Known by the company one keeps

John Holdren is the man President Obama has recently appointed as Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Assistant to the President and Co-Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. The post is being informally called the US “Science Czar”. (If you’d like a list of the Obama administration czar’s – and we’ve got more of ’em than the Romanovs – check it out here.) So, what are some examples of the new Science Czar’s positions on policy? Courtesy of we have these ideas taken from Holden’s book, co-authored in 1977:

  • Women could be forced to abort their pregnancies, whether they wanted to or not;
  • The population at large could be sterilized by infertility drugs intentionally put into the nation’s drinking water or in food;
  • Single mothers and teen mothers should have their babies seized from them against their will and given away to other couples to raise;
  • People who “contribute to social deterioration” (i.e. undesirables) “can be required by law to exercise reproductive responsibility” — in other words, be compelled to have abortions or be sterilized.
  • A transnational “Planetary Regime” should assume control of the global economy and also dictate the most intimate details of Americans’ lives — using an armed international police force.

Direct quotes, scans of the actual pages of the book, and transcriptions proving these assertions on Holdren’s and his colleagues’ parts are available at the link I’ve given. It’s not baseless accusation, it’s not propaganda, and it’s not lies. These are Holdren’s words and his views, views he has not seen fit to countermand in the 30 years since he wrote them. If he doesn’t still believe these things, he’s kept that fact to himself. The only reasonable position to take is that he still believes them.

Which begs the question about what Obama’s thinking by posting him to the top spot in the White House on advising the President in matters of science and technology policy. Read that list again if you’re not shocked. The man the President feels should be his top, go-to guy on matters of science policy is suggesting the government would be doing the right thing by spiking your food and water with drugs to render you sterile. And if that doesn’t work, he’s advocating having the state send police units – those would, no doubt, be jack-booted, goose-stepping thugs – into your home to forceably take your wife to a clinic and undergo an abortion should her pregnancy not meet the policy standard of the government. This man with clearly no ethics in his science stands at the President’s right hand and is whispering directly into his ear advice that the President will use to make his policy decisions.

Zombie makes a clear challenge:

I challenge John Holdren to publicly renounce and disavow the opinions and recommendations he made in the book Ecoscience; and until he does so, I will hold him responsible for those statements.

I could not agree more. And the President should be both requiring it of him and explaining to the American citizenry why he believes a man with such views deserves to be in a top advisory position in his administration.

(Update: Link to Zombietime’s article was broken. Now fixed! [08/14/09])



  1. If they pull that “stuff” (not the word I’m thinking)at my house, the landscape will be littered with numerous corpses of those jack-booted thugs…sent to meet their maker by the original jack-booted thug. (Yes- I have actually been spat on and called exactly that in Peoria during a UAW lockout.)

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