Today’s hostage situation at a Discovery Channel building in Silver Spring, Maryland indicates an alarming re-emergence of racially-tinged population control arguments. The scene played out violently when a man stormed the Discovery Channel offices and took three hostages. Early news reports indicate that the attacker was killed when he was shot by law enforcement which caused an explosive device on his body to detonate.
A list of demands for the Discovery Channel was posted on the website SaveThePlanetProtest.com, which were reportedly written by the alleged attacker James Jay Lee. In the irate statement, Lee refers to human beings as “filth” and demands that the Discovery Channel “stop encouraging the birth of any more parasitic human infants.”
Demand number five states:
“Immigration: Programs must be developed to find solutions to stopping ALL immigration pollution and the anchor baby filth that follows that. Find solutions to stopping it. Call for people in the world to develop solutions to stop it completely and permanently. Find solutions FOR these countries so they stop sending their breeding populations to the US and the world to seek jobs and therefore breed more unwanted pollution babies. FIND SOLUTIONS FOR THEM TO STOP THEIR HUMAN GROWTH AND THE EXPORTATION OF THAT DISGUSTING FILTH!”
Demand number seven on his list orders the Discovery Channel to:
“Develop shows that mention the Malthusian sciences about how food production leads to the overpopulation of the Human race. Talk about Evolution. Talk about Malthus and Darwin until it sinks into the stupid people’s brains until they get it!!”
Neo-Malthusian theory was born when Thomas Malthus published “An Essay on the Principle of Population in 1798” in which he stated that the discrepancy between the rate of population and the rate of food growth would lead to a permanent food shortage for humans.
Malthus’ works gained influence in 19th Century England and was used to justify ideologies that essentially blamed the victims of early industrial development — a development that swallowed up, displaced and destroyed populations, and which was itself highly artificial and environmentally destructive — for their own misfortune.
“Ironically, this attack comes amid a renewed commitment and declaration by environmentalists to build a democratic and diverse environmental movement,” said Rebecca Poswolsky, field organizer at the Center for New Community.
This silver lining comes in the form of a pledge that acknowledges that immigrants and refugees are also spearheading movements for ecological and economic renewal, and are allies rather than adