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Elliot Rodger–Would-be Modern Eugenicist

The dude who killed 6 before killing himself managed to get his manifesto posted to the web before offing himself.  Clearly, Elliot Rodger was not a well person.  Perhaps sometime I will have something more to say about him, having scanned his book.  I do not find his screed particularly surprising;  it seems exactly what we should expect in a hyper-sexualized society that emphasizes ‘fairness’ and elevates the alleviation or lack of suffering as the highest moral good.  What follows below is an excerpt where his viewpoint is summarized, and it dovetailed so well with some of my researches in eugenics, I wanted a record of my own for future discussion.

Probably the worst news to come out of the whole affair is that Rodger was not a Christian or a ‘member’ of the Tea Party and did not commit his acts in a place where gun control laws are very loose.

bringonbravenewworldHorvath-thumbAs it seems to me, Rodger definitely has caught the spirit of the eugenic mindset, minus the power he would need to practically implement any of his improvements of the race, and endued with a hatred of women stemming from his own hyper-sexualized outlook on the purpose of existence.  Besides the Darwinian/eugenic elements, there is the Nietzsche-Superman element that is often present in our mass murders, past and present.  I’d really like to see the books he was reading.

If you swap out ‘women’ for ‘Jews,’ ‘Negros’, or ‘feeble-minded,’ you will have pretty nearly the same flavor of things pre-1945, in Germany, yes, but also in America.  Three generations of imbeciles is quite enough, don’t you agree?

Anyway, reading this I was also reminded of my short story, “Bring on the Brave New World” where there are some uncanny similarities between my main character and the ideological components that fester in his mind and whatever was festering in Elliot Rodger.  The difference seems to be that in my story, my main character sees the same problem that Rodger does–what can practically accomplished “in his lifetime”–and sees that as the first thing to address before moving on to bigger and better things.  Apart from that, the similarities are striking;  methinks there is a universal acid at work, here.  Without further ado, from Mr. Rodger:

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When I think about the amazing and blissful life I could have lived if only females were sexually attracted to me, my entire being burns with hatred.  They denied me a happy life, and in return I will take away all of their lives.  It is only fair.

I am not part of the human race.  Humanity as rejected me.  The females of the human species have never wanted to mate with me, so how could I possibly consider myself part of humanity?  Humanity has never accepted me among them, and now I know why.  I am more than human.  I am superior to them all.  I am Elliot Rodger… Magnificent, glorious, supreme, eminent… Divine!  I am the closest thing there is to a living god.  Humanity is a disgusting, depraved, and evil species.  It is my purpose to punish them all.  I will purify the world of everything that is wrong with it.  On the Day of Retribution, I will truly be a powerful god, punishing everyone I deem to be impure and depraved.

Epilogue

And that is how my tragic life ends.  Who would have thought my life will turn out this way?  I didn’t.  There was a time when I thought this world was a good and happy place.  As a child, my whole world was innocent.  It wasn’t until I went through puberty and started desiring girls that my whole life turned into a living hell.  I desired girls, but girls never desired me back. There is something very wrong with that.  It is an injustice that cannot go unpunished.  There is no way I could live a  happy life with such a scenario.

Not only did I have to waste my entire youth suffering in loneliness and unfulfilled desire, but I had to live with the knowledge that other boys my age were able to have all of the experiences I craved for.  It is absolutely unfair and unjust.  In addition, I had to suffer the shame of other boys respecting me less because I didn’t get any girls.  Everyone knew I was a virgin.  Everyone knew how undesirable I was to girls, and I hated everyone just for knowing it.  I want people to think that girls adore me.  I want to feel worthy.  There is no pride in living as a lonely, unwanted outcast.  I wouldn’t even call it living.

I am not meant to live such a pathetic, miserable life.  That is not my place in this world  I will not bow down and accept such a horrific fate.  If humanity will not give me a place among them, then I will destroy them all.  I am better than all of them. I am a god.  Exacting my Retribution is my way of proving my true worth to the world.

 

In the midst of my suffering, I have been able to see the world much clearer than others.  I have vision that other people lack.  Through my suffering, I have been able to see just how twisted and wrong this world really is.  The current state of humanity is what makes it wrong.  I look at the human race and I see only vileness and depravity, all because of an act known as … sexuality…

Sex is by far the most evil concept in existence.  The fact that life itself exists through sex just proves that life is flawed.  The act of sex gives human beings a tremendous amount of pleasure.  Pleasure they don’t deserve.  No one deserves to experience so much pleasure, especially since some  humans get to experience it while some are denied it.  When a man has sex with a beautiful woman, he probably feels like he is in heaven.  But the world is not supposed to be heaven.  For some humans to actually be able to feel such heights of heavenly pleasure is selfish and hedonistic.

The ultimate evil behind sexuality is the human female.  They are the main instigators of sex.  They control which men get it and which men don’t.  Women are flawed creatures, and my mistreatment at their hands has made me realize this sad truth.  There is something very twisted and wrong with the way their brains are wired.  They think like beasts, and in truth, they are beasts.  Women are incapable of having morals or thinking rationally.  They are completely controlled by their depraved emotions and vile sexual impulses.  Because of this, the men who do get to experience the pleasures of sex and the privilege of breeding are the men who women are sexually attracted to… the stupid, degenerate, obnoxious men.  I have observed this all my life.  The most beautiful of women choose to mate with the most brutal of men, instead of magnificent gentlemen like myself.

Women should not have the right to choose who to mate and breed with.  That decision should be made for them by rational men of intelligence.  If women continue to have rights, they will only hinder the advancement of the human race by breeding with degenerate men and creating stupid, degenerate offspring.    This will cause humanity to become even more depraved with each generation.  Women have more power in human society than they deserve, all because of sex.  There is no creature more evil and depraved than the human female.

Women are like the plague.  They don’t deserve any rights.  Their wickedness must be contained in order to prevent future generations from falling to degeneracy.  Women are vicious, evil, barbaric animals, and they need to be treated as such.

 

In fully realizing these truths about the world, I have created the ultimate and perfect ideology of how a fair and pure world would work.  In an ideal world, sexuality would not exist.  It must be outlawed.  In a world without sex, humanity will be pure and uncivilized.  Men will grow up healthily, without having to worry about such a barbaric act.  All men will grow up fair and equal, because no man will be able to experience the pleasures of sex while others are denied it.  The human race will evolve to an entirely new level of civilization, completely devoid of all the impurity and degeneracy that exists today.

In order to completely abolish sex, women themselves would have to be abolished.  All women must be quarantined like the plague they are, so that they can be used in a manner that actually benefits a civilized society.  In order to carry this out, there must exist a new and powerful type of government, under the control of one divine ruler, such as myself.  The ruler that establishes this new order would have complete control over every aspect of society, in order to direct it towards a good and pure place.  At the disposal of this government, there needs to be a highly trained army of fanatically loyal troops, in order to enforce such revolutionary laws.

The first strike against women will be to quarantine all of them in concentration camps.  At these camps, the vast majority of the female population will be deliberately starved to death.  That would be an efficient and fitting way to kill them all off.  I would take great pleasure and satisfaction in condemning every single woman on earth to starve to death.  I would have an enormous tower built just for myself, where I can oversee the entire concentration camp and gleefully watch them all die.  If I can’t have them, no one will, I’d imagine thinking to myself as I oversee this.  Women represent everything that is unfair with t his world, and in order to make the world a fair place, they must all be eradicated.

A few women would be spared, however, for the sake of reproduction.  These women would be kept and bred in secret labs.  There, they will be artificially inseminated with sperm samples in order to produce offspring.  Their depraved nature will slowly be bred out of them in time.

Future generations of men would be oblivious to these women’s existence, and that is for the best.  If a man grows up without knowing of the existence of women, there will be no desire for sex.  Sexuality will completely cease to exist.  Love will cease to exist.  There will no longer be any imprint of such concepts in the human psyche.  It is the only way to purify the world.

In such a pure world, the man’s mind can develop to greater heights than ever before.  Future generations will live t heir lives free of having to worry about the barbarity of sex and women, which will enable them to expand their intelligence and advance the human race to a state of perfect civilization.

It is such a shameful pity that my ideal world cannot be created.  I realized long ago that there is no way that I could possibly rise to such a level of power in my lifetime, with the way the world is now.  Such a thing will never become a reality for me, but it did give me something to fantasize about as I burned with hatred towards all women for rejecting me throughout the years.  This whole viewpoint and ideology of abolishing sex stems from being deprived of it all my life.  If I can’t have it, I will do everything I can to DESTROY IT.

My orchestration of the Day of Retribution is my attempt to do everything, in my power, to destroy everything that I cannot have.  All of those beautiful girls I’ve desired so much in my life, but can never have because they despise and loathe me, I will destroy.  All of those popular people who live hedonistic lives of pleasure, I will destroy, because they never accepted me as one of them.  I will kill them all and make them suffer, just as they have made me suffer.  It is only fair.

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What World War Two Online Can Teach Us About God, the Universe, and Ourselves

There comes a point in the evening when I’m totally tapped out. I hit about 10 p.m., and all I really want to do is go to bed. Unfortunately, I’ve always had trouble falling asleep. There are few things I hate more than laying on my mattress, staring at the ceiling for 2-3 hours, wishing for sleep. Others, I suppose watch TV, but I’m not much of a TV person. Reading a book or writing used to be my ‘go-to’ solutions but for at least a half decade now, my eyes glaze over and I get nowhere. Thankfully, there is a game out there that fills in this time period nicely, World War Two Online.

