Environmental issues have received only summery lip service in the so-called
Movement. It has only been the last several years that articles addressing the
Nature-Loving and Nature-Preserving policies of the NSDAP have appeared in
print. Even so, there is a juvenile and shortsighted tendency among those who
are still "right-thinking" to oppose anything mentioning the environment
because "The Left" supports such issues. This is funny considering that some
critics of the Third Reich have highlighted the NSDAP's Green tendencies and
compared the "Nazis" to Hippies and New Agers! Of course all of this is due to
people who can only think in dualistic terms and have not grasped the Third
Even with Third Position parties having taken a pro-environmental stance, not
much time has been devoted to it. Since the left has claimed the Green Flag as
their own, the present direction of thought and action towards saving the Earth
has been unbalanced and unhealthy. Out of Finland has come a solution- the
writings of fisherman and philosopher Pentti Linkola.
Though he has been writing since the 1950s, he has not received much attention
in the English-speaking world as his works have not been translated from the
Finnish. This changed in 1994 with the publishing of his newest book Johdatus
1990-Iuvun ajatteluun (Introduction to the thought of the 1990s) and an article
on him in the May 20, 1994 issue of The Wall Street Journal . Pentti Linkola's
ideas are so far out that both the conservative right and the liberal left are
horrified by him. Anyone who elicits such reactions must be speaking some
truths and bares looking at.
What is it that Linkola thinks that scares so many people? A good place to
start is his most frequently quoted analogy for the world's overpopulation
"What to do, when a ship carrying a hundred passengers suddenly capsizes
and only one lifeboat? When the lifeboat is full, those who hate life will try
to load it with more people and sink the lot. Those who love and respect
life will take the ship's axe and
sever the extra hands that cling to the sides of the boat."
For those who are ready to take up the axes, Linkola has some
suggestions-an end to Third World Aid and an end to asylum for refugees.
In his new approach for a better society he suggests "Green Police",
unencumbered by the "syrup of ethics" that governs human behavior today to
keep things in line. He thinks "Everything we have developed over the last
100 years should be destroyed." Under the "Green Police" only "a few
million" people would work as farmers and fishermen, without modern
conveniences such as the automobile. A man of action, not just words,
since the 1960s he has lived as a fisherman, using wood-fires for heating
and travelling by bicycle or sleigh. It is only recently that he has
gotten a phone and electricity and takes his fish into town for sale on
the local school bus.
Taking what seems to be an idea from China, abortion would be mandatory
for women who attempt to have more than two children in Linkola's new
world. Linkola himself has only two children, born in the 1960s before
he realized the enormity of the
world overpopulation problem. And finally, Linkola thinks another World
War would be "a happy occasion for the planet" and help take care of the
plague of humanity-"Homo destructivus"-that is currently 2.5 times greater
than the earth can support.
Linkola, who dedicated one of his books to the German Red Terrorist
Baader-Meinhof gang, considers himself a sworn enemy of the pope and
Amnesty International, and is not very fond of the USA. He thinks
"The US symbolizes the worst ideologies in the world: growth and
freedom." He also counts the present environmentalist movement as
contemptuous by thinking "tenderness, love and dandelion garlands" will
save the world. In his newest book he expresses his deep disappointment:
"To the green
movement, in which human infantilism is seen at its worst, [and] authority
is a far more serious evil than the destruction of life."
It was these environmentalists that labeled him an Eco-Fascist. He disdains
democracy, conventional humanism and the principle of non-violence. He hasn't
killed anybody yet to help solve the overpopulation problem as random violence
would just land him in jail and not solve the problem, but he says "If there
were a button I could press, I would sacrifice myself without hesitating if it
meant millions of people would die."
It is thoughts like Pentti Linkola's that we must concentrate and act on. Like
he says: "We still have a chance to be cruel, but if we are not cruel today,
all is lost".
Martin Kreiggeist. This article first appeared in issue #1 of Revolutionary Nationalist