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Mark W. Hendrickson of Grove City College’s Center for Vision & Values has reviewed the book Eco-Tyranny by Brian Sussman, who spoke at our Seventh International Conference on Climate Change in May — where he signed copies of his book for lucky attendees.
Hendrickson writes that Sussman’s book is “a timely and important warning” because “the radical “greens” are not in retreat. That’s exactly why Heartland put on its latest conference this year. It’s tempting to say, in the face of the public’s rejection — or at least fatigue — with the global warming message of the Al Gores of the world, that reason and science has won. That is a mistake.
As Sussman writes — and Hendrickson notes in his review — the battle for economic liberty against government “masters” who use climate alarmism as a means of control is far from over.
Hendrickson writes that Sussman is uniquely positioned to make the argument against the alarmists:
Sussman, a trained meteorologist and veteran San Francisco talk-show host, has followed up his 2010 demolition of the global warming quackery, “Climategate,” with a book that takes a big-picture view of the history, ideology, and goals of the anti-capitalist, anti-people green movement. …
Far too few Americans are aware that environmentalism is one of the most virulent illiberal ideologies in the world. Sussman traces the history of illiberal environmentalism from the 1800s up to the present, and he includes a helpful summary of key dates in the appendix.
Remarkably, Sussman shows readers that such destructive figures as Marx, Lenin, and Hitler were intellectual and political forerunners of the modern illiberal green movement. Readers will be interested to learn of the four left-wingers who influenced and shaped the thinking of Rachel Carson, whose 1962 book, “Silent Spring,” marked the birth of the modern environmentalist movement.
“Eco-Tyranny” shows how closely the American left has worked to fulfill the United Nations’ explicit plans to hamstring American prosperity, using hundreds of billions of our own tax dollars against us.