Classic EssaysWilliam Pierce

What Are They Doing to Our World?

Pacific Garbage Patch Satellite ImageEnvironmental quality, resources threatened by failing economy

by Dr. William L. Pierce

DURING 1981 the real spendable earnings of the average American wage earner fell another 3.3 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington announced on January 22. Of all the economic statistics monitored by the government — consumer price index, average hourly wages, etc. — the real spendable earnings figure is the one which is tied most directly to the average standard of living. It is the amount of real money (i.e., money adjusted for inflation) a wage earner has left to spend after taxes. (ILLUSTRATION: A satellite image of the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” that has expanded to twice the size of the continental United States. It is mostly made up of plastic, the inevitable consequence of growing populations and unchecked mass production. This waste, what is left over from largely needless items used by an increasingly degenerate and low quality population, is thrown away with no sense of responsibility for the consequences.)

When we consider non-economic factors, however, we must anticipate a much worse decline in the American living standard than indicated by the falling figure for real spendable earnings.

The crime rate is an example of a non-economic factor which has a strong effect on the standard of living — or quality of life — of the average American. Each year the average U.S. citizen’s chances of being murdered, raped, robbed, or burgled increase. That costs everyone money, whether he is a crime victim or not, in higher taxes for police protection and in higher insurance rates. The non-monetary costs, though, are far higher, as fear of crime increasingly hedges in the average American’s life and restricts his activities.

Disease is another example. Until quite recently, the United States could boast one of the lowest disease rates in the world, with the rate for most infectious diseases continuing to fall each year. Many dread afflictions common in other parts of the world had been virtually eradicated here. This was one of the benefits of an enormous investment over the years in sanitation, inoculation drives, and other public health programs.

But now this benefit has begun to evaporate, largely as the consequence of an unchecked flow of non-White immigrants into the country. The tuberculosis rate in Los Angeles County was up 30 percent in 1981 over 1980, and similar increases were reported in other major metropolitan areas, resulting in a net increase in the tuberculosis rate for the entire country. Syphilis, leprosy, and other diseases associated especially with immigrants have also become much more common in recent years.

Extrapolating a few trends which, unlike the above, have not been much in the news recently gives us an even grimmer picture of what is happening to our world. Consider the American farm. It has been one of the nation’s greatest successes, producing more food per acre and per man-hour than has been accomplished on anywhere near as large a scale anywhere else in the world.

This success, however, has had a cost. The extremely high yields of American agriculture have been the result of a very intensive approach to farming, depending on a complex industrial infrastructure. Without a dependable supply of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and the ready use of a vast rail and road transportation network, such intensive farming would not be possible.

The danger in such dependence is that it is susceptible to catastrophic disruption. A major breakdown in the transportation network, for example, would very quickly cause widespread starvation in many of the nation’s heavily urbanized areas. America long ago lost its regional self-sufficiency in agriculture, and most of the Northeast now imports more than 70 percent of its food from other states.

Dirtier air is just one of the penalties Americans will pay for a worsening economic situation. As fuel costs continue to rise and unemployment mounts, the political pressure for scrapping environmental protection laws will increase. The use of high-polluting fuels, restricted now, will grow, and the lack of effective pollution control equipment increasingly will be excused or overlooked.
Dirtier air is just one of the penalties Americans will pay for a worsening economic situation. As fuel costs continue to rise and unemployment mounts, the political pressure for scrapping environmental protection laws will increase. The use of high-polluting fuels, restricted now, will grow, and the lack of effective pollution control equipment increasingly will be excused or overlooked.

Another cost of America’s intensive approach to farming is overuse of the best land, and its consequent loss. The trend in recent years has been to produce more and more food from less and less land, as urban encroachment on farmland and topsoil loss from erosion have reduced the acreage under cultivation. A growing population is causing an acceleration of this process, which means a continually increasing dependence on chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

The higher costs of food production associated with the greater use of fertilizers is also accelerating the trend away from small, family-owned farms toward giant agribusiness farming, because of the greater efficiency of very large farms. This in turn results in even less regional self-sufficiency and a greater dependence on the transportation network.

