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Environmentalism’s Deep Misanthropy

David Attenborough”famous for hosting BBC’s The Living Planet and other nature documentaries”has recently drawn headlines for lambasting humans as a “plague on the Earth.”

That someone of Attenborough’s stature (he has been knighted, among other official honors, and is so popular in the U.K. that he was named one the One-Hundred Greatest Britons in a 2002 BBC poll) would compare us to cholera evidences how mainstream anti-humanism has become within the environmental movement. Indeed, in the wake of the media firestorm about Attenborough’s remark, Population Matters”the U.K.’s largest population control trust, for which Attenborough serves as a patron”affirmed the analogy as “apt,” stating that we are indeed “like a plague of locusts, which consumes all it sees and then dies off.”

Wesley J. Smith This is nothing new for environmentalists. In 1972, the young David Suzuki told students: “One of the things I’ve gotten off on lately is that basically . . . we’re all fruit flies.” He likened us to “maggots” who are “born as an egg” and “eventually hatch out and start crawling around” eating and “defecating all over the environment.”

One might forgive the excessive zeal of a young radical in a socially radical time for calling us embryonic flies. But given the opportunity in 2009 in a Canadian television interview to retract his insulting depiction of humanity, the now world-famous Suzuki demurred, lamenting merely that “Humanity is humanity . . . I just wish they’d stop being so human!”

In recent years, deep misanthropy has seeped into the popular culture. For example, the 2008 remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still starred Keanu Reeves as Klaatu, an alien come to earth to commit total genocide to “save the earth.” At the end, he shows “mercy” by stripping us of our technology”an event which, were it actually to occur, would result in billions of human deaths. Illustrating how times have changed, the 1951 original version had Klaatu on earth to save humans, not wipe us out.

This deep misanthropy has found its way into curricula. A few years ago, for example, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation website carried a children’s feature called Planet Slayer , featuring “Dr. Schpinkee’s Greenhouse Calculator,” with which kids added up their carbon score. The game ended with a “carbon hog” bloodily exploding. Data then told children how much longer they could live until they used up their respective “share of the planet””strongly implying a duty to die thereafter in order not to be a plague on the earth.

Deep misanthropy has helped renew the Malthusian drive to radically depopulate the planet of people as a remedy for environmental ills and human deprivation. Population Matters, for example, would have us voluntarily reduce our current population of seven billion by about half to save the planet. Another Population Matters patron, Paul Ehrlich, author of The Population Bomb , says the optimal human count would be much lower, around 1.5 billion.

Like The Day the Earth Stood Still , such advocacy has distinct genocidal overtones. But the Malthusians always assure us that they only support “non-coercive” measures, such as legally mandated access to “reproductive health””which means, in part, contraception and universal abortion-on-demand.

But actual population reduction to the extent for which the Malthusians yearn can’t be accomplished voluntarily. Consider China’s infamous “one child” policy. Despite more than forty years of forced abortion, ubiquitous female infanticide, eugenics, and other draconian population control policies, the population in China continues to grow. Indeed, while China’s tyrannical policies have succeeded in slowing of the rate of growth, today the country has a larger population than any time in its history.

Massive depopulation would also require mass euthanasia of the aging and infirm”in part in order to balance the population pyramid. In this regard, the Japanese Finance Minister recently opined that his country’s elderly should “hurry up and die,” and yet, he retains his position.

The Malthusians also want radical wealth redistribution. Thus, the “vision” of Population Matters advocates:

Sustainability means greater equity. Renewable resources are insufficient for many to live in great luxury, while continued dire poverty is a recipe for resource overexploitation and conflict. Our vision, then, is of a global community with a relatively equal lifestyle, living in balance with nature and respecting the valid claims of all of its members.

“All its members,” of course, means flora and fauna.

The ongoing convergence of deep misanthropy, radical Malthusianism, and renewed advocacy for wealth redistribution is very dangerous. Advocates always claim that the profound changes they seek will be accomplished freely. But these are all Utopian endeavors, meaning that the perceived all-important ends will come eventually to justify coercive means.

by   January 25 2013
Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. He also consults for the Patients Rights Council and the Center for Bioethics and Culture. His previous “On the Square” articles can be found here .

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David Attenborough”Humans are a Plague on Earth ,” Telegraph, January 22, 2013,

Population Matters, “ Is Humanity a Plague?

