December 16, 2007

Anti-Americanism, Anti-Humanism, Make-'em-all-like-me-ism?

Justin Katz

Today's surprising factoid comes from Mark Steyn, after a few paragraphs on the voluntary depopulation movement:

Lest you think the above are "extremists," consider how deeply invested the "mainstream" is in a total fiction. At the recent climate jamboree in Bali, the Reverend Al Gore told the assembled faithful: "My own country the United States is principally responsible for obstructing progress here." Really? "The American Thinker" website ran the numbers. In the seven years between the signing of Kyoto in 1997 and 2004, here's what happened:
  • Emissions worldwide increased 18.0%.
  • Emissions from countries that signed the treaty increased 21.1%.
  • Emissions from non-signers increased 10.0%.
  • Emissions from the U.S. increased 6.6%.

It's hard not to conclude a form of mental illness has gripped the world's elites. If you're one of that dwindling band of westerners who'll be celebrating the birth of a child, "homeless" or otherwise, next week, make the most of it. A year or two on, and the eco-professors will propose banning nativity scenes because they set a bad example.

Stepping back for the broad view of cultural implication, one gets the impression that the world's elites (as a group) no longer wish to undertake the responsibility of children, so realizing the inexorable nature of demographic shifts, they're attempting to persuade the rest of us not to disturb the ratio of power.

I realize that there may be mitigating considerations relevant to Steyn's emissions numbers (such as the market types and stages of each category). I wonder, however, whether there are similar considerations when it comes to, say, claims about the increasing disproportion of relative wealth. Perhaps the low-end group is growing while the high-end shrinks (per capita) for the plain reason that the former continues to have children while the latter has fewer.

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Someday they will call Canada the "Land of the Free". And America will have become a socialist-fascist regime where you have to recycle your own pee and owning anything not made from 100% post-consumer recycled materials will be punishable by death.

Meanwhile, Ethiopia will have a great industrial revolution and will be spewing massive amounts of coal exhaust into the air and the U.N. will praise them for it.

Posted by: Greg at December 16, 2007 10:17 AM

Progressive (gun and God banned, abortions free of charge) China is the world's biggest polluter. In 10 years it will have TRIPLE the emissions of the U.S.
Voluntary depopulation?
I say let the Left keep adhering to their "one child" policy while their growing sodomite contingent emit their seed in a locale not likely to induce pregnancy anytime soon.
They will fall from their unnatural dominance as surely as the Ceacuscuea's and other progressive tyrants of eastern Europe.

Posted by: Mike at December 16, 2007 10:49 AM


That's why the whole depopulation movement amuses me. Between this and their abortion rate there won't BE any 'progressives' left in two more generations.

Posted by: Greg at December 16, 2007 11:32 AM

What? You mean we should not follow the Georgia Guidestones?

Posted by: PDM at December 16, 2007 1:46 PM

Destroy the left-right paradigm. While the extreme left wants a nanny state, the extreme right wants a corporate-fascist state.
The powers that be - the global elite - the international bankers, support both, because either way, they maintain wage slavery through a debt-based world economy. We are approaching serfdom. You can't blame it all on the left, or the right. It's an unending back and forth game that keeps our liberty in shackles. War creates debt. NY bankers supported Hitler on the right, while also supporting Lenin on the left. The rest of us tread water while our "leaders" have their puppet strings pulled, regardless of party.

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