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It Might Have Seemed Funny

January 27, 2012

If you thought you had heard all the most clever jokes in the English language about environmental activists (citizens, scientists and other types) you might want to stay up to date with The Onion.  Activists can say and do things that, on reflection, lead to laughter, wincing or worse.  Perhaps the tendency Raxa Collective is most sensitive to is preachiness: we avoid it at all costs, preferring humor to vinegary sourpuss judgement of others.

If you were to click from humor at The Onion directly onto the page where Merchants Of Despair (click the image to the left) is reviewed and promoted, you might think it is Oniony humor.  But no, it seems to be earnest, determined anti-environmentalism:

Combining riveting tales from history with powerful policy arguments, Merchants of Despair provides scientific refutations to antihumanism’s major pseudo-scientific claims, including its modern tirades against nuclear power, pesticides, population growth, biotech foods, resource depletion, industrial development, and, most recently, fear-mongering about global warming. Merchants of Despair exposes this dangerous agenda and makes the definitive scientific and moral case against it.

Or take a look at this:

Merchants of Despair is an extraordinary and important book….This fascinating volume carefully traces developments of the Malthusian hypothesis right up to the present: through eugenics to population control and genocide; through the Club of Rome’s Limits to Growth and extreme environmentalism to climate change and the myth of global warming apocalypse. It is a shocking exposé of a movement whose deadly history has remained hidden far too long. Robert Zubrin has my nomination for a Pulitzer Prize.

— S. Fred Singer
Chairman, Science and Environmental Policy Project
Author of Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1,500 Years

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