So I learned today that Obama's new "science czar," John Holdren, was a population control Nazi along with the infamous Paul Ehrlich in the 1970's and is evidently unrepentant (both of the failed apocalyptic science and of the wicked policy proposals) to this day. His book Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment, co-authored with Paul and Anne Ehrlich in 1977, contains such charming proposals as forced abortion, putting sterilizing drugs in the water supply and staple food items, forced surgical sterilization, coercive government two-child policies, eugenics for undesirables, and a world-wide police force to administer all resources fairly.
Now, why should I be surprised? After all, we already know that Barack Obama is still in touch with the scary 70's radicals who influenced him. Why wouldn't he put somebody in charge of science for the nation who falsely predicted mass population explosion and the consequent destabilization of society and who advocated totalitarianism in response? That's our "hope and change" President for you.
But really, I should set cynicism aside. Because there is no way Holdren is going to be made even superficially to renounce these evil policies by the left, or by Obama, or by anybody. We on the right will fume, the left will mouth the phrase "out of context" (despite the fact that such views were absolutely typical of the population control enthusiasts of the 70's and despite all the money quotes you can eat from the book itself), the whole thing will blow over, and Holdren will get going on being science czar, whatever that may mean exactly.
And that's what is so horrifying. Let us make no mistake: The views of Holdren and the Ehrlichs in that book should be as disgusting to all men of sane and sound mind as the vilest anti-Semitism, the most blatant racial hatred and supremacism, as out of court and beyond the pale as proud membership in the KKK or the Nazi Party. They should be shunned. No one who co-authored such a book should even be considered for any public office until and unless he has at least claimed, explicitly and in detail, to have seen the light and utterly renounced those views. That combination of terrifying and gloating totalitarianism, hatred of mankind, hatred of life, hatred of the innocent unborn, hatred of female fertility, eugenics, and disregard of the rights of women not to be mutilated, is so loathsome that we who call ourselves conservatives should never, even in bitterness of heart, shrug our shoulders at it. It lives today in the UN Population Fund and in numerous other population control programs around the world. And it lives today in the minds of people like Holdren and the many silent liberals who think that what he and the Ehrlichs said in that book is, at most, a little over the top.
We will doubtless have no success holding Obama's and Holdren's feet to the fire on this. But it should nevertheless not go unremarked. We are now in an administration that has no problem promoting such people, and that bodes very ill for our country.
Related: Here are my remarks on the recent Ginsberg interview affair. (As you see, I've now decided to blog a bit about the Ginsberg comments after all.) I consider that the views Ginsberg said she originally associated with Roe are likewise so vile that Ginsberg should not be allowed to get away with any unclarity on the subject and should be forced by public opinion to say whether she did or did not support Roe v. Wade during the time when she believed that it was all about limiting those "populations we don't want to have too many of."