A few of us are endeavouring to raise a fund to buy the Poor some meat and drink and means of warmth. We choose this time, because it is a time, of all others, when want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices. What shall I put you down for?’
‘Nothing!’ Scrooge replied.
‘You wish to be anonymous?’
‘I wish to be left alone,’ said Scrooge. ‘Since you ask me what I wish, gentlemen, that is my answer. I don’t make merry myself at Christmas and I can’t afford to make idle people merry. I help to support the establishments I have mentioned—they cost enough; and those who are badly off must go there.’
‘Many can’t go there; and many would rather die.’
‘If they would rather die,’ said Scrooge, ‘they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.’
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
Have you, gentle readers, ever wondered why many progressives become insanely angry when, in response to “Black Lives Matter” rhetoric, one asserts blue (police officer’s) lives matter, or worse, all lives matter? The most recent example of which is a MTV video rant, as Reason explains. This brief passage in a Nature.com article about Swedish “physician and epidemiologist” Hans Rosling also, in disquieting fashion, illuminates the issue:
How to dismantle the population bomb
Rosling’s charm appeals to those frustrated by the persistence of myths about the world. Looming large is an idea popularized by Paul Ehrlich, an entomologist at Stanford University in California, who warned in 1968 that the world was heading towards mass starvation owing to overpopulation.
In my (much) younger days, I read Erlich’s book, and was appropriately alarmed, alarmed, that is, until the 70’s came and went. That was when Erlich said untold millions would be dead from mass starvation due to overpopulation. Just to hedge his bet, he added the 80s, which also came and went with his dire predictions unfulfilled. To this date, Erlich maintains he was right, despite the small details of a complete lack of millions of deaths due to overpopulation. Here’s the good stuff:
Melinda Gates says that after a drink or two, people often tell her that they think the Gates Foundation may be contributing to overpopulation and environmental collapse by saving children’s lives with interventions such as vaccines.
The implication is to save the planet, we must not save the lives of children—and they’re speaking of children in the third world, the most vulnerable among the human race—and must, instead, withhold “interventions.” What might other “interventions” be? Oh, such trivial items as food, shelter, drinkable water, that sort of thing. Lest one think Melinda Gates a heartless monster, read on:
She is thrilled when Rosling smoothly uses data to show how the reverse is true: as rates of child survival have increased over time, family size has shrunk. She has joined him as a speaker at several high-level events. ‘I’ve watched people have this ‘aha’ moment when Hans speaks,’ she says. ‘He breaks these myths in such a gentle way. I adore him.
Good for Gates and Rosling. Bad for progressives. As the self-annointed elite, they believe it is up to them to determine, like Ebeneezer Scrooge, who should live and die—for the good of the planet, of course.
Think, gentle readers—but not too long or deeply—about the shriveled souls of such people. They would, having the power, for pennies, to save the lives of children, consign them to death for what they imagine to be a more noble cause. They would see millions die for the benefit of their virtue signaling.
Are these really people just like us? Are these people with who one might reason? Are these people of good will with whom we merely disagree? Or do we see, in this simple, horrifying example, the reason progressives must never be allowed to take absolute power? Black Lives Matter, for the moment, is the progressive darling, but a new, favored victimized minority will come along when it suits the political purposes of progressives. What will not change is the progressive inclination to social engineering on a global scale.
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.