In my early years, publication of a new book was an event of note! Today, one can hardly keep up with the books being poured forth—even at a time when prognosticators claim that the printed page will give way to digital images.
Occasionally, however, there is still a book published that deserves real, actual attention. Elizabeth Nickson has accomplished the feat with release of her book “Eco Facists”.
Nickson has strikingly described the war on our western civilization by rabid environmentalists.. Published by Harper Collins, Nickson’s book pointedly calls out the corporate environmentalists who daily finance the demise of rural America. She graphically, dramatically, but down to earthly, explains their under and over the counter activities that are driving ranchers, farmers, miners, loggers and small town businesses and societies from their heritage.
Nickson traveled thousands and thousands of miles so that she could actually see the devastation of the land and natural resources caused by environmental organizations. She spoke at length with human beings whose lives, fortunes and dreams are being shattered by heavily funded organizations that spare no cost in fighting to control the land and water in our nation.
She walked the walk with activists fighting to resist a take-down of private property and civil rights by government agencies propelled forward by richly endowed environmental organizations. The Nature Conservancy, the Sierra Club, the World Wildlife Fund, American Rivers, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Wilderness Society are all involved in the strategy of lobbying government agencies toward action that ignore the human environment. Some of these organizations are staffed by concerned, ethical individuals; some are staffed by radicals who care not at all for the rights of individual human beings. The former may truly believe they are doing a service by buying up and “protecting” land and water resources; the latter are knowingly attacking property rights and the traditional economy of the natural resource industry that forms the backbone of our rural America. Both are striking at the heart of American rural life.
Nickson has ably documented that the well-funded environmentalists buy up land so that they can control the water that is critical to life in all rural areas. She shows that often these organizations turn such land over to the government for restrictive regulatory control. When that transfer of ownership occurs, at least two economic adversities result: land is removed from the tax rolls that provide revenue for local government services, and an economic management burden is placed on a federal government already mired in debilitating debt.
The widespread, ravaging fires of 2012, destroyed federally owned and managed forest and range lands. Management agencies failed to properly manage those lands. Their failures result from shortage of funds, a plethora of activist federal judges who micro-manage federal lands to the detriment of loggers, miners, ranchers and farmers, and a formal education system that produces advocates of preservation to the exclusion of active management.
In her travels, Nickson observed and discusses many individuals who are fully committed to use all their means to help defend the national heritage and independence of country folks—those who have fed America, remained loyal to America even though distrustful of the politicians who Captain and crew the Ship of State, who thank their God for their blessings derived from making His earth and water productive, and thank God for the privilege of protecting His earth and water and creatures.
It would be serious error for anyone to believe that Nickson is “anti-environment”. She is one of the most earnest activists for a sound environment that I have encountered. She has constructed and lives in one of the most environmentally green and sound homes imaginable on Salt Spring Island in the Pacific Northwest. She refers to that island as “The Green Fantasy Island.” She chronicles the harm to the Island that results from the work of preservationist environmentalists. Her distress at the damage done to the human and natural environment of the Island is clearly painted in her words.
I have met Elizabeth; I have worked beside her as she studies people, organizations, the land and natural resources, and the diabolic forces that have committed themselves to the destruction of our national heritage. She is empathetic to the hard working, decent, down to earth working people who brave the forces of nature, the fickleness of the market place, and the regulatory nonsense imposed by bureaucrats either through ignorance of sound science and nature or through malice. But, she is objective in analysis and description. She recognizes, as do many of us, that whether the damage to those who work the land and water is caused by malice or not, the result is the same: malicious and destructive.
A highly intelligent and skilled writer is Elizabeth Nickson. She certainly is that—but she is more. She is a deeply concerned human being—-committed to drawing back the veil of secrecy that shrouds environmentalist dedication to cracking the backbone of our nation—the hard working, tax paying, voting rural Americans who are generationally dedicated to protecting and preserving our national lands, water and resources. In this highly readable, fascinating book, she tells the stories of the tragedies that are suffered by landowners whose rights are attacked. She goes beyond description of the problem and discusses the way all of us can activate for protection of our rights, our traditional way of life in rural America. There are many who can discuss the problems, but few who provide solutions. There are few who describe the problems in real terms, painting pictures of the real people affected. This is a book that does proud our Revolutionary heroes who crafted this marvelous Republic. Nickson provides the method by which we can get in the trenches to work to take back our America.
Every American who worries about the future of our rural traditions needs to read “Eco Facists” by Elizabeth Nickson.