The Ecofascist Prophecy of the Global Warming Apocalypse
by R. Mark Musser
While modernity often mocks the Scriptures, especially with regard to its apocalyptic predictions about the future (2 Peter 3:1-9), it remains completely unaware of how fundamental the biblical eschaton is to its own outlook. In fact, modernity would not modern without it. Most evolutionary and revolutionary ideas about progress within history leading to some hopeful goal in the future are firmly rooted in the biblical tradition. Indeed, biblical history progresses from the Old to the New Testaments which eventually culminates in a catastrophic, yet victorious messianic outcome (Jeremiah 30-31; Matthew 24-25; 2 Thessalonians 1-2; Revelation 6-20). Having grown up under western civilization’s strong Christian foundations, modern man has imbibed deeply from the biblical-eschatological view of history in spite of his secularity, “we of today, concerned with the unity of universal history and with its progress toward an ultimate goal or at least toward a better world, are still in the line of prophetic and messianic monotheism – however little we may think of ourselves in those terms.”[i]
Christian theology about the apocalypse has been transposed into secular progressive ideologies like Socialism, Marxism, and even Nazism as well. As Christianity receded behind the wave of naturalism and secularism in western culture, apocalyptic political hubris filled in the vacuum left behind. Ironically enough, this has also led to insoluble political burdens which continue to haunt the modern mindset as ideologues, policy analysts and politicians foist upon unsuspecting populaces the full crushing weight of their apocalyptic concerns, “the moderns elaborate a philosophy of history by secularizing theological principles and applying them to an ever increasing number of empirical facts.”[ii]
A good case in point of this modern contradiction is the global warming apocalypse being preached by environmentalists these days. With global warming/climate change threatening the entire planet so imminently, drastic political action must be taken in order to avoid the inevitable catastrophe. Such an apocalyptic outlook has placed unprecedented burdens on modern society and has also left the hard sciences in the lurch by requiring an evidential basis for catastrophic global warming. In fact, the great global kickoff to combat global warming as an existential crisis to be resolved politically began with the German Physical Society in January of 1986 when they published a doomsday article entitled “Warning of an Impending Climate Catastrophe.” This report later became the basis for a major article on the subject published in August 1986 on Der Spiegel that showed Cologne’s famous cathedral half drowned underwater on the cover page. German physicists, armed with such an apocalyptic outlook, were thus prophesying rising waters on a scale that the world has not seen since Noah’s flood. The CRU in East Anglia also kicked off their global warming research in England the very same year.
That the great ‘global’ push to combat catastrophic global warming began in Germany is no coincidence. Secular eschatology has been the hallmark of much German thought going all the way back to Hegel (1770-1831) and Marx (1818-1883) in the 1800’s. These thinkers still have an incredible amount of influence on many German minds even today, not to mention the eschatological evolution prophesied by Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919), Charles Darwin’s (1809-1882) German interpreter. Neither is it a coincidence that it was the German naturalist Ernst Haeckel who took Darwin’s theory of natural selection and converted it into a naturalistic eschatological process that required racial eugenic action to save Germany from western decline, largely brought on by superstitious Christians and stubborn Jews.
Here, even the Nazis got in on the action when Hitler proclaimed a future 1,000 year Millennial Reich for Germany. The Nazi eschaton would be brought about by a secular biological racism mixed in with a progressive evolutionary ethic that would exterminate the unnatural Jewish diseases of international capitalism in the west, and universal Marxist political values in the east – neither of which paid much attention to the inviolable doctrine of evolutionary racism. That all this was rooted in the Social Darwinian ecology of Ernst Haeckel, the pessimistic environmental ethics of Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), and the wild romantic racism of Richard Wagner (1818-1883), makes Nazism an enigmatic contrast between Romanticism and modern naturalistic science. This confounding concoction was not only apocalyptically explosive, but it still continues to befuddle all historians in their studies on the Third Reich.