In brief, it is a military simulation game that re-enacts a phase of World War Two and allows genuine combined arms combat. You can play as infantry with a variety of weapons to choose from, grab a tank, fly a plane, drive a supply truck, takes to the seas as a destroyer, or the rivers in a patrol boat. The arena of conflict is Europe, at half-scale. Nearly every combatant one encounters is a real human player; only in a few cases are there ‘AI’ emplacements. It’s just cool to be advancing on a town with a dozen other soldiers with allied tanks creaking along next to you, watching a flight of fighter pilots screech overhead–knowing that all of these are real players, not programmed ‘entities.’ That many of the players are history buffs and have a deep appreciation of the sacrifice that soldiers made during the war, and make today, is a big plus. I find in many of the players kindred spirits.

The game started in 2001. I played it for a few years, took a long break, and then picked it up again about 2 years ago. I have always been drawn to the theological aspects of the game.

“Theological aspects of the game? Did you really just say, theological?”

Yea, that’s right. In fact, about ten years ago I penned an essay reflecting on the challenges that the owners of the game (Cornered Rats Software) have in creating the World War Two Online. On the one hand, they want an accurate and realistic simulation, and on the other hand, they need people to subscribe to the game, and if there are elements of ‘reality’ that people don’t like, there is no way for CRS to compel them to continue paying or playing. As a case in point, except under narrow circumstances, death by ‘friendly fire’ is not permitted in the physics of the game. One can only suppose that there were early problems with people on the Axis side spawning in on the Allied and gunning down their compatriots, causing grief and, worse, unsubscriptions. (the Allies would never do such a thing! 😉 ) Out went friendly fire. But how realistic is that?

Not very, and it has definite in-game consequences. For example, when there is a huge battle going on and there is a high number of players on either side in a small area, it is common to have a bomber or ten come flying in and drop their bombs on everyone below. Since there is no friendly fire, only the enemy players die. You can imagine the tactical implications for the pilots if friendly fire was indeed enabled. Interestingly, this is one of the few ‘hacks’ of ‘reality’ that players don’t complain about.

The present campaign has taken a turn for the worse for the allies. For some reason, Allied players tend to be Americans and the Axis tend to be Europeans. (This is a very broad generalization.) When the Americans go to bed, the Europeans come out during what is referred to as “Time Zone 3” or TZ3, and are able to quickly and efficiently capture town after town after town, finding little to no resistance. What was a brutally hard fought victory involving hundreds of players the night before is erased by maybe a dozen Axis players overnight.

And boy are the Allies howling, threatening to ‘unsub’ and demanding tweaks to ‘reality.’

They remind me very much like your garden variety atheist.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I can understand the Allied player’s frustrations, just as I can understand your typical skeptic’s complaints about our own reality. After all, no one likes losing, and right now, the Axis have a deep beachhead in England and are on the verge of winning the whole campaign–all of this because of one night’s romp through northern France. Similarly, no one likes poverty, suffering, pain, evil, slavery, persecution, hunger, and so on. God is omnipotent and omniscient, no? He should know how to be able to end all of those things–by definition–and he should have the power to carry out that plan in a blink of an eye–by definition–so why doesn’t he?

I think that games like World War Two Online give us good clues to the answer, which is, in short: we don’t really understand what we’re asking, and, if we’re being honest, we’d still find a way to complain, even if we were given exactly what we asked for.

In the case of the game, any number of ‘proposals’ have been offered to mitigate the harm that players in TZ3 can inflict, but of course the assumption is that the only one this would apply to are the Axis players during a time period when all the Americans (the bulk of the paying customers, I suppose) are in bed. They forget, however, that the Europeans also must go to bed, and they have their own version of TZ3, where they risk getting rolled back into Germany. Any rules created to deal with the TZ3 situation would have to be applied to both sides, or else there would really be an uproar. I can just see what the Allies would say about 1 p.m. in the afternoon when they try to get something going, only to be hemmed in by arbitrary ‘patches’ to the game reality, ‘patches’ that they demanded to be implemented.

As in the movie “The Life of Bryan”, there is just no pleasing some people.

Similarly, if you were to take just one thing that we’d like God to snap his fingers and fix, say, pain, the ‘fix’ seems easy but I think we’d instantly complain about that, too. If we’re being honest, anyway. Pain is felt because of some kind of violation of the human envelope, from a thorn piercing the skin, a bullet through a bone, a cancer growing from within. So why couldn’t God just make someone’s skin bulletproof ? Easy enough. An omniscient, omnipotent God would be able to pull that off quickly enough. After all, we mortals know how to make things bulletproof–sandbags, very thick glass, Kevlar, and so on.

“Say, are those sandbags under your eyes, or are you just tired?” Yes, I can just see how happy we would be if humans were now encased, permanently, in materials inches to feet thick, impervious to the painful touch of the death-dealing bullet–and also to the pleasures that come from being able to interact with reality, and with each other.

So then you say, “How about just having it so that our skin is just how it is now, but when someone tries to shoot another person, at that very instant, their skin becomes bulletproof, just in that spot, and then reverts back to normal?”

To which I might reply, “And if that person is in the midst of a terrible crime, say, raping another person, should that person’s skin also become bulletproof?”

And now our skeptic has to weasel out of the implications of his request. “But God will know when that rule should apply, and would only make someone bulletproof if they are the innocent person.”

“Are you saying that we humans have always agreed on when someone is innocent or not? If someone is shot and killed but you were certain they were innocent, wouldn’t you complain? Would you not also complain that He has one set of rules for some people and another for others, or even for everyone, depending on the situation?”

The skeptic retorts, “But God could easily insulate everyone from every evil, painful act that anyone ever does, and we wouldn’t be having this conversation at all. I know what you’re going to say–this would eliminate our ‘free will,’ but it wouldn’t because we could still do the things, we could still shoot someone, for example, just nothing would happen when it was done with evil intent.”

To which I would say, “So, in other words, but if God intervened in this way, consistently, there would be no such thing as anyone being able to do anything with evil intent in the first place, because whenever someone acted evilly, God would intervene. What you’re asking for is that God build into the rules of reality your absolute and total obedience to what He wants. In this scenario, how does one distinguish between Him and You at all since everything you do is exactly what He would have you do? You’re not just undermining free will, you are obliterating any possibility of there being a real you distinct from Him.”

To which I have heard in reply, “If it is really the case that in order for me to really be me, and not just a God ordained and programmed automaton, there must be pain–”

I interject at this point, always, to clarify, “the possibility of pain…”

“–there must be the possibility of pain, then seeing the way the world is, I can only conclude that it would be better to not exist at all. Why even bother creating us if he knew (and he must have known) what kind of horror humans were going to inflict upon each other?”

In my experience, this is about where everyone ends up if they begin insisting that God bends reality in particular cases to address particular abuses that different individuals perceive are in play–ignoring, as they always do, that different individuals invariably demand mutually exclusive ‘fixes’ that cannot all be implemented, at the same time, such that this person or that person will invariably conclude that, if this is really the case, it is better to not exist at all.

Don’t laugh–that’s exactly what the ‘ethicist’ Peter Singer said when faced with the prospect of unending human suffering. See this link.

Leaving aside, for a moment, the fact that there is a brand of theism that does not posit unending human suffering, but insists that it is a temporary thing that God is not indifferent to and has take definite action to deal with–but according to the previously established ‘rules’ of the ‘game’ He had created–I find that the problem, chiefly, is not the Game Maker, but the game players, and their ornery nature.  (This brand of theism is called ‘Christianity.’)

To quickly illustrate–I know an atheist who asked God for a sign that He existed and that there was an after-life, who then received said sign, called me up frantically on the telephone to discuss the matter in detail, only to decide, as time went on, that his experience was more likely to be a hallucination or an elaborate prank.  At the time, he thought neither could possibly be the case.  Here is a man who got exactly what he wanted, and still was not satisfied.

To me, that is the story of mankind.

The right question, in my view, is not, “isn’t it better to not exist at all?” ie, seeing the matter from our perspective, but rather, from the Maker’s perspective, “isn’t it better to not create free agents at all?”

The answer to this, I think, is not the sort of thing easily ‘reasoned’ out. Those of you reading this who are artists and creators know exactly what I mean. The people who run and operated World War Two Online know what I mean, too. They aren’t in it just for the money, of this, I am absolutely sure. There is a joy and a sublime pleasure in creating universes that others can come and participate in, and I assure you, that pleasure is a pale thing indeed if the ‘others’ are merely pre-programmed entities that do precisely as the programmers dictate. There is a certain kind of joy, different categorically than other joys that we often experience, in watching other free agents make use of our creations in their own, creative fashion.

As an author who enjoys writing fiction, I must write. There is a joy in the writing–in the creation of whole universes, spun out of my mind. I suppose if there was never going to be any one to read any of my works, I would still have to write, because that is my nature. Even so, there is a much different kind of joy, one that I would say is in fact a greater joy, that comes from hearing that someone entered into my universe and brought to bear their own imagination in it. This joy, in turn, is only a hint of the kind of joy that people who create universes where people can actually enter into those universes in a tangible fashion, such as game worlds like World War Two Online, experience. If money were no object, I’m convinced they’d continue on with the project to the end of their days.

