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United States: Essays 1952-1992 - "Gods & Greens" (1989) Summary & Analysis

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Vidal has some words of advice for the Greens of the world: hang in there. In this essay, he demonstrates his sympathies with the pro-environment, pro-peace groups and advises them to "not allow our totalitarian-minded governors in the west to co-opt your movement. Start with the many. Let them convert the few. Meanwhile the clock is ticking. The new millennium is at hand."

After two millennia of recorded history, humans are once again in an apocalyptic state of mind, according to Vidal. There are 5 billion people on a planet that can sustain only about 1 billion comfortably, so the problem is which 4 billion are too many? Even if the billions of people that represent overpopulation were somehow to vanish, there is still the challenge of the earth with its pollution, our fouled air and water. As...

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