1. Aztecs cut the hearts out of living beings and fed same to their stone god. At heart, pun intended, the eco-activists share this with the Aztecs: people are sacrificed to their global god, Gaia, the Earth. Perhaps, not slain directly, the goal is to remove as many humans as possible from as many places as possible. 2. Typically, huge international land trusts buy Third World debt (or have it donated) from American banks. Then, Environmental Nongovernmental Organizations (ENGOs) go to the developing country whose debt they now own, and offer to retire it on the condition that certain biologically valuable tracts of land are conserved. a. In order for those lands to become pristine wilderness, of course, they must be cleared of people. b. Pretending to be considerate of the people who are dispossessed, the ENGO promises to work with the host country to build new villages, with proper hygiene, windmills, solar panels. Similar to the promises made to the North American Indians, the promises go up in smoke. 3. For purposes of comparison, George Washington and his compatriots promoted the idea of saving the wretched land-poor peasantry of Europe. They believed that the postrevolutionary reconfiguration of Americas land was their mission from God, to rescue their brethren. [See Paul Johnson, The Birth of the Modern: World Survey, 1815-1830, p. 202-225] 4. Contrary to the collectivist view of the contemporary eco-fascists, the colonial ideal was private ownership. The lesson was well learned from the Plymouth Colony, begun as a communal venture, but not successful until each family tilled and profited from their own plots. a. William Bradford knew that a man who could feed his family would not be a mendicant, demanding entitlements, and was capable of standing up to tyranny. The yeoman farmer was the unit of freedom. 5. Mark Dowie, former publisher and editor of Mother Jones, reported after two years of extensive travel, that over 14 million indigenous people had been cleared from ancestral lands by conservationists. Dowie, Conservation Refugees: The Hundred-Year Conflict between Global Conservation and Native Peoples. 6. Peer-reviewed studies of persons displaced by conservation place the number at over 20 million. Eviction for Conservation: A Global Overview Brockington D, Igoe J - Conservat Soc a. neoliberal ideologies and are com¬bining in ways that profoundly alter the lives of rural people in areas targeted for biodiversity conservation. Neoliberal Conservation: A Brief Introduction Igoe J, Brockington D - Conservat Soc 7. As you read the following, picture men in uniforms with swastikas, and European peasants Men in uniform just appeared one day, out of nowhere, showing their guns, Kohn Noi recalls, and telling us that we were now living in a national park. That was the first we knew of it. Our own guns were confiscated . . . no more hunting, no more trapping, no more snaring, and no more slash and burn. Thats what they call our agriculture. We call it crop rotation and weve been doing it in this valley for over two hundred years. Soon we will be forced to sell rice to pay for greens and legumes we are no longer allowed to grow here. Hunting we can live without, as we raise chickens, pigs, and buffalo. But rotational farming is our way of life. Conservation Refugees | Mark Dowie | Orion Magazine Environmentalism: It's about power, global governance.....and the hatred of people.