Now, if this is the case for authors, who spin out one, limited kind of universe, and programmers of simulations who spin out much more robust kinds of universes, why shouldn’t this be the case for the maker of our universe, who has spun out a universe where His creations themselves are spinning out sub-universes?

I assure you, the gamers of World War Two Online give the programmers no end of grief! But there are sublime pleasures, in there too, that make it all worth it–and the gamers agree, I think, when they settle down and begin thinking reasonably. When they cease making their threats to ‘unsub’ and participate in the joyous aspects, it doesn’t make losing any less annoying, but it does help put it into perspective. The suffering and pain we experience is not any less diminished just because we put it into perspective, setting against it the tremendous joy and pleasure of actually existing, and enjoying the existence of others.

There are a couple of important differences.

The gamers of World War Two Online can ‘unsub.’ The programmers can ‘tweak’ the physics of the game to try to address the myriad of mostly contradictory demands that their paying game base demand; but there is always a cost to these changes. There is a diminishing of the ‘joy’ of participating in the universe as more ad hoc changes are programmed in. The programmers have to make accommodations, or else they risk going hungry, or worse! their universe ceasing to exist altogether. That is the price of intransigent threats of withdrawing from the game. But God cannot be held hostage in this way.

In short, He is not going to jump through hoops to try to meet the usually arbitrary and capricious demands of billions of people. And you can’t ‘unsub,’ even if you tried.

Rather than choosing the void of non-existence (an option that is not even available to you) you are better off taking the way of wisdom: coming to terms with an existence fraught with problems and difficulties but bloated with inexpressible joys everywhere you look, too, and then searching for the explanation that best accounts for the whole package. That account, in my view, is Christianity; God’s answer to suffering: Jesus–God himself, the ‘programmer’ entering the world He created to suffer “for the joy set before him.” (Hebrews 12:2)

And by the by, if you do happen to join the game, feel free to look me up. The clever ones are able to find me. 🙂 But usually only between 10 p.m. Eastern time and midnight. 🙂

 

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It’s time for Marriage Equality! Support this man’s desire to marry his computer

Have you heard about this case where a man has been filing petition after petition demanding the right to marry his computer?

The article cites other precedents, such as people being able to marry dolphins and cardboard cutouts of themselves.   On this blog, I gave the example of the person who married a pillow–although I did issue some probing and important questions that all pillow-rights activists should be prepared to answer.

I find the man’s problem with the courts perplexing.  After all, state after state has voted to forbid gay marriage, with referendums, through legislation passed by majority-elected representatives, and even constitutional amendments, and US courts have trampled all over all of these efforts–I mean, we may be closing in on a dozen or more examples now.  Yet, here we have courts refusing to affirm this man’s love and devotion for his computer.

This bigotry should not be allowed to stand.

And just so we are clear, if you do not think that people should be allowed to marry their computers, or pillows, or cardboard cutouts of themselves, or their dog, or their two year old daughter, YOU ARE A BIGOT.

Marriage equality means marriage equality.  You don’t get to pick and choose;  if you believe otherwise, you are a BIGOT.

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China is beating us at our own game; abortion is a population control measure, no more, no less

There are, of course, many people who are pro-choice because they sincerely believe the standard line that abortion on demand is a necessary evil (although sometimes they deny it is evil at all) in order for women to have ‘reproductive freedom.’  These people, I’m afraid to say, are nothing but sincere dupes.  The people that foisted abortion on demand in the ‘civilized’ West were concerned about population control, no more, no less.

The evidence for this is everywhere if anyone cares to look.  For example, the founder of Planned Parenthood herself, Margaret Sanger, sang the praises of ‘birth control’ in language reflective of ‘reproductive freedom’ but she was not shy at all about her true objectives, which was to use ‘birth control’ to improve the race.   Her many remarks of a eugenical sort have been forgotten today by people who don’t wish these grotesque connections to be made or factored into their support of abortion on demand.  For example, in Women and the New Race she wrote:

Birth control itself, often denounced as a violation of natural law, is nothing more or less than the facilitation of the process of weeding out the unfit, of preventing the birth of defectives or of those who will become defectives.[1]

See?  Nothing more, or less, than the weeding out of the unfit.  That’s pretty unambiguous.  Stop being a dupe.

It isn’t as though the pro-abortionists have been shy about this perspective.  Sitting Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg probably revealed more than she intended when she reflected on the passing of Roe vs Wade, saying,

Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of. So that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding for abortion.

Most people would be surprised to hear that this was the sort of reasoning that was prevalent at the time, but for anyone who actually studies the period, it is inescapable.  Seeking to clarify her remarks, Ginsburg attempted to put distance between what she observed and her own views on that perspective in this article.  You would be wrong if you think I am attributing those views to Ginsburg;  for all I know she is just another ‘splendid dupe.’  The point is that these concerns were ‘in the air.’

Some would say (and the linked article above does say) that this is true, but that’s not why we have abortion on demand.  This is mere self-serving mythology.  Sanger’s comments alone are enough to dispel that myth, but a hundred examples more could be offered.  These would almost certainly lead someone to miss the point, because they think that in uttering these comments I am invoking conspiracy theories.  Far from it.

To illustrate, I remember sitting down with someone and talking about the fact that my wife and I did not abort our child, diagnosed in the womb with spina bifida.  He was a bit mortified by this, wondering how we felt about bringing into the world someone we knew would live out only a life of suffering.  In his view, our daughter had a life unworthy of life.  We talked about that for a little bit, investing a solid 15 minutes on the issue of ‘reproductive freedoms’ until suddenly we were talking about the problem of over-population in Africa and what ‘we’ were going to do about it if we did not back abortion on demand and import it around the globe.  He was thoroughly sincere in his outlook, but the conversation wound down rapidly after that when I pressed him on whether or not he supported abortion on demand because of a “woman’s right to choose” or because we needed a ‘tool’ to curtail “growth in populations that we don’t want too many of.”  I don’t think he had ever considered the matter, and I don’t think  he particularly liked considering the matter.  (Incidentally, this young man was on his way to a conservative Lutheran university to become a pharmacist.  Consider my joy.  Bleh.)

This was not a man enmeshed in a conspiracy.  He was a man who had accepted certain assumptions about reality and these led inexorably to justifications of abortion on demand that had nothing at all to do with “women’s rights.”  He was not even aware of the fact that he was actually a eugenicist until I connected his own dots.  Now imagine thousands more just like him, well-meaning and sincere, without a even a smidgen of introspection, slowly winding their way up the layers of power.  They merely act on the logical implications of their logic;  no conspiracy necessary.

In the ‘civilized’ West, we are ‘checked’ from fully acting on the implications of our logic because of our own particular historical trajectory.  We look back at the Holocaust and the eugenic rationales that drove it on, and we strain to find ways to keep alive some of the more ‘tame’ and ‘reasonable’ eugenic measures (eg, incentives to have people sterilized, etc) that have fallen in disrepute.  Utterly blotted out of the modern consciousness is the fact that the Nazi ideology borrowed a great deal from ideologies in America and Britain.  Indeed, in 1934, a prominent American public official named Joseph Dejarnette, lamented, “The Germans are beating us at our own game.”

I believe, like many, that there is a Holocaust underway in the world today that makes the German Holocaust pale in comparison, but in many places (eg, the ‘civilized’ West) it happens out of sight;  out of sight, out of mind.  But in other places in the world, where there is less historical connection to the Nazi Holocaust and other ideological traditions, they happen in plain sight.  Which brings me to that bastion of “reproductive freedom,” China.  You know, that country with population control measures about which VP Biden said, “Your policy has been one which I fully understand — I’m not second-guessing — of one child per family. The result being that you’re in a position where one wage earner will be taking care of four retired people. Not sustainable.”

We see how far Joe Biden’s support for a woman’s reproductive ‘liberty’ goes… and we conservatives still have to put up with asinine and infantile charges that we are the ones engaged in a war on women.  But I digress.

The point is that China is merely “beating us at our own game.”  If today the US was in a position where ‘one wage earner’ is taking care of ‘four retired people’ the veil of justification for abortion on demand, that it has anything to do with a woman’s reproductive freedoms, would slide into oblivion–at least among those who have risen so high in the ranks of power that they believe they have the responsibility to manage the herd.  You know, people like Biden, who feel acutely the problems posed by managing large populations.

Today I was directed to this link which revealed some of China’s ‘one child’ policy in action.  Large banners are sprinkled around the country with statements such as:

  • If it should be aborted and is not aborted, your house will be destroyed and your cow will be taken.
  • Even if you bleed enough to make a river, you must not give birth to an extra child!
  • If you should get sterilized and you don’t, you will be detained and prosecuted. If you should abort and do not abort, your house will be torn down and your cattle will be led away!
  • Call back those who are located far away, dig out those who are hidden, Those who are pregnant outside the policy absolutely must have labor induced. Those who should be sterilized absolutely must be dragged down
  • If you are supposed to wear an IUD but don’t, or are supposed to have your tubes tied but don’t, you will be arrested on sight!