The United States is still able to produce more food than it consumes — about $40 billion worth was exported last year — but it is clear that the present trend toward more food from less land cannot continue indefinitely. There is a lack of general agreement as to when the crunch will come, but ecologists and agricultural experts are becoming increasingly concerned.

Lester Brown, head of the Worldwatch Institute, warns that the doubling of world food output since 1950 has been achieved only through severe land abuse. “Perhaps the most serious single threat humanity now faces is the widespread loss of topsoil,” he says in his new book, Building a Sustainable Society. Brown and others believe that the continuing loss of productive farmland in the United States could trigger food shortages before the end of this decade which would have a far greater impact on the population than the oil shortage of the 1970s.

Lester Brown, author of Building a Sustainable Society and founder of the Worldwatch Institute and Earth Policy Institute, is a very influential environmental analyst who has written more than fifty books about world-wide environmental issues of today.
Lester Brown, author of Building a Sustainable Society and founder of the Worldwatch Institute and Earth Policy Institute, is a very influential environmental analyst who has written more than fifty books about world-wide environmental issues.

Topsoil, of course, is only one of America’s natural resources being squeezed by a growing population. Fossil fuel is another, and the squeeze is leading inevitably toward the use of lower grades of coal and oil, which produce large amounts of air pollution.

For most of the last two decades the environmental lobby has been successful in forcing the Congress to enact laws to reduce pollution of air and water, protect wildlife, and prevent commercial exploitation or development harmful to America’s forests, marshlands, and other natural areas. It is now quite likely that everything which has so far been accomplished in the way of environmental protection will be undone in the 1980s.

One of the reasons for this setback is the philosophy of the supporters of the Reagan administration, typified by Secretary of the Interior James Watt, who seems to believe that it is sinful to leave trees uncut, fur-bearing mammals unskinned, or high-sulfur coal unburned, so long as there is money to be made for someone by exploiting these resources.

Reagan supporters are staunch advocates of growth at any cost, who see the value of everything in what it can be sold for. Many of them are incapable of even understanding why anyone would want to stop them from killing bobcats and raccoons, cutting down redwoods, paving over meadows, or saving a little money by dumping toxic wastes into the nearest stream.

Growth advocates are great optimists when it comes to the question of the depletion of natural resources, whether farmland, fossil fuel, or essential metal ores. They point out, quite correctly, that science has always been able to show us new ways to obtain greater utilization from old resources or has found new substitutes when old resources were finally exhausted.

What they tend to ignore are the additional costs involved when one is obliged to switch from easily obtainable, high quality resources to scarcer resources or to those of lower quality. One of these additional costs Americans will soon be paying is more air pollution, caused by a move to dirtier fuels.

Unfortunately, however, it is not just the Republican-capitalist types in the population who are responsible for what is being done to America’s environment and natural resources. The average citizen, when it comes to saving a tree or saving a dollar, all too often chooses the dollar — especially when he is worried about his supply of dollars, which inevitably will be the case even more in the future than it has been in the past.

As real spendable earnings continue to fall, protecting the environment will seem like an unaffordable luxury to more and more people, regardless of whether there is a Republican or a Democrat in the White House.

This forest is being destroyed by acid rain, a consequence of the continuing use by U.S. industries of high-polluting fuels, which pour millions of tons of sulfuric and nitric acids into the atmosphere from factory and power plant chimneys every year. Growing economic pressures will lead to even more use of such fuels in the future, and most U.S. forests and the wildlife in them will be increasingly threatened.
This forest is being destroyed by acid rain, a consequence of the continuing use by U.S. industries of high-polluting fuels, which pour millions of tons of sulfuric and nitric acids into the atmosphere from factory and power plant chimneys every year. Growing economic pressures will lead to even more use of such fuels in the future, and most U.S. forests and the wildlife in them will be increasingly threatened.

