was far from alone.
Also very telling, Gorbachev’s organization’s full title was Green Cross International. Like Marxism-Leninism, like the communist movement, the environmental movement wants to expand worldwide, with demands for excessive government involvement everywhere.Environmentalists of the world, unite!
Oh, well. Yes, this stuff is pretty unbelievable. I know. You can’t make it up.
No, you cannot.
Happy Earth Day!
There’s my two cents.