Merchants of Despair

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Actually, they made a lot more sense when they were against global cooling. Had it continued, global cooling would actually have been bad. Global warming is good. It lengthens the growing season and increases net rainfall worldwide. Increasing the carbon dioxide content of the atmosphere is even better, as it accelerates the rate of plant growth – and this in fact is happening. We have photographs taken from orbit since 1958, and they show that the rate of wild plant growth has increased 14%, at the same time that the atmospheric CO2 level has increased 19%. And there is no doubt that it is the CO2 augmentation that is helping the plants, because you can repeat the same experiment in the lab and get the same result. Plants need CO2, and by raising its atmospheric concentration above its impoverished preindustrial levels, humans have made the Earth a more fertile planet. But to the antihumanists, this does not matter. Despite their rhetoric, they are not friends of the biosphere, they are enemies of humanity – prosecutors seeking any grounds, no matter how unfounded, for a conviction that will allow them to put the human race in chains.

FP: Why were Jewish refugees on their way to America aboard the St. Louis in 1939 turned back? Who and what was really responsible for that crime? What ended up happening to those refugees?

Zubrin: During the 1920s and 1930s the American eugenics movement, which, as I show in detail in the book, was intimately linked to the Nazis, sought to restrict immigration to prevent non-Nordic people from entering the United States, and with their advice, immigration restriction laws with strict racial quotas were passed for that purpose. Jews were a particular target, and became more so after the Nazi takeover of Germany in 1933 made emigration an increasingly urgent necessity. For their part, the pre-war Nazis were willing to let Jews leave, albeit without their property. The problem was, that in every country the eugenicists campaigned to stop their admission. Thus, when in 1939, Senator Robert Wagner (D-NY) put forward a bill that would have allowed 20,000 German Jewish children, who had already been accepted for adoption by American families, to enter the USA above the quota, the eugenicists, led by Population Reference Bureau director Guy Irving Burch, Eugenics Records Office Superintendant H.H. Laughlin, and American Eugenics Society director John Trevor, organized a successful campaign to defeat the bill. According to Burch, writing in the Washington Post in May 1939, 20,000 Jewish children might not seem like much, but they would multiply to 500,000 in only 5 generations.

A few weeks later, the St. Louis arrived, bearing 930 Jewish refugees, seeking permission to land. As they sailed up and down the east coast begging entry, Laughlin issued a special report on immigration which demanded that “international sentimentality” not cause America to lower its “eugenical and racial standards,” that immigration quotas be cut a further 60 percent, and that “loopholes” which allowed Jewish immigration to America by excusing the “moral turpitude” of fleeing Jews who had smuggled (their own) money out of Nazi Germany be closed.

As a result of this agitation, the St. Louis was turned around, and the 620 of its passengers who could not receive permission to get off in Britain were returned to Europe, where 254 of them were eventually gassed.

In 1942, Burch and Trevor’s anti-immigrant “Coalition of Patriotic Societies” was indicted for pro-Nazi subversive activities. This, however, did not stop Burch from going on to have a great career as a leader of the post-war population control movement.

FP: The Left is at the center of antihumanism. Tell us why and what your findings tell us that the Left really is.

Zubrin: Once upon a time there were many leftists who saw themselves as champions of the oppressed, and who therefore opposed Malthusianism on that basis. I quote a number of them in the book, as in their own way, they are particularly strong in underscoring the utter immorality of antihumanism. But since about 1970, when the mass-promotion of environmentalism made it the new super-fashionable cause wherein recruits could be gathered, such voices have fallen silent.

So now, instead of socialism being set forth as the means for enabling the progress that capitalism can’t, it now stands openly as a way of stopping the progress that capitalism can.  There is a legitimate role for a left in society, and that is to represent the plebian interest. Such a left would be strongly supportive of economic growth and technological innovation. But that is not the left we have. Instead of representing the working class, they represent the bureaucratic class, which seeks to expand its power by dreaming up ever more requirements for restraining human activities. Antihumanism is the perfect creed for justifying this totalitarian crusade, as it provides the arguments the prosecution needs to put humanity in shackles.

However, even in the days when the left still supported hydroelectric dams and nuclear power plants, they were nearly all collectivist in outlook. This made them ready candidates for recruitment into the antihuman camp, which constantly poses the metaphor as human individuals as mere cells within some greater organic entity, such as the Volk, the human race, the biosphere, the world, or Gaia. Of course, in such systems, the body is what counts, whereas the individual is entirely expendable. We have seen where that leads.

FP: What does your book do that no other book has done before?

