Earth First! is a "Warrior Society" that takes a "by any means necessary" approach to "defending mother earth." This is a group that declines to participate in the democratic process, instead desiring to damage, disable, and destroy the property of its list of enemies. Earth First! targets include loggers, ranchers, and farmers -- especially those who grow genetically modified crops. Earth First!ers' crimes include assault, arson, and acts of sabotage and vandalism.
Founded in the Southwestern United States in 1980 it quickly assembled a diverse collection of environmental activists proclaiming, "No compromise in defense of Mother Earth!" David Foreman was the driving force behind Earth First! in the beginning. He wrote a book entitled "Ecodefense: A Field Guide To Monkeywrenching". This is a how-to for environmental saboteurs. It has instructions on subjects ranging from tree spiking to destroying roads, from disabling equipment to making smoke bombs. Rodney Coronado, an Earth First! believer who was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison calls the book "Our Bible".
"Phasing out the human race will solve every problem on earth, social and environmental."
-- David Foreman, Founder of Earth First!
"We must make this an insecure and inhospitable place for capitalists and their projects... We must reclaim the roads and plowed land, halt dam construction, tear down existing dams, free shackled rivers and return to wilderness millions of tens of millions of acres of presently settled land."
-- David Foreman, Earth First! Confessions of an Eco-Warrior
Keep in mind that David Foreman and his like-minded associates want to get rid of farmers and farmland. They want to make store owners, businesses, and even the homes of those that shop at their stores "insecure and inhospitable" places. They also want to take away homes and land from ordinary citizens and they advocate the destruction dams that provide fresh drinking water and water necessary for agriculture for entire regions of the country.
Earth First! was initially made up of a large group of country folks. The Earth First! crowd refers to them as Rednecks. This is not our name for them, but rather their classification. Over the years, the demographic has somewhat changed. Earth First! is now mainly made up of Transsexuals. You read that right. This is the cream of the crop that Earth First! has to offer the world. How do we know this? They say it is true. Just take a look at the story from Infoshop News and you can see what they have to say about what Earth First! and what it has become.
The major goal of these people is to turn 50% of North America to "pre-Columbian" times and that is defined as the state of North America prior to Columbus and his voyage of 1492. Their disdain of capitalism is clear by the statement from David Foreman above. This attitude can be seen in the other writings he also authored, "Confessions of an Eco Warrior", "The Big Outside", in collaboration with Howie Wolke, and his most recent book, "Lobo Outback Funeral Home". Of course, it does make you wonder where he wants to put all of the Americans that now live throughout America in "post-Columbian" times.
The radical environmental movement is becoming less and less satisfied with the mere passage of laws that prevent the removal of a tree, the building of a fence or house, or the dumping of a few loads of dirt without permission. The concept of Property Rights and Property Ownership are concepts that they wish to abolish. This comes from Marxist doctrine that is at the center of their core beliefs. Their new "Holy Grail" is to create millions of acres of wilderness zones that will not just regulate human usage, but will totally prevent anyone from venturing into such areas even for aesthetic enjoyment. This is the goal of the Eco-Fascist movement taken to its ultimate conclusion: the total elimination of human beings.
There are many that do not believe that there is a Marxist/Socialist connection with Earth First! or any of the other radical environmental groups. Allow us to dispute that fallacy, because there is a strong Marxist/Socialist agenda at the very core of their beliefs. All you have to do is read the following Earth First! publication.
In its first two decades Earth First! experimented with new forms of direct action resistance to environmental degradation, especially new forms of civil disobedience, such as "tree sitting" and road blockades. Many of its activists championed even more aggressive and violent "ecotage" strategies to interfere with anything they did not like, including "tree spiking" (putting metal or other nails in trees), equipment sabotage, and arson. They seek to immediately halt or make unprofitable what they consider "environmental destruction".
Earth First!'s conviction is that the modern American way of life is causing an ecological catastrophe that is ending the world as we know it. Automobiles, non-organic farming, and pretty much anything that helps make everyday life easier, is viewed as destructive to the earth, and thus a target for destruction, vandalism, intimidation, and sabotage.
