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When Government Controls [insert appropriate issue]

All you need are people like the UK’s Jonathon Porritt, who chairs the government’s Sustainable Development Commission at the levers of power and you can imagine the liberty killing possibilities.

A report by the commission, to be published next month, will say that governments must reduce population growth through better family planning.

“I am unapologetic about asking people to connect up their own responsibility for their total environmental footprint and how they decide to procreate and how many children they think are appropriate,” Porritt said.

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“I think we will work our way towards a position that says that having more than two children is irresponsible. It is the ghost at the table. We have all these big issues that everybody is looking at and then you don’t really hear anyone say the “p” word.”

Now when people start throwing the word “irresponsible” around, what could possibly be the result if there’s a friendly ear in government? Perhaps legislation to make “irresponsibility” illegal. And before you start with the “they’d never do something like that” nonsense, bring me up to date on how many two child families there are in China.

Yes friends, it’s Population Bomb 2.0. Coming to a shriek-fest, sky-is-falling, we’re-killing-Mother-Earth event near you soon.

As an aside, Porritt represents the most dangerous  type of environmental activists out there. He is what many like to call “watermelon activist”. Green on the outside, red in the middle. Check this out if you doubt the point:

Porritt, a former chairman of the Green party, says the government must improve family planning, even if it means shifting money from curing illness to increasing contraception and abortion.

Because, of course, in Watermelon World, that is the state’s job.

~McQ

[HT: RWN]

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7 Responses to When Government Controls [insert appropriate issue]

  • To be fair, I’m in favor of reducing the global population…

    I even have a list started of folks who can go first…  :)

  •  Hey…..he sounds like Pelosi! Abortion as a stimulus AND saving gaea at the same time!

    WIN WIN.

  • [Porritt] said: “We still have one of the highest rates of teenage pregnancies in Europe and we still have relatively high levels of pregnancies going to birth, often among women who are not convinced they want to become mothers. (My emphasis.)

    Words fail.  Most of them.  “Evil,” “f*cking” and “bastard” seem to be working fine.

  • If they want us to reduce population, let’s nuke China and a few other countries.  Population will drop dramtically, and the resulting Nuclear Winter will cool the earth down for years.

  • Haven’t these people seen the demographic projections for the Western world? They can get a convenient and entertaining summary in Steyn’s America Alone.

  • Anybody see the MiniTru coverage of that California woman with the octuplets?  The coverage seems to be uniformly negative.  I admit to having my own biases, but it strikes me very much that the reporters covering this story are barely able to stop themselves openly wondering why she didn’t do the responsible thing and abort some or all the children.  It’s part ‘n’ parcel with the whole Palin family brouhahah: lefties were emphatic that Sarah Palin should have aborted little Trig and that her daughter should have aborted her baby.  For a group of people that makes “It’s for the CHILDREN!” their principle argument for almost every loopy policy they want enacted, libs seem hell-bent on murdering as many as they can.

    I don’t like children, but the idea that I or anybody else can or should go about urging people to NOT have them so that our lives can (somehow) be a bit better is the height of selfishness.  “Don’t have children because I want to save the planet” is pretty disgusting advice.

  • Aren’t all environmentalists green on the outside and red on the inside? I must admit, however, I have a small green/red streak. Paul Ehrlich has point in that this planet has its limitations and I prefer country life to that of New York City and Sao Paolo–haven’t been to those cities but the pictures are scary enough . Unchecked population growth is a bad thing. China and India are filthy, stinking, overpopulated cesspools. I say no thanks.

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