How is this our ‘own’ game?  It has been well documented now how the ‘voluntary’ sterilization programs of the United States were often punctuated with threats that if people did not get sterilized, they would lose their children or their benefits.  (Hence Ginsberg’s belief that Roe vs. Wade was supposed to be a way to subsidize abortions through Medicaid).

Through a bizarre twist of fate, Roe vs. Wade was decided on the basis other than public health, and this has served to block overt expressions of abortion on demand as a tool for balancing the books in America.  It would be a grave mistake, however, to think that this is a game that America has abandoned.  There are many reasons to think that ‘public health’ rationales could surface again in a heartbeat if conditions changed.  It isn’t as if that rationale was ever repudiated, and as my conversation with the would-be pharmacist illustrates, it lurks beneath the surface even now–just typically applied to other countries, and not our own.

If you really want to make sure that the horrors that China is inflicting on its own people do not visit the ‘civilized’ West than the roots of the abortion on demand philosophy have to be pulled up completely–every last one of them.

I propose we start with the illusion that abortion on demand is legal in this country because those that have the power to make it legal or illegal care about a “woman’s reproductive freedom.”  In reality, all this turns out to be is the rationale du jour that gives them the tools they need if they believe, in their own discretion, to manage the population–and cull the herd.  It’s sort of like voluntarily giving them the stick they’ll beat you with.  Here’s an idea:  don’t give them the stick at all!

In short, stop being a dupe.  Before you get us all beaten, if you please.

Thanks.


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                 Margaret Sanger, Woman And The New Race (New York:  Truth Publishing Company, 1921), 229.

 

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The Ovens of our Era: More than One Way to Host a Holocaust

Today’s headline on the Drudge Report did not surprise me in the slightest:

ABORTED BABIES INCINERATED TO HEAT HOSPITALS

The article linked to is this one in the Telegraph:

Aborted babies incinerated to heat UK hospitals:
The remains of more than 15,000 babies were incinerated as ‘clinical waste’ by hospitals in Britain with some used in ‘waste to energy’ plants

I had a variety of thoughts hit me simultaneously and in quick succession.  I have read stories about abortionists tossing out sacks of aborted babies.  I am aware of the use of fetal materials derived from aborted children to create vaccines.  I know that there are companies using fetal remains to do experiments to perfect the taste of foods.  (This link gives a good overview of both of those examples).  Those are things already happening.  Then, there are ‘bio-ethicists’ such as Jacob Appel proposing that women purposefully sell the parts of their aborted children on the open market;  his article doesn’t speak to the ethics of, perhaps, a woman conceiving for the express purpose of financing her way through school by selling off the body parts of of her offspring.

And then, of course, there are the people eating aborted babies.   It would be better, of course, if we just brought the fetus to term, used it as a sex toy, and then turned it into a health food, but I digress.  [Link]

Honestly, with these and many other examples in mind, it is hard to be surprised when perfectly respectable and upstanding medical institutions decide to ‘go green’ by incinerating aborted children.  What is surprising is that anyone objects to it at all, if you’ve already come to support abortion on demand.

One of the thoughts that assailed me as I read this article was the irony of a country going to war not too long ago to stop another country from shoving people into ovens, now doing the same.

There are some differences, of course.  The English are at least making sure that they are dead, first.  But of course, that is not a point in their favor, exactly, because if you have already decided that abortion is ok…. you’ve already decided that the unborn child is not a child at all, or, if a child, not worthy of protection, or not even concerned about sparing them pain and suffering (further irony loaded into that!) and allowing them (where ‘them’, on their view, means only a ‘lump of cells’) to be scalded by saline, or–my personal favorite–allowing the baby’s head to exit the birth canal, but nothing else, to allow the abortionist to jab scissors into the skull, suck the brains out of it, and then afterwards vacuum the rest of it out (this way, it is not yet a baby;  it is still a fetus.  A magical transformation happens–one of the few bits of magic that liberals, atheists, and pro-choicers believe in–when a baby fully descends down and out of the birth canal; this moment, a fetus.  The next moment, a baby.  Halfway in?  Still a fetus;  kill it at will.)  …

Yes, if you have already decided all that, and are happily giving out abortions to whomever can pay for them, then it is hardly to your credit that you are not shoving them into ovens alive, because a ‘lump of cells’ can’t really be alive, can it?  If you were concerned about that, you wouldn’t have killed it at all.  But you can’t kill what isn’t alive… oh, never mind.

But there is of course, another difference, and that is that the foolish Germans, despite their huge emphasis on efficiency that they had during the period, never thought that perhaps they could use the energy created by incinerating Jews to power their factories.  Leave it to English ingenuity to cover that angle!

There is a very important similarity, and it is this:  the Germans had decided that the Jews were not persons and therefore did not warrant the respect and consideration that we accord to persons (in their mind, the Jews were vermin, like rats), whilst the English have similarly decided that the unborn also are not persons… parasites, rather… and likewise have decided not to accord these little lumps of cells the respect and consideration that we accord to persons.  It is fitting, therefore, that in both cases, the refuse is tossed into an oven.

I assume, of course, that the English ovens are specially designed to ensure that in generating energy they do not pollute the atmosphere.  After all, while it is only appropriate that we do everything in our power to recycle in order to save the earth, we shouldn’t do so carelessly, putting out baby-ash into the atmosphere, undoing what we just achieved by recycling the biological waste products.

I think there are stages of inhuman violence, both privately and publicly.  The first stage, in either case, is a depersonalization of the persons you wish to do violence upon.  Before society comes to accept the same de-personalization, it may be necessary to commit the violence in secret, in the dark of night, say, beneath white hoods lit by burning crosses.  Or, say, in small acts of cruelty, such as breaking the windows of the vermin in your neighborhood.  Or, in the sterile white room, outside the view of onlookers, where children are pulled limb by limb from their mother’s wombs.  It is hard to imagine how, when once someone has decided a person is not a person, and this view has come to permeate a whole society, that violence could not eventually spill out into public in grand,  horrific fashion.

That the ashes of the unborn rose of the civilized and respectable English men and women in public, grand, horrific fashion–yet, unnoticed by them–does not surprise me in the slightest.  (I know, I know.  There were no ashes, because the incineration process was environmentally friendly.  It’s a rhetorical point, savvy?)

The difference between the ‘civilized’ today and the German Nazis of just a few decades ago seems, to me, to amount to nothing more or less than we moderns carrying out our Holocaust in a more civilized fashion.  Obviously, a civilization hosting its Holocaust in privacy is bound to pile up loads more dead than the ones who did it brazenly, but it isn’t just the sheer number that concerns me, but my belief that such depersonalization and violence cannot stay private for long, once a society and culture had collectively decided it is morally justifiable.  We may all wonder who the next to be classified as ‘vermin’ or ‘parasites’ are, but I think we can state with confidence that whoever it is, they will be dispatched in pristine white rooms as part of a ‘procedure.’  But we may be decades from this.  I don’t know.

While assailed by these thoughts, I could not help but note with a wry smile the Dr. Dan Poulter, the health minister seemingly in charge of this matter, declaring that all of these NHS trusts (27 of them, apparently) had engaged in “totally unacceptable” activities.  These same NHS trusts, I wager, are in charge of administering the Liverpool Care Pathway, and we can rest assured that in that at least they have shown much better judgement, and were certainly not guilty of hastening the deaths of the terminally ill and the old in the name of ‘efficiency’ (for which they received awards and rewards!).  Certainly not.

But that is another digression, because I feel pretty confident (without actually looking into it) that Dr. Poulter is a firm supporter of a woman’s reproductive rights, up to and including abortion on demand.  Why should he view incinerating fetal remains as “totally unacceptable” if he has no objections to having them killed in the first place?  Surely it just makes good sense not to let the remains go to waste and instead use them efficiently in the cause of saving the planet.

As in many other cases when private and personal depersonalized violence accidentally (and inevitably) spills out into public to the embarrassment of many ‘civilized’ people, we see people bemoaning something that is far less significant than the underlying violent act that they actually support.   Ie, though it is a sign of the times, and perhaps of all times, it is bizarre that it could be deemed “totally unacceptable” to incinerate the ashes of fetuses but the execution of the fetuses in the first place is, of course, seen as perfectly fine.  After all, a woman has the right to her own body, and all we are really talking about is an unwanted batch of cells that has parasitically taken up residence inside her.  If that’s all it is, then logic ought to suggest that there can be no objection to disposing of those cells unceremoniously, and, if anything, using those cells for the good of the planet or a ‘social good’ should be commended and applauded as “totally acceptable.”

For you see, as abhorrent as I find Jacob Appel’s arguments to be (pretty much all of them, anywhere he has made them, on any topic), he is basically right on the logic:

Of course, those who believe that life begins at conception will never find such a market desirable. But for those of us, myself included, who sincerely believe that human life begins far later in the growth process, I believe that we have a moral duty to women to give due consideration to the legalization of such a fetal-organ trade.

If “human life begins far later in the growth process” as Appel says then it really doesn’t matter what you do with the fetal remains, does it?  May as well put it to a good social or environmental purpose, no?  And if personhood doesn’t kick in until up to the age of 2, like Singer, Giubilini, and Minerva (to name a few) have maintained, then there is no reason why we should be drawing lines even at the birth canal.