Zubrin: I have taken these numerous movements, which span 200 years of history and every political coloration imaginable, and shown that they are all one. Furthermore, I have refuted the pseudo-scientific pretentions of every one of them, and hopefully done so in a way that shows that they are all false for the fundamentally the same reason, which is that they deny the true creative nature of man.

FP: What do you hope your book will help achieve?

Zubrin: I hope to refute antihumanism, expose its crimes, and make apparent its mode of operation, so that it can be recognized and repulsed in whatever form it may choose to appear. I hope to make people understand that we are not in danger from lack of resources, we are in danger from people who seek to stop us from using our resources; we are not in danger from there being too many people, we are in danger from people who say that there are too many people; that we are not in danger from human liberty wrecking the Earth’s weather, we are in danger from people who wish to use weather as an excuse to wreck liberty.

I hope to make people understand that, contrary to the antihumanists, every new person born into the world is not a minus to the rest of us, that every nation or race is not the enemy of every other  nation or race, and that we do not need have a future of enforced stagnation, poverty, tyranny, war, hate, despair, and genocide. I hope to make it clear that, provided we categorically reject antihumanism and embrace instead an ethic based on faith in the human capacity for creativity and invention, that we can have a future of peace, progress, abundance, love, hope, unlimited possibilities, and the freedom to pursue them.

FP: Dr. Robert Zubrin, thank you for joining Frontpage Interview.

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  • truebearing

    This book should be read by every human being. I can't wait to read it. Zubrin's analysis is brilliant and impressively lucid . This book should be promoted ceaselessly.

    The Left is bent on a perverse alchemy, turning humans into Lemmings, then steering us, en masse, toward a cliff. They have perverted everything imaginable in their effort to eventually deprive people of food, energy, water, and income. They are setting up circumstances where hundreds of millions will die…without themselves being identified as the culprits. They are setting up "global situational eugenics" where people will die from denied health care, especially those the Left decides are unfit to live. People will die from disease when chemicals that kill agricultural pests, or disease carrying insects, are banned.

    • Banastre tarleton

      I agree , these eco creeps are profoundly anti-human and see mankind as the ' ' PROBLEM' ' ……..unfortunately , problems always require a solution , sometimes a FINAL SOLUTION

      beware of these NEO PAGAN GREEN CREEPS

  • truebearing

    The Left has cloaked its evil agenda so they won't be discovered, or held responsible (or so they hope) for possibly billions of people dying of forced "natural causes."

    This is nothing short of evil…. the kind of evil contemplated in the great religions and mythologies of the world where at least one evil being is dedicated to destroying mankind. That evil is running our government and rules the UN. The two cults of death, the Left and Islam, are combining their forces and humanity is in a fight for its life.

    Great interview! It couldn't possibly be more important.

    • Banastre tarleton

      An unholy alliance between Hard Left and Hard Right …a post modern , kinda nazi -soviet pact

  • Schlomotion

    This is laughable. Two weeks ago, Frontpage was defending the English Defense League and British and Norse Volkischkeit. Last week, Paul Schnee and Daniel Greenfield were on here lamenting the loss of Anglo-American Volkischkeit. Now Jamie Glazov is leading a muckraking writer through a dog and pony show about exactly that. The Evil of Volkischkeit in the Green Movement.

    Rather, it is a moneygrabbing opportunity. Zubrin is capitalizing on accusing environmentalists of being Nazis. His charge against them, that that they are, nihilistic, antihuman Volkisch nazis, a claim previously sold by Leonard Peikoff of the Ayn Rand Foundation (in The Ominous Parallels) is precisely the kind of racial ethical value Frontpage has been ESPOUSING for the past half month. Furthermore, the interview insinuates falsely that environmentalists don't also like rockets and space exploration. It also ignores the fact that the rocket program (Mr. Zubrin's meal ticket) came from the Nazis.

    Mr. Zubrin has some fascinating inventions, and maybe this book is just meant for amusement or parlor talk, and like any new publication, wants cheap promotion. However, when it is viewed through the lens of what FPM is trying to achieve by the interview, it simply looks like Mr. Glazov is mining White Supremacy for all it's worth, and after FPM has worn the suit for twenty days and called it handsome, it is trying to straightjacket others with the same suit and call it ugly.

    The sad part is that this book, which is called "well thought out and carefully documented" is being used in a haphazard and fanatical way, just as the goofy Malthusian ideas are, as cheap and tawdry political ammunition. Zionists are using the book to say "environmentalists are Nazis." When what they mean is, "people who oppose Israeli expansionism and the desired War on Iran are more likely to be environmentalists. Therefore, let's attack environmentalism. Let's support big oil, and let's be corporatists."

