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The Social Siege of Nature

abstract1 (full description below): pp. 137-170 in Reinventing Nature? Responses to postmodern deconstruction, Soul
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Living nature - the native species of plants and animals in their native settings - is under two kinds of siege; one is overt, the other covert. The overt siege is physical; it is carried out by increasing multitudes of human beings equipped and accompanied by bulldozers, chainsaws, plows, and livestock. The covert assault is ideological and therefore social; it serves to justify, where useful, the physical assault. A principal tool of the social assault is deconstruction.