Once you’ve gone down this road, there doesn’t seem to be any reason why we should be drawing any lines at all.  They all seem to me to be arbitrary sentimental gobbly-gook.  Some day, when we set that sentiment behind us, we won’t have any silly health ministers decrying the incinerating of remains as ‘unacceptable’ while supporting the procedures that made those remains remains in the first place.  We’ll just man up to the implications of our collective worldview, and act appropriately.  I suppose, if we are all being consistent, there could be a time and place when it will be alright to toss a toddler in the oven, while we’re at it–provided it is to save the planet and does not further pollute it in the process.  And why stop at toddlers?  No one else in history has, once they’ve wandered down the de-personalization process.

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I went after the English pretty hard in this essay, but don’t we already know that it is entirely likely that precisely the same thing is happening in the good ol’ U S of A?  What’s in the air you’re breathing?

Nothing like the smell of burning baby in the morning!

I know, I know.  Its a fetus, not a baby. And these are efficient ovens.

All the better to conceal the Holocaust that transpired in order to fuel them.

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Author Involvement Central to New Publishing Models

Not too long ago I had someone pitch me a book. The book had good potential, but needed some revisions. As in other cases in my experience, the author was ready to participate in the marketing of the book, but by that it seemed clear that it was going to be publisher-initiated. The author expected me to help him revise his book and then take the lead on advertising it. This is what ‘traditional publishers’ do. I had to explain that A., I am not a publisher in that sense and B., publishers like that are a dying breed. There are of course many cases where publishers will provide these services, and probably always will be. However, there is something really new that is afoot–we may term it the marriage of Print on Demand technologies and the Internet, and just for kicks, the word processor.

Today, every author and his mother can produce a book, and they are. Moreover, the author’s mother is doing the same! Literary agencies and publishers have to cope with a huge influx of submissions while keeping their eye out for the title that they reasonably expect will be able to turn a profit in the era of the Ebook and collapsing brick and mortar book chains–and the continued dominance of Amazon.com.

The demise of the brick and mortar book chains have an important side effect. When the book stores were the primary avenue by which best-sellers were made, the cozy relationship between the publishers and the chains meant that it was easier to block the self-published authors from the path to success. However, with the book stores going under, other avenues such as social media, pay-per-click advertising, and reviews on Amazon, have become increasingly powerful routes to exposure for authors. And anyone can avail themselves of these options. And they are. There is no more blocking anyone from the ‘means of marketing.’

I saw on a literary agent’s web page today a compelling indicator of what this means for publishers. The search was on for “authors with the ability to partner with publishers to market their work.”

In the great melee of authors getting their work out to the masses and making use of tools that publishers themselves are increasingly relying upon, the publishers are looking for authors ready, willing, and able, to take the initiative in marketing their work.

Superfan by Anthony HorvathMany if not most of the authors I interact with (and in this, I will include myself) self-promotion of any kind is just not the kind of thing they find enjoyable. Really, it is downright uncomfortable. Here’s the bad news, friends: TOUGH.

Digital technologies have made it easier than ever to produce, distribute, and market a book. The person best able to advocate for a book is the one who wrote it. That means that if a publisher has to choose between two books of equal quality and the difference lies in the willingness of one author to get out their and hawk their book, that’s the one they’re going to go for. When you are Stephen King or JK Rowling, perhaps you can ignore such uncomfortable realities, but until then, pinning your hopes on finding a publisher that is going to do all the work for you, happily satisfied that they found a quality manuscript, is increasingly just that: a mere hope.

Realities such as these is why I formed Bard and Book Publishing. We are focused here on building a community of readers and authors, and I hope that you will join us. Authors interested in hearing more about my take on digital revolution in book selling should take a look at my latest, a little booklet called: Superfan: How You Can Turn Your Favorite Indie Author Or Artist Into a Star – A “New Economy” Advertising Primer for Authors and the People Who Love Them

The tips in this book can apply as much to authors as to the ‘superfans’ that I call upon to be the authors advocates, since, as I have just argued, the authors themselves are the best advocates for their work.

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What the Ukraine Can Teach us About the Future of America

Actually, a fair number of illustrations from a variety of countries in recent memory could have served.

As I write this, the president of the Ukraine has been deposed and there are tens of thousands of people massed in great, giant, demonstrations.

Have you ever noticed that in a certain *kind* of country, this is the kind of thing necessary in order to get rid of the bad men in charge?  Remember Libya?  Remember Egypt?  It probably would have worked in Iran, too, except for Obama’s refusal to challenge the fraudulent election there.

In saying this, I am not condoning or even applauding these mob actions.  What I am doing is observing that there are certain places where it takes sustained mob action, usually accompanied by severe and significant violence among all the parties (Remember Syria?) to effect a change of governance.  In a stark contrast, the United States changes its course every two years, with hardly any fanfare at all.

Before we consider that unappreciated fact, let us consider why in other countries it takes mob action.

1.  Rampant corruption within the government of that country, including widespread doubt about the legitimacy of ‘elections’ (if they even feign to have one).

In theory the mechanics are there for a peaceful transition of power, but in practice the elections are rigged, and everyone knows it.  Deprived of a functional process for peacefully exerting one’s political will, people look for an alternative.

2.  A total collapse of the rule of law.

This runs parallel to #1, but even in a dictatorship it is possible to have a rule of law.  Critical components of the ‘rule of law’ include constancy and equitable application.  If the law can change on a whim, and does frequently, people live in a constant state of fear that they may be spirited away in the dead of night for doing what had been legal just a day or so earlier.  If the law applies to this person and not that person, the same fear emerges, and bribery and corruption further disenfranchises the great mass who are unable to ‘grease’ the system in their favor.

3.  Safety in numbers.

While the police and the army might be as bloodthirsty as all get out, they still want to live.  If there are more people than bullets, or it is logistically impossible to successfully wipe out the threat without exposing oneself to danger, the government forces will play it cautiously.  Smaller groups, of course, are ripe for the picking;  the people in these countries know this, which is why they try to make the biggest demonstration possible.  There is also the fact, of course, that it would look really bad if word got out that tens of thousands of people were massacred.  See #4.

4.  The people are disarmed.

Since the government has all the guns and all the bullets, if push comes to shove, pretty much the only thing that people have left is to throw their corpses up against the citadel and hope there are enough left alive to clamor over them to take down the government.

It is clear that in the Ukraine, points 1 and 2 were in play.  Probably 3 and 4 as well, but I don’t know enough about the Ukraine to know the details.  In many of the other countries where we have seen great upheavals recently, these 4 general observations seem to fit pretty well.  It would also seem that one of the factors in a successful insurrection is access to technology and the Internet:  turning out enough people to be dangerous on very short notice, before the authorities can put a stop to it, is a massive tactical advantage for the mob.  In places where the authorities have their thumb more firmly on top of the nation’s communication system, it is much harder to organize these kinds of marches.

I notice that in the United States, things are progressively moving in this same direction.  They have been steadily going this way for many, many years, but Obama has put his foot on the accelerator.

More and more elections are coming under suspicion, largely because of the work of leftist groups such as ACORN, but also because of the amazing way that Democrats manage to keep finding new, uncounted ballots.  And lest this be seen as a strictly partisan jab, I am aware that the left is also concerned about election stealing.   While I think they are the ones doing most of the stealing and the number one cause for why the elections are increasingly becoming suspect, that doesn’t change the fact that both the left and the right, as well as the middle, are feeling like their vote counts for less and less each passing election.

The rule of law has been under siege for decades in the United States.  The signs of its decay are everywhere.  In my estimation, and the estimation of many others, a total collapse could occur just about any time.  Obama certainly has not helped this with his constant usurpation of the legislative branch and his heavy handed use of government agencies to get what he wants.  The use of the IRS to undermine Tea Party groups obviously undermines the validity of the 2012 election.  We are to believe, for example, that the reasons for the 2010 GOP revolution ceased to exist in just two short years.  It is hard to prove, of course, but it would seem that the anti-Obama vote was suppressed, and the current administration does not have its power because a majority of the populace wanted it to.  It does not have to be proved;  what I’m saying is that the suspicion is enough by itself, and the fact that it can neither be proved or disproved adds to the many other suspicions that people already have.

I am absolutely certain that bribery is going on.  However, the various exemptions and extensions of Obamacare, in defiance of the actual legal language of Obamacare, the sweet deals given to places like Solyndra, the use of government agencies to sue the pants off of organizations and individuals that do not have the same capacity to print more money to pay for the lawyers, the use and manipulation of courts to achieve that which the ballot box did not allow (ie, gay marriage), and so on and so forth, like an avalanche, all illustrate how the ‘rule of law’ is on its way out in the United States–some wonder if it is already completely gone.  One thing is for sure, the only people following the law are the great mass of people–because they know they are the only ones subject to it;  the rich, the privileged, the elite, and so on do not have to follow the law, and aren’t.

In short, we are rapidly approaching a point in the U.S. where there is not even the hope that we can change things by changing the law;  the very people and organizations and institutions we want our law to restrain will gleefully violate it anyway, and know that they’ll be able to get away with it.

As far as #4 goes, I don’t think anyone failed to notice that the Obama administration wanted to heavily restrict gun ownership.  Nor does anyone doubt, not if they are being honest, that if liberals could get their way, the only people who would have guns in this country are government officials… who, ideally, the liberals would control.

