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 from Finland (we're sorry), and is the sort of environmentalist who gives environmentalism a bad name. 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 Not even wrong, 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]

External links[edit]


  1. [1]
  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