Earth Day’s REAL History

On this date in 1970, a trio of radical dreamers established the first Earth Day, an annual event designed to assault capitalism, free-markets and mankind.

The initial concept was conceived by Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-WS).  Nelson was Congress’ leading environmentalist activist, a sort of pre-incarnate Senator Barbara Boxer in drag.  He was also the mastermind behind those ridiculous teach-ins which were vogue in the Sixties and early Seventies.  During the teach-ins, mutinous school instructors would scrap the day’s assigned curriculum, pressure their students to sit cross-legged on the floor, and “rap” about how America was an imperialist nation, and converse about why communism really wasn’t such a bad form of government—it just needed to be implemented properly.

Nelson’s teach-in efforts were aided by a young man named Denis Hayes.  Hayes was student body president while at Stanford, and well known for organizing anti-Vietnam war protests.  Hayes heard about Senator Nelson’s teach-in concept and eventually helped Nelson institute the practice nationwide.

Rounding out the troika was Professor Paul Ehrlich of Stanford.  In 1968 Ehrlich authored the Malthusian missive, The Population Bomb, in which he infamously spouted wild allegations which included equating the earth’s supposed surplus of people with a cancer that needs to be eradicated:  “A cancer is an uncontrolled multiplication of cells; the population explosion is an uncontrolled multiplication of people…We must shift our efforts from treatment of the symptoms to the cutting out of the cancer.  The operation will demand many apparently brutal and heartless decisions,” he wrote.

In 1969, following a much-hyped oil spill off the Santa Barbara coast, an overblown patch of fire on Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River, and the drug-induced vibes cast across the nation via the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, Senator Nelson met with Ehrlich and reportedly said, “My God—why not a national teach-in on the environment?”  Hayes was brought in to play a pivotal role with organization and implementation.  After careful consideration a name and date for the event were chosen:  the inaugural Earth Day would be celebrated April 22, 1970—Russian dictator Vladimir Lenin’s Centennial.

Environmentalists have always admired Lenin.  He was the first disciple of Karl Marx to capture control of a country, and the opening act of his seven-year reign commenced with the abolition of all private property—a Marxist priority.  Despite overseeing a bloody civil war, a devastated economy and a citizenry without hope, Lenin made it a priority to implement his signature decree, “On Land.”  In it he declared that all forests, waters, and minerals to be the exclusive property of the state, and he demanded these resources be protected from use by the public and private enterprise.  Selling timber or firewood, mining minerals, or diverting water for farming was strictly prohibited.

While Nelson and Ehrlich were already known as non-traditional crackpots, Hayes was that and more.  In a New York Times article published the morning after the first Earth Day headlined, “Angry Coordinator of Earth Day,” young Hayes bragged that five years earlier he fled overseas because “I had to get away from America.”  Hayes was so committed to his anti-capitalist cause that he made sure his organization did not even produce Earth Day bumper stickers, “You want to know why?” he explained to the Times, because “they go on automobiles.”

Earth Day has never been a celebration of the beauty and bounty of this awesome terrestrial ball.  Instead it’s always been an assault on man.             During the first decade of Earth Day observances people were proclaimed the polluter.  By the Eighties the event’s organizers cast mankind as the tree killer, and, with the Nineties, humans evolved into the animal species annihilator.  The global warming scare never really became popular until the late Nineties, and when it did, it provided compatriots at the Earth Day headquarters with the ultimate hook to hang their red berets: humans, particularly Americans, were now screwing up the entire planet’s climate.

Today, rather then join in the Marxist falderal designed to hammer the American way, let’s give thanks for our nation’s abundant resources and dedicate ourselves to electing leaders who will reclaim our natural capital from the stranglehold of regulations, policies and laws that are more in keeping with the tyranny of Marx than the liberty of Madison.

For more, read Brian’s original Bestseller: Climategate: a Veteran Meteorologist Exposes the Global Warming Scam

Comments

  1. Kevin Eggers says:

    The environmental “crisis” propaganda worked in the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany…and in America today. Whoever complains against the government policies designed to “save the Earth” must hate the Earth. This is effective propaganda. Of course, it isn’t about saving the Earth; it’s about control. Whoever controls the resources controls the people. This is the way it has worked since the beginning of time.

  2. Adam K says:

    According to Wikipedia (not always accurate, but often), the fact that it landed on Lenin’s birthday is just a coincidence, and that he actually chose April 22 because it coincided with students’ Spring break:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Day#Significance_of_April_22

  3. Brett Robinson says:

    I’m emberrassed to be a republican. This is an example of spinning stupid facts to weave a crazy conspriracy theory. Focus on the economy! Anything else makes us look stupid and simple.

  4. radio silence says:

    Put any of those people on KSFO and they will be funnier and more interesting than the current morning show hosts, whose ratings are absolutely awful

  5. nia says:

    I knew you’d trot out your tired old conspiracy theories for Earth Day. And I love how you’re now a historian AND a “scientist”. What makes you decide that Earth Day was chosen to coincide with Lenin’s birthday rather than, say, Nebraska’s Arbor Day (the first in the nation)? What sources can you cite to back up your claim?

    And even if you’re right, so what? Ask any environmental activist today when Lenin was born, and I’ll wager only a tiny fraction of a percent of them would even have a clue. (Given the state of education in this country, I’d be surprised if they knew who Lenin was!). Earth Day is not a commie plot. If you’re going to criticize it, criticize it for something real – like it’s purely symbolic, doesn’t change anything, etc.

    Do you really want to go back to the days of choking air, dying lakes and burning rivers? Not all regulations are bad. I’m a firm capitalist, but I don’t believe UNBRIDLED capitalism is the answer (witness where we go when there are no reins on industry). In all things, moderation.

  6. Brett,
    You’re a republican like I’m an atheist.
    B-

  7. Wrong.
    Read my book Climategate for the most complete account of the founding of Earth Day, and then read Eco-Tyranny for a complete summary of Lenin’s environmental policies.
    Enlightenment is a wonderful thing, Adam.
    B-

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