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Last updated8-20-2000 20:51
Earth Day is an oppurtunity for people from school children to politicians to celebrate what seem to be an innoculous and fundamental institution of American life. What is really being celebrated though? We have become so accustomed to the enviromentalist's campaigns that most of us fail to question the basic premise of their entire crusade. Enviromentalism is not necessarily a noble purpose. Through TV shows, educational programs, and media slant we have become largely indoctranated. Thanks to "quality educational programing(sic)" every school child has the image of the sadistic corporations spewing radioactive waste into the ocean for the sole purpose of killing smiling dolphins. (While flipping channels I have seen at least 10 cartoons with variations on this theme). The bottom line is that enviromentalism is just one more part of the arsenol being used to attack the sucessful.
It first must be said that very little is actually done by the Earth Day participants. Earth Day is basically a chance for many people to engage in feel good activism. It is a chance for people to speak out on a non contraversial issue and then feel like they have benifited the world in some nobel way. Earth Day also seemes to be the impetus for much eco-legislation. This legslation is harmful and has probably set American industries back by years. These acts generally produce negligable benifits, outstanding cost to the business, and great honors to the politician who lead the crusade.
Earth Day is not a celebration but an attack. It is an assult on all the progress and advancements of the last couple of centuries. Quite simply to hold enviromentalism as a virtue is to value trees over humans. I do not advocate intentional sabotage of the enviroment, however, I believe that no action is needed to protect the environment as it is a self-regulating system(Any study that says otherwise is biased and can not be proven)*. It is time to question the place of environmentalism as an American institution. Earth Day is little more than a reminder of a skewed set of ideals which are rampant and currently unquestioned in our society.
* In this essay I am refering to the numerous doomsday predictions about Earth's ecosystems. I do not believe that global warming is a genuine threat; furthermore I do not believe that global warming is the result of the industrialization process. Here is how i back up these claims:
America has always been a land of freedom. We take it for granted that it will forever remain that way. I love my country and that is why I fear the trends which are becoming more and more apparent with every day. Among the most frightening of these trends is the frequency and intensity of the the attacks on our second ammendment rights. Attacks on gun ownership have become the favorite sport of press and talk show hosts. Tragedies involving guns have culprits... the culprits are not the guns. The culprits are the criminals. In the current liberal mindset of our courts it is best to make excuses for the criminal and prosecute the guns.
Current gun control laws are not enforced. The goverment will not enforce the current laws, however, the current administration seems ready and eager to create new ones. These new proposals go beyond the bounds of justified protective means and border on oppression. The second ammendment rights are not given to us by the bill of rights but merely reaffirmed as they should be inaliable. Furthermore it is one of the rights which it is the goverment's responsibility to protect.
Why do we have these rights? What the second ammendment is defending is the right to self defense. The Goverment's purpose is to defend the rights of it's citizens. That is why we pay taxes- that is why we are subject to the laws and regulations of the nation- to have our rights defended. . The goverment is not omnipresent, they are not entirely able to protect every citizen from criminals and this is where self defense comes in.What many seem to have lost sight of is the fact that the individual does not exist for the goverment but the goverment for the individual. On the same note it is not the goverment's responsibility to protect citizens from themselves but to protect citizens from criminals.
The goverment needs to be accountable to its citizens. Allowing it's citizens to own guns provides a check and balance. Throughout history before an oppressive goverment can establish itself it must disarm its citizens. Although I do not believe that this will happen in the U.S. it is imperitive that we do not ignore this terrifying trend. America is one of the greatest and most free nations in the world. It is important that we not take this freedom for granted. We must preserve our inaliable rights and not allow them to be whittled away in the name of security.
In this essay I am speaking broadly of gun control legslation referring to both gun registration and to even more extreme measures to which these acts will inevitability progress. I would like to conclude by asking a question. If the law abiding citizens don't have guns who does? The current trend in our culture is to lean more towards control than to individual responsibility. Punish the criminal not the law abiding citizens -make each person accountable for their own actions. The blame for the tragedies which have occured should not fall on guns but rather on the depraved individuals who committed the crimes and the philosophy which defends them.
The most important current event is the Microsoft trial. It is not just one company that is on trial- the entire philosophy of our great nation is on the line. Are we to be a society which embraces freedom as it's reigning value, or one moving progressively toward statism.
What has made America the superpower it is today? The quality of life and freedom enjoyed today is not just happenstance. The founding philosophy of America recognizes the freedom of the individual. It sets up a system in which the individual is able to work for his own happiness and not be obligated to or enslaved by the people or rulers of the country.
How does this relate to Microsoft? Microsoft belongs to the most vilified and attacked group in America, Big Business. The words big business seem to elicit a strongly negative emotional response in everyone who hears them. Why? Because of an unrelenting attack by activists, the public school system, the media, and countless others with the ears(and minds) of the public.
Big business is not evil. Big business is the product of an individual mind- An individual with ability, an idea, and a goal. A business gets to be big because the product it sells is wanted. Look around at what big business has done. Look at the products in your home, the technology, the advancements, all brought about by the "evil" industrailists. Big business is the driving force of the economy. We wish to benifit from the products of the minds behind them, we feel entitled to the benefits brought about by their existance, yet at the same time villify them in the name of some moral obligation to stop them.
Microsoft became great because the product they sold was good, it was not corruption. The Microsoft decision is wrong. It is one of the greatist moral travisties ever comitted in the name of justice. The decision was not a victory against corrupt business practices, but a forthright attack against the previously sacred institution of private property.
What do you think?
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