Depressing and frightening as are these economic and environmental prospects, they are all overshadowed by the racial prospect. There are few large cities left in the United States which have not witnessed a dramatic increase in non-White population since the Second World War. Most communities have not experienced Washington’s change from a three-quarters White city in 1940 to a three-quarters Black city today, or Miami’s change from 4 percent Hispanic to 40 percent Hispanic during the past 30 years (with a corresponding White drop from 83 percent to 44 percent), but the trend is the same everywhere: more Blacks, more Hispanics, more Asiatics, more Levantines.

Even were it not for the hundreds of thousands of these non-Whites coming into the country each year as legal immigrants or “refugees” and the estimated one million slipping in illegally, their prodigious birth rates — nearly twice the White birth rate, in the case of Hispanics — must inevitably lead to an environment which is more and more non-White.

Fools may babble endlessly all the trendiest clichés — “cultural enrichment,” “racial justice,” and so on — but the fact remains that the population of the United States is becoming uglier, less intelligent, less creative, less self-reliant, and less capable of sustaining a civilization or even maintaining its own national existence as it grows less White.

Is not the destruction of America’s racial basis an even greater sin against Nature than the destruction of the country’s forests and wildlife and the poisoning of its air and water?

National Geographic's interpretation of what a typical American will look like in 2060. The artist's rendition is based off of estimates by the The Office of U.S. Census, increased racial mixing and captured images of the current racial mix in America.
National Geographic‘s interpretation of what a typical American will look like in 2060

Is there any more terrible legacy we can leave to our descendants than a nation in which they are a minority, at the mercy of an irresponsible, incapable, and hostile mass of non-Whites?

The tragedy of what is happening to our world seems compounded by the knowledge that it need not happen: economic decline, environmental decline, and racial decline can all be reversed. But not unless those who wield the power in this country are at least able to face squarely and unblinkingly the causes of what is happening and have the will to tackle those causes.

Mr. Reagan and the other politicians certainly want to halt the economic decline, but that’s about all that can be said for them. The condition of the environment is clearly of very little concern to them, and they dare not even acknowledge the fact of racial decline.

Can one expect a President who reacted in the shamefully abject way Mr. Reagan did to the minority-liberal criticism of his recent announcement on tax exemptions for White schools to show even the least bit of courage in dealing with racial issues?

And since the declining moral and racial quality of the American population lies at the root of the declining economy, the prospects are hardly bright for a long-term solution to the one problem Mr. Reagan does want to solve. Fiddling with Federal budgets cannot give us a more productive labor force. Talking about “supply side” economics cannot reduce the vast financial burden of crime and social services associated with the enormous growth in racial minorities in America.

What the politicians are doing to our world — economically, environmentally, and racially — cannot be halted until we have men in charge who are not afraid to ask the right questions and face the real problems.

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From Attack! No. 85, 1982, transcribed by Anthony Collins and edited by Vanessa Neubauer, from the book The Best of Attack! and National Vanguard, edited by Kevin Alfred Strom

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3 Comments

  1. Eliza Macintyre
    March 4, 2015 at 9:56 pm — Reply

    This comment specifically goes out to the last few sections. The mixing of races is a beautiful thing and it is a terrible thing to want them to stay separate. If you’ll look back in history, segregation of any races has caused major problems, many of which the world is still dealing with today and feeling the repercussions of separations’ cruel touch. In America, you can’t say anything slightly racist without being jumped at or joined in with. Racism is such a huge problem all around the world, and to say that you would prefer if the races didn’t mix, or that racial mixture will ruin the world is one of the most racist things I have ever had the displeasure of hearing. I never usually respond to comments like this or articles, mainly because I am too disgusted to even type a response. Can’t you see that everyone is beautiful and intelligent? That girl portrayed by National Geographic is one of the most gorgeous humans I have ever seen and I hope that Americans will be lucky enough to look like her. “Fools may babble endlessly all the trendiest clichés — “cultural enrichment,” “racial justice,” and so on — but the fact remains that the population of the United States is becoming uglier, less intelligent, less creative, less self-reliant, and less capable of sustaining a civilization or even maintaining its own national existence as it grows less White.” As you said in your article. Hello, did you go to school yourself? Half of that paragraph is completely your opinion. This is based off of no real facts and, by the way, your opinion is that of a white, racist pig. Don’t bash other peoples’ countries unless you want someone to bash yours. Those are fighting words, so prepare yourself for an intellectual battle. Unfortunately for you, I doubt that your intelligence surpasses that of a slug. Leave it to the adults to have the conversation because you’ve proved yourself incapable of handling anything of importance.

