TMR 040 : Interview : Mark Musser : Nazi Oaks

MarkMusserCould it be that "the highway to modern environmentalism passed through Nazi Germany"?

We are joined by Pastor Mark Musser, author of the book Nazi Oaks : The Green Sacrifice of the Judeo-Christian Worldview in the Holocaust, who explains how the worldview of the Nazis, which led to the abominations of the Holocaust, was deeply-rooted in the ecological undercurrents of the anti-Semitism, anti-theism, and anti-humanism of the early German green movement. Gathering together the strands of a bewildering number of influences, from Romanticism to existentialism and Social Darwinism, this ecology served to rationalise (in their eyes) and invigorate their racist and eugenicist 'purification' of land and people. But lest we consider all this history, we should note some significant parallels to that ecology within modern-day extreme environmentalism, and remain vigilant.

 

[Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Treblinka, Hitler, Göring, Himmler, Wilhelm Heinrich Riehl, Richard Walther Darre, Leni Riefenstahl, antisemitism, das Volk, Lebensraum, Blut und Bloden, German Romanticism, Mysticism, German Existentialism, Social Darwinism, Enlightenment, Goethe, Hegel, Richard Wagner, Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Heidegger, Ernst Haeckel, Henry David Thoreau, Aldo Leopold, Deep Ecology, August Kubizek, Lynn White Jr., Club of Rome, Gaia, Stanley L. Jaki, animal rights, Dauerwald, sustainable development, Jesse Owens, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, higher criticism, population control, bioregionalism]

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