    • wsg

      Speak in cliches much ? I have spent more than 30 years nose to nose with the "leadership" of the "greens" – read Eco-Socialists – as they like to called. To a person these elitists view humanity as a cancer on MOther Gaia, are anti – individual liberty, ANTI- US Constitution and sure as HE&& anti- Free Market. They do NOT give a hoot about the planet – as to stewardship of nature they view that as a discredited "Christian" concept. Power, control and the seizure of other's wealth is what they seek !

    • Ghostwriter

      Great. Most idiocy from Shlobrain.

    • wsg

      Testing. Apparently I've been banned ?

    • truebearing

      Thank you for such an accurate preface to your comments: "This is laughable." Indeed, you were.

      Environmentalists don't like rockets or space exploration. look at what has happened to NASA under Obama. Furthermore, the enviro-Left wants to de-industrialize, not seek real progress. Rockets burn carbon based fuels too. No environmentalist supports that. If there was an algae powered rocket …maybe.

      Apparently you couldn't concentrate long enough to read the entire interview. Mr. Zubrin included far more than the Nazis in his book. And he wasn't saying environmentalists are Nazis, he's saying both are anti-humanist. in your fevered mind you were too busy concocting non sequiturs to make the obvious connections. You seem to have cathected on the Nazis because you have such sympathy for them.

      You certainly failed miserably at anything remotely resembling an effective rebuttal of Zubrin.

    • Mark Musser

      The rocket program was far surpassed by the development of the nuclear bomb (trying to figure out how to send rockets with conventional weapons to bomb England was a massive waste of time and energy). The Soviets had the best tank in the T34 on the battlefield (the Germans later copied it with the tigers but could not make enough of them). England used radar to help stem the tide in the Battle of Britain. Superior intelligence set aside the Nazi submarine wolf packs. The so-called Motorization of the Wehrmacht is an oxymoron. The Nazis invaded Russia with 1 horse for every 3-4 men. This is why the panzer divisions always outstripped their supply lines. Many German soldiers walked across the Russian steppe. In short, the whole emphasis on Nazi technology is overblown. They lost Einstein to the Americans precisely because of their cockamamie volkisch ideas.

  • ctyankee

    Zubrin quote from the above article:

    Evolution is a fact. However natural selection is a radically false theory of human social development because unlike animals, humans can inherit acquired traits, such as new technological abilities. Not only that, can inherit such valuable acquired traits from people they are not related to.

    I agree strongly with the above statement. Before starting a career in IT, I was working on a PhD in "Ecology and Evolutionary Biology" (EEB); I left the program with an MS and disillusionment with some of the "scientists" of the day.

    The problem that I observed starts when a well-known scientist publishes a book for popular consumption. True scientific papers go through a Peer Review process before they can be published. Although Peer Review can be affected by the biases of the academic powers that be, solid empirical or statistical evidence is required for publication.

    Take, for example, Dr. E. O. Wilson's scientific papers on the social behavior of Slave-Maker Ants. There is an inherent assumption that the social behavior in question is genetically determined and therefore subject to the Law of Natural Selection. The genetic basis of social behavior is probably much stronger in social insects than in human beings.

    After Dr. E. O. Wilson published books on "The Insect Societies" and "Sociobiology", he published his book "On Human Nature". In his trilogy, Dr. Wilson published more and more speculative ideas; books such as these do not require scientific peer review in order to be published. His theories on "Human Nature" rested on the assumption that human social behavior is genetically determined and subject to the Law of Natural Selection. It's important to point out the so-called "Survival of the Fittest" depends more on leaving viable offspring than length of survival of the individual. Longevity past reproductive age is irrelevant to evolutionary "Fitness".

    I can offer other examples of books by eminent scientists that are written for the popular press:
    The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins (most famous for being an outspoken Atheist).
    Broca's Brain by Carl Sagan, or Carl Sagan's statement on The Tonight Show, "There is no Right to Life!"

    • Guy

      No one is stopping you from publishing your own book to refute them. Not sure why you are complaining about the peer review process when citing books those scientists published on their own. It’s funny that you cite Carl Sagan too, who was a great proponent of human space flight like Zubrin himself. I like Zubrin’s one-way to Mars idea, but I think his bitterness with the lack of progress in space flight has pushed him off to the edge a bit here.

    • Western Canadian

      “The problem that I observed starts when a well-known scientist publishes a book for popular consumption. True scientific papers go through a Peer Review process before they can be published. Although Peer Review can be affected by the biases of the academic powers that be, solid empirical or statistical evidence is required for publication.”

      If solid empirical or statiscal evidence was actually required for publication, the shabbty efforts of porr grade ‘scientists’ (MM) would never have seen the light of day. Instead, peer reviewed has all to often degenerated into PC reviewed.