In saying this, I am not necessarily doubting the sincerity of the many liberals who believe they are acting in the public interest with such measures.  But that’s the nice thing about well-meaning, sincere people:  they can lay the foundation for tyranny (or bad outcomes, more generally) and then be surprised when things didn’t turn out the way they expected.  That’s why one of the liberal’s favorite sayings is, “Well, yes, there are always going to be ‘bumps in the road.'”  They figure as long as they had good intentions, everything can eventually be worked out–the assumption being, of course, that the people they put in power have the same good intentions.  But see #1 and #2.

There is a #5, but I think it is in a different category, though still important for us to consider.  Namely, in the Ukraine and elsewhere where we have seen these mob actions, there are very often sectarian and ethnic divisions that serve to further create problems.  When Group A controls the government, and numbers #1 and #2 and #4 are seen as realities by Group B, then Group B has no choice but to resort to #3.  And if Group B succeeds in their insurrection, of course now it is Group A’s turn to resort to #3.

There is no question that liberals and progressives and Democrats in the United States are constantly engaged in ‘identity politics.’  They are doing everything in their power to foment class envy and will engage in race baiting whenever they can;  who else do we see constantly warning about a ‘war on women’?  You hear a lot of tripe out of them about ‘unity’ but in their policies and their actions, the truth emerges that it is they that are creating this country’s divisions.  They feel that they need these abused sub-populations in order to win elections (as if the elections were fair!), and in this they are probably correct.  But in the long run, in creating all of these groups, it is inevitable  that there will be one or more groups that have been disenfranchised per points #1 and #2, and knowing that their government does not fear them and has all of the means of destruction (see #4), this will force the people in these groups to believe that their only recourse is to take to the streets and burn things down.  Naturally, rival groups that the liberals helped create and delineate will meet them with clubs and knives and whatever other lethal instrument the liberals haven’t yet outlawed.

I have noticed an increase in massive marches and demonstrations in the United States over the last ten years.  Some see this as a healthy by-product of democracy.  I think it is the opposite.  I think it is an indicator that democracy is in some stage of collapse.  Certainly, any legitimate democracy should grant a free right to assemble, but that the people feel they have to assemble in the first place in order for anything to get done means that there is the stench of something very rotten in Denmark.  It isn’t easy to put one’s finger on what it is–but that’s precisely part of the problem.   If you want to get a feel for how the Republic is really doing these days, don’t look to that meaningless ‘State of the Union’ speech given by the president each year.  Look to the streets and see how many, and how often, the people are coursing through them.

And if you don’t like it, you best take a hard look at #1 and #2.  Just because it is “your guys” in the government doing things you like by fiat, doesn’t mean in a long run that its good for the country.

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A concise summary of why progressivism is dangerous, by Alec Baldwin

Was reading Alec Baldwin’s “goodbye” this morning and saw this comment:

As progressive as I’ve been in my politics, there are other things I don’t think of as liberal or progressive, just common sense.

This statement concisely summarizes why progressivism, and progressives, are dangerous.  They do not view a large number of their viewpoints, up to and including some of their more controversial ones, as a function of their ideology.   In advocating for them, they are not being political;  no, they are just standing on the side of “common sense.”  If they actually believe this, they are lying to themselves.  But the elite progressives know better;  they are just lying.  If something were “common sense” it would not need advocating for, it would just be.  What we actually see, then, is progressives hoisting their ‘common sense’ upon others, and doing whatever they can to undermine that which actually is common, and change the attitudes of the populace (or change the populace itself) so that they conform with their ideology.

Setting aside the deception and self-deception, that is not what makes the sentiment dangerous.  To the extent that they really believe they are advocating for something that is “common sense”, there is no ideological or moral “check and balances” to their advocacy.  They will push, and push, and push, and push, never thinking that they have pushed too hard, always oriented (they say) towards the ‘common good.’  And if some individuals are trampled along the way, or if individual rights are obliterated, that’s alright;  it’s just the cost of achieving “common sense” social ‘justice.’

Baldwin’s comment made me think of a comment made by C. S. Lewis in the essay “The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment”, which is included in the collection of his essays, God in the Dock (Page 292). I have quoted it before on this blog:

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be “cured” against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.”

See also this.

Of all the things I fear most today, it is the love of my fellow man.  It literally knows no bounds.

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Thank a Rich Person this Tax Season — A Call to Abolish Taxes and Enact a Balanced Budget Amendment

I would just like to take this moment to thank the rich people of America for their generous subsidizing the lion’s share of America’s taxes.  This year, for example, I am especially grateful for the child tax credit.  Thanks!

I know that many people believe you are eeeeeeeeeeeeevil, and that you ought to be slapped with higher and higher taxes.  In their view, such taxes are as much about hurting you as it is helping them and me.  I, on the other hand, think that it is a damn shame how much you are taxed, even if my own tax burden is carried so substantially on your shoulders.

In fact, I would like to use this opportunity to argue that, even in the face of the direct benefit I seem to be receiving, we ought to abolish taxes altogether.  For you, and for me.

A naysayer is likely to come and say, “But then how can you receive your yearly windfall (from your irresponsibly large brood)?  Someone has to pay for it.”

I have two answers to this.  First of all, if it meant we stopped sticking it to the rich, I’d be more than happy to forgo these and all other tax benefits.  Why? Because I understand the way the world really works.  By soaking the rich, I diminish the width and breadth of opportunity available to me and the rest of America to enjoy wild success.  It is a piece of nonsense, that ought to be self-evident, that the rich will merely hoard their cash.  Obviously, at some point, they will wish to spend some of it.  And they will spend it on creating new businesses, buying lots of expensive new toys, investing in new or expanded enterprises, etc. In doing so, they will employ loads of people, create loads of new opportunities, and in general, lift up everyone around them.  A rising tide lifts all boats, as it were.

Every dollar taken from anyone, including a rich person, diminishes their disposable income.

I have felt the impact of a decrease in disposable income.  Since the great recession began with the taking of the House by the Democrats in 2007, the donations in my ministry have dropped significantly and selling books has become increasingly more difficult.  It makes sense;  when people have less money, they have to choose more carefully where they are going to spend it.  In a choice between a fantastic book written by yours truly, and eating, is it no wonder they choose to eat?  (I say this on the assumption they haven’t read my books, because if they had, they would in fact forgo a meal!)

In other words, I expect that what I would make in more book sales and donations to the ministry and a higher salary would exceed that which I receive in tax benefits.  (Indeed, I have argued elsewhere on this blog that most of the ‘services’ our taxes are meant to secure for us could be more easily attained if the government wasn’t involved, in part because they would be much more affordable and in part because we would earn significantly more.  Healthcare being a prime example).

Eliminating taxes for all would increase everyone’s disposable income, and an economic dream would unfold before our collective eyes.

But the naysayer cannot wait for me to get to my second point.  He interjects, “But someone has to pay for it!)

But alas, we know that this is not actually the case.  The government has been printing money by the billions for months and months and months and years and years and years.  As it stands right now, each month they are printing more than the Iraq War was estimated to cost.  Each month.

We are 16 trillion dollars in debt, not including the unfunded liabilities, which are five-fold that figure, if not more.  Each year (under Obama), the Federal government spends about 4 trillion, whilst it only collects 2.8 trillion.  For the gruesome details, you can look  here: http://www.usdebtclock.org/

So, clearly it cannot be the case–not really–that even now, the money of the rich or anyone else is really going to pay for this, that, or the other, government program.  The shortfall is made up through a variety of mechanisms, most of which seem to me to be a complete fiction.

So, why not dispense with the fictions altogether?  If you’re going to just print the money anyway, why not stop collecting taxes at all?  Why not just let everyone keep their money and get the best (putatively) of both worlds:  unbridled government spending of money it does not have, principally via a few strokes of a keyboard at the US Treasury, and an economic windfall for every American?

This seems quite reasonable to me.  But, for the record, I fully recognize what this state of affairs really amounts to.  Anyone with half a brain can see that it is not necessary to directly link expenses (such as tax credits) with income (such as tax revenues), because clearly, that isn’t what is happening. Instead, it must be the case that the primary reason for taxing the rich is to punish them and the primary reason for throwing credits at the likes of me is to buy my vote.  Or maybe its our big opportunity to express our patriotism?

And you know, that’s just not a scheme I can go along with.  I don’t think a proper use of government is to target one group for punitive measures for the express purpose of bribing another group,  robbing Peter to bribe Paul, as it were.

If ever there is a Balanced Budget Amendment with teeth, ask me to revisit this topic again.

In the meantime, I am quietly waiting for the great bubble to burst, with everyone paying a steep cost.  And expressing my thanks to the rich people who, ostensibly, are the ones to credit for buffing up my disposable income.

Thanks!

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Dear NSA and IRS agents,

I know you’re reading this, but please see the above as a bit of tongue and cheek spouting off.  I didn’t mean any of it, honest.  Please leave me alone… please!

Yours,

Sntjohnny

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Why Ken Ham should Not Debate Bill Nye

Knowing the Internet the way I do, if you find any of the below offensive, please skip to the last paragraph of the post.

