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Bill Nye, the Eugenics Guy?

Bill Nye by Gage Skidmore
Bill Nye, the Eugenics Guy?

The March for Science made a lot of headlines, and also created much debate. Is Bill Nye the role model that some on the left make him out to be?

Fresh on the heels of the March for Science (which, let’s face it, is was a march for more government spending on politically correct topics in the name of “science), global warming – sorry, climate change – “expert” Bill Nye debuted a 13-episode Netflix series, Bill Nye Saves the World. Setting aside the fact that Nye is not, in fact, a scientist – he has a degree in engineering, and had a career in entertainment that included Bill Nye the Science Guy – the last episode contains some very interesting and alarming insight into the agenda of some climate change activists.

The episode is titled “Earth’s People Problem” and in it Nye is joined by several panelists including correspondent Emily Calandrelli, Dr. Rachel Snow of the United Nation’s Population Fund, Dr. Travis Rieder, an ethicist from Johns Hopkins University, and Dr. Nerys Benfield, an abortionist. The segment revolves around a discussion that borders on outright eugenics. Rieder says we should “at least consider” punishing people who have “extra kids” to which Nye responds “consider means do it.” The only panelist who injected any sort of levity into the discussion was Benfield, who pointed out compulsory sterilization was policy in the United States until the 1970s, yet she says such forced sterilizations were not rooted in “justice” back then. Whatever that means.

And Benfield is wrong. Between 2006 and 2010, at least 150 female inmates in the California prison system were sterilized under coercion. Native American populations were sterilized into the 1980s, and in 2015 – less than two years ago – the U.S. Senate passed the Eugenics Compensation Act to help surviving victims of forced sterilization. North Carolina paid $35,000 to 220 surviving victims and Virginia paid $25,000 each. As if an amount less than half the annual average income of the United States could be compensation for the loss of parenthood and reproductive choice. They look at China’s policies – where full-term babies are aborted and newborns drowned in buckets – and think the only problem with that scenario is that such atrocities aren’t committed for the right “just” reasons.

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Weren’t leftists champions of choice? Reproductive choice? We saw a women’s march in January that told the Trump administration to keep its laws off our bodies and its hands off our birth control. But now we have a prominent leftists cheering on the restriction of reproductive choice for women and men who choose to have the “extra kids” Bill Nye fears. Nye, who doesn’t have any children himself, sees children as interchangeable cogs in a machine – not unique individuals who enhance the lives of their parents and siblings. Therefore, getting rid of one cog (or thousands) is no big deal because we can just replace those cogs with other ones.

This is not the first time, nor will it be the last, that some climate change activists have advocated for population control and euthanasia. The eugenics side of environmentalism rears its ugly head ever so often. Environmental policies that restrict the use of gas, coal, and wood disproportionately affect the poor and elderly, and talk of embracing China-esque one-child policies is fashionable in certain circles. Human extinction movements advocate getting rid of humanity (yet its more diehard proponents don’t make the obvious sacrifice themselves).

Who, exactly, are these climate change activists saving the world for, if not “extra kids”? They are saving it for themselves, and their elite friends, while getting rid of the people they deem unworthy of living on this planet. They think there are just enough of them, and way too many of the rest of us, and the herd must be culled. Not everyone can be like Al Gore – who has four kids (which ones will Bill Nye consider “extra”?) and lives in a large, energy sucking home – and fly around on private jets to warn middle class families that their SUVs and three bedroom homes are killing the planet.

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This is a dangerous mentality that must be stopped while it’s prattle on a terrible Netflix series and not serious governmental policy. Some want to control not only our homes, our access to energy, our modes of transportation and food sources, they now want to control our bodies and tell us how many children we can (and can’t) have. Every single person of note, like Nye, should be shunned from decent, thinking society for being absolutely ghouls. Nye – who, once again, is not a scientist – should be relegated to performing high school science experiments at malls in the middle of nowhere, while those who think there’s anything noble and just about sterilization should be beaten upside the head with a history book.

Featured image: Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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I am a mom, nursing student, and conservatarian. I've been a teacher and have a MA in English. I live in Milwaukee, WI (for now) and look forward to starting fresh in a new city soon. When I'm not working or in class, look for me soon at The Binge!

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