Friday, July 10, 2009


Want to see how "great" the Obama admin is?

Look at Ecoscience

In 1977 John Holdren wrote a book advocating:

Forced abortions. Mass sterilization. A "Planetary Regime" with the power of life and death over American citizens.

The tyrannical fantasies of a madman? Or merely the opinions of the person now in control of science policy in the United States? Or both?

These ideas (among many other equally horrifying recommendations) were put forth by John Holdren, whom Barack Obama has recently appointed Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, and Co-Chair of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology -- informally known as the United States' Science Czar. In a book Holdren co-authored in 1977, the man now firmly in control of science policy in this country wrote that:

• Women could be forced to abort their pregnancies, whether they wanted to or not;
• The population at large could be sterilized by infertility drugs intentionally put into the nation's drinking water or in food;
• Single mothers and teen mothers should have their babies seized from them against their will and given away to other couples to raise;
• People who "contribute to social deterioration" (i.e. undesirables) "can be required by law to exercise reproductive responsibility" -- in other words, be compelled to have abortions or be sterilized.
• A transnational "Planetary Regime" should assume control of the global economy and also dictate the most intimate details of Americans' lives -- using an armed international police force.

This is not a joke, this is real.

You want radicalism? Here. It. Is.

And doesn't this sound a bit... familiar?

Humanity cannot afford to muddle through the rest of the twentieth century; the risks are too great, and the stakes are too high. This may be the last opportunity to choose our own and our descendants' destiny. Failing to choose or making the wrong choices may lead to catastrophe. But it must never be forgotten that the right choices could lead to a much better world.

This is the final paragraph of the book, which I include here only to show how embarrassingly inaccurate his "scientific" projections were. In 1977, Holdren thought we were teetering on the brink of global catastrophe, and he proposed implementing fascistic rules and laws to stave off the impending disaster. Luckily, we ignored his warnings, yet the world managed to survive anyway without the need to punish ourselves with the oppressive society which Holdren proposed. Yes, there still is overpopulation, but the problems it causes are not as morally repugnant as the "solutions" which John Holdren wanted us to adopt.

Next time Obama blathers on about the importance of regulating -well- everything to fight global warming, remember his advisor's the views on combating another grave threat, overpopulation.

1 comment:

Keith Anselm said...

This reveals that Holdren has held some unfortunate views. I wonder what he believes now.

In the USA, we do not presently have a population crisis, and I expect we could comfortably increase our population by a large margin, perhaps even tripling it if it doesn't come too fast.

I think those views came from poor modelling... which is disturbing in itself.

Let's hope that Holdren has a better idea who to trust now. I don't have great confidence in models that don't seriously confront their assumptions.

Which brings us of course to global warming. Personally, I think it is very likely to have meaningful human contriubtion to the problem. Global warming is happening, it will have economic consequences. But anyone who claims to have a time-table is bullshitting you or themself.

I'd like to see Haldren come out and say that.

[The birthrate in Europe sorted itself out without need for legislation. I expect, as conditions and economics (and the culture) change in response to increased population, it will also sort itself out here.]