Crimes Against Nature

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 October, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 02 October, 2005, 12:00am

Crimes Against Nature

by Robert F. Kennedy

Penguin Books, $116

First published last year to alert voters to the anti-environment policies of the Bush administration, the release of Crimes Against Nature in paperback allows time for reflection on the issues raised by Robert Kennedy, many with implications beyond the US. Kennedy believed that if Americans knew the truth, they 'would share my fury that this president is allowing his corporate cronies to steal America from our children'. George W. Bush won, so Americans still don't know, or don't care. Kennedy also recalls Franklin Roosevelt's fear of private power becoming stronger than the democratic state. Even Benito Mussolini warned of 'corporatism'. When Rachel Carson's Silent Spring came out 40 years ago warning of the devastation of the pesticide DDT and pollution by big business, a groundswell culminated in 20 million people taking to US streets on the first Earth Day in 1970. Crimes Against Nature should be a clarion call, but the spin is in. The threat of 'global warming' is now 'climate change' that needs to be further studied.



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