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August 7, 2009

Science Czar John Holdren's Eugenicist Idol Harrison Brown

Posted by Dave Blount at August 7, 2009 8:10 AM

Revelations just keep coming regarding Comrade Obama's Science Czar John Holdren. First we learned that he's an ecofascist opposed to free markets; then that he wanted to put sterilants in our drinking water; next that he doesn't regard babies as human until after they've been socialized. Now we discover that his role model is eugenicist Harrison Brown:

John Holdren, the Science Czar of the United States, has long expressed an intense admiration — one that bordered on hero-worship — of a man named Harrison Brown, a respected scientist from an earlier generation who spent his later years writing about overpopulation and ecological destruction. In fact, as Holdren has pointed out several times (including very recently), it was Harrison Brown's most famous book, The Challenge of Man's Future, which transformed the young Holdren's personal philosophy and which inspired him to later embark on a career in science and population policy which in many ways mirrored that of his idol Brown.
Holdren's regard for Brown was so high that in 1986 he edited and co-wrote an homage to Brown entitled Earth and the Human Future: Essays in Honor of Harrison Brown, in which Holdren showers Brown with accolades and unrestrained applause.

Like the famous progressives Margaret Sanger (founder of Planned Parenthood) and Adolf Hitler (murderer of 6 million Jews), Brown was a big proponent of eugenics. He called for "sterilizing the feeble-minded" and others regarded by the State as "unfit," so that undesirables could be "pruned from society." Brown's totalitarian worldview is the basis of Holdren's.

Quoting Holdren, from Earth and the Human Future: Essays in Honor of Harrison Brown:

Harrison Brown's most remarkable book, The Challenge of Man's Future, was published more than three decades ago. By the time I read it as a high school student a few years later, the book had been widely acclaimed. … The Challenge of Man's Future pulled these interests together for me in a way that transformed my thinking about the world and about the sort of career I wanted to pursue. I have always suspected that I am not the only member of my generation whose aspirations and subsequent career were changed by this book of Harrison Brown's. … As a demonstration of the power of (and necessity for) an interdisciplinary approach to global problems, the book was a tour de force. … Thirty years after Harrison Brown elaborated these positions, it remains difficult to improve on them as a coherent depiction of the perils and challenges we face. Brown's accomplishment in writing The Challenge of Man's Future, of course, was not simply the construction of this sweeping schema for understanding the human predicament; more remarkable was (and is) the combination of logic, thoroughness, clarity, and force with which he marshalled data and argumentation on every element of the problem and on their interconnections. It is a book, in short, that should have reshaped permanently the perceptions of all serious analysts.

Here's his idol Harrison Brown, from The Challenge of Man's Future:

The feeble-minded, the morons, the dull and backward, and the lower-than-average persons in our society are outbreeding the superior ones at the present time. … Is there anything that can be done to prevent the long-range degeneration of human stock? Unfortunately, at the present time there is little, other than to prevent breeding in persons who present glaring deficiencies clearly dangerous to society and which are known to be of a hereditary nature. Thus we could sterilize or in other ways discourage the mating of the feeble-minded. We could go further and systematically attempt to prune from society, by prohibiting them from breeding, persons suffering from serious inheritable forms of physical defects, such as congenital deafness, dumbness, blindness, or absence of limbs. … A broad eugenics program would have to be formulated which would aid in the establishment of policies that would encourage able and healthy persons to have several offspring and discourage the unfit from breeding at excessive rates.

Given the terrifying rate at which the current government has been expanding its power, and especially in light of its ongoing full-court press to seize control of the entire healthcare industry, a Science Czar who wants to revive the ideology of the Third Reich ought to jolt even a few liberals out of their Kool-Aid–induced stupor. Zombie has the full story.

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Obama's Science Czar, one scary moonbat.