More troublesome still, the original popularizer of apocalyptic global warming is Guenther Schwab (1904-2006), a former Austrian Nazi.[iii] In 1958, Schwab wrote a fictional novel built off of Goethe’s (1749-1832) Faustian play entitled “Dance with the Devil.” While a few scientists since the late 1800’s had contemplated the possibility of minor global warming coming from industrial pollution, Schwab used Goethe’s dramatic approach to convert the theory into an apocalyptic crisis. The book outlines many looming environmental emergencies, including anthropogenic global warming. Guenther Schwab’s very popular novel was an apocalyptic game changer. By the early 1970’s, it had been translated into several languages and had sold over a million copies.
At one point in his novel, Schwab opines over the fragile relationship between oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Assuming the planet has only about 100 years remaining, Schwab frets over the continuing rise of carbon dioxide which “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.” As such, three decades before Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth,” green Nazi Guenther Schwab played an early important role in catalyzing the frightening theory of global warming. With no small thanks to Schwab, the Great Tribulation of Global Warming was ushered into the modern consciousness behind the collapse of the Millennial 1,000 year Third Reich.
Gunther Schwab’s Green Heimat Film from 1951 entitled “The Forester from Silverwood.”
Long before the international green community spent billions of dollars on global warming research, Schwab had already clearly spelled out the doomsday climate apocalypse in 1958. However, what was required was rational scientific support beyond a religious Faustian play. This later proved to be much harder to come by than many had first anticipated. With no small irony, just as Schwab’s book sales began to develop exponentially in the late 50’s and early 60’s, this was also the about the same timeframe that the IPCC global warming researchers began to “hide the decline” by artificially removing some of their proxy data that they relied on in order to help calibrate their scheme with actual observable temperatures to strengthen the infamous hockey stick graph. Thanks largely to the apocalyptic burden being placed upon global warming researchers, the hockey stick graph has thus become a fascist boomerang.
Schwab had been a strong nature lover since boyhood, and by the 1920’s he became very active in the emerging environmental movement in Austria. Later, he joined the Nazi Party. While this may sound odd to many who have bought into the Marxian propaganda over the years that the Nazis were ultra right wing imperial colonialists, greens who signed up for the Nazi Party were actually very typical of the day. The most widely represented group of people in the Nazi Party was the greens, and Guenther Schwab was just one of among many. The greens’ interest in lonely places found a solitary niche in the singleness of Adolf Hitler, who ruled the Third Reich from his spectacular mountain compound, high in the Bavarian Alps called the Berghof. In English, this could easily be translated as Mountain Home, Bavaria.
After the war in the 1950’s, Guenther Schwab’s brand of environmentalism also played a fundamental role in the development of the green anti-nuclear movement in West Germany. The dropping of the atom bomb and the nuclear fallout of the Cold War helped to globalize the greens into an apocalyptic ‘peace’ movement with Guenther Schwab being one of its original spokesmen. The unprecedented catastrophe in Germany brought on by industrialized warfare never before seen in the history of the world only served to radicalize the German greens into an apocalyptic movement. Thanks to the wanton destruction of World War II, the environmental movement became increasingly absorbed by apocalyptic concerns. With greater interest is that their hatred toward global capitalism became even more vitriolic precisely because the capitalists were now in charge of a dangerous nuclear arsenal that threatened the entire planet.
Later, Guenther Schwab joined the advisory panel of the “Society of Biological Anthropology, Eugenics and Behavior Research.” Schwab was especially concerned with the burgeoning overpopulation explosion of the Third World that he was sure would eventually overrun Europe. By advocating modern racial science based on genetics, Schwab believed that the population bomb, together with its associated environmental degradation, could be averted. Here, Schwab’s mixing of environmentalism and eugenics can be directly traced back to the Nazi SS doctrine of ‘blood and soil’ – an eco-imperialistic worldview that had devastating consequences on the Eastern Front in World War II.
The success of Schwab’s book helped him to establish an international environmental organization called “The World League for the Defense of Life.” Not surprisingly, Werner Haverbeck, former Hitler Youth member and Nazi environmental leader of the Reich’s League for Folk National Character and Landscape, later became the chairman of Schwab’s organization. In 1973, Haverbeck blamed the environmental crisis in Germany on American capitalism. It was an unnatural colonial import which had infected Germany like a deadly foreign body. Even worse is that Werner Haverbeck’s wife was recently charged with holocaust denial.
