The Radical CELDF and Its Deep Green Resistance

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Do communities realize just how radical the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) really is? It’s affiliated with the Deep Green Resistance.

Our readers are the some of the smartest and most alert people out there. Yesterday, I wrote about a Washington State Supreme Court decision giving a well-deserved whack to the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF). A few hours later, Karen Orlando, one of our guest bloggers, a frequent commenter and a true environmentalist, posted a comment observing something I had not previously noticed; that among those listed as members of the CELDF Board of Advisors is an individual named Derrick Jensen. He’s there along with the charlatan Josh Fox, famous leftist Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry’s and a host of other looney tunes favorites. Jensen, though, is a special case. He’s the spiritual leader of the Deep Green Resistance.

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Derrick Jensen

There’s no better proof of the CELDF radical revolutionary roots than Derrick Jensen being on its Board of Advisors. He is a fellow who thinks “human supremacism…is the biggest problem facing the world today” and gives his readers this revealing warning:

I want no criticism or editorial suggestions. I cannot stress enough how unhelpful I find criticism or editorial suggestions from people I don’t know. I only accept criticism or editorial suggestions from my closest friends (and then only when I ask) and the book’s editors. Praise is welcome. Also, if you happen to see an incorrect fact or a typo, I would appreciate learning of those. This latter is NOT an invitation for criticism.

If only this were all there was to this narcissist, but there’s unfortunately much more. Here’s the basic philosophy of his Deep Green Resistance movement:

Civilization, especially industrial civilization, is fundamentally destructive to life on earth. Organized political resistance is the only hope for our planet. Our task is to create that resistance movement.

The group makes a point of saying it is “above-ground” and “non-violent” but that’s the wink and the nod that it is really a collection of revolutionaries intent on what they call “Decisive Ecological Warfare,” described here in a lengthy manifesto that uses examples such as the IRA, the Weather Underground, the Black Panthers and the “North Vietnam Communist Alliance” as its educational examples. Talking about whether he’s in favor of violence, he describes himself as “the everything guy, that [is] I want to put everything on the table.”

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Deep Green Resistance advertisement on its its website

The “above-ground” claim is also contradicted by this “Underground Action Calendar” page on their website, the intro of which says this (emphasis added):

The Underground Action Calendar exists to publicize and normalize the use of militant and underground tactics in the fight for justice and sustainability. We include below a wide variety of actions from struggles around the world, especially those in which militants target infrastructure, because we believe this is the sort of action that will be necessary to dismantle civilization. Listing an action does not necessarily mean we support or stand behind the goals, strategies, or tactics of those actionists…

NOTE: We ONLY accept communications about actions that are already publicly known in one form or another. DO NOT send communiques directly to this email address. THIS IS NOT A SECURE MEANS OF COMMUNICATION…

The disclaimer about not necessarily supporting the listed actions is another wink and a nod, of course, belied by the warning at that bottom about avoiding giving away the game in communications (no “yahoos” please). What’s on that list? Well, check it out, but here are a few of the actions celebrated by the CELDF’s advisor and his group:

Well, you get the idea. Deep Green Resistance loves violence or it wouldn’t be advertising it and the CELDF apparently loves it, too, or it it wouldn’t have put this deeply disturbed egomaniac on its Board of Advisors. If you’re the Grant Township Board of Supervisors or any one of a number of other communities conned by the CELDF you ought to be thinking about this. Those of you who have funded this radical group (Heinz Endowments, Wallace Global Fund, et al) ought to be reflecting, too. You’ve been dealing with the devil.

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9 thoughts on “The Radical CELDF and Its Deep Green Resistance

  1. What a hypocritical low-life! He decries industrialization, but then uses the best of what he supposedly hates to organize and communicate – why doesn’t this loser use smoke signals or perhaps petroglyphs to communicate with his followers? Oh, I know – he wants the money too, another byproduct of the capitalism he loves to hate.


    And another Deep Green Resistance guru was a keynote speaker at what I’m assuming is a legit environmental symposium! (See link above.)

    Deep green resistance has a philosophy that if you asked me is not far at all from the unabomber. He was also something of an EXTREME luddite with anticivilization/industry tendencies. Normalizing militant attacks on infrastructure and dismantling civilization is not what comes to mind for me when I think of what environmentlsm is or should be.

    I see problems within the the enviro world. Those problems seem to be ethical (what is and what isn’t accepted behavior) at many levels. Problems usually need to be addressed.

  3. Another loony to beware of……Canadian author/activist and born with a silver spoon in her mouth dingbat, Naomi Klein. Simply a darling of the wacko-enviro crowd, Naomi, like Derrick Jensen, would rid the planet of corporations/capitalism. Here’s what Nutty Naomi had to say a couple years ago regarding a solution to climate change: punitive taxation; massive wealth re-distribution; the abolition of free trade and free markets; a state-enforced end to to the “cult of shopping”; the whole to be supervised by a New World Order of selfless illuminati (…….is there any doubt that “selfless illuminati” would be Klein, Jensen and equally dangerous, concordant lunatics. Tom….thanks for bringing light to these fringe elements. As you know, I’ve been following their selfish, morally bankrupt, intellectually shallow rants and their craven, guerrilla tactics for a number of years. Shining the light on these greedy, pathetic but potentially dangerous airheads is a very positive step. Klein, by the way, was an invited attendee, along with Barack Obama, at the recent UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris, France. Here’s a couple more Nutty Naomi links for you Super Bowl eve perusal: (watch the video)

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