Report From Iron Mountain03/24/10
On February 21, 2010 at 8:11 pm I received the following message from Sam Sanford:
I was just reading a document called “Report From Iron Mountain” and it seems to have a lot of connections to some of the ideas Reclamation is working with, specifically environmentalism as religion and the current trend of global-warming anxiety.
It’s a really bizarre document produced in 1963 by a “Special Study Group” made up of scientists, sociologists, political scientists, and military strategists, which was later leaked by one of the members and published by the Dial Press. This group was charged with projecting what would happen if the Soviet Union, China, and the US achieved a lasting peace through disarmament of their nuclear arsenals. They came up with some very scary conclusions about the social and economic functions of war and what would be required to replace it in order to maintain a “stable” society. One of their conclusions was that some sort of imminent threat of destruction from outside would always be necessary to maintain belief in the idea of nationhood and the necessity of political rule, and one of the ideas they proposed was the threat of destruction due to environmental pollution. They even suggested deliberately increasing pollution in order to ease the transition to peace.
Anyway I thought I should mention this to you since it seemed like such a moment of synchronicity reading about this the day after reading the text of your show. If you’re interested in reading the Report From Iron Mountain you can download it at