November 2, 2007


Daleks aren't people persons (Mick Hume, 11/02/07, Times of London)

Why did that Sky News presenter have to apologise for joking that David Cameron's answer to population growth is “extermination”? I thought she had a serious point. OK, she was wrong on the precise detail of Conservative policy in Mr Cameron's speech, but she nailed the general misanthropic tone in which the alleged problem of “overpopulation” is discussed.

It is not only deep greens that want to reduce the number of human beings making footprints on the planet. Many now agree with Michael Meacher, the former Labour minister, that “we are the virus”. [...]

Living in a richer, more mobile world with rising life expectancy surely ought to be something to celebrate. Yet such is our loss of faith in humanity that many can only see more people as a problem. Their reactionary arguments echo Thomas Malthus, classical theorist of population growth. Except that they are more extreme: Malthus thought that too many of the “wrong” people put others at risk of starvation, whereas today's doom-mongers insist that all humanity is a threat to the planet. This is Malthus meets Davros, creator of the Daleks. The Dalek Party (manifesto: “Ex-ter-min-ate”) has invaded Earth from within.

Except that the Darwinist Right never see themselves as expendable, just those "wrong" people.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 2, 2007 7:33 AM

Davros was an awesome villain. Check out "Genesis of the Daleks" from Netflix if you ever get the chance. His speech towards the end (about the coming Dalek supremacy) where he starts quiet and rational and rises slowly to an insane shriek is one of the best performances in Doctor Who.

Of course, the producers went back to that well for every subsequent Davros appearence so that, by the time Remembrance of the Daleks rolled around 15 years later, everyone was all "Yes, yes, the Daleks will reign supreme, blah blah blah. Can we get on with it?" Still, one of my favorite Doctor Who bad guys, right up there with The Master.
Not that that has anything to do with the post.

Posted by: Bryan at November 2, 2007 10:30 AM

Many now agree with Michael Meacher, the former Labour minister, that “we are the virus”

And yet, somehow, whenever our armed forces kill thousands of people, that is always a bad thing.

Posted by: Brandon at November 2, 2007 12:51 PM

"Darwinist right"--Whiskey tango foxtrot!

This expresion is so contradictory as to be unintelligible.

The name cannot be rectified. We cannot even begin to make sense of it. Is this the same Darwinist right which pushes intelligent design in grade school? Or rather is it those identified as "deep greens" who are "rightist?"

We may as well come out and admit it: "Right" been used here, not as a word having specific meaning but casually, as an all-purpose epithet, the way the Communists of old used it.

Posted by: Lou Gots at November 2, 2007 6:37 PM

Meacher's the idiot ex minister who's on a Truther kick right. Ironically, the end of
the last season of Doctor Who; presented a
Cameron like Prime Minister who was actually
the genocidal, and treacherous master.

Posted by: narciso at November 2, 2007 6:59 PM

People on the Right who are Darwinist are so for racial reasons and/or to free themselves from God--libertarians, neocons, nativists, etc.

Posted by: oj at November 2, 2007 8:22 PM