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An interesting thing has happened, so rare it might even be deemed a singularity on par with the Big Bang:  There will be a debate between a young earth creationist* and an avowed evolutionist.  The debate, to be held on Feb. 4th, 2013, is between Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis and Bill Nye… the Science Guy.  I attempted to get tickets;  they were sold out within just a few minutes.  This is indicative of the kind of interest there is in such an event.  It is no doubt good publicity for the Creation Museum, but sitting here as a young earth creationist myself, I wish to lodge my (obviously belated) advice to Mr. Ham:  cancel the debate.

Let me try to sum up my reasoning.

In the first place, sharing a stage with an evolutionist will lend credence to the idea that evolutionary theory is actually a viable account of biological origins on this planet.  No reasonable person believes that;  to have a conversation with someone who does gives the false impression that there is something to the theory, when of course, there is not.

To this you might counter, “Surely, merely having a conversation with someone isn’t enough, by itself, to persuade knowledgeable witnesses, that evolution is true?!?!”  But there is the rub.  The one thing that we cannot do is assume that there are more than a handful of actually ‘knowledgeable’ witnesses.   In fact, most people are idiots.  Even being seen to shake hands with Bill Nye will cause a huge influx of people to the evolutionary cause.  That may seem silly, but it isn’t as silly as you might think, since evolutionary theory is built on evidences that are even flimsier than the evidence of a young earth creationist engaging in a debate with an evolutionist.

You might counter further, “So, wouldn’t this make the bulwark of your defense of young earth creationism amount to nothing more than an argument from authority?  Are you not implicitly saying that people are expected to believe only because people deemed as experts categorically accept one position?  By refusing to openly debate those who dissent, labeling them as ‘non-experts’  (which they must be by definition, because if they were experts, they’d accept the one position) and relying only on The One Authoritative Unified Voice, isn’t that the epitome of that fallacy?”

To that, of course, we must say, “You, sir, are an idiot.  It is because of people just like you that it is important that we do not allow even the hint of dissent.  I would kindly direct you to the nearest expert adherent to young earth creationism (pardon the redundancy) for re-conditioning.  Idiot.”

In the face of this “calling it as I see it” assessment, you might say, “Are you really saying that I ought to accept your position simply because if I don’t, I’m an idiot?”

Or ignorant, stupid or insane.  Or wicked, but I’d rather not consider that.

To that, your only reply must be, “Ah, very well.  I accept that you are correct:  young earth creationism is the correct account of origins.”  If that isn’t your reply, then there is a good chance that you are actually a child abuser, teaching people something differently.  And society does not look the other way when there is child abuse involved.  I don’t see why we shouldn’t take your children away and pack them into monasteries if you are going to continue teaching them such abusive beliefs.

Now, thus bludgeoned into acquiescence by my above retort, and the veiled threat implied by the charge of child abuse, but still uncomfortable to accept my position simply based on my blunt assertions, you might appeal to something more basic in our human nature, bravery and cowardice.

You say, “But wouldn’t it possibly have the opposite effect, if you canceled the debate, or refused the debate?  Might it actually tell the whole world that in fact you are a coward?  Might it actually suggest that there really isn’t any evidence for the young earth creationist position, except for the assertions made by those lucky enough to be called ‘experts’?   Might people suspect that in point of fact, the primary arguments for young earth creationism are philosophical in nature, not scientific.  After all, has not it been said that thanks to Paley’s advancement of intelligent design, it is now possible to be an intellectually satisfied theist?  Might not people wonder if the truth, rather, is that the emperor has no clothes? ”

Idiot.  Although, at this point, I really am beginning to wonder if you are evil.  And not fit to be a parent, I reckon.  Not that I’m suggesting your children be taken from you, of course.  Just that it logically follows.  Not that you understand even that, since you are an idiot.

Yes, it is true.  People might think that Mr. Ham is a coward for taking this view.  Recall, for example, that for many, many months, the famed evolutionist Richard Dawkins has been harping at William Lane Craig, trying to get any kind of hearing whatsoever on his atheistic version of evolutionary theory, but Craig has rebuffed him at every turn.  To deepen the irony, Dawkins has shown that his atheistic outlook is not actually entrenched in his acceptance and description of evolution, by heaping nothing but praise and respect for the theistic evolutionist, Francis Collins.  Collins accepts every ounce of evolutionary theory in exactly the same way that Dawkins himself believes it, and also views young earth creationism–and intelligent design–as nothing more than pseudo-science.  Collins essentially embraces nearly every component of Dawkins outlook on the world, and Dawkins has shown his good faith by acknowledging this, and allowing that Collins might know what he’s talking about.  Collins was willing to debate Dawkins, so why shouldn’t a young earth creationist?  (And for that matter, Craig isn’t a young earth creationist, either, so Craig really should have no objections to debating Dawkins.  I mean, really.)

It pains me to say it, though:  once you buy into the evolutionary theory, “then suddenly you find yourself losing all of your natural skepticism and your scientific–really scientific–credibility. I’m sorry to be so blunt.”  Collins is a scientific lightweight.  It isn’t like he was a head of the human genome project or perhaps the director of the NIH or something.  If only he were that, we could believe he may have some scientific–really scientific–credibility.

The question of credibility brings us back to the fact that we must presume that people are idiots (because they are), and while there will be some that conclude a refusal to debate basically means you are a chicken wearing no clothes, most people are persuaded of a position only because of the aura of credibility that is given to it.  Let a few voices decide that it is cowardice, but the great mass of unwashed clowns will never hear of those charges.  What they will hear about is this grand debate between Mr. Ham and Mr. Nye.

And that could finally be the undoing of young earth creationism and generate a large mass of people whose interest will be piqued, who will suddenly wonder, “What?  There are actually other positions to consider?  I thought there was only one!” and then begin to study and research the issues for themselves.  And if there is anything we cannot have, its people thinking for themselves.

For these reasons, I implore Mr. Ham to cancel the debate as soon as possible.  The whole case for young earth creationism stands in the balance.  If the debate proceeds, young earth creationism might cease to be considered a viable account of origins, and since we know it is the only viable account of origins, people must not hear that there are other perspectives.

It’s for their own good:  those idiots.

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* the modifier, ‘young earth’ in front of ‘creationist’ is important. Strictly speaking, there are many people who are creationists who are not young earth creationists, who believe that God made the universe and all that is in it, but accept varying degrees of evolutionary theory.  Young earth creationism is not synonymous with these other creationist viewpoints.  What is view in this article is only the young earth creationist view point, and not any of the others… which of course, are dead wrong, and you are not allowed to consider.  Idiots.

** Knowing the Internet the way I do, there will be people who do not know that the above was actually a bit of satire, and the most of the really incendiary remarks are actually derived from remarks by evolutionists, and some are virtually direct quotes from Richard Dawkins himself.  So, spare me, and try to see your way to identifying the irony that positively drips from the blog post.  Please try.  I beg you.

 

 

 

 

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It is Important that You Die Where You Stand (Or Else You are Selfish!)

I read an article today that pointed out (what seems a bit obvious) that in case of a nuclear blast, you might be better off dispensing with the ‘official’ advice, which is:

The official U.S. government advice is to “take shelter in the nearest and most protective building.”

The nearest and most protective building might not really be suitable for shielding yourself from radiation.  The researcher suggests that many thousands could be saved if you risked a 5-30 minute trip to find something better.  But then there is this at the end of the article:

“I disagree with the conclusions,” Lawrence Wein, an operations research scientist at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, told Science. “He fails to account for several important issues that are vitally important for policy recommendations.”

I would like to take a stab at what these other issues are, inspired by my research into the public health community past and present.  Everything comes down to ‘policy recommendations’ for them, because the lot of them think there isn’t anything we commoners do that we can manage ourselves.  The article doesn’t elaborate on what Wein had in mind, but my guess is that one of those issues would be all those people running around town, clogging the roads, looting the local grocery store, etc.  You might get in the way of first responders.  So, my guess at what he wants you to do is to just shelter in place and…  DIE … for the common good.

I am weary of those who think they know just what the ‘common good’ is.  I always have the strange feeling that their policy measures, which allow for, say, 5, 10, or 25% losses/bad reactions/etc, while an ‘acceptable’ cost to them, won’t in the end apply to them.

Using this instance to illustrate, while you are sheltering in place, they have every intention of getting to a location much more likely to increase their own survival.

Maybe I’m just getting cynical in my old age.  Or maybe I’m just finally getting hip to what’s going on.

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Rush Limbaugh, Jonathan Gruber, Eugenics, and Obamacare

I happened to be listening to Rush Limbaugh today and heard him discoursing on the eugenics-laced elements behind putative ‘Obamacare architect’ Jonathan Gruber’s recent remarks, viewable here.

Limbaugh did a better than adequate job analyzing these remarks, but there were a few points that I thought could be better made.  My credentials–I am on the verge of completing my PhD, my dissertation being on the subject of evolution and eugenics.  I founded a policy organization dedicated to detailing how the ‘culture of death’ (ie, eugenics-style thinking) has entrenched itself in unexpected ways in our government.  My organization is the publisher of a new translation of the work that was a catalyst to the holocaust, Allowing the Destruction of Life Unworthy of Life.  I have produced a work of my own summarizing and linking the eugenics movements of the early 20th century with contemporary government–and health care–policies.  So, busy as I am, I believe I can add to this.

