Are you ready for the latest stench to arise from the Obama swamp? The “Science Czar” wants to “use” the free market to “de-develop” the United States.
In a video interview this week, White House Office of Science and Technology Director John P. Holdren told CNSNews.com that he would use the “free market economy” to implement the “massive campaign” he advocated along with Population Bomb author Paul Ehrlich to “de-develop the United States.”
In his role as President Barack Obama’s top science and technology adviser, Holdren deals with issues ranging from global warming to health care.
“A massive campaign must be launched to restore a high-quality environment in North America and to de-develop the United States,” Holdren wrote along with Paul and Anne H. Ehrlich in the “recommendations” concluding their 1973 book Human Ecology: Problems and Solutions.
“De-development means bringing our economic system (especially patterns of consumption) into line with the realities of ecology and the global resource situation,” Holdren and the Ehrlichs wrote.
“Resources must be diverted from frivolous and wasteful uses in overdeveloped countries to filling the genuine needs of underdeveloped countries,” Holdren and his co-authors wrote. “This effort must be largely political, especially with regard to our overexploitation of world resources, but the campaign should be strongly supplemented by legal and boycott action against polluters and others whose activities damage the environment. The need for de-development presents our economists with a major challenge. They must design a stable, low-consumption economy in which there is a much more equitable distribution of wealth than in the present one. Redistribution of wealth both within and among nations is absolutely essential, if a decent life is to be provided for every human being.”
Free market means freedom from government. If the government uses anyone or anything to effect its environmentalist dreams, that’s not freedom. The government can only use people with the threat of force backing up its dictations.
Holdren speaks of “frivolous and wasteful uses” and “overexploitation of world resources.” Who determines what is frivolous, wasteful or overexploitive? The American people? Individuals pursuing their happiness? No, the state judges all and dictates to the people.
“De-development” is a totalitarian nightmare. Holdren is talking about engineering the entire economy, which can only be done by total state control of, well, everything.
“De-development” would mean people dying. I know, the pragmatist-minded will pooh-pooh that. “Holdren isn’t talking about killing people! Don’t be an alarmist.” But if the 300 million people in America depend on a certain level of production, and the state lowers production beneath that level, what happens? First the standard of living decreases. People “make sacrifices” — which is the essence of Obama’s altruist-collectivist-statist morality. Lower production far enough and people start dying.
What is a “stable, low-consumption economy”? Certainly not America to date, or any country with a free market. Freedom means a constantly expanding economy. People always want more, and that’s a good thing — though not in the eyes of environmentalists. The USSR was a stable, low-consumption economy. Only chains can stop people from producing wealth.
What an astonishing age we live in. People who want a return to constitutional, limited government are smeared by the mainstream media as “extremists.” Meanwhile a man such as Holdren, who dreams of the total restructuring of the economy — bringing the entire economy under state control — is appointed “Science Czar” by the president of the USA. To the left Holdren is not an “extremist,” he’s an idealist.
It’s no wonder Atlas Shrugged is selling better than ever in its 53-year history.