David Harsanyi finds the ghoulish worldview of self-styled “science guy” Bill Nye objectionable. This particular paragraph of Harsanyi’s, though, allows for an interesting tangent into how the Left and Right think:
We live in a world where Ehrlich protege John Holdren — who, like his mentor, made a career of offering memorably erroneous predictions (not out of the ordinary for alarmists) — was able to become a science czar in the Obama administration. Holdren co-authored a book in late 1970s called “Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment,” which waded into theoretical talk about mass sterilizations and forced abortions in an effort to save hundreds of millions from sure death. Nye is a fellow denier of one of the most irrefutable facts about mankind: Human ingenuity overcomes demand.
This is just a single example of progressives’ comfort with concepts like forced sterilizations and forced abortions. Harsanyi also quotes progressive Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as saying, “Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.” Other examples would easily be found.
What comes immediately to mind for a contrast is the Left’s reaction to Charles Murray. Anybody who has read Murray’s original flash-point for controversy, The Bell Curve, would know that the book…
- acknowledged differences in intelligence,
- reported that in current circumstances, these differences do relate statistically (although not inevitably) to racial groups, and
- warned about the future consequences of allowing such trends to develop.
Murray and co-author Richard Herrnstein were concerned about the development of a “cognitive elite” in proverbial gated communities lording it over everybody else. In order to avoid that in the future, they said, we must honestly address the data and answer thorny questions of culture and political philosophy.
Think about that. Murray is attacked as a “white supremacist” by the Left for arguing that we’re headed toward a divided, dystopian future that we should strive to avoid. Meanwhile, voices on the Left are lauded despite their openness to divisive, dystopian policies in the present.