The Death Cults In Ascendancy (UPDATED)

     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.


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  1. That piece – The Death Cults – was probably your most important work, so far. I have re-read that several times since my first purchase of it. Consider making it in a printable format (booklet/pamphlet), and promoting it for distribution in hard copy. That format is one that would be useful for churches, organizations, and reading groups. Not to mention the advantage of being able to put a few out on public places.
    Failing that, you might want to contact Dynamic Catholic, or RTL, or other similar organization, and see if they would be interested in partnering with you to increase distribution.

    1. I’ve just completed the paperback edition, Linda. It should be available in two or three days.

      1. I didn’t see a pre-order form at Amazon. I was hoping to snag a hard copy before next Monday.

    • Max Wiley on June 11, 2022 at 8:50 AM

    Bought the book, it hadn’t noticed it before when looking through your works.
    I notice none of your works are available through Kindle Unlimited anymore. As an aspiring independent writer that has enjoyed your writing, I’m keenly interested to know how that decision works out for you.

    On subject: What you describe is the reason I’m halfway through my life and childless. The propaganda to “avoid starting a family until you are able to start a family” is relentless, and comes from many directions, for children of middle class and upper middle class families that aspire to make something of themselves. For me, this had the effect of moving family far down the priority ladder and moved job and career and asset accumulation to the top.

    Now that I’m older and somewhat red-pilled I realize how out of whack that priority structure is. None of my accomplishments bring any real satisfaction and I have no legacy to leave behind. Unless I can produce meaningful writing that reaches a reasonable sized audience, my life hasn’t counted for squat where it matters. And I think that’s exactly how The Powers That Be wish it. The white Christians that founded this country were the ones that were essentially ungovernable in Europe, and their descendants remain largely ungovernable, at least in the way the neo aristocracy desire. TPTB therefore wish for there to be fewer of us. A lot fewer.

    • Sisyphus of Korinth on June 11, 2022 at 9:06 AM

    A Thanatostopia is Chiquitastan.
    Survive by any means necessary.

    • Margaret Ball on June 11, 2022 at 10:00 AM

    Upsetting it may be, but it’s an important essay and I’m glad you posted it. Helps me understand why my liberal acquaintances are still clinging to Ehrlich’s book The Population Bomb fifty years later and after it’s been thoroughly discredited. (Modern demographics suggests that far from overpopulation being an issue, countries one after another are falling into the trap of below-replacement fertility rates with frightening consequences.)

    I do want to mention, though, that although the questions may change over time, the normal human response to a first baby is sheer terror. (“What if I drop her in the bath? What if she sleeps on her face and suffocates herself? What if I don’t have the patience to deal with a toddler? What if I do something wrong?”) With a second baby there’s an element of “Okay, been there, done that.” With a third, one of the top questions is, “Will I ever again be allowed to go to the bathroom by myself?”

    It would be interesting to know how prospective parents these days cope with a second or third child. Are the questions you posted really what they’re worried about, or are they what the media have taught them are appropriate questions with which to voice that underlying fear of “What if I do something wrong?”  If it’s the second, I’d expect a lot of those questions about financing parenthood to go away.

    1. Are the questions you posted really what they’re worried about, or are they what the media have taught them are appropriate questions with which to voice that underlying fear of “What if I do something wrong?”

      That is an absolutely vital question — one that I should have asked myself. A great part of the terror of the couple pondering parenthood arises from expectations that are not necessarily obligations. This definitely affects the material aspects of rearing children, and could be important to the others as well.

      A colleague of mine, when he and his family relocated to the Atlanta area, faced this question from his wife. She asked, rather pointedly, whether they could get by on his income alone, as she wanted to stay home to educate and nurture her three minor children. After some number-crunching and head-scratching, he agreed to try it. It’s now been nearly twenty years since that decision. No, their kids never had designer jeans or the latest iPhones. But they had parents who’ve demonstrated, in part through their own material sacrifices, that they love their kids above all else in this world. Their family is the strongest one I know.

      1. Adding that third kid is the Acid Test – at that point, the kids outnumber the parents.
        Not to mention the Games Kids Play – Always the favorite, 2 Against 1 (the teams switch, but the game continues). But, increasing the family to more than 2 kids also leads to creativity, growth, and the ability to team up to try to put one over the adults. My kids formed tight relationships, and learned to work together (sometimes with us, sometimes against us). It was wild fun, and helped them developed their interpersonal skills, organizational skills, and ability to amuse themselves without parental input.
        They taught each other, learned to form teams, and had family buddies that have become lifelong pals.

  2. What was the old saying?  “Scratch a lefty, find a communist”?  Something like that.

    A pharmacist I know, lefty but not to the SJW point, head of her Department in a small, Midwestern hospital (and no, I do not write for Playboy Forum) is flush with cash and married to a former Marine who holds a 6-figure job with a credit company.  They had a boy about 18 months ago.  Kid is a little sickly but doing well enough.

    Whenever this pharmacist talks about her son’s ailments – treatable ailments – she concludes with “why did I ever bring a child into this world?  Everything is wrong.”

    No, missy.  The problem is you.  Evil.  Pure fucking (excuse me) evil.  If that boy ever has a non-accidental death I’ll know exactly who did it.

    • MikeJ on June 11, 2022 at 8:59 PM

    I assist at a traditional Catholic parish, and I have to say that they seem to be bucking the trend on having children. Most of the families there have at least three, and some upwards of 13. I have attended many other traditional Catholic Masses at various parishes while traveling and the trend seems to be the same. Wave of the future? I certainly hope so. Most of these families have one income and the mothers home school the children. Most are reasonably well behaved, though there are a few outliers, is as usual.

    IRT the Death Cults, I am more than willing to help reduce the numbers on the planet starting and ending with them. I spent much of my adult life doing that for Uncle Sugar, and have learned that there are very few problems that cannot be resolved with the proper application of high explosives or high velocity lead.

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