There are threads connecting three exceptionally memorable essays that I have just read, but I lack the time to draw them out beyond the barest outline.
First read this righteous polemic by Robert Zubrin, adapted from a chapter in his recent book. In vivid detail it summarizes the cruel despotism visited upon the developing world by the “family planning” complex of private agitation and public funding, which by means of mendacity, coercion, blackmail, and intimidation has tyrannized and abused millions, earning in spades the full force of Zubrin’s term holocaust. “In just five short years, the U.S. non-military foreign aid program was transformed from a mission of mercy to an agency for human elimination.” It’s not an exaggeration.
Next read Walter Russell Mead’s probing discussion of meritocracy and its discontents, the second half of which throws light on the inner incubators of that autocratic mentality whose rotten fruit Zubrin details.
Finally, read this beautiful appreciation of Burke’s prodigious eloquence and his remarkable wisdom, framed by a lyrical sketch of the great Irishman’s own inner life; attend particularly to the passages on his fury at the calamity of man’s inhumanity to man, which his wisdom discerned and to which his eloquence bore witness, throughout his long, grueling public life of service.