Earth First! has published their demands in the Earth First Manifesto showing the objectives and goals they wish to pursue and force on America and even the world.
Their true intentions can be seen in their "STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES":
1. All life is born equal and should not be exploited or abused.
What is considered exploitation or abuse? These people consider using a horse to pull a plow to be exploitation and abuse. The use of dogs as Seeing Eye Dogs is exploitation, the training is abuse. They are against all animal ownership. They see human life being equivalent to insect life and insect life being equivalent to human life.
2. There is no right to poison, pollute or destroy.
The use of insecticide is poison. Using a tractor for farming is considered polluting the environment. Cutting down trees to build a house is considered destruction of the environment. Using fertilizer is pollution. Planes, trains, cars, trucks, motorcycles, mopeds and any other petroleum powered conveyance individually and collectively poison, pollute, and destroy the environment.
There is no right to destroy... The use of vandalism as a legitimate form of expression is the first tactic used by this group or any other of the radical environmentalist groups. The Molotov Cocktail and spray paint can are the first tools used to make their point.
3. As little as we need, not as much as we want.
Living life with the bare minimum of an existence, that is the true objective of Earth First!. Their desire is to move America back to the pre-Columbian days i.e. before 1492. Ask the question what do you really need and what do you just want? Do you need three meals a day or do you just need one meal a day and want the other two? Who makes that decision? Do you need an automobile or is the three miles to where ever you need to go close enough to walk. Who makes that decision? With these people, these decisions are taken away from the individual and are made by others for the collective good based on THEIR criteria whether the individual likes it or not. The individual is not free to make the decisions that affect his or her own life. Allow us to define the word "Freedom".
Freedom - The right of the individual to exist, live, and prosper for their own sake...
The Earth First Manifesto is nothing but Marxist doctrine written in the guise of environmentalism. No matter what they say, these people care nothing about Freedom. The only way they can accomplish their goals is through total government control of the population. This has always been the objective of all true believers of Communism.
Despite what they want people to believe about their goals of defending animal rights and being tireless protectors of the environment, here is the underling truth. They are not interested in helping animals. They are not interested in helping people live better lives. To lower the standard of living resembling something on the order of the lifestyle endured by the people of North Korea is the primary goal of Earth First!, these people only want to lower the standard of living for everyone.
Remember, these are the people that are always complaining about how much of the Earth's resources are consumed by Americans and they want to put an end to this consumption. This consumption is what makes this country's standard of living the envy of the world and they want to put an end to it.
Earth First! can almost be viewed as an extreme religious movement. Its activists believe that all people must first recognize that the earth is totally sacred. Then they desire to defend it and establish "proper" relationships with non-human nature. It is much like Radical Islam in its premise that non-believers are completely evil.
The North American Wilderness Recovery (Wildlands) Project suggested by the Earth First! movement and its founder, Dave Foreman, proposes a violation of property rights which is so outrageous that many people might be tempted to dismiss it out of hand.
Wilderness sanctuaries would be established and in these vast tracks of land, all evidence of humanity would be erased. All dwellings, the roads that link them together, the power lines that feed them, and any and all other man-made constructs would be removed and destroyed. Plants and animals - not people - would become the definers of value and usage.
Efforts are currently underway to set aside 139,000 square miles in the Great Plains for a buffalo sanctuary; the Paseo Pantera project seeks to connect wilderness areas in Central America; British Columbia is linking a new 4,000-square-mile park with Alaska and the Yukon Territory to create a 33,000-square-mile preserve; Congress is considering setting aside 11,000 square miles in California; the Nevada Biodiversity Project seeks to set aside hundreds of square miles of mountains; and Noss recently received $150,000 from the Pew Charitable Funds to further planning for wildlands set-asides. And this is only the beginning.
