The nazi comparison in the debate over restoration: Nativism and domination

Eric Katz

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In this essay, I discuss the comparison between the restoration of natural environments and the Nazi project to develop a pure homeland for native species and authentic Aryan humans. There exists a metaphorical comparison between Nazi eliminationist policies regarding specific human populations and the eradication of invasive and non-native species in ecological restorations. Moreover, there are substantive environmental policies of the Nazi regime that appear to be similar to the goals and methodology of contemporary restoration practice. But there is also a more fundamental connection: the idea of the domination of the natural world. The idea of domination is the key to understanding both the process of ecological restoration and its real connection to Nazism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)377-398
Number of pages22
JournalEnvironmental Values
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Environmental Science
  • Philosophy


  • Domination
  • Exotics
  • Native species
  • Nazi environmentalism
  • Restoration


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