by Robert Bradley Jr.October 31, 2013
Original with more links and images here www.masterresource.org/2013/10…
“Some form of ecocatastrophe, if not thermonuclear war, seems almost certain to overtake us before the end of the [twentieth] century.”
Doom and gloom—and falsity—hallmarks the long career of John P. Holdren, neo-Malthusian and now President Obama’s initial and still science advisor.
What else has the Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy said? And can we assume that he still holds and trumpets these views to Obama?
It’s Halloween, a good time to refresh memories of the man who just might be the scariest presidential advisor in U.S. history!
Read—but don’t be too frightened. The sky-is-falling gloom of Holdren, his mentor Paul Ehrlich, and others is in intellectual and empirical trouble. From Julian Simon to Bjorn Lomborg to Matt Ridley, the technological optimists have the upper hand in a debate that continues to be one-sided.
Billion Deaths Possible!
Economic Decline Coming!
“Today the frontiers are gone, and the evidence is mounting that technology cannot hold the law of diminishing returns at bay much longer. Resources being stressed today are often being stressed globally; they will not be replenished from outside the ‘system’.”
Economic Decline Required!
“Only one rational path is open to us—simultaneous de-development of the [overdeveloped countries] and semi-development of the underdeveloped countries (UDC’s), in order to approach a decent and ecologically sustainable standard of living for all in between. By de-development we mean lower per-capita energy consumption, fewer gadgets, and the abolition of planned obsolescence.”
“We are not, of course, optimistic about our chances of success. Some form of ecocatastrophe, if not thermonuclear war, seems almost certain to overtake us before the end of the century. (The inability to forecast exactly which one – whether plague, famine, the poisoning of the oceans, drastic climatic change, or some disaster entirely unforeseen – is hardly grounds for complacency.)”
We find ourselves firmly in the neo-Malthusian camp. We hold this view not because we believe the world to be running out of materials in an absolute sense, but rather because the barriers to continued material growth, in the form of problems of economics, logistics, management, and environmental impact, are so formidable.”
Occupy Wall Street!
“[Our] “gloomy prognosis” [requires] organized evasive action: population control, limitation of material consumption, redistribution of wealth, transitions to technologies that are environmentally and socially less disruptive than today’s, and movement toward some kind of world government”
Do I Have to Prove It?
“Now, this problem puts those of us who tend to view with alarm in a somewhat curious position. We’re calling upon society to make major changes, but we cannot prove exactly what will happen and exactly when, in the absence of those kinds of changes.” 
“We have been warned by our more cautious colleagues that those who discuss threats of sociological and ecological disaster run the risk of being ‘discredited’ if those threats fail to materialize on schedule.”
In-depth Holdren analysis can be found in these posts:
- See more at: www.masterresource.org/2013/10…
As of this posting, Halloween is still going - at least in the White House!
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So it requires forced abortion and child birth limits, rationing, legalized theft from the middle classes of countries, a transition to inefficient and unproven technologies which we are forced to use, and a global government that controls the entire world like something out of 1984 mixed with Demolition Man and Brave New World. These men and their thought processes are fucking scary as all hell, excuse my language, but holy shit...
All under the guise of stopping a fictional threat and "saving the planet". Disgusting.
The UK has the NHS it meas that EVERYONE is entitled to good health care and a chance to live. Dosnt matter how much you have or can afford.
On the back of a wheeties box?
The taxes pay for EVERYTHING, roads, police, fire dep, schools even if you dont have any kids you still pay for the education service.
Besides, the US Constitution has this little thing called the 10th Amendment which basically states - any power not given to the federal level of government via the Constitution belongs/goes to the State(County, Local) Level of Government. In other words - the federal level of government has no right to get involved with providing health care. It is a issue/power for the states to take care of.
I think what the people of America should do is read up for themselves and use their OWN judgment, not the judgment of poltical types who are often in the back pocket of alot of insurer companies.
Health care should be FREE for EVERYONE no matter what you have in your bank account
It dose work take a look at other countries who HAVE a healthcare system, it works. One healthcare plan for ALL
I belive what is happening is there are far too many negatives that are being put up with out ALL the facts being shown.
The US may have a great healthcare service, but why should it be for "profit" more then helping people.
How many life saving drugs are withheld or procedures not done that can save peoples lives, too many. Reason: There is no profit in it.
Look at it with an open mind and you will see there are more pros than there are cons to it.
It doesn't work, in the EU countries have been plagued by high taxes, long waits for surgeries (which has lead to a rise in 'medical tourism', which is basically travel to other countries to receive treatment), and there's the lack of choice in doctors, partly due to limitations caused by socialized healthcare systems and because doctors move their practice to other countries or quit because the costs outweigh the rewards, like it or not, that's how it is. Germany has announced massive cuts to its healthcare system due to expenses and other countries in the EU are expecting to do the same.
One size of shoe can not fit all feet, the very idea of a one size fits all system or object is a fallacy, it's fantasy.
The US is seeing many of these same issues with the ACA, as well as others unique to our government's implementation of it and the US political and economic climate.
A very good analogue, one I have experience with personally is education, here in the US our education systems have become more and more like this, one style of teaching for all students. There's a lot less visual and audible elements for teaching in modern US classrooms, which hurts students who learn through visuals and sound, and hands on activities are being thrown out for standardized tests and book work. It's part of why I believe that the US education system has fallen on the international stage. We live in a world of hundreds of cultures and thousands more subcultures, many races and ethnic groups, a plethora of religions and ideologies, and so much more, the very idea that one can provide for and satisfy all groups is fantasy, pure fantasy, it isn't rational or realistic, it's pure absurdity.