Pentti Linkola

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If there were a button I could press, I would sacrifice myself without hesitating, if it meant millions of people would die.
—Pentti Linkola. No, he didn't accidentally leave out a word in that sentence.[1]

Pentti Linkola is a writer, fisherman, and radical environmentalist from Finland. The hardest of the hard greens, he believes that human population should drop to a small fraction of its current numbers to curb consumerism.

Specific views[edit]

He has advocated eugenics and praised the idea of World War III as a depopulation measure and in the same vein he has defended the Holocaust:

We even have to be able to re-evaluate Fascism[2] and recognize the service that philosophy made 30 years ago when it freed the Earth from the weight of tens of millions of overeating Europeans, six million of them by an almost ideally environment-preserving means.[3]

And the 2004 Madrid bombings:

Every act which disrupts the progress of Earth's life destroying Western culture is positive.[4]

He does not refer to himself as "hard green", but instead he describes himself as a "deep ecologist" in Can Life Prevail?, the first of his books to be published in English.[5]

Linkola is an atheist. He particularly opposes Lutheran Laestadianism, which forbids contraception. Laestadians usually have large families, which he thinks should be criminalized.[6]

Influence (or lack thereof)[edit]

The perpetrator of the Jokela school shootingWikipedia's W.svg, Pekka-Eric Auvinen, was a fan of Linkola's texts and quoted him several times on his website he left behind. Linkola claimed Auvinen to not have been particularly motivated by him:

In all likelihood there was no philosophical angle to [the shooting]. If it had been more planned out and more efficient, then possibly.[7]

Linkola's international reach has been limited by the fact that he doesn't know English, so his thoughts have been mainly promoted by followers and through translations instead.

External links[edit]


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  2. Apparently, Linkola can't distinguish between Fascism and Nazism
  3. "kyettävä fasisminkin uudelleenarviointiin ja tunnustettava se palvelus, minkä tuo filosofia jo 30 vuotta sitten teki vapauttaessaan maapallon kymmenien miljoonien ylensyövien eurooppalaisten kuormituksesta, niistä kuuden miljoonan lähes ihanteellisen kivuttomalla, elinympäristöä haittaamattomalla tavalla" (Pentti Linkola: Toisinajattelijan päiväkirjasta. WSOY 1979)
  4. A Linkola fansite
  5. New Deep Ecology Book: Pentti Linkola's "Can Life Prevail?", PRLog, 8 April 2009