One day, if the Environmental Fascists have their way, the National Park Service will be charged with guarding the National Parks and preventing anyone from entering. Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and the other 53 National Parks, will be off limits... to everyone! They will be re-designated as "National Wilderness Areas" that will carry stiff fines to anyone who enters these highly restricted areas.
In fact, it has already started. There is now a Recreation Access Tax (RAT) that is being forced on Americans visiting America's National Parks. These taxes are only going to get higher and more restrictive as time passes by.
To give you an idea about the mentality of Earth First!, sometime ago they famously made the following statement.
"The AIDS epidemic, rather than being a scourge, is a welcome development in the inevitable reduction of human population... If it didn't exist, radical environmentalists would have to invent it."
-- Dave Foreman, Earth First! founder and Sierra Club director, 1995-1997
Now read what Dave Foreman, Club of Rome, Bilderberger, and co-founder of Earth First!
"My three main goals would be to reduce human population to about 100 million worldwide, destroy the industrial infrastructure, and have wilderness, with its full complement of species, returning throughout the world."
--Dave Foreman, Club of Rome, Bilderberger, and co-founder of Earth First!
"...the resultant ideal sustainable population is hence more than 500 million but less than one billion."
-- Club of Rome publication entitled "Goals for Mankind"
The following video is quite disturbing yet hilarious all at the same time. It is easy to understand why they are referred to as "treehuggers". This video shows members of Earth First! in the woods crying over trees and the life of rocks. These people want to tell everyone else how to live. This is the mindset of the people that believe in Gar Smith and his "50 Difficult Things You Can Do To Save the Earth". This is the future they want for America.
Behold the true face of Environmentalism
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"I think we are deeply hurting in America. I think we are deeply craving answers. I think we have lost our identity as we have evolved into technology and into industrialized society. Bring me to this cathedral [the forest]. Bring me to those guys [the trees] Bring me to this rock that has the most incredible life. That makes me feel alive."
-- Syndee L'ome Grace, Earth First! member
"[Crying] I want to mourn the loss... of all the old growth... trees I see... and tell them that we love them and that we don't want them to die... that we are the people here who do care... so I want you to know that trees... that we care."
-- Earth First! member crying and making a statement to all of the trees of the forest
Are we really supposed to believe that these people are emotionally stable?
As unlikely as it would one might believe, the forest has actually responded to the efforts of Earth First! A Scotch Elm, chosen by the inhabitants of the forest, issued the following statement.
The main courses at all of the Earth Day festivities around America are the "Environmentalists" that will rise and tell everyone about the planet and how America, with its Capitalist system, is the sole cause for destruction of Earth. Encouragement to conserve energy, preserve wilderness areas, slow global warming, clean up the air, etc will fill the airways. We will be lectured endlessly about the use of hybrid automobiles with their nickel batteries, such as the Toyota Prius, that will prevent the escape of millions of tons of Global Warming causing Carbon Dioxide and is therefore more environmentally friendly.
What will not be discussed by these people is how members of Earth First! moved into Willows, California and shutdown the once-thriving logging town so they can now grow and harvest marijuana for their own needs on land that they do not own or lease.
At no point will we be told about the lack of management of national parks that have spawned forest fires that have destroyed millions of acres of public land, private homes, and each that has polluted the air with more pollution than a million SUVs could in a decade. Let us not forget about the many courageous firefighters that have been killed, i.e. burned to death because of this strategy.
They will all stand up and speak of lessening the dependence on foreign oil and the increased cost of gasoline, but will attack anyone that even mentions drilling the oil reserves in Alaska and in the Pacific Ocean and Gulf of Mexico off the coast of America. Any discussion of Nuclear Power as a viable option is deserving of the total disdain and ridicule. There will be talk of harnessing the wind with large wind turbines, but no one will discuss the environmentalists that fought to stop the wind farms in California by court order when a few birds were killed by the wind generators.
And of course Earth Day coverage will never include any stories about the hypocrisy of environmental leaders such as former Vice-President Al Gore living in multiple 4,000-20,000 square-foot homes made of Canadian lumber and some endangered exotic wood found only in the northern rainforest in South America, driving "gas-guzzling SUVs", and eating sushi and other meals made from what used to be living creatures and all while flying around the world in private jets to exotic destinations.
