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Creeping totalitarianism

via Junk Science

Two doctors, writing in the British Medical Journal, suggest that doctors should talk to their patients about climate change and encourage them to think about the consequences of having a big family.


doctors should help to bring family size into the arena of environmental ethics,


They also pointed out that The Optimum Population Trust calculates that ‘each new UK birth will be responsible for 160 times more greenhouse gas emissions . . . than a new birth in Ethiopia’.

Whether this is enacted or not, this time, is no more important than that it is being proposed without an expression of universal revulsion. Bit by bit, piece by piece, whether by leaps and bounds or baby step by baby step, all the independent components of society are being drafted to push the one unified message of the nasties; and ultimately it won’t matter what that message is.

“Everything within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state”.

Now seems a good time to repeat this -

Pulling together is the aim of despots and tyrannies. Free men pull in all kinds of directions.


  1. Sunfish says:

    If they’re NHS doctors, they’re probably doing less harm with this than they would be if they were actually practicing medicine.

    And I suspect the reason for the carbon gap between England and Ethiopia may have some connection to the use of carbon by the living, vs. the use of carbon by people who have previously been killed in a civil war or starved to death by their government.

  2. NickM says:

    (a) The “Optimum Population Trust” just *sounds* unbelievably sinister.

    (b) I thought we were saving the planet for our children.

    (c) This is to all intents and porpoises (think of the porpoises!) and admission that in order to save the planet it’s back to the dark ages.

    (d) What Sunfish says about the NHS. I can see a few medics getting lamped one because some daft GP will go into the speil to a woman who another daft GP has just told has been left infertile because a third daft GP utterly failed to diagnose something over a course of years. The NHS is one stooge short of a triplet. It bonds the nation together because every bugger in the country has a horror-story. It’s like the bloody blitz-spirit.

    It vaguely reminds me of a poor kid who statisticians pretty much randomly assigned as India’s one-billionth citizen and that this was a very bad thing. Whether his parents felt it was a very bad thing went un-recorded but there ya go. And India arguably actually has a problem with growing population. We don’t.

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