HSU Recycling Program to Show Anti-Enviro Propaganda Video
"Environmentalism has become one of the greatest threats to personal liberties... that we've ever seen in this country." - Ron Arnold in "Behind the Green Curtain".
Ron Arnold, the founder of the "Wise Use" movement, is one of the main speakers in the video which will be shown by the HSU Recycling Program on Feb. 14th in Siemens Hall. (I believe in room 110 but not sure of the time)
"We're out to kill the fuckers. We're simply trying to eliminate them. Our goal is to destroy environmentalism once and for all" - Ron Arnold, as quoted in The War Against the Greens, p.7.
The premise of the 12 year old video is that the environmental or "green" movement has become institutionalized and is systematically working with the government and big buisiness to take away the rights of small landowners. As one woman in the video put's it, "The environmentalists always win."
This inflamatory propaganda would be laughable if not for the murderous actions perpetrated against environmental activists such as Judi Bari, Darryl Cherney and David Chain.
"We can either have the continuation of a free society, a society that operates under law, or a society gone berserk, with federal agents actually become the criminal element that destroys this country" says rancher Wayne Hage. The video is full of images of prisons and armed guards.
This movie is a great example of the technique of "astroturfing", that is, trying to create the artificial impression of a grassroots movement.
From a 2004 interview with Playboy magazine.
Playboy: You met in 1988 in Reno and created a list of demands. Give us a few examples.
Ron Arnold:"Number one was educate the public about the use of natural resources. Immediately develop petroleum resources in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Cut down remaining old-growth forests on public lands and replace with new trees. Cut down 30,000 acres of the Tongass National Forest each year to promote economic forestry practices. Open all public lands, including national parks, to mining and oil drilling. Construct roads into all wilderness areas for motorized wheel chair use. Stop protecting endangered species, such as the California condor, that were in decline before man arrived. Force anyone who loses litigation against a development to pay for the increase in costs for completing the project, plus damages. But the idea of wise use has become embedded. It's no longer a list like that," he said.