December 15th, 2006

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it's great to be back

After several plane flights and a lot of jet lag, your humble correspondent is in the DC area and comfortably ensconced on his mother's couch, where he plans to spend several days reading books and watching odd cult DVDs before doing anything that could vaguely be construed as being useful.

So, um, I'll be posting a little more often for a while. How've you been?
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And in the "scary" department

This is the most terrifyingly insane thing I've read in a while: a neuroscientist named John Reid calmly arguing for mass sterilization coupled with authoritarian rule as a means for saving the planet. On Australian radio. Reid, who believes that "Planet Earth cannot support the present human population," provides his solution for global warming, poverty, and pollution, and it's a lulu. A few choice snippets:

First and foremost the notion of steady economic growth – every year an increase in the world's GDP, as The Wentworth Group of Scientists and the Stern Review envisage – will have to go into reverse. We in the affluent world will have to accept substantial reductions in our standard of living to allow space for the poor, mainly in Africa, to improve their nutrition and health status.

To achieve this, income and wealth distribution within our societies will have to become much more equal. The higher up the tree one is, the greater the sacrifice one will have to make.

So far, this is radical, but not unimaginably so. Basically, Reid is arguing for global socialism to benefit the world's poor, which is nothing new. Except, of course, that he goes much farther than that, into a kind of eco-communism; the number of automobiles in the world "will have to be reduced to no more than about 10% of the present number" (so, if you're a poor guy in Africa who's saving up to own your own car, sucks to be you); "meat will be rationed to no more than, say, 200 grams per person per week;" "we could turn some iconic sports arenas into veggie gardens;" "perhaps water meters that turn off automatically after a household's daily ration of water has been consumed will be fitted to every house." That's just for a start, of course: "many, many more such infringements on what we now regard as our rights will have to be accepted."

The real issue is that there are too many people. And this is where Reid goes from totalitarian and scary to BATSHIT INSANE.

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