08 September 2011

Taking Overpopulation Seriously: Forced Mass Sterilisation

A program of sterilizing women...despite the relatively greater difficulty of the operation than vasectomy, might be easier to implement than trying to sterilize men.
The development of a long-term sterilizing capsule that could be implanted under the skin...opens additional possibilities for coercive fertility control. The capsule could be implanted at puberty and might be removable, with official permission, for a limited number of births.

...Adding a sterilant to drinking water or staple foods... would pose some very difficult political, legal, and social questions, to say nothing of the technical problems....To be acceptable, such a substance would have to meet some rather stiff requirements: it must be uniformly effective... _Obama Science Advisor John Holdren

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If humans are to deal with overpopulation, they may need to take some extreme measures, such as those favoured by people very close to US President Obama. Involuntary sterilisation and spiking water supplies with contraceptives are two of the suggestions that leftists of the environmentalist persuasion tend to throw around a lot, at get-togethers. Fortunately for such concerned leftists, Oregon health scientists are developing a new generation of contraceptives which might fit their needs:
... the contraceptive OHSU researchers are developing is not hormonal and [is] more focused on mechanisms that directly result in the release of an egg. This new approach targets the key enzymes responsible for the release of an egg.

...This research...has demonstrated that targeting these enzymes can prevent the release of an egg from the ovary. The next step for Hennebold and colleagues is to determine the delivery method of such a drug and the timetable for medication.

"Our hope is that the next generation of birth control is more targeted and has a higher effectiveness level," added Hennebold. _SD
Mass sterilisation is a common topic in fiction and in speculative writing. Sometimes the act of mass sterilisation is initiated by humans, and sometimes extraterrestrials or natural forces are to blame.

A program of mass sterilisation was actually carried out on remote villagers in Peru, and was attempted unsuccessfully in India.

In the context of widespread modern anxiety related to climate change, resource depletion, global pollution, animal species extinction, peak oil, and overpopulation, the idea of forced mass sterilisation of humans seems a very attractive idea to many in the left environmentalist movement. The news item below has been re-written by Al Fin political scientists to better reflect much of the modern thought current among leftist environmentalist thought leaders:
Tomorrow They Vote for Either Mass Sterilisation or Mass Killing
On Tuesday, April 5, the United States Department of Populations will choose between mass sterilization or killing, life or death, for residents in the states of Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New York, in the first use of new overpopulation legislation passed recently by the US Congress, and signed by the president.

The legislative project adopted by the US Congress promoting mass sterilisation was completely altered by the USDP to allow for the possibility of mass killings in certain situations where the need to reduce populations is particularly dire.

If the choice were left to the states themselves, it is likely that they would choose mass sterilisation over mass euthanasia. The federal government of the United States has decided that the issue is too important to be left to the states.

Environmental advisors to the president and to the congress prefer the use of mass euthanasia -- "to get it over with as quickly as possible." But overpopulation denialists continue to lobby the federal government, as protestors from across the US fill the Washington DC mall into the millions.
_Original Unaltered News Item

As you can see, Al Fin political scientists have mutilated the original item almost beyond recognition. But when it comes to the overpopulation crisis -- or any environmental crisis -- the ends justify the means.

In the interest of fairness, we will present a contrary viewpoint from pro-natalist Bryan Caplan:
The sterilization of half mankind would...be a horrible tragedy of epic proportions. But we wouldn't be losing the society we've got. We'd just be losing the society we could have had: Millions of new creative geniuses, and billions of additional people who'd enjoy being alive. If human beings were built differently, we might inconsolably miss the descendents we never had. For most of us, though, it's "out of sight, out of mind." We miss people we knew and lost a thousand times more than people who were never conceived. _BryanCaplan
Mr. Caplan brings up an interesting point: Once the mass sterilisation program is carried out, the people will never know the difference. They cannot possibly miss the people who are never conceived, never born -- people they never knew. Can they?

It is important that any program of mass sterilisation and/or euthanasia incorporate a wide range of safeguards to be sure that nothing goes wrong with the planning or execution. Most importantly, the elite environmentalists among us who have designed this program to save the planet and its many non-human species, must survive and prosper in the brave new world we create. Denialists and non-believers will be left in the dustbin of history, by any means necessary.

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Blogger Hell_Is_Like_Newark said...

In order to be 'fair', Obama's own daughters should be the first to be sterilized. Somehow I don't see that happening.

Friday, 09 September, 2011  
Blogger read it said...

It would make more sense to just offer payment. Then it is ostensibly voluntary. A good analyst could figure out the $$ amount that would motivate the most low performers to take the bait while not being high enough to attract smarter folks. The main problem with promoting mass voluntary sterilization is that it cuts into contraceptive providers profits. Right now an IUD that should cost $12 is like $400, and oral contraceptives that have been around for 50 years are like $50 when they are super cheap to make.

Saturday, 10 September, 2011  
Blogger al fin said...

HILN: Sure. Fair is fair.

RI: OK. But how do you know someone will fulfill their side of a bargain?

Seriously, overpopulation is not one of the big problems being faced by the developed world. It is primarily a problem of the tribal third world.

If you are concerned about demographic decline in the developed world, that is a different issue, and better served by changes in government policies, rather than by interfering in procreative activities.

While the piece was meant as satire, it does unfortunately reflect the thinking of much of the left end of environmental activist movement -- who have a deep reach inside the current North American governments, and the governments of the EU and Oceania as well.

Sunday, 11 September, 2011  
Blogger PEKINGU said...

OVERPOPULATION is the root of all issues we are facing, pollutants increase are causing 44% of population to be exposed to cancer at some time and the rate is rising, 10million humans more EVERY MONTH, pesticides are thrown in food to increase yields in 5% and nitrates from farms have contaminated most water, global warming has already destroyed south of spain climate and species. Greed is destroying the paradise god gift to humans and to all creatures in this planet. A mere 1.9 average child per 2 adults is enough to save the day, not a big deal if you think in all the benefits and suffer relief. It is not a ideological issue, cancer kill ppl and do not ask if they are republican or democrats. Sincerely, im european, and you dont want to see your country in the nasty status we are, with energy, food, and water prices skyrocketing, pollutants running wild, and living in too small flats that you work 40 years to pay.

Friday, 14 October, 2011  

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