Tuesday, July 14, 2009
John Holdren is President Barack Obama’s White House Science Advisor. John Holdren is also the co-author of a 1977 book called Eco Science in which he offered a series of recommendations that seem right out of dystopian science fiction.
According to the website Zombietime, Holdren, along with Paul Ehlrich, author of the 1968 book The Population Bomb, made the following recommendations:
“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.”
Amazon lists Ecoscience as being long out of print, but Zombietime has included some scans of the book to prove that the remarkable proposals were actually made by an American scientist who is now advising the President of the United States and not, say, a Nazi Party official from the 1930s or a villain from a Bond movie.
John Holdren himself has not renounced the opinions expressed in the book and apparently still includes Ecoscience in his curriculum vitae.
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To put the matter into historical context, the “threat” of a population explosion was considered very real by many people in the 1970s. Paul Ehlrich’s Population Bomb was a runaway best seller and was very influential in certain policy circles. The idea was that unrestricted population growth would cause over consumption of the Earth’s resources, especially food and water, and would lead to a great die off due to famine and other social ills caused by overpopulation.
Popular culture lent itself to the hysteria with films like Soylent Green, staring Charlton Heston, set in a future world in which hordes of people crowd the streets, fighting over rations of an industrially created good product called Soylent Green. Soylent Green was based on a novel called Make Room! Make Room!
The threat of overpopulation is somewhat diminished due to a lower than expected population growth and the development of improved agricultural and other technologies that has allowed the Earth to support a population roughly double that of forty years ago.
More disturbing than John Holdren’s views on controlling human population is his delving into views that sound an awful lot like eugenics. What does he mean, anyway, by “People who “contribute to social deterioration?” When people of a certain political persuasion used to talk that way, they meant people from “undesirable” racial and socio economic groups.
John Holdren has made some more recent off putting suggestions. One proposal from Obama’s White House science advisor was the suggestion to shoot “polluting particles” into the atmosphere to fight global warmin.
So far the media has greeted these revelations with silence, which one suspects that it would not if John Holdren worked for a Republican administration. But John Holdren needs to be called to account for the views written in Ecoscience and to explain which if any he still holds today and, if so, why he should continue to hold a post of public trust.
Sources: John Holdren and Obama’s War on Science, Mark R. Whittington, Associated Content, December 20th, 2009
John Holdren’s Mad Scheme that Could Destroy the Earth, Mark R. Whittington, Associated Content, April 10th, 2009
This article was posted: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 4:27 am