    Saying that America is become less creative and less intelligent is based off of your own biased opinion. What I fail to understand is your incompetence of what the United States is attempting to do. The U.S. has raised their educational standards very greatly in the past two years. The United States is also getting very high test scores in many parts of the country. But to say that we’re lacking creativity? What did you use to type this article? A mac book? Another type of computer? Yeah that was invented in the United States. Do you or your publishing teams have iPhones? American. Please try to use facts instead of your own opinion.
    Although you do bring across important points. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a major problem and it’s killing hundreds of sea animals and mammals. But if you opened your eyes, you would see that the United States is full of wildlife preservation charities and organizations. It is also overflowing with organizations to stop pollution and save the oceans. So you are incorrect in your assumption that the United States is doing nothing to stop it or that it doesn’t care.
    I agree with you about the crime rates. The U.S. should put into play some stricter gun laws, which have been proven effective by countries (for example Australia, my home country) and other harassment preventions.
    I would like to disagree with you again about the diseases. Not because you are incorrect in saying that the levels are rising, that’s correct, but because it isn’t the total fault of illegal immigrants. Try white Americans (who you seem to worship) that don’t agree with vaccines because they “go against religion” and “could potentially be harmful to my child.” What’s worse, your kid getting a little reaction or you kid dying from a disease and passing it on to other children.
    In all fairness, it probably isn’t your fault. I assume society, and whoever raised you, influenced you the wrong way and made it impossible let yourself have an open mind about the world and it’s changing culture. Go outside and hug a black person. They’re just the same as you my friend. Just the same.

  2. March 19, 2015 at 2:06 am — Reply

    Our family of four also shops at thrift stores and saves as much as we can to give to others. We can help every child God sends our way through church or the community, without ruining our health or stretching our own family too thin by having too many children biologically.

  3. Heinemann
    March 20, 2015 at 4:47 pm — Reply

    This is an appeal for human beings to realize that we are destroying our planet through denying our purpose and identity.

    It contends the problem is man’s alone. People are different but destroying the one will not save the rest.

    People are divided and irreconcilable through identity , how they perceive others and most importantly the perception of life.

    purpose , responsibility and World attitude or intuitive discernment of what life is or must be is what alienates people.

    This is not opinion but expression of fear and alarm to inevitable destruction of the earth if we do not realize the error.

    Improvidence destroys. The same mind that wastes invaluable top soil or changes invaluable trees into corruptible money and rapacious, cruel exploitation of the irreplaceable resources for ephemeral gain is the same mind that has no perception of the future, others, nor concern for any of its consequences.

    It is the mind that promotes miscegenation , and the destruction of the white race and its uniqueness , which may be the salvation of the earth.

    The importance is to know the spirit of this world, this evil mind ; it is the source of all the problems. Discrimination is essential to survival and preservation of life. It separates good from evil.

    Indiscrimination is the mindless quality of automatons , who have disavowed soul and conscience.

    The above photograph of the young woman is the result of such a disoriented and compliant mind that has carelessly submitted and accepted the insidious lie that has dedicated itself to destroying her and all life on earth.

    The question is not if destroying pure race or miscegenation is beautiful or better but the inevitable destruction of everything if one believes and conforms to this evil idea .

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