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One might imagine that the educated, especially scientists, would be smart enough not to fall into these traps, but cases from history dampen hopes for such optimism.
There is a very interesting book in German by Eugeniusz Nowak called "Wissenschaftler in turbulenten Zeiten" (or scientists in turbulent times) that deals with the lives of ornithologists, conservationists and other naturalists during the Second World War.
The pursuit of easily gamed targets such as GDP is preferrable to ecological amelioration since money is a man-made and controllable entity.
Nationalism, pride, other forms of chauvinism, the creation of enemies and the magnification of war threats are all effective tools in the arsenal of Machiavelli for use in misdirecting the masses when things go wrong.
Himmler regarded himself not as the fantasist he was but as a patron of science.
After the war he became a zoological artist of repute.Nowak was a student of Erwin Stresemann (with whom the first chapter deals with) and he writes about several European (but mostly German, Polish and Russian) ornithologists and their lives during the turbulent 1930s and 40s.Although Europe is pretty far from India, there are ripples that reached afar.This paper (read it online here) was published when Niethammer was posted to the security at the main gate of the concentration camp.You might be forgiven if you thought he was just a victim of the war.