Apparently a gent named Michael Laws, a politician in New Zealand, has advocated that the solution to child abuse and neglect is to pay the ‘underclass’ not to have children; this would be accomplished by $10,000 and sterilization.
This is a perfect example of the Malthusian Mind that I discussed in my Worldnetdaily.com column not too long ago, Christians Beware the Malthusian Mind. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=111412
He writes, “it would be far better for this appalling underclass to be offered financial inducements not to have children, given the toxic environment that they would provide for any child in their care.”
Critics repudiate his position later in the article, saying, “It’s hard to comprehend that an intelligent man who’s leading a city is making such reprehensible suggestions.”
Ha! I find it ‘hard to comprehend that an intelligent man’ who is Obama’s Science ‘czar’ (John Holdren) has made even worse suggestions!
The ‘mark’ of the Malthusian Mind is simply that they leap to eliminative solutions almost by instinct. Mr. Laws wishes to spare children from abuse by preventing them from coming into existence. Jacob Appel (mentioned in the aforementioned WND article) wishes to spare people from possible, treatable, breast cancer, by preventing them from coming into existence at all. Jonathan Porritt, Like Holdren, the head of England’s Sustainable Development Commission, sees birth control as the solution to global warming.
Isn’t it interesting how many of humanity’s problems can be solved simply by eliminating humans? Yes, I suppose that is one way of doing it!
Mr. Law, no doubt, intended that the sterilization be voluntary. We hope, anyway. Jacob Appel, however, wishes to make ‘screening’ mandatory (and insists that this is not eugenics!). John Holdren took it further in the 1970s, and urged that forced sterilization and forced abortions may be necessary to fight off an impending global ice age- and argued that such actions could be justified under the Constitution.
Why do I belabor this point? Why have I done like a gazillion posts about various manifestations of the Malthusian Mind?
Because these people would actually carry out their programs if it was their power to do so, and they are actively working to have that power.
There was a period of time before the holocaust when it was cool to talk about forced sterilizations and population control. There was probably thirty or forty years when the evil could have been fought in the realm of ideas before it required guns, tanks, and bombs. We are in that time frame now.
Beware the Malthusian Mind!