Both Schwab’s organization and Haverbeck were also instrumental in establishing the German Green Party in 1980. Such embarrassing facts were later managed with some house cleaning and lots of cosmetics, which was further buoyed by characterizing such greens as extreme ‘far right’ ecologists – a counterintuitive label that continues to misdirect and plague all environmental studies of the Third Reich. While it may be true that the German greens have largely cleansed their party from environmental racism, many greens these days have mutated into anti-humanists with a special hatred for global capitalism American style. Exactly where the improvement fits in here is often difficult to fathom. There is thus a swastika in the German woods lurking in the historic background of the apocalyptic version of global warming.
Apocalyptic global warming is a political burden too heavy to bear for any modern society, especially when certain societies, like America for example, are singled out as the exceptionally guilty. When science and politics become mixed up with eschatology, it goes without saying that policy analysts and scientific researchers have gone far afield from their given expertise. It also reveals a most dangerous political fundamentalism that not only deifies man by saddling him with divine impositions, but also burdens and threatens people with suffocating fascist responsibilities that can never be resolved this side of the grave.
More importantly, an eschatological view of history presupposes and requires the resurrection. The fact of the matter is that without the resurrection, an apocalyptic goal-orientated view of history makes little sense. Worse, is that it condemns and reduces all past generations to sacrificial stepping stones of a future glory which they will never be able to participate in or experience – all simply because they were born at the wrong time. This is precisely why the Bible sets forth an apocalyptic view of history. Its authors clearly understood that fallen man cannot fix a broken world ushered in by his sinful rebellion against the Creator of the earth (Genesis 3:1-24; Romans 5:12-21). Biblically understood, the apocalypse is something only the Lord of history can inaugurate according to His own sovereign timetable (Matthew 24:15-41; Acts 1:6-8). Neither is it something that must be hastened on by its followers (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12). One can only get ready for it by believing in Christ and by living a godly life (John 3:36; 2 Peter 3:10-18; Revelation 21:1-8; 22:14).
While the apocalypse is everywhere predicted in the Bible as imminent, its suffering and destruction can only be escaped by faith in Christ, not by human religious works, much less political social activism, social engineering or environmental eugenics, “in the western world the problem of suffering has been faced in two different ways: by the myth of Promotheus and by the faith in Christ – the one a rebel, the other a servant. Neither antiquity nor Christianity indulged the modern illusion that history can be conceived as a progressive evolution which solves the problem of evil by way of elimination.”[iv]
That man is saved by grace and not by works (Romans 3:21-4:8; Galatians 2:16) rules out modern eschatological hubris, “for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).” Man is a pitiful sinner (Romans 3:10-20) in desperate need of the grace of God (Ephesians 2:1-6). What he really needs is the cross (1 Corinthians 1:18-31; Galatians 6:14), not an environmental fascist program to save the planet from too much carbon dioxide. More to the point, the answer to man’s problem, sin, has already been bought and paid for the precious blood of Christ according to the riches of God’s grace (1 Peter 1:18-20; Ephesians 1:7). In other words, God is not shaking down the American taxpayer in order to avert the impending apocalypse.
[i] Lowith, Karl. Meaning in History, p. 19.
[iii] Gert Gröning, Joachim Wolschke-Bulmahn, Stiftung Naturschutzgeschichte, Naturschutz und Demokratie!?: Dokumentation der Beiträge zur Veranstaltung der Stiftung Naturschutzgeschichte und des Zentrums für Gartenkunst und Landschaftsarchitektur (CGL) der Leibniz Universität Hannover in Kooperation mit dem Institut für Geschichte und Theorie der Gestaltung (GTG) der Universität der Künste Berlin, Martin Meidenbauer Verlag, 2006, p. 113.
[iv] Lowith, p.3.
Copyright 2011 R. Mark Musser
Permission is herewith given to copy and distribute by electronic or physical means as long as it is not sold – the copyright notice is included and credits are given to the author. This article was originally published in the American Thinker on February 15, 2011 entitled “The Nazi Origins of Apocalyptic Global Warming.”