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Here Lies the Worst of All
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If you read Philip K. Dick's novels, you know who Reagan was: he was Buster Friendly. Tireless, grinning, never taking himself too seriously -- and avidly working to destroy anything worth saving.

Like Buster, Reagan hated Nature -- the animals, the forests -- most of all. You can explain his hatred as the result of buyout by timber and oil interests, and that's true to some extent. But other rightwing politicians in the habit of colluding with the energy biz go to some trouble to pretend they value all that environmental shit. Reagan never did. In fact, his record of anti-Nature invective is one of the few clear intellectual themes one can discern in his speeches. While still governor of California, he made the famous "If you've seen one Redwood tree, you've seen'em all" remark. He always made the extra effort to revile trees and the people who hugged them, to disseminate ridiculous claims about plants causing pollution, and to strip first California and then the whole country of every park, wilderness or environmental law. As far as I can see, this was his only principle: hatred of life. And the more beautiful and rare the life, the more intense his hatred.

And now the amnesiac selfishness which characterized his whole undeservedly long, comfortable life has finally lapped over the top and stopped his heart. It was typical of him, though, to pick an exit that denied all thought, and all suffering. Those were for lesser breeds.
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