Friday, September 3, 2010

Malthusian Terrorism

A reader sends along the news that "a Darwinian radical ecologist individual, James Jay Lee, took people hostage in the Discovery Channel headquarters, stating that he had a gun" — Environmental Militant Killed by Police at Discovery Channel Headquarters. Also sent was his manifesto, in pdf. form, of his demands, some of which I will reprint — The Discovery Channel MUST broadcast to the world their commitment to save the planet and to do the following IMMEDIATELY:
    Focus must be given on how people can live WITHOUT giving birth to more filthy human children since those new additions continue pollution and are pollution....

    All programs on Discovery Health-TLC must stop encouraging the birth of any more parasitic human infants and the false heroics behind those actions. In those programs' places, programs encouraging human sterilization and infertility must be pushed. All former pro-birth programs must now push in the direction of stopping human birth, not encouraging it....

    Civilization must be exposed for the filth it is. That, and all its disgusting religious-cultural roots and greed. Broadcast this message until the pollution in the planet is reversed and the human population goes down....

    Develop shows that mention the Malthusian sciences about how food production leads to the overpopulation of the Human race. Talk about Evolution. Talk about Malthus and Darwin until it sinks into the stupid people's brains until they get it....

    Programs must be developed to find solutions to stopping ALL immigration pollution and the anchor baby filth that follows that....

    Humans are the most destructive, filthy, pollutive creatures around and are wrecking what's left of the planet with their false morals and breeding culture....

    Also, war must be halted. Not because it's morally wrong, but because of the catastrophic environmental damage modern weapons cause to other creatures....

    Saving the environment and the remaning species diversity of the planet is now your mindset. Nothing is more important than saving them. The Lions, Tigers, Giraffes, Elephants, Froggies, Turtles, Apes, Raccoons, Beetles, Ants, Sharks, Bears, and, of course, the Squirrels.

    The humans? The planet does not need humans.
(Were not Seung-Hui Cho and Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold also Darwinists? An article reporting that "a sinister link has emerged between [Darwin's] work and the recent spate of high-school killings by crazed, nihilistic teenagers" — Charles Darwin and the children of the evolution.)

Richard Spencer informs us that the gunman was a "homeless Korean-American man who [was] inspired by Al Gore’s Inconvenient TruthThe Eugenicist Gunman. "Obviously, conservatives and libertarians will use Lee in making accusations that the EPA has an 'anti-Human' agenda and the like," says Mr. Spencer, who "fear[s] that we will never hear the end of the deranged Mr. Lee."

Countering that silly assertion, libertarian Butler Shaffer says, "James J. Lee, the Al Gore inspired environmentalist who undertook a destructive assault on the Discovery Channel building, will be quickly dropped down the 'memory hole' as a political embarrassment" — ‘Save the Planet; Kill the People’. "On the other hand, had this man been a cousin of the treasurer of the Mud Flats, Kansas, Tea Party, we would never hear the end of the reporting on this event."

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Blogger Tiago said...

Now, now. Blaming Darwin for the nut jobs who skimmed and distorted his theory in order to fit into their nihilistic agenda makes as much sense as blaming Einstein for the moral relativism of the 20th Century because he invented the theory of Relativity.

It's all right to be a Creationist, really, but one must make sure to always use plausible arguments, or risk one's opponents dismissing the good arguments along with the bad.

6:08 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

You make a point. After all, once every decade or so when a Christian fundamentalist goes nuts in America, the media is quick to blame the Church. However, we shouldn't leave Darwin off the hook.

Peter Quinn wrote an article titled "What Darwin’s Champions Won’t Mention" in which he informs us that in Adrian Desmond and James Moore's 1991 biography, Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist, the naturalist's "notebooks make plain that competition, free trade, imperialism, racial extermination, and sexual inequality were written into the equation from the start-Darwinism was invented to explain human society" -- Darwinism Is Social Darwinism.

(I'm not aware whether Einstein wrote in his notebooks that homosexuality, premarital sex, and whatnot "were written into the equation from the start.")

Richard Weikart wrote a book on the topic -- From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany.

Pat Buchanan pointed out that (1) Karl Marx saw "survival of the fittest as the source of progress justified violence in bringing about social and political change, in other words, the revolution." (2) "Although born to a Catholic family Hitler become a hard-eyed Darwinist who saw life as a constant struggle between the strong and the weak." (3) "Charles Darwin also suited the purpose of the eugenicists and Herbert Spencer, who preached a survival-of-the-fittest social Darwinism to robber baron industrialists exploiting 19th-century immigrants." (4) "Historian Jacques Barzun believes Darwinism brought on World War I" -- The Disasters of Darwinism.

What's even more interesting is that the central tenet of Darwinism is under attack, not by creationists but by cognitive scientists, geneticists, and microbiologists -- What Darwin Got Wrong, A Paleobiologist Reviews What Darwin Got Wrong, and Natural Selection Debunked?

9:48 AM  
Anonymous Steven P. Cornett said...

The "origin story" of Darwinism is also, I would contend, the incorporation of uniformalism and the Hegelian materialist dialectic into the cosmos. In that way, it can be seen as a key aspect of the secularist religion, which is what some call a neo-gnosticism where matter is divinized instead of condemned as in the classical form.

The point of gnosticism is that "salvation" is gained through secret knowledge that is only given to certain adepts by the ones that possess it, such as the Perfects in the Albigensian heresy of Provence in the 13th Century. The implication is that man achieves his own salvation, instead of receiving grace from God. Most forms of it also tend to moral depravity by asserting that, in an evil universe (or one in which there is only stuff), we have no moral duty at all.

It is the foundation of Darwinism that appeals to those like Dylan and Klebold, or James Lee, since a meaningless world of random events frees them from any need for remorse for even the most depraved acts. It also, as Aldrous Huxley pointed out, frees the political class to act in any way they wish without the restraint of thinking about rights or the "common good," afterall, if some people are simply untermensch with bad genes or evolutionary programming, then they can be used in any way the supermen desire. As well, they can be dispensed with as desired as well.

10:19 AM  
Anonymous Steven P. Cornett said...

Stephen Hand has another interesting article on the relationship between Darwinism and Neo-gnosticism.

"Darwinism and the Rise of Gnosticism," by Philip Collins. Additionally, it should be noted that the root core of New Agism, Madame Helena Blavatsky's Theosophy, is also at core an outgrowth of Darwinism.

10:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well they worked to stop this man's birth, retroactively. The journey of a thousands miles begins with a single footstep.

7:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"You make a point. After all, once every decade or so when a Christian fundamentalist goes nuts in America, the media is quick to blame the Church. However, we shouldn't leave Darwin off the hook."

Christianity is an ethical standard; neo-Darwinian evolution isn't.

I guess people who research genetic algorithms are also terrorists.

4:19 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Darwinism is an ethical standard.

5:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Darwinism is an ethical standard."

Which is fine except that, as a science, it isn't.

A lot of scientists lament the evolutionary baggage we've accumulated over the ages.

2:24 AM  

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