Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Harsanyi Gores Gore's Tired Old Ideas

Gore hasn't embraced any nefarious brand of population control. But President Barack Obama's "science czar," John Holdren, co-authored (with Paul Ehrlich of "Population Bomb" notoriety) a book in the 1970s that toyed with the idea of compulsory sterilization and coerced abortions -- to "de-develop the United States." (Boy, the tea party is so radical!)

They've been making these "people are a cancer"arguments for a long, long time, and eventually, they may be right.  What they over-estimate is their own understanding of how the world works, and what they under appreciate is the creative force of human life and how many undiscovered way of sustaining itself still lie before us.  They suffer from the fatal conceit.

Perhaps the same arguments could be made for my predictions that government as it has been practiced the last 80 years is unsustainable.  Nonetheless, I advocate more liberty, less government. 

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