  • Last King of Babylon

    I too can hardly wait to purchase his book. In the meantime, for more on the nonsense of global warming and socialism, etc., read the essays "Whose Global Warming," "Nasa Scientists against global warming," "Entropy and the fate of Civilization," and many more on the site

  • Goemon

    If there is a devil, then surely that Serpent of Old is the master of the anti-humanists and schlomotion. One day we may find ourselves in a concentration camp where schlomotion is whacking us with a cattle prod for the sake of Gaia.

    • Banastre tarleton

      That's right …eco creeps are the abandoned child of Nazism …minus the discredited racism and nationalism


    I haven't yet read the article, will read it entirely and completely. Dr. Zubrin is my hero. And I have a PhD in Mathematics, fluently speak 5 languages, published papers and books. On January 2011 I asked by email to Dr. Zubrin what should I study in order to help with Mars settlement, he answered back with Aerospace Engineering.

    And here we are, I graduate BSc in Aerospace Engineering in December 2014, already registered in MSc, that I should finish in December 2014, and have plans for a second PhD in Aerospace Engineering soon after. Initiated to Aerospace research already. All of it from University of Central Florida.

    I share so many opinions with Dr. Zubrin, and am a regular visitor of his page. Will comment back once that I finish the article.

    • Banastre tarleton

      and why do we need to know your resume …why not just comment on the article ? sheeeeeeesh

      • ILIA TOLI

        This is not my resume, though I keep my resume under 1 page all the time. This is my visiting card, so that you know that it's not the uneducated desperate people who follow this site. And the name is there so that you can verify that I'm real, though unbelievably awesome I am.

        • tarleton

          oh you're real alright …an over educated child


    Now I have read the article. Beautiful, as ever from Dr. Zubrin. Must go and buy a few more books from Dr. Zubrin now that I am still in Spring-Summer break. In a week I start Summer semester with 12 credits in Aerospace Engineering and plenty of research plans.

    • Banastre tarleton

      then why not just write a book about yourself ….maybe titled ' ' just cannot get enough of me ' ' or maybe ' ' i'm the greatest thing since sliced bread ' '

      • ILIA TOLI

        I have written books, and you can't understand them. They are in amazon already. Math and Cryptography. Cryptography is the Dan Brown thing (the real one, not amusing bedtime stories), in case you don't know the meaning of the word. I will write another book on how to get to Mars and what to do there. I will write it readable, even for people of your education and smarts.

        • Banastre tarleton

          jeeeeeees…I'd rather have 3 teeth yanked than read a book written by a creep like you …you sound like one of Barat's pseudo intellectual inbred countrymen ……..BEGONE FOUL CREATURE


    you sound like an educated idiot and a insufferable jerk …next time you send a probe to mars please go along for the ride ….we should send all dorks like you off to explore other planets …we'll even have a going away party for you …but you will definately NOT be invited


      I will not invite you in the party, you're too sexy for my party. And don't worry, I'm all-in for the one-way Mars going, alongside with millions of others, no matter what it costs to us. It's not that I'm yearning to get rid of you, it's just that I want more for all of us.


      And please learn how to write properly in English. If somebody else reads our rantings, he'll get it wrong who's foreign-born of us two.

  • pyeatte

    You should look into the DGR (Deep Green Resistance, They want to eliminate ALL power production, no solar or wind included – by any means necessary. In other words, complete de-industrialisation.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Over regulation is the key to successful greening of America and the World. If they achieve their
    goals and live to see the end of their activities, the Earth will have another era of cave dwelling
    misanthropes. Question every regulation that exists and look for it's benefit for living beings
    and if none exist then militate against it. Consider the advancement of man and realize that is
    you and your posterity, as I have experienced people of the last generation working hard to
    bring about a better world and place for their own and made sacrifices for this, it is sinful to
    roll back advancements and look on today as wrong outside of the merchants of death who
    hate for hate alone and from there move against all we love and all our hopes………..Willam

  • David Van Lant

    I'm glad to hear the author is opposed to the murderous schemes that have been launched in the name of progress. I might by the book for the historical information. But given his starting point, he will likely be more or less powerless to shine much light in that darkness. "Evolution is a fact. However natural selection is a radically false theory of human social development because unlike animals, humans can inherit acquired traits, such as new technological abilities… Therefore human existence is not a struggle of all against all." The masters of mayhem did not need the theory of natural selection to justify serial mass murder. The idea that there is no higher reality that matter and DNA is all that is needed. The theory of natural selection simply made the task of justifying the piles of corpses all that much easier.