Tuesday, January 08, 2008

An Inconvenient Truth

This was an awful story. A young man goes berserk with a gun, kills eight people and turns the gun on himself. Senseless. Stupid. Columbine and Dunblane all over again. I don't usually have much time for The Guardian but on Comment Is Free, Brendan O'Neill has done some digging and there a rather more chilling edge to the story.

Shortly before the massacre, he made a tribute video for Pentti Linkola, a well-known Finnish intellectual and deep ecologist who believes the planet is vastly overpopulated by human beings.......Auvinen declared himself to be an "antisocial Social Darwinist". He was part of a nihilistic group of social Darwinists in southern Finland who believe that the Darwinian concept of natural selection should be applied on a societal scale, so that only some humans - presumably eco-enlightened ones - will survive.

The Culture of Death, then, doing exactly what it says on the tin. Auvinen is alleged to have posted a video on YouTube in which he says:

"I'm a natural selector and will eliminate all those I see as unfit,"

Nice. I have long had the view that there is a fringe of ecomaniacs who really would quite like to see a depopulated earth by any means necessary, as we get in the way of all that lovely nature. The eugenicists and euthanasiasts, have form of course. Then again, as Hilary points out on Lifesite their poster boy, is always there with the snappy soundbite. Chilling.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well you can imagine what they think of me!

10:05 AM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

Watch your back, Jackie

3:10 PM  
Blogger Fr Ray Blake said...

-but logical!

7:59 PM  
Blogger antonia said...

Hi! I just realised you don't read my new blog...so I have invited you!

10:18 PM  
Blogger antonia said...

ps- I seriously dislike the Guardian too

10:18 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

Antonia, thank you. As for The Guardian you are not alone ;-)

11:14 PM  
Blogger WhiteStoneNameSeeker said...

Aren't Guardian readers - who prbably read the Suppository as well- proof that Darwin was wrong?

2:53 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

Aren't Guardian readers - who prbably read the Suppository as well- proof that Darwin was wrong?WSNS

Well I suppose they risk boring themselves to death before they can reproduce. I need to blog on the fact that it is strange that an enthusiast for Darwin like Dawkins has only reproduced a single set of his own genes.

PS Antonia, thank you!

6:37 PM  

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