Skip to comments.Reviews of Book "Ecco-Imperialism", a good read
Posted on 09/11/2004 7:47:31 AM PDT by longtermmemmory
The environmental movement I helped found has lost its objectivity, morality and humanity. The pain and suffering it is inflicting on families in developing countries must no longer be tolerated. This is the first book Ive seen that tells the truth and lays it on the line. Its a must-read for anyone who cares about people, progress and our planet.
Patrick Moore, Greenpeace co-founder
Paul Driessen has given us an amazing tour de force. He explores one of todays most perplexing problems: the environmentally sensitive rich demanding that the Third Worlds poor forego feeding themselves, solving their health and energy problems, and taking their rightful place among the earths prosperous people. Eco-Imperialism provides terrific intellectual ammunition and is outstandingly written. Very gripping to read.
Rabbi Daniel Lapin, Toward Tradition
Developing countries need to be free to make their own decisions about how to improve their peoples lives. Activists whove never had to worry about starvation, malaria and simple survival have no right to impose their fears, prejudices and ideologies on the worlds poor. Thats the central message of this book. Its a message that needs to be spread far and wide.
CS Prakash, Professor of plant genetics, Tuskegee University
The time has come to hold these radicals to civilized standards of behavior, end the tolerance for their lethal policies, and demand that they be held accountable for their excesses, and the poverty, disease and death they have perpetrated on the poor and powerless. Eco-Imperialism is an excellent start. Driessen does a masterful job of stripping away the radicals mantle of virtue, dissecting their bogus claims and holding them to the moral and ethical standards they have long demanded for everyone except themselves. And he does so with humor, outrage and passion and always without pulling any punches.
Every concerned citizen and policy maker should read this book. The environmentalists will hate it. The worlds destitute masses will love it. And everyone will be challenged by it to reexamine their beliefs and the environmental establishments claims.
Niger Innis, National Spokesman, Congress of Racial Equality (from his introduction to Eco-Imperialism)
There is a shrill claim today by those that fill the streets to protest globalization, and by the organizations that put them there, that these white, relatively affluent groups are speaking on behalf of the worlds poor and powerless. This unfortunately, is a message that the Western media have bought uncritically but not Paul Driessen. He cogently shows how the new Green Eco-Imperialists are seeking to impose their will on developing countries, interfering with their efforts to build dams or grow crops or do any of the things which can lift them out of poverty. These are life-and-death matters for the worlds poor, and Driessen is bold and honest enough to challenge the eco-interference in peoples lives as immoral and the cause of death and devastation in countries that are trying to develop and transform their lives. Both those who have bought the Green propaganda line and those who have not would benefit from reading Driessens Eco-Imperialism book.
Thomas R. DeGregori, PhD, Professor of Economics, University of Houston
Paul Driessen forcefully makes the case that the environmental movement has been needlessly anti-human. The real moral and technical challenge is to save both planet and people, and weve been given the intelligence and societal skills to do it. Hopefully, with the human population surge now ending, well feel free to be humane again.
Dennis Avery, Hudson Institute, author of Saving the Planet With Pesticides and Plastic
The Developing World is developing! As a South African living and working in South Africa, I see every day the interaction between the modern, very advanced world of international corporate business, and the world of transitional rural people moving up the development ladder from a grass hut existence. This process is complex, and some first world people propagating their own extremely personal agendas to save the world frequently do more harm to developing economies than a genuine caring society realises. Paul Driessen has done a superb job of seeing the picture from our side of the ocean.
A developing country does not need First World ideological oppression. It needs to develop towards its own goals by means of its own self-respect. Driessen makes this clear, with facts and imagery tempered with passion and humour.
Kelvin Kemm PhD, CEO: Stratek Business Strategy Consultants, Pretoria, South Africa.
Eco-Imperialism: Green Power - Black Death is a no-holds-barred critique of what author Paul Driessen calls ideological environmentalism. But unlike other books, it challenges eco-activists on what up to now has been the primary source of their strength: their bald assertion that they represent all that is noble, ethical, socially responsible, sustainable, and even ordained by God. Rarely mincing words, Driessen demonstrates that far from being moral radical Green policies, principles and pressure tactics perpetuate poverty, misery, disease and premature death for hundreds of millions of people.
Alan Caruba, National Anxiety Center, author of Warning Signs
Just as environmental groups have blocked proper forest thinning and contributed to the devastating fires in California, the groups have also played a dominant role in denying access to basic tools for protecting and bettering lives of the worlds poorest people in developing countries. The complicity and devastating consequences of environmental NGO actions are clearly and unambiguously documented in Paul Driessens book, Eco-Imperialism: Green power - black death.
Driessen is absolutely correct in his assessment that the actions of environmental groups are accountable to no standard of scientific accuracy, no standard of ethical behavior, no law, and no government. Environmental groups took their model for social/political action from the mode of environmental activism in the 1960s and 1970s, when the wildest claims of environmental damage were accepted without critical analysis. That approach to environmental activism brought about great changes. Some were good, but others were devastatingly wrong.
The DDT story is one example of environmental activism taken to an extreme and horrific outcome. The model of environmental activism consisted of fabrications, selective use or outright misuse of science, legal actions, intimidation of scientists and corporations, civil disobedience, and an absolute conviction that all political, covert and unethical methods were justified in order to achieve a greater good. The same model is used today, even as the horrible consequences of environmental actions become increasingly apparent. Driessen is correct. It is high time that environmental organizations be held to standards already demanded of for-profit-corporations: namely, ethical conduct, respect for scientific accuracy, accountability and transparency.
Donald R. Roberts, PhD, professor of tropical public health
Driessen clearly and skillfully shows how many false green claims even become government policy in the first world, resulting in the death of people in the developing world. In essence, the message of Eco-Imperialism: Green Power · Black Death is: It is time that businesses stopped being so afraid of the extreme greens that they fall all over themselves to be greener-than-thou, and beg forgiveness for doing business.
Business must be socially responsible, and under no circumstances should it have a dont-care attitude about the environment. But it should not spread extreme green paranoia amongst the public, either. Driessen roundly tells the first world governments and company boardrooms not to sacrifice black lives in the interests of promoting a politically correct green image.
Green & Gold Forum, Pretoria, South Africa
Hey, thanks for posting this... I got about 150 dollars worth of book store gift cards for my birthday, and I wanna get something besides programming books ;)
I was watching, too. I was almost yelling at the TV when the last questioner was harassing the author for his omission of AIDS as a health problem in Africa. The questioner suggested that the reason was that there is money to be made in preventing malaria, but not in preventing AIDS. The author made a good argument that malaria is a much bigger problem, but he neglected the (IMO) better argument that AIDS is not an environmentally caused disease.
Must read for my son who heads off to college to study for Environmental Law.
That would be "ECO-IMPERIALISM." Umberto Ecco might be ambitious, but one-man imperialism is a bit much even for a best-selling author.
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