December 9, 2007

After you Tim Flannery

From South African academic David Benatar, author of Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence -
"Benatar is serious. ‘The central idea of this book is that coming into existence is always a serious harm.’ And, he continues, ‘Coming into existence is always bad for those who come into existence. In other words, although we may not be able to say of the never-existent that never existing is good for them, we can say of the existent that existence is bad for them.’

Benatar spends a chapter demonstrating that ‘human lives contain much more bad than is ordinarily recognised’. Given his distaste for life, why has he hung around for so long? It’s hard to say.

As you might expect, the extinction of the human race seems like an excellent idea to Prof B, although he acknowledges that it might be difficult for society to manage it in a humane fashion. However, if a couple of asteroids could be coaxed into colliding with our planet, it would be a positive outcome for all concerned.

Tim Flannery, science’s answer to Stephen King, insists that the population Down Under ... should contract from 20 million to an optimum level of six million to keep us from wreaking havoc upon the environment. He was named 2007 Australian of the Year, so his message seems to have struck a chord amongst the extra-skinny soy latté set, at least. And judging from the hectoring of the United Nations Population Fund and its gaggle of birth control busybody NGOs, nearly everyone in Africa, Asia and South America urgently needs condoms to keep brown babies from entering the world and, later on, from entering Europe."
We need serious leadership on this matter, and Prof. B and Tim Flannery look like just the men to lead by example. Walk the talk boys, walk the talk.

The ultimate miserabilist ...


  1. And then there's the Australian professor who wants to institute a baby tax!

  2. Yeah, that's made a splash over here too, Tim. These people are absolutely irredeemably nuts.

  3. The baby tax is a self evident solution.

    Here we are tossing about baby bonuses and providing 16 years worth of "family" payments, childcare rebates, extra medical help, blah, blah, blah.

    It's bleedin' obvious we should be carbon taxing every little new consumer.

    I was surprised how cheaply one could off-set the emissions of a baby.

    I would have sworn the emissions were more significant.