A disturbing, if fascinating, article was published this week by the Weekly Standard. Jonathan Last wrote “Ted, Teddy and the Natalist Impulse”, and keyed off a public pronouncement by Ted Turner. One of the last defenders of “Global Warming” – Turner traveled to Cancun to offer his sage insight into what needs to be done to save “Mother Earth”.
As with many leftists, Turner’s prescription hangs on the elimination of human beings. Specifically, his grand idea is to create a world-wide market, whereby rich white folks like Turner could buy “fertility rights”. Blacks and Hispanics in underdeveloped parts of the world – who keep making too many children – could make some money by foregoing their privilege of having children. Presumably Turner would want to guarantee fewer children by requiring those doing the selling to undergo sterilization.
This kind of elitist social vision is straight out of some Nazi handbook. Oh – it is cloaked in “love for the environment” and “saving the planet”. But beneath the surface is a very disturbing view of humanity. A view which has its roots in the kind of “progressive” social order first, and most loudly, articulated by Margaret Sanger, the mother of Planned Parenthood.
Her progeny pretend to run from Sanger’s world view because it has become politically incorrect to defend eugenics; however, it is now clearly acceptable to push for the “cleansing” of humanity if it is cloaked in the language of environmentalism.
To put Turner’s dark radicalism in perspective, Mr. Last included quotes from one of America’s greatest historical figures, Teddy Roosevelt, on the great blessing of bearing children:
“Finally, even more important than the ability to work, even more important than the ability to fight is to remember that the chief of blessings for any nation is to leave its seed to inherit the land …. The greatest of all curses is the curse of sterility, and the severest of all condemnations should be that visited upon willful sterility.”
It may surprise the reader to learn that Teddy Roosevelt, a “progressive” often heralded as the first environmental president, would offer such strong opinions on a modern problem. But he lived at a time when eugenics and social engineering were first becoming “respectable”. Roosevelt was well-acquainted with people like Margaret Sanger and her war on the womb.
Ted Turner’s hubris and smug elitism is patently detestable. But we cannot afford to simply dismiss him as a leftist crackpot. It must be firmly and vigorously confronted, for he speaks for many powerful individuals and organizations working their agenda today.
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