Ho-hum. Government-forced population control is becoming chic once again. In the name of "reducing carbon emissions," of course. You could have guessed.
In this post I pointed out that the depths of evil involved in population control should make it as shameful to have been associated with it or to have advocated it as to have advocated Nazism. I argued that people just aren't ashamed enough of it, don't admit how truly evil it is, and that this explains the failure to hold the feet of someone like Holdren to the fire for being involved in advocating it in the 1970's along with Paul Ehrlich.
Well, that didn't take long. The half-hearted distancing from government population control on the part of the left is giving way to only-slightly-coy advocacy of it once again. And I bet nobody will ever be ashamed of this, either, even if someone who embraces it is later tapped for an important government position in the United States.
Alex Renton of the Guardian particularly wants white people in Western countries to engage in population hari-kari so that there can be more poor Africans:
[B]ased on current emissions and life expectancy, one less British child would permit some 30 women in sub-Saharan Africa to have a baby and still leave the planet a cleaner place.
There's a compelling argument.
But there's more. Renton is a bit uncomfortable with China's one-child policy, which he brings himself to call "draconian," but here is what he actually says about it:
The only nation to have taken steps to do this is China – and the way it went about enforcing the notorious one child policy is one of the reasons the rest of us are so horrified by the notion of state intervention. Yet China now has 300-400 million fewer people. It was certainly the most successful governmental attempt to preserve the world's resources so far.
Y'gotta admire those woman-mutilating communists. At least they're being green. And we all know it's not easy being green.
Renton's kinder, gentler suggestion is soft coercion. Evidently he assumes that in his Ideal Britain, everyone has a "personal carbon allowance." Some of us think this sounds pretty horrible, but Renton takes it for granted as a public policy measure and muses on how, once it's in place, it might be used to pressure Western women to have fewer children:
But how do you reduce population in countries where women's rights are already achieved and birth-control methods are freely available? Could children perhaps become part of an adult's personal carbon allowance? Could you offer rewards: have one child only and you may fly to Florida once a year?
Sick, sick, sick.
He ends on an ominous note:
Some scientists, the German chancellor's adviser, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber among them, say that if the cuts are not achieved, we will end up with a planet with a "carrying capacity" of just 1bn humans. If so, we need to start cutting back population now with methods that offer a humane choice – before it happens the hard way.
Get that? Dragging women off to abortion clinics is just something that will "happen" if we don't spread around the condoms more widely now in the greedy, Western world. It will just "happen"--sad, and all that, but you can't say he didn't warn us.