What you will hear is the constant and endless rhetoric from the same liberal elitist Hollywood actors, politicians, media personalities and environmental leaders standing behind their raised podium, looking down on everyone, and speaking on the ill gotten gains and vilifying hardworking farmers, ranchers, miners, loggers and everybody else should do as they say but not as they do. At the end of the day they will once again spew their rhetoric, climb into their private jets, eat their shrimp cocktails, and return to their luxurious homes content in the knowledge that their message will positively impact and change the fate of our planet.
And finally, the last thing you will not hear about is the environmental effect of the hundreds of thousands of Earth Day flyers that will be littering the cities after everyone has gone home with their fill of good feelings and left their garbage for someone else to clean up.
A Moral Question
If it is morally right for "Animal Rights Activists" to attack and destroy property in the name of animal rights, the environment, global warming, etc..., is it morally right for someone to target and commit an act of violence or destruction against the same activist for whatever reason they view as justifiable?
When evaluating the demands of the Environmentalist and Animal Rights Movement, it is essential to consider their ultimate goals. In this case, no inference is necessary. The leaders have clearly stated directly what they want.
"As in China, the act of childbearing should be a punishable crime against society, unless the parents hold a government license. All potential parents should be required to use contraceptive chemicals, the government issuing antidotes to citizens chosen for childbearing."
-- David Brower, first Executive Director of the Sierra Club
"I suspect that eradicating smallpox was wrong. It played an important part in balancing ecosystems."
-- John Davis, editor of Earth First! Journal
"Weíre at 6 billion people on the Earth, and thatís roughly three times what the planet should have. About 2 billion is optimal."
-- Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University population biologist
"My own doubts came when DDT was introduced. In Guyana, within two years, it had almost eliminated malaria. So my chief quarrel with DDT, in hindsight, is that it has greatly added to the population problem."
-- Alexander King, founder of the Malthusian Club of Rome
"The world has a cancer, and that cancer is man."
-- Merton Lambert, former spokesman for the Rockefeller Foundation
"Honorable representatives of the great saurians of older creation, may you long enjoy your lilies and rushes, and be blessed now and then with a mouthful of terror-stricken man by way of a dainty!"
-- John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club
"If I were reincarnated I would wish to be returned to earth as a killer virus to lower human population levels."
-- Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, leader of the World Wildlife Fund
"A total population of 250-300 million people, a 95% decline from present levels, would be ideal."
--Ted Turner, CNN founder, UN supporter, and environmentalist
"I got the impression that instead of going out to shoot birds, I should go out and shoot the kids who shoot birds."
-- Paul Watson, a founder of Greenpeace
"Isnít the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isnít it our responsibility to bring that about?"
-- Maurice Strong, Chairman of the UNís Earth Summit, 1992.
"We reject the idea of private property."
-- Peter Berle, President, National Audubon Society.
"Free enterprise really means rich people getting richer. They have the freedom to exploit and psychologically rape their fellow human beings in the process... Capitalism is destroying the earth."
-- Helen Caldicott, Union of Concerned Scientists
"Pet ownership is slavery. Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or be entertained by."
-- Ingrid Newkirk, Founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
"The only really good technology is no technology at all. Technology is taxation without representation levied by an elitist species upon the rest of the natural world."
-- Friends of the Earth
"The extinction of the human species may not only be inevitable but a good thing. This is not to say that the rise in human civilization is insignificant, but there is no way of showing that is will be much of a help to the world in the long run."
-- Editorial in the ĎEconomist
"If you give the idea a chance, you might agree that the extinction of homo sapiens would mean survival for millions, if not billions of other earth-dwelling species."
-- Wild Earth Magazine
"Among environmentalists sharing two or three beers, the notion is quite common that if only some calamity could wipe out the entire human race, other species might once again have a chance."
-- Richard Conniff, Audubon Magazine