For people who buy into the notion of overpopulation (and have you noticed that they often seem to be affluent people like Sir David Attenborough and Bill Gates?), the notion of eugenics can closely follow. Novelist and physician Michael Crichton explained how this notion became popular, more than one hundred years ago:
- "Imagine that there is a new scientific theory that warns of an impending crisis, and points to a way out....The theory of eugenics postulated a crisis of the gene pool leading to the deterioration of the human race....even after the center of the eugenics effort moved to Germany, and involved the gassing of individuals from mental institutions, the Rockefeller Foundation continued to finance German research at a very high level....After World War II, nobody was a eugenicist, and nobody had ever been a eugenicist....Eugenics ceased to be a subject for college classrooms, although some argue that its ideas continue to have currency in disguised form" (State of Fear, 2004, pp. 575 - 577).
I maintain that Bonnie Erbe's dopey tribute to Attenborough, "Meanwhile, Population Explosion Ignored" (Courier Times, 3/18/11) reveals "disguised form" eugenics. As Erbe herself notes, "Attenborough points out what I agree with him has become an 'absurd taboo' on speaking out publicly on human population growth and trying to do something about it."
Evidencing utter ignorance about population demographics (perhaps especially in the historically Catholic countries of Western Europe), Erbe joins Sir David in throwing in some anti-Catholicism for good measure: "Attenborough gets quickly to the point. He compares population growth rates in several developing nations and compares rates in Catholic versus non- Catholic nations and in Catholic countries fertility rates are almost twice as high as in non-Catholic countries."
Erbe parrots Attenborough's hateful bile, which is not even disguised! Why does the Courier Times publish such discriminatory garbage? It would behoove Bonnie Erbe and Sir David to step out of their limos and visit a library.
They would benefit by opening a book once in a while, as there have been many notable ones - AFTER Rachel Carson's Silent Spring.