New York Post , “ Enviro Mental Institution

Facts and Details , “ Population of China

The Guardian, Let elderly people ‘hurry up and die,’ says Japanese minister

Population Matters, “Vision” statement

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UN: To the free world…a constructive forum; To the Communist world…a weapon…spreading disunity”

“United Nations-2 distinct things: To the free world…a constructive forum;
To the Communist world…a weapon…spreading disunity”
-Eisenhower, June 10, 1963

The United Nations officially began OCTOBER 24, 1945. Its name was coined by President Franklin Roosevelt.The United Nations was created to prevent future wars.

Unfortunately, there have been nearly 150 wars with over 100 million casualties from the day the United Nations’ charter was drafted in the Garden Room of San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel:

5 in Central Asia,
11 in South Asia,
20 in Southeast Asia,
13 in Eastern Europe,
23 in the Middle East,
25 in Latin & South America and 50 in Africa.
The Secretary-General at the United Nations Charter Conference in 1945 was Alger Hiss.

 

Alger Hiss was present at the Yalta Conference. February 4-11, 1945, where a large portion of Europe was put under the control of the Soviet Union.

Alger Hiss was later accused and convicted of being a Communist agent in publicized 1948 trial.

The person who accused Alger Hiss was a former Soviet spy Whittaker Chambers.

 

Soviet spy Whittaker Chambers had been senior editor of TIME Magazine before defecting to the United States. After Whittaker Chambers died, President Ronald Reagan awarded him the Medal of

Freedom, March 26, 1984, stating: “At a critical moment in our Nation’s history, Whittaker Chambers stood alone against the brooding terrors of our age…
He became the focus of a momentous controversy in American history that symbolized our century’s epic struggle between freedom and totalitarianism, a controversy in which the solitary figure of Whittaker Chambers personified the mystery of human redemption in the face of evil and suffering.”

The 185 member United Nations spends over $20 billion annually, with the largest amount being contributed by United States.

Though 50 States comprise the United States of America, they are allowed only one combined vote, equivalent to the tiniest of nations.

After accusations of a U.N. Oil for Food Scandal and a U.N. Sex Scandal, the U.N. was pressured to release its first audit in 2005.


The U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights, written with the help of Eleanor Roosevelt, was adopted by the U.N. General Assembly, December 8, 1948. Without referencing the “Creator” as the source of rights like the U.S. Declaration of Independence, the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights includes articles such as: “Article 18. Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief…”

This conflicted with Islamic Sharia law which imposes the death penalty for anyone leaving the Islamic religion.

Many articles in the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights were rejected by the leaders of 57 Islamic countries, who formed their own group called the OIC – Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

In 1990, the OIC passed their ‘Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam’ affirming Shariah law as supreme, with:

-the death penalty for those leaving Islam;
-punishing women who are victims of rape;
-allowing men to be polygamous;
-permitting wife beating; and
-censoring speech insulting Islam.

On December 12, 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton began a 3 day closed door meeting with the OIC-Organization of Islamic Cooperation promising to support their Istanbul Process to universally “criminalize” speech insulting Islam, effectively enforcing “dhimmi” status on non-Muslims worldwide.


By definition, the Christian Gospel is insulting to Islam as it proclaims that Jesus Christ is not simply a prophet but the Son of God who died on the cross to pay for the sins of the world.  In fact, all speech contrary to Islam insults Islam.


At the end of the meeting, OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu stated: “The Istanbul Process initiated with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton…must be carried forward.” Clinton added: “We now need to move to implementation.”


In the following months, Hillary Clinton’s State Department ignored repeated requests for security by Ambassador Chris Stevens. He was killed with several others in the Benghazi attack on September 11, 2012.


The morning after the attack, Secretary Clinton’s State Department blamed a video and sent memos to YouTube and Google recommending they censor speech insulting Islam, consistent with promises made at the OIC Istanbul Process meeting.


President Obama added to this narrative by telling the U.N. General Assembly, September 25, 2012:  “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”

Requests made by Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act revealed emails indicating that the U.S. weapons used to oust Libya’s President Gaddafi were being moved from Benghazi in a “Fast and Furious” style program to arm Muslim fighters to oust Syria’s President Assad, as part of a larger plan to establish an Islamic Caliphate.

When Russia came to Assad’s defense, the Muslims armed and trained by the U.S. attacked into Syria and Iraq, calling themselves ISIS, and proceeded to torture, rape, behead and displace hundreds of thousands.

The United Nations has a mixed reputation, as attested to by President Dwight Eisenhower at the National Junior Chamber of Commerce, June 10, 1963:

“The United Nations has seemed to be two distinct things to the two worlds divided by the iron curtain… 

To the free world it has seemed that it should be a constructive forum…

To the Communist world it has been a convenient sounding board for their propaganda, a weapon to be exploited in spreading disunity and confusion.”

