May 31st 2005
If you’ve heard of the Wildlands Initiative it’s either terrified you, or you’ve figured its just extreme property rights propaganda … or you’re a happy Marxist thrilled by what it proposes.
The Initiative would, if it’s real, achieve Marx’s goal of eliminating property rights, using as its tool that most Marxist of ideologies, radical environmentalism. For a really slick flash presentation on the Wilderness Initiative by the group Taking Liberty, click here. You have to click back after each “chapter” to view it all.
Taking Liberty believes environmentalists, state and federal government and NGOs, including the UN on a global scale, are working together to shoehorn humans into highly confined areas so the primordial wildnerness can return to the land. I heard about it four years ago via a fabulous Christian trilogy that unfortunately was abandoned by the authors after the second book, so I won’t recommend it to you.
Some say the process got well underway during the Clinton administration with the a mapping of all federal and state lands, the Gap Analysis Program, which analyzed critical lands that weren’t already out of private ownership, the initiative to remove roads from wilderness areas, and several related state programs.
One little matter throws the whole theory into doubt: If it were all true, why didn’t the whole thing blow up when Bush took office? There are only a few possible answers: It just burrowed deeper and will re-emerge (the conspiracy theorists’ answer), Bush is in on it too (the whacko answer), or it never really existed anyway (the eternal optimists’ answer).
Or, what I believe, it’s still too loose to be a real conspiracy. There’s an undeniable dynamic at work to maximize public ownership through wetlands, endangered species, national monuments and the like. It’s very U.N.-think and Al Gore-think, and it’s real. But the Wilderness Initiative itself is most likely just a theoretical construct out of the fevered dream of a Deep Green philosopher. And it happens, by coincidence, that a whole lot of powerful governments, agencies, NGOs and non-profits, working for separate goals in seperate processes, are creating something that looks surprisingly like the Wilderness Initiative.
In a way, that makes it even scarier.