GORACLE: BABIES FOR ME, BUT NOT FOR THEE

David Harsanyi: ” Though, admittedly, it’s difficult to ignore the charismatic pseudoscience of Al Gore. “One of the things that we could do about it is to change the technologies, to put out less of this pollution, to stabilize the population, and one of the principal ways of doing that is to empower and educate girls and women,” the former vice president explained at the Games for Change Festival. “You have to have ubiquitous availability of fertility management so women can choose how many children (they) have, the spacing of the children.

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Then again, perhaps educating and empowering girls should be the job of parents. After all, Gore has blessed the Earth with four of his own offspring. Does he believe the world would be better off without two of them? If not, why does he assume that an “empowered and educated” woman would reach the conclusion that having fewer children is a more logical and moral choice? (Many, including Bryan Caplan, author of the superb new book Selfish Reasons To Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent Is Less Work and More Fun Than You Think, would probably make a strong counterargument.)

Gore hasn’t embraced any nefarious brand of population control. But President Barack Obama’s “science czar,” John Holdren, co-authored (with Paul Ehrlich of Population Bomb notoriety) a book in the 1970s that toyed with the idea of compulsory sterilization and coerced abortions—to “de-develop the United States.” (Boy, the tea party is so radical!) Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, openly advocated for population control to weed out undesirables. You’ll remember that in a New York Times interview, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she “thought that at the time Roe (v. Wade) was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.”

[READ David Harsanyi’s “Al Gore’s Ugly Rhetoric — The latest pseudocscience from the former vice president” at reason.com]

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