Saturday, March 26, 2011

Some deep thoughts on Eugenics

I love this kind of deep thinking. I'm sure you'll come to appreciate ecology in a whole new way after pondering this blurb and the comment following.

Four decades after his controversial book, The Population Bomb, scientist Paul Ehrlich still believes that overpopulation — now along with overconsumption — is the central environmental crisis facing the world. And, he insists, technological fixes will not save the day.

Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich, "Too Many People, Too Much Consumption," Yale Environment 360, Yale School of Forestry
& Environmental Studies. 04 Aug 2008.

I want to thank the Ehrlichs for their latest book and their work over the past forty years. As an open Jewish lesbian feminist historian of queer cultures and the Holocaust, I have come to see that over-population is a cultural ideology, based on privatization, consumer capitalism, and misogynistic homophobia. All the so-called traditional societies that self-controlled their populations had roles for their gay people, and a spiritual practice based on balance, self-limit, social harmony, and preserving the culture for the future.

Posted by Corinne E. Blackmer on 04 Aug 2008
Accessed 26 March 2011.


Dag said...

I don't get it. What with all the billions of extra people on Earth I thought by now I'd have a few million comments from people telling me to send them food and water.

Something just ain't right here.

Tim Johnston said...

I feel all warm and fuzzy inside knowing we have academics to do our thinking for us. That really is a wonderful quote!

Dag said...

Here's a comment on Rudolph Bahro, a fine ecologist arguing for a "Green Adolf."

David Orton, "Ecofascism: What is It? A Left Biocentric Analysis," Green Web Bulletin #68. February, 2000

Bahro was a daring original thinker, who came into conflict with all orthodoxies in thought - particularly left and green orthodoxies. The language he used and metaphors as shown in his writings, display his considerable knowledge of European culture. But one would have to say that he took poetic license with his imagery - for example, the call for a “Green Adolf”. He saw this as perhaps necessary, to display the complexity of his ideas and to shake mass society from its slumbers! But this helped to fuel attacks on him. Bahro was interested in concretely building a mass social movement and, politically incorrect as it may be, sought to see if there was anything to learn from the rise of Nazism: “How a millenary movement can be led, or can lead itself, and with what organs: THAT is the question.” (Bahro, Avoiding Social & Ecological Disaster, p.278)

Accessed 27 March 2007

truepeers said...

Millinary movement?

Well, ain't the girl kinda right? Isn't homosexuality traditionally a form of birth control that has been rewarded with cults and roles of various sorts? So you don't feel screwed for not being in a position to reproduce....

But why she thinks, it seems, that Judeo-Christian culture is nothin' but a nasty scam because it came up with the concept of homosexuality, in order to proscribe it, in favour of monogamy and nuclear families, is where her argument needs some work.

When I was in university I kind of resented the kids who thought they deserved double victim status for being Jewish homosexuals. Maybe you're thinking, double? Jews are no longer victims in the postmodern PC order, but generally have to confess their "privilege". Well, not if they're homosexual Jews (victims of the pro-natalist myth)...

Dag said...

I have encountered those who claim, such as:

"As a wisey eh, and as an ella menno pea, I have always believed...."

And I feel sorry for the parents of such a creature. What can they do but pin their hopes on the other children in the family. It' a sure argument in favour of large families. Being the best parents in the world is no guarantee of having functional children. Some just aren't going to make it in this world, no matter what.