Nothing says Government Science Guru quite like an advocate for population control, and when America’s Dear Leader Barack Obama selected John Holdren for the post of the Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy he made sure he fit the bill.
As someone who logged away years as the Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy, you can bet he was at the top of any short list from the start.
In his 1973 book Human Ecology: Problems and Solutions coauthored with intellectual cuddle bug Paul Ehrlich, Holdren discusses how a US population of 280 million people by 2040 would be far too much leading to a need for a possible additive to the food supply: sterilants.
Side note: Current US population---- 314 million plus.
“Adding a sterilant to drinking water or staple foods is a suggestion that seems to horrify people more than most proposals for involuntary fertility control.”
Horrifying? Ya think?
He went on to add that such sterilants, “Must be uniformly effective, despite widely varying doses received by individuals, and despite varying degrees of fertility and sensitivity among individuals; it must be free of dangerous or unpleasant side effects; and it must have no effect on members of the opposite sex, children, old people, pets, or livestock.”
You know, that really doesn’t make us feel all that much better, especially when you flip over a few pages and read this, “Involuntary Fertility Control a Program of sterilizing women after their second or third children, despite the relatively greater difficulty of the operation than vasectomy, might be easier to implement than trying to sterilize men.”
Talk about a war on women!
“The development of a long-term sterilizing capsule that could be implanted under the skin and removed when pregnancy is desired opens additional possibilities for coercive fertility control. The capsule could be implanted at puberty and might be removable, with official permission, for a limited number of births.”
For good measure here’s another snippet from Holdren’s book which might sound familiar, “Human values and institutions have set mankind on a collision course with the laws of nature. Human beings cling jealously to their prerogative to reproduce as they please, and they please to make each new generation larger than the last, yet endless multiplication on a finite planet is impossible. Most humans aspire to greater material prosperity, but the number of people that can be supported on Earth if everyone is rich is even smaller than if everyone is poor.”
Feels rather Agenda 21, right?