The Roots Of Global Warming Theory
Environmental By Harold Hough
Did you know that the modern theory of manmade global warming came from a member of the Nazi Party? Or did you know that many of the environmental beliefs that are considered politically correct today were used 70 years ago to justify the Holocaust?
This is not as strange as it seems. The Nazi Party of the 1930s had much in common with the Green movement of today. The ecologists of the day found a home in the Nazi Party. By 1939, fully 60% of conservationists had joined the Nazi Party, while only 10% of men and 25% of lawyers and teachers were members of the party. And, no wonder – the writings of leading Nazis sounded like environmental tracks. When Hitler wrote Mein Kampf, he wrote, “When people attempt to rebel against the iron laws of nature, they come into conflict with the very same principles to which they owe their existence as human beings. Their actions against nature must lead to their own downfall.”
One of these environmentalists was an Austrian named Guenther Schwab. He had become a conservationist in the 1920s and like many others joined the Nazi Party as it seemed to best espouse his environmentalist beliefs.
The father of the German environmental movement was German zoologist Ernst Haeckel, who coined the word ecology in 1867 and developed the scientific discipline of studying the interrelationship between organisms and the environment. Haeckel was a world renowned scientist who traveled widely, named thousands of new species, and was a friend of Darwin.
But Haeckel was more than a scientist. He developed a philosophy called “monism” which was a Social Darwinism theory that saw everything, including politics, economics, and ethics in terms of applied biology. For instance, he saw different ethnic groups as being at different levels of the evolutionary scale, with the Germanic people at the highest level of development.
His thoughts found fertile ground in late 19th century Germany. Those who were concerned about industrialization said that the migration towards the city was debasing the German people because the people were losing their connection to nature. Only a return to the land, along with the racial purity of the Germanic peoples, who were closely tied with the land, would save them. One such philosopher was Ludwig Klages, who in 1913 wrote Man and Earth, which denounced Christianity, capitalism, consumerism, and even the slaughter of whales. Another, Martin Heidegger, criticized modern technology and emphasized “homeland” and the role of humanity in preserving it. They were both pioneers of the “Blood and Soil” philosophy which argued for untainted blood and untainted nature.
Germany’s loss in World War One made the ideas even more popular with those who were looking for a scapegoat. They reasoned that the Germans lost, not because they were defeated, but because they lost their connectedness with their soil and they had contaminated Germanic blood with races that didn’t have a connection with the land. Future victory required a cleansing of both blood and soil. This return to nature appealed to Schwab.
But the Nazi environmental theories weren’t limited to just protecting nature. They were also used to justify the Nazi genocide. In 1942, when SS Chief Himmler was outlining the settlement of land by Germans after being cleansed of Jews and Slavs he wrote, “The peasant of our racial stock has always carefully endeavored to increase the natural power of the soil, plants, and animals, and to preserve the balance of the whole of nature…If therefore, the Lebensraume (living spaces) are to become a homeland for our settlers, the planned arrangement of the landscape to keep it close to nature is a decisive prerequisite.”
World War Two eliminated the genocide, but it didn’t get rid of the radical environmental thought. Schwab survived the war and joined the advisory panel of The Society of Biological Anthropology, Eugenics and Behavior Research. Schwab was especially concerned with over population and espoused eugenics as a way to prevent an environmental crisis.
In 1958, Schwab became the pioneer in the manmade global warming theory by writing the book, Dance with the Devil. Schwab worries about the continuing rise of carbon dioxide that "will absorb and hold fast the warmth given out by the earth. This will cause the climate to become milder and the Polar ice will begin to thaw. As a result, there will be a rise in the level of the ocean and whole continents will be flooded." Schwab’s solution in the book - the death of all mankind, except for a “single noble pair,” who are clearly Aryan.
Schwab lived to be 101 – long enough to be recognized as a pioneer of the global warming theory and to see Vice President Al Gore become a disciple of his theory. But, unknown to most people is the fact that the principle behind global warming is the same old principle of hate and racial purity that killed millions 70 years ago.