Idealistically begun with high hopes, the United Nations General Assembly elected its fourth President in 1949, Philippine General Carlos Romulo.

General Carlos Romulo served with General Douglas MacArthur in the Pacific, and later became the first Asian to win a Pulitzer Prize.

General Carlos Romulo wrote: “Never forget Americans, that yours is a spiritual country.  Yes, I know you’re a practical people. Like others, I’ve marveled at your factories, your skyscrapers, and your arsenals.

But underlying everything else is the fact that America began as a God-loving, God-fearing, God-worshiping people.”

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“Only a third of the two million Armenians in Turkey have survived, and that at the price of apostatizing to Islam or else of leaving all they had and fleeing across the frontier.”

Historian Arnold Joseph Toynbee died OCTOBER 2, 1975.

He provided foreign intelligence for the British during World Wars I and II, and served as a delegate to the Paris Peace Conferences following both wars.

Arnold Joseph Toynbee was educated at Oxford “almost entirely in the Greek and Latin Classics.”

Toynbee taught at King’s College of London, the London School of Economics, and the Royal Institute of International Affairs.

Toynbee authored many history books, including Greek Policy Since 1882 (1914), and The Murderous Tyranny Of The Turks (London, New York: Hodder & Stoughton, 1917), in which he wrote:

“Turks … from Central Asia, ruled during the first two centuries of their conquests by … unscrupulous Sultans, who subjugated the Christian populations of Asia Minor and South-Eastern Europe, compelling part of these populations to embrace Mohammedanism,

and supporting their own power by seizing the children of the rest, forcibly converting them to Islam, and making out of them an efficient standing army, the Janizaries, by whose valour and discipline the Turkish wars of conquest were carried on from early in the 15th down into the 19th century …”

Toynbee explained:

“The Greeks were leaders of civilization in the Ancient World and in the Middle Ages, till the Greek Empire of Constantinople was conquered by the Turks in 1453…

The Armenians were the first people to make Christianity their national religion … They produced a fine literature and architecture, which Turkish conquest destroyed …

Turks have repressed all symptoms of Armenian revival by massacres …”

Tracing the history of the Islamic State, Toynbee continued:

“There are three stages in the history of Ottoman tyranny …

Osman, its founder, from whom the Osmanli Turks take their name, was the hereditary chief of a wandering band of Turkish freebooters from Central Asia … carve(d) out a principality for himself at the expense of the neighboring Christians …

This Ottoman dominion, which started thus in the 13th century with a few square miles of territory in North-Western Asia Minor, expanded during the next 300 years till it stretched from within a few miles of Vienna to Mecca and Baghdad.

… It destroyed the Ancient Empire of Constantinople, which had preserved Greek learning during the Middle Ages; the free Christian kingdoms of Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia, Wallachia, Moldavia and Hungary…

Such a career of destructive conquest was a disaster to civilization, and it was only made possible by a ruthless militarism …”

Toynbee described:

“The Ottoman method of conscription was to take a tribute of children from the conquered Christians so many children from each family every so many years bring them up in barracks as fanatical Moslems and train them as professional recruits.

These ‘Janissaries,’ militarized from their youth up and divorced from every human relation except loyalty to their war-lord, were the most formidable soldiers in Europe, and each new Christian land they conquered was a new field of recruitment for their corps.

The Ottoman Empire literally drained its victims’ blood, and its history as a Vampire-State is unparalleled in the history of the world.”

Toynbee wrote further:

“This was the first stage in Ottoman history;

the second … was internal and external decay.

The Empire was cut short by Austria, Russia and other foreign powers;

the subject peoples began to win back their freedom by breaking away from under the Turkish yoke …

The Turkish … tradition of violence and cunning … tried to stave off the consequences of its own rottenness by making the subject peoples even weaker and more wretched than itself …”

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Toynbee continued:

“This was the policy of Abd-ul-Hamid, who reigned from 1876 to 1908, and his method was to set one race against another.

Kurds were encouraged to massacre the Armenians; the Turkish soldiers were ordered to join in the massacre when the Armenians put up a resistance …

Turkish troops came up and burned the village for treason against the Ottoman State.”

Toynbee described the brief euphoria when dictator Abd-ul-Hamid was deposed and they were promised democracy.

But high hopes were dashed when this Turkish ‘Spring’ was co-opted by fundamentalist Muslims who began a genocide, as Toynbee described:

“In the FIRST STAGE the subject peoples paid their tribute of children…

In the SECOND STAGE they were hounded on to destroy each other by the Machiavellian policy of Abd-ul-Hamid.

The THIRD STAGE has been introduced by the Young Turks…a government employing its resources in the murder of its own people…

When the Young Turks came into power in 1908 they announced a program of ‘Ottomanisation.’

