I know that a number of readers, including some I consider friends, will be upset by this piece. I can’t let that stop me. The subject is too important.
A few years back, I wrote a series of essays on The Death Cults, a compilation of which is available at Amazon for a pittance, if you’re interested. That was and is my preferred term for a gaggle of hateful, anti-human movements devoted to the extinction of Mankind. Nevertheless, their adherents claim to be, somehow, on the side of right and justice.
Those essays drew quite a few scoffers, back when. I wonder how many of the readers who wrote me to say “you’re being overly dramatic” or “it’s just a passing fad” would say so today.
Today, we are ruled by the death cultists. They own our most important institutions. They dominate our public discourse. If you’re unsure who I mean by that, here’s the giveaway: They are the answer to the dictum that if you want to know who rules over you, ask who it is that you’re not allowed to criticize.
And being death cultists, they want you dead.
The most significant common characteristic of death cultists is their hatred of human procreation. All the death cults oppose it, in their individual ways and styles. The trait is such a reliable indicator that it alone suffices to identify a death cult.
I remember when the imminence of a new baby was a cause for joyous anticipation. (All right, not necessarily among older siblings, but let’s leave that for another day.) Today the prevailing response to discovering that one (or one’s wife) is pregnant is anxiety. The explosion of nerve-wracking possibilities is immediate and unrelenting. Public policy and social degeneration have made it so.
If you haven’t faced that condition recently, here’s a non-exhaustive list of the questions a parent-to-be faces today:
- How will this affect our finances?
- How will this affect our social life?
- How will this affect our sex life?
- How will we divide up the responsibilities?
- What if he has a birth defect?
- Will we have to move so he can have playmates?
- Will I be able to support him?
- What about his schooling?
- What about his college education?
- Will I be able to keep him safe?
- Will I be able to keep him healthy?
- Will I be able to keep him out of trouble?
Every trend in American life these past eight decades has made the prospects darker and more foreboding. Today’s would-be parent faces possibilities so ominous that to conceive a child – deliberately, at least – takes a considerable amount of courage and confidence. Upper-middle-class couples with six-digit incomes agonize over whether they can afford a child. Few neighborhoods are genuinely safe for children. Threats to life and health seem to be everywhere. The “public” schools have turned into cesspits of casual violence, homosexual and transgenderist grooming, environmentalist, feminist, racist, Islamist, and socialist indoctrination, and all-around anti-Americanism. The alternatives are steadily dwindling toward zero.
And the death cults are doing their damnedest to make matters even worse.
When we turn to the death cults’ attitude toward the already-born – i.e., you and me – the picture gets no rosier. We’ve been called “useless eaters,” “fat, human biomass,” “a cancer on the planet,” and worse. What’s important about us is not our right to life but our “carbon footprint.” Theorists such as Eric Pianka and Pentti Linkola want 90% of us dead. Indeed, they look forward to it. “Medical authority” Ezekiel Emanuel” says we should die no later than seventy-five. “Medical ethicist” Daniel Callahan wants to deny medical care to the elderly on the grounds that we’ve already lived long enough. The scrofulous Peter Singer advocates post-natal abortions, arguing that a mother should have that option for at least a month after birth. No doubt some “scholar” somewhere would like to send Social Security recipients into the ocean on ice floes, to reduce the burden on the fund.
The extreme pole of the death cults’ anti-human stance is exemplified by the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, which openly advocates for – drum roll, please – the complete disappearance of the human race. And not just here on Earth, mind you. Such persons also oppose our leaving this ball of rock and “spreading our filth to pristine planets.” They’re environmentalists, you see. We have to go to make room for “the environment.”
Ask any environmentalist: Do humans have more rights than moss, trees, and weeds? He might hem and haw for a moment, but he’ll eventually say no. Then he’ll demand that you sign his petition opposing this nuclear-power plant or that oil pipeline.
The environmentalist wife of a friend once went on a tirade about four-wheelers cavorting in the most desolate stretches of the Mojave Desert. She screeched that joyriders had no right to “scar the desert.” I was so dumbfounded by her outburst that I couldn’t speak for several minutes. (If you don’t think that’s significant, ask my wife.)
Environmentalists aren’t just NIMBYists. They’re “Build nothing, do nothing, anywhere, at any time, and for any reason” ists. Every human action, you see, has at least one undesirable side effect. It creates waste: waste matter and waste heat. Barry Commoner said it, they believe it, and that settles it. So just sit there. And hold your breath; it’s creating more carbon dioxide.
Don’t think I’m kidding about any of this.
The death cultists rule us in the most paradoxical of ways: through fear.
Why is this paradoxical? Simply because they want us dead. Therefore, what we really ought to fear is them. But we’re not allowed to reach that seemingly logical conclusion. Rather, they keep us busy with other fears. We must fear pollution, natural-resource exhaustion, species extinction, a gaggle of viruses, “global warming / climate change,” “structural racism,” “white supremacists”, “domestic extremists,” the private ownership of firearms, and the possibility that our boys might decide that they’re girls. Lesbians, of course.
Yes, I left something out of the above. We’re also supposed to fear the Omnipotent State, which they have striven with considerable success to enlist in their anti-human campaign. If you’re unaware of the many ways in which our 88,000 governments encourage us to fear, you haven’t been paying attention. Power-mongers like it when their subjects huddle in fear. Fear of them is best, but fear of anything will do in a pinch.
All of the fears I listed above are manufactured or exaggerated. Some are both. But what if we could eliminate 98% of them, and thus of the reasons for our fears, by doing away with the death cultists? Wouldn’t that simplify matters nicely? Or am I speaking heresy?
That makes it a little more comprehensible why they want the government to have a monopoly on guns, doesn’t it?
UPDATE: Amazon has informed me that a paperback edition of The Death Cults is now available for purchase. $6.99, at Amazon only.