Pacifist, socialist, atheist

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Letter to the editor by Robert Streich

By The Staff

In the Aug. 6 edition of the Citizen, Wendy Binnie closes her article with a quote from Bertrand Russell, the British philosopher whom she described as an essayist and social critic and who wrote across a broad range of subjects, etc. The quote was his definition of Conservatism as "The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate."

Well, of course he would say that. He was an avowed socialist, and socialists and communists rarely have anything good to say about the successful or, as he referred to them "fortunate." But as long as Wendy brought him up as some sort of great thinker here is another of his thoughts as outlined on pages 103-104 of his book titled "The Impact of Science on Society" (Simon and Schuster-1953). He writes:

"I do not pretend that birth control is the only way in which population can be kept from increasing. War, as I remarked a moment ago, has hitherto been disappointing in this respect, but perhaps bacteriological war may prove more effective. If a Black Death could be spread throughout the world once in every generation survivors could procreate freely without making the world too full.

“A scientific world society cannot be stable unless there is a world government. It will be necessary to find ways of preventing an increase in world population. If this is to be done otherwise than by wars, pestilences and famine, it will demand a powerful international authority. This authority should deal out the world's food to the various nations in proportion to their population at the time of the establishment of the authority. If any nation subsequently increased its population, it should not receive any more food. The motive for not increasing population would therefore be very compelling."

INDEED!! Welcome to Communist China. If this is an example of great thinking then may God protect us from great thinkers. Oh, I forgot. In Russell's world that could not happen. You see he was not only a pacifist as Wendy pointed out, he was also an atheist.

Robert Streich