Knights In Green Armour
by Michael Barker l Swans Commentary
The simple idea that the United States is overpopulated has proven to be an extremely useful ideological weapon for the anti-immigration lobby, and so it is unfortunate that some environmentalists (of both liberal and deep ecological persuasions) have been spreading vicious propaganda on just this issue.
The late David Brower (1912-2000) was but one leading environmentalist who propounded such neo-Malthusian myths.
Indeed, in the 1960s, while acting as head of the Sierra Club he published Paul Ehrlich's neo-Malthusian best-seller, The Population Bomb, even taking the time to write the book's foreword. (For a detailed critique of the Ehrlich-environmental nexus, see "Environmental Populationism, A Dangerous Obsession.")
"Overpopulation is perhaps the biggest problem facing us,
and immigration is part of the problem. It has to be addressed."
— David Brower, 2000
[For complete article, please see original at Swan's Commentary here.]
[Ed. note dated November 19, 2010: The article states that Ben Zuckerman is "a member of FAIR's advisory board." He is not. Zuckerman is an advisor to the Progressives for Immigration Reform. Accordingly, the text should read: "Thus SUSPS activist, Ben Zuckerman, is the vice president of Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS); while the current president of CAPS and former member of the Sierra Club's population committee, Diana Hull, also happens to serve on FAIR's advisory board."
And the footnote #2 should read: "The vice president of Californians for Population Stabilization, Ben Zuckerman, in addition to being an advisor to Progressives for Immigration Reform and NumbersUSA, is a board member of the deep ecology-inspired Sea Shepherd Conservation Society." We apologize for the error.]