Gruber’s offending comment was:

Exactly. It’s 12 million people, about a third of which will end up paying more under this law. And that as you said in the introductions sort of the idea. We currently have a highly discriminatory system where if you’re sick, if you’ve been sick or [if] you’re going to get sick, you cannot get health insurance.

The only way to end that discriminatory system is to bring everyone into the system and pay one fair price. That means that the genetic winners, the lottery winners who’ve been paying an artificially low price because of this discrimination now will have to pay more in return. And that, by my estimate, is about four million people. In return, we’ll have a fixed system where over 30 million people will now for the first time be able to access fairly price and guaranteed health insurance.

Limbaugh and others are correct in detecting the eugenics thinking behind this comment but do not go far enough in their explanation.  The problem is that a moment’s thought, especially amongst those with only a passing knowledge of the phrase ‘eugenics’, would recall that early 20th century eugenics had essentially embraced Darwin’s formula, “Survival of the fittest.”  (Darwin borrowed the phrase from Herbert Spencer.)  Given that evolution, as expressed in this maxim, was a raw scientific fact, early eugenicists saw the genetically inferior as a burden on society that needed to be eliminated.

But according to Gruber’s thinking, the genetically superior (“the genetic winners”) have to be made to pay for their “luck” by paying higher premiums so that the genetically inferior can have access to health care.  Such thinking would have garnered cat calls by Margaret Sanger and other early eugenicists.  The idea of facilitating the health and well-being of the ‘unfit’ at the expense of the fit would have made their blood curdle.  Certainly, the government shouldn’t be involved in such measures;  if anything, the government should be involved in doing the opposite.

So, on the face of it, Gruber can’t possibly be drawing from a eugenics ideology.  However, eugenics is a deep well to draw from.  One of the problems I’ve had in making these connections for people (besides the fact that they find it so outrageous as to be unbelievable–despite being absolutely true and relatively easy to document, thanks to the Internet) is that early eugenicists often proposed and entertained a wide variety of policies, often mutually contradictory ones.  Moreover, there was a distinction at the time between ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ eugenics, and some debate over which approach to take.  ‘Positive eugenics’ entailed encouraging the fit to produce more and ‘negative eugenics’ entailed trying to curtail the reproduction of the unfit.

Neither of these would apply to Gruber, so we must go further.

Yet all their proposals, even the contradictory ones, had several things in common.  First of all, they firmly believed in evolutionary theory.  Second of all, they embraced the notion that it was proper and appropriate for the ‘species’ to take evolution into its own hands… and government was an obvious and ideal mechanism for doing such a thing.  Always, always, it was a question of having enough data to determine just what the right policy really was.  There was no question in their minds that they had the right, and even the duty, to try to implement those policies.

And that is one of the missing elements required to understanding the eugenics-style nature of Gruber’s remarks.  Very evidently, Gruber believes two things:  1., it is appropriate to view social issues through the lens of biological realities and 2., it is appropriate to act on those realities… through the government.

For all their multitude of contradictions, and Gruber’s own contradiction of past eugenicists, they all had these two beliefs in common.  They are fundamental pre-requisites for all the terrors that eugenics would soon inflict upon human history.   You could not have had compulsory sterilizations without these beliefs.  You could not have had anti-miscegenation laws.  You could not have had the Nazi T-4 project without them.  You could not have had the Office of Population Affairs without them.  You could not have had the Holocaust itself without them.

And, as ‘Obamacare Architect’ Gruber alludes to, you could not have had Obamacare without those beliefs, either.

Both, incidentally, are core features of contemporary liberalism and Progressives in particular.

A third commonality is almost certainly at work, but I haven’t verified this through research into Mr. Gruber.  Namely, the ‘universal acid’ (as Dan Dennett puts it) of Darwnism eats through everything, and this includes ethics and morality itself.  This idea that it is ethical to inflict suffering on one population (in this case, the genetic lottery winners) in order to help another population (in this case, the genetic lottery losers) must come from somewhere.  But based on any ideology that has evolution at its bottom, ethics consists of essentially whatever any particular evolutionist happens to think is ‘good’ for the species.  *Ahem* I mean, is in accord with the ‘common good.’

By virtue of being in charge (might makes right), people like Gruber believe that it is proper and appropriate for them to transmit and act on their particular ethical views through the government.

I’d have to do some research to know how close to the surface Gruber entertains such thinking.  Some are more self-aware than others.

My sense from this comment is that Gruber probably hasn’t really thought much about it.  Unfortunately, Dennett is quite right in referring to Darwinism as a ‘universal acid,’ and unfortunately, that includes rationality itself.  Reacting to the abuses of liberals and Progressives in the early 20th century, which horrified them, they drew all the wrong lessons.  They didn’t re-examine their core beliefs.  They still manly accepted the raw scientific truth that Darwinism was absolutely true and still believed it was appropriate to use the government to act on that truth.  They obfuscated the real foundation of the horrors of the 20th century, and came away thinking that ‘discrimination’ was the real enemy.

Thus, 60-70 years later, a person reflecting what is essentially a eugenics viewpoint is able to promote, implement, and defend policies that early eugenicists would have found revolting and totally inconsistent with the implications of Darwinism.

Nonetheless, Gruber’s comment reveals that some of the core axioms of the eugenicists still serve as guiding principles in Obamacare itself.  It’s just that at this particular moment (in Gruber’s mind) the pendulum has swung away from improving the race by cleansing it from the ‘unfit’ to improving the race by enforcing ‘fairness.’  In any case, viewing issues in biological, genetic, terms and embracing the notion that the government is an appropriate tool for addressing those issues, and the conclusion that humans ought to use that tool in that way, are all planks in the eugenics ideological platform.

And, as happened in the past, we will see in the future that, for all their good intentions, it will be the weak and defenseless that is harmed by eugenics programs such as Obamacare.

But that is another post.

 

 

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California Eugenics and the Devil’s Schemes

Originally Posted at the ChristianPost.com:  Eugenics and the Devil’s Schemes in California (and Elsewhere)

In Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians he makes a comment that I have always found intriguing: “… in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.” (2 Cor. 2:11)

I find this interesting, because as it seems to me, Christians continue to be outwitted by their chief Enemy and merrily remain unaware of his schemes. Of course, this applies to non-Christians, but that goes without saying, since they don’t even believe he exists. Christians, the bulk of whom presumably believe Satan is real and active, seeking those to devour, have no such excuse.

The example I want to provide today of the devil’s schemes, to be clear, is not something I am putting at the feet of Christians, as if to blame them. Instead, I submit it as an example of how devious and deceptive our enemy is; alert to his schemes, we perhaps won’t allow ourselves to be outwitted.

The example is the news out of California yesterday that over a period of about five years, imprisoned women were sterilized without state approval. In some of those cases, it appears also that the women had not given consent. In others, it may be the case that they did not even know the procedure was going to be performed. It is hard to tell from the article. What is clear, is that some of the women who did ‘give consent’ were pressured into doing so.

This treatment of women, some would think, is the sort of thing that could never happen after Roe vs. Wade. Didn’t it enshrine a women’s right to do with her body as she pleased? This is one of the enemy’s first deception, and one that I am afraid he has found many humans happily willing to knowingly go along with the deception. The ‘right’ to an abortion has little to nothing to do, in the eyes of the elites, with a woman’s reproductive choice. They were concerned, and remained concerned, with only two things: population control and making a bunch of money for themselves, preferably on the tax payer’s dime. “Choice” is a mere myth that popular society has imbibed and accepted, the elites, such as those who run Planned Parenthood, don’t give a lick.

I realize that is an assertion that many should like to see extensively corroborated. Space won’t allow it, but if there is a single document that exposes just how quickly organizations such as Planned Parenthood are willing to dispense with “women’s rights” in considering solutions, take a look at what is known as the Jaffe Memo. This memo, submitted to the Population Council in 1969 by Planned Parenthood’s vice-president in charge of ‘population’ issues, Frank Jaffe, proposes a number of measures to reduce fertility in the United States. Examples include:

  • Adding fertility control agents in the water supply
  • Requiring women to work and then providing few child care facilities
  • Abortion and sterilization on demand
  • Compelling women to be sterilized–or get abortions
  • Oh, and encouraging increased homosexuality.

I’m sure that the rapid public acceptance of homosexuality in our society has everything to do with rights, and nothing to do with elite propagandists forty years ago who saw in it a convenient way to reduce the population in the United States. (To draw the connection for people in our society today who for some reason may not be able to understand Jaffe’s logic… gay couples cannot, by themselves, reproduce. Did you know that? You may think this perfectly plain self-evident fact is a bigoted statement rather than the perfectly plain self-evident fact that it is. You can thank the propagandists for your inability to grasp this logic, and the speed in which you pull out the “you are a bigot!” card.)

That is a slight digression, but I make the point because it is another case in point of secular humanist liberal atheist materialists in a previous generation lying about their objectives, and winning acceptance of their proposals on a basis entirely different than the one that drives their agenda.

It may seem hard for some of us to learn that Planned Parenthood submitted abortion on demand as a population control measure, and was even willing to consider compelling women to get abortions, but that is precisely what they did. Whether or not this remains their agenda, of course we’ll never know, because, like the Enemy, they lie.

Finish Reading at the ChristianPost.com:  Eugenics and the Devil’s Schemes in California (and Elsewhere)

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