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The Nazi Comparison in the Debate over Restoration: Nativism and Domination

Eric Katz

Environmental Values 23 (2014): 377-398. doi: 10.3197/096327114X13947900181554


In this essay, I discuss the comparison between the restoration of natural environments and the Nazi project to develop a pure homeland for native species and authentic Aryan humans. There exists a metaphorical comparison between Nazi eliminationist policies regarding specific human populations and the eradication of invasive and non-native species in ecological restorations. Moreover, there are substantive environmental policies of the Nazi regime that appear to be similar to the goals and methodology of contemporary restoration practice. But there is also a more fundamental connection: the idea of the domination of the natural world. The idea of domination is the key to understanding both the process of ecological restoration and its real connection to Nazism.


Restoration, native species, exotics, Nazi environmentalism, domination

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Exotic Species, Naturalisation, and Biological Nativism Ned Hettinger

Artefacts and Functions: A Note on the Value of Nature Eric Katz

Nativism and Nature: Rethinking Biological Invasion. Jonah H. Peretti

Nature, Purity, Ontology Piers H.G. Stephens

Strangers in a Strange Land: The Problem of Exotic Species Mark Woods and Paul Veatch Moriarty

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles

Editorial: Borders and Boundaries. Simon Hailwood

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