The Lorax, a cute form of sinister propaganda….
I’m Mike Fitzsimmons with commentary on 920-KXLY…….
If you’re planning to take your children or the grand children to see the popular new movie, The Lorax, you might want to know that this is a Dr. Seuss story with attitude. And it isn’t exactly a simple fable. Rather, The Lorax is propaganda about the alleged threat that corporate greed poses to the environment. The Lorax is based on the save-the-planet environmentalism of the 1960s, but it is simply at odds with reality. First, the movie suggests that big business cut down all the trees, and now there are no more trees. It says nothing about reforestation. The fact is that the forest products industry and foresters are the best friend of the forest. They replant, of course, so they can have future profits. The Lorax somehow overlooks that important truth.
Moreover, according to the United Nations, forest land has been expanding in the Northern hemisphere. What? Where industrial harvesting is greatest, for the last two decades, Northern hemisphere forests are larger than they have been in the last 25 years? That’s right. You may be astonished to learn that deforestation is occurring in places where poverty, not industry, is the norm. Indeed, most trees in the world are cut for basics, like cooking and heat. The Lorax doesn’t mention this fact at all.
Environment myths abound. The media irresponsibly repeat them with no scrutiny so frequently, that these falsehoods are readily believed, facts notswithstanding. One such media is the movie industry. Largely propelled by left-wing ideology, Hollywood doesn’t care if the message if a movie is based on a false premise as long as it makes money. Like the Lorax, if the message is about a faulty environmental premise, who cares? But it doesn’t stop there. Now the Lorax is being incorporated into the curriculum of a growing number of school districts. This is how propaganda conditions a whole generation of unsuspecting children. Parents, do you know what your kids are learning? You might take a look.
With commentary on 920 – KXLY, I’m Mike Fitzsimmons
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