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How Anti-Humanism Conquered the Left

May 1, 2019 in Economics

By Chelsea Follett

Chelsea Follett

Today is International Workers’ Day, a holiday with
socialist origins. Its name hearkens back to a time when the
political Left was ostensibly devoted to the cause of human
welfare. These days, however, some on the far Left care less about
the wellbeing of people than they do about making sure that people
are never born at all. How did these radicals come to support a
massive reduction in human population, if not humanity’s
demise? Whether it’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez questioning the
morality of childbearing,
a birth-strike movement
that encourages people to forego
parenthood despite the “grief that [they say they] feel as a
result,” or political commentator Bill Maher
blithely claiming
, “I can’t think of a better gift
to our planet than pumping out fewer humans to destroy it,” a
misanthropic philosophy known as “anti-natalism” is
going increasingly mainstream.

The logical conclusion of this anti-humanist ideology is,
depressingly, the Voluntary
Human Extinction Movement
(Vhemt). According to its founder,
activist Les Knight, Vhemt (pronounced “vehement”) is
gaining steam. “In the last year,” Knight
told the Daily Mail
, “I’ve seen more and
more articles about people choosing to remain child-free or to not
add more to their existing family than ever. I’ve been
collecting these stories and last year was just a groundswell of
articles, and, in addition, there have been articles about human
extinction.”

These days, some on the
far Left care less about the wellbeing of people than they do about
making sure that people are never born at all.

Over 2000 new people have “liked” the
movement’s Facebook page since January and, more importantly,
the number of people fulfilling the movement’s goals
(regardless of any affiliation with the movement itself) is
growing. The U.S. birth rate is at an all-time low. According to

the latest figures
from the Center for Disease Control, the
total U.S. fertility rate for 2017 was at an all-time low of 1.77
babies per woman (i.e., below the replacement rate of 2.1 babies
per woman needed to maintain the current population).

Recent examples of writings that are warming to the idea of
human extinction include the New Yorker’s
The
Case for Not Being Born
,” NBC News’ “Science
proves kids are bad for Earth. Morality suggests we stop having
them
,” and the New York Times
Would
Human Extinction Be a Tragedy?
” which muses that,
“It may well be, then, that the extinction of humanity would
make the world better off.” Last month, the progressive
magazine FastCompany released
a disturbing video
entitled, “Why Having Kids Is the
Worst Thing You Can …read more

Source: OP-EDS

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