Every language in the Empire but Turkish was to be driven off…

Non-Turkish majority was to be assimilated to the Turkish minority by coercion…

The Turks drive forth Greeks and Bulgars destitute from their homes and possessions.

The Magyars mobilize troops to terrorize Slovaks and Romanians at the elections;

the Turks draft the criminals from their prisons into the Gendarmeri to exterminate the Armenian race…

The Young Turks have pursued their nationalistic program by butchery.

The Adana massacres of 1909…occurred within a year of the proclamation of the Young Turk Constitution, which assured equal rights of citizenship to all inhabitants of the Empire.

…In 1913 the Turkish Army was engaged in exterminating the Albanians because they had an un-Ottoman national spirit of their own.

This work was interrupted by the Balkan War, but the Turks revenged themselves for their defeat…by exterminating all Greeks and Slavs left in the territory they still retained…

Only a third of the two million Armenians in Turkey have survived, and that at the price of apostatizing to Islam or else of leaving all they had and fleeing across the frontier.

… The refugees saw their women and children die by the roadside, and apostasy too, for a woman, involved the living death of marriage to a Turk and inclusion in his harem.

The other two-thirds … were marched away from their homes … with no food or clothing for the journey, in fierce heat and bitter cold, hundreds of miles over rough mountain roads.

They were plundered and tormented by their guards, and by subsidized bands of brigands, who descended on them in the wilderness, and with whom their guards fraternized.

Parched with thirst, they were kept away from the water with bayonets.

… They died of hunger and exposure and exhaustion, and in lonely places the guards and robbers fell upon them and murdered them in batches some at the first halting place after the start, others after they had endured weeks of this agonizing journey.

About half the deportees and there was at least 1,200,000 … perished thus on their journey,

and the other half have been dying lingering deaths ever since at their journey’s end; for they have been deported to the most inhospitable regions in the Ottoman Empire:

-the malarial marshes in the Province of Konia;
-the banks of the Euphrates where, between Syria and Mesopotamia, it runs through a stony desert;
-the sultry and utterly desolate track of the Hedjaz Railway …

The same campaign of extermination has been waged against the Nestorian Christians on the Persian frontier …

In Syria there is a reign of terror …”

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Toynbee added:

“The ‘Deportation Scheme’ was drawn up by the central government …

No State could be more completely responsible for any act within its borders than the Ottoman State is responsible for the appalling crimes it has committed against its subject peoples …”

Toynbee wrote:

“Turkish rule … is now, oppressing or massacring, slaughtering or driving from their homes, the Christian population of Greek or Bulgarian stock … Armenia and Cilicia, and Syria, where within the last two years it has been destroying its Christian subjects …

The Young Turkish gang who gained power when they had deposed Abd-ul-Hamid, have surpassed even that monster of cruelty in their slaughter of the unoffending Armenians.

The ‘Committee of Union and Progress’ began by promising equal rights to all races and faiths …

It proceeded … to expel the Greek-speaking inhabitants of Western Asia Minor, and to exterminate the Armenians…

The Muslim peasant of Asia Minor is an honest, kindly fellow when not roused by fanaticism …

President Wilson…called upon … Allied Nations … that they … make good their words:

‘The liberation of the peoples who now lie beneath the murderous tyranny of the Turks …'”

Toynbee continued:

“Turkish tyranny … putting the clock in South-Eastern Europe a century back … to reconquer for Militarism the field which the 19th century won here for Democracy … destroying without interference a multitude of smaller and weaker peoples from Alsace to Romania and from Schleswig to Baghdad …”

Arnold Toynbee was a correspondent for the Manchester Guardian during the Greco-Turkish War (1919-1922).

His 12-volume Study Of History (1934-1961), described the rise, flowering, and decline of 26 cultures from Egypt, Greece and Rome to Polynesia and Peru.

After World War II, Toynbee wrote Historians Approach To Religion (1956), and Change And Habit: The Challenge Of Our Time (1966), in which he predicted that China would become the major global power if the United States and the Soviet Union could not maintain world order.

“Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder,” argued Toynbee, who saw religion as a prime motivation in history.

Toynbee continued:

“When I started, religion was not a prominent feature …

In writing my study, I have been constantly surprised to find religion coming back to fill an even greater place.”

Toynbee concluded:

“So what does the universe look like? …

It looks as if everything were on the move either toward its Creator or away from Him …

The course of human history consists of a series of encounters … in which each man or woman or child … is challenged by God to make the free choice between doing God’s will and refusing to do it.

When Man refuses, he is free to make his refusal and to take the consequences.”

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