Editor’s Note: For those who believe I have only recently become critical of free market capitalism, the material in this article is adapted from our archives.
#1. The Passenger Pigeon
Consider the fate of the passenger pigeon.
It was once the most common avian species in the world. There used to be billions of them in the United States. The pioneers that settled Trans-Appalachia often encountered flocks containing millions of birds, but that was until settlers and loggers destroyed their habitat and market hunters annihilated the species. It was discovered that a cheap buck could be made through turning their carcasses into hog feed. Sadly, the passenger pigeon is no longer with us in the 21st century.
#2. The Buffalo
The American bison used to roam the North American heartland from Idaho to Georgia. Before the Civil War, there were 30 to 60 million bison on the Great Plains. By the 1890s, the bison had been hunted to near extinction by market hunters. There were only around 1,000 of them left in North America. The bison would have gone the way of the passenger pigeon if the federal government hadn’t intervened at the last minute by creating the first American wildlife refuges.
#3. The White Tail Deer
As hard as it is to believe now, the white tail deer was once extinct nearly everywhere east of the Rockies, and thrives in the South today only on account of the game laws that restrained free-market capitalism and saved the species. In 1930, there were only about 300,000 of them left in the United States. They have since made a spectacular comeback thanks to government intervention.
#4. The Wild Turkey
Enjoy Thanksgiving? A turkey sandwich?
The wild turkey (which Benjamin Franklin wanted to be America’s national bird) was similarly pushed to the brink of extinction by habitat destruction and market hunting. A century ago, there were only 30,000 of them left. The wild turkey could only be found in secluded areas like the swamps of Alabama. A coordinated effort between government agencies, the National Wildlife Turkey Federation and the hunting industry brought the wild turkey back for sportsmen to hunt.
#5. The Black Bear
The black bear, Alabama’s state mammal, had been pushed back by settlers to a few isolated wilderness pockets by the 20th century. Bears were shot as vermin or “varmints,” food and as trophies. The black bear population was wiped out in most of the eastern United States. As with countless other species, the black bear was saved by legislation which outlawed market hunting.
#6. The Bald Eagle
What could be more American than the bald eagle? It is our national bird and a symbol of the United States. In the 18th century, there were once as many as 300,000 to 500,000 bald eagles in U.S. and their range extended across the continent. By 1950, there were only a few hundred nesting pairs left in the continental United States. The use of pesticides like DDT, habitat destruction and market hunting decimated the bald eagle population which rebounded after DDT was banned and commercial hunting was outlawed. Government intervention and restraint saved the species.
#7. The Pronghorn Antelope
The majestic pronghorn antelope was once a common sight in the Old West. By 1908, there were only about 20,000 pronghorn antelope left in the United States thanks to market hunters. The population only recovered after wildlife preserves and hunting restrictions were established.
#8. The Beaver
There used to be as many as 60 million beavers in the United States before the fur trade drove the American beaver to extinction in most of its original range. The European beaver was likewise hunted to extinction throughout many parts of Europe. Both species are recovering in the 21st century on account of the game laws which outlawed market hunting.
#9. The Blue Whale
Blue whales were abundant in the world’s oceans until the 20th century. They could be found chilling along the Pacific coast from Alaska to California. In a mere sixty years, 99% of blue whales were hunted to extinction by market hunters. There are only an estimated 5,000 to 12,000 of them left alive today. They have experienced a slow recovery since whaling was banned under international treaties in the 1960s. We’ve had to restrain free-market capitalism from destroying the world’s biodiversity.
#11. The Red Wolf
If you live in the Southeastern United States, chances are you have never seen one of these magnificent creatures. The Red Wolf used to be a common predator in the Southeast with a triangular range that stretched from Texas to Florida to New York. That was before private property owners destroyed their ecosystem and exterminated the hated “varmint.” There are only about 200 Red Wolves left in North America. Most of these welfare parasites are currently slumming on public property maintained by taxpayer dollars which are unjustly being redistributed from the Koch Brothers.
#12. The Carolina Parakeet
If you’re anything like me, when you think of parrots the tropics usually come to mind. Most White Southerners are unaware that an indigenous species, the Carolina parakeet, used to be found in the forests of the eastern United States from the Ohio Valley to the Gulf of Mexico.
Unfortunately, the Carolina Parakeet suffered the same fate as the passenger pigeon. Their habitat was destroyed by careless White settlers who cut down forests to make room for new farmland. They were also shot en masse as “varmints” by private property owners and their colorful feathers were highly in demand as decorations in ladies’ hats. Although the Carolina parakeet flourished in captivity, free-market capitalism couldn’t find any commercial incentive to preserve the species and so it sadly went extinct in the early 20th century due to the inexorable logic of the operation of pure market forces.
#12. The Cougar
White Southerners love to swap stories and rumors about mountain lions prowling about their hunting land. As I child, I distinctly remember being spirited away one afternoon to see some of their tracks on my own family property. The ubiquitous cougar once roamed most of the Western Hemisphere from Alaska to Chile. It just so happens that a few weeks ago my wife had made a late night run to a nearby convenience store and spotted a huge cougar on the side of the road near Opelika, AL.
Cougars are rarely seen in the eastern United States these days. East of the Mississippi River, mountain lions were extirpated virtually everywhere outside of Florida by private property owners as another hated “varmint” thought to be more trouble than they are worth. The cougar was able to survive into modern times due largely to having such an extensive range while less widespread species haven’t shared their luck and have gradually gone extinct under free-market capitalism.
#13. The Heath Hen
In Colonial America, the heath hen was an extremely common and popular animal. It could often be found on the dinner plate of poor Americans. Some have speculated that it was heath hens (and not wild turkeys) that were consumed on the first Thanksgiving in Massachusetts.
Now all but forgotten, the heath hen was driven to extinction by market hunters and private property owners who decimated the species over the course of the 19th century. The “free market” apparently couldn’t find an incentive to preserve this animal for posterity either.
#14. The Bighorn Sheep
By now you should be starting to get the picture. There used to be millions of Bighorn sheep in the American West. By 1900, the market hunters had reduced their population to a few thousand. The species has made a dramatic comeback on the wildlife refuges established by the federal government. Libertarian ideologues insist that ‘government’ can’t do anything the ‘private sphere’ can’t do better, but any number of successful examples in wildlife management show otherwise.
#15. The White Race
I would like to conclude on an optimistic note.
Last but not least, White folks are projected to become a minority in the United States by 2042. A perfect storm of Third World immigration, miscegenation, feminism, abortion, homosexuality, cultural degeneration, differential birthrates and so forth, which are all rationalized in the name of ‘freedom’ and ‘equality’ and ‘growth’ under the paradigm of liberalism and free-market capitalism, has conspired to bring down the White man in his native habitat too. As with the black bears, wolves, cougars and the mountain lions of yesteryear, the White race is now despised as a vermin species and is denied an exclusive habitat and positive sense of identity by the US political establishment.
There is something that big government is definitely better at than the free market – wildlife management – and White Nationalism (Indian reservations for White people) is but a logical extension of the principle of conservation. I shudder for the fate of the White race should the cosmopolitan lolbertarianism of our global elites be taken to its logical conclusion which is the complete freedom of global capital and labor under our current system of globalization.
White folks are territorial and have emotions like all species on the planet and react defensively when they feel threatened. Far from being evil, this is natural when you think about it.
Note: I consider it a small miracle that Americans began to wake up to the sheer awfulness and destructiveness of free-market capitalism shortly before the Redwoods in California were turned into grape stakes. This was a turn toward conservation that began in the early 20th century which is sadly not a time which is well remembered by modern progressives.