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Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Ghosts of Malthus

There was a hostage crisis in the office building headquarters of the Discovery Channel. You know, one of those few cable channels everyone says they would keep if they had the option of choosing their own cable TV line-up.


The crackpot who was holding hostages and making demands was a middle-American TEA party supporter who had been traumatized by the fear mongering rhetoric of Glenn Beck.

Oh wait. Nope. Turns out he was a left-wing religion hating leftist enviro-nut.

He has a long, rambling angry manifesto denouncing those planet polluting Duggars in Arkansas.
The seventh point drew my attention:

7. Develop shows that mention the Malthusian sciences about how food production leads to the overpopulation of the Human race. Talk about Evolution. Talk about Malthus and Darwin until it sinks into the stupid people’s brains until they get it!!

A couple of thoughts:

First, was this guy of the opinion that the Discovery Channel DOESN'T talk enough about evolution and evolutionary theory? Seriously? What more was he wanting from them other than devoting programing time to shows about how to kill babies efficiently? Every program about science is stuffed to bursting about evolution.

Second, all those atheists, theistic evolutionists, and political progressives I have argued with over the years who tell me Darwinian evolution is about the science and has nothing to do with political, social philosophy: you're kidding me, right? Thomas Malthus wasn't loved and appreciated by Karl Marx and Mao Zedong because he was just a clever economist.

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Blogger Ransom said...

When you said there was a hostage crisis going on at the Discovery Channel, I was convinced you meant there was some sort of clash of ideologies going on.

So I was all the more surprised that no, you indeed meant that someone was holding people hostage at the Discovery Channel.

Talk about picking the wrong target, though: if the Mythbusters didn't blow him up, then Bear Grylls would have gone all SAS on him.

5:32 PM, September 01, 2010  
Blogger One Salient Oversight said...

He was also against immigration and "anchor babies" afaik.

6:29 PM, September 01, 2010  
Blogger Fred Butler said...

He sure was, which is typical of Malthusian Darwinian eugenicists. A position held by most radical environmentalists.

7:38 PM, September 01, 2010  
Blogger Highland Host said...

Malthus did not realise how human ingenuity can in fact increase the food supply far more than he though it could be increased, and more rapidly. But my copy of Malthus is not with me, so I must rely on my memory here.

It's interesting what Malthus was opposing in his first book, which was a sort of humanistic perfectionism that believed everything was getting better all the time, and that human lifespans would just go on increasing until the final generation of people lived for ever. The Anglican Clergyman quite rightly rebelled against such a silly idea! Sadly he then did some rather questionable maths, concluding that while human population increased geometically, food supplies increased only arithmetically. Thus there would come a time when the population outstripped the food supply, which would be followed by mass starvation, etc. The the Agricultural revolution happened and proved that food supply could, by mechanisation, new crop strains, etc., be increased at a greater than arithmetic rate. And now population growth is doing funny things too. Oh well, at least Malthus tried. But he would have been the first to tell you that his book isn't infallible - unlike the Bible!

4:32 AM, September 02, 2010  
Blogger Steve Gentry said...

This man is no more representative of evolutionary philosophy than this man is representative of the ProLife movement.

Unhinged, mentally unstable people can be found at every level in society, including fundamental Christianity.

5:46 AM, September 02, 2010  
Blogger Fred Butler said...

Certainly there are nuts in all groups, but face the facts of history: Darwinian philosophy goes hand in hand with the suicidal death cult of radical environmentalism.

5:49 AM, September 02, 2010  
Blogger David said...

"Darwinian philosophy goes hand in hand with the suicidal death cult of radical environmentalism."

Err, care to explain? What is Darwinian philosophy anyway? I thought evolution was about common ancestry and the origin of species and so forth. I didn't realize that Darwin was a philosopher.

9:21 AM, September 02, 2010  
Blogger Fred Butler said...

I didn't realize that Darwin was a philosopher.

Really? You haven't read any of Darwin's stuff apart from the "Origins of the Species?" Or anything by his immediate minions? You do know about the history of eugenics right?

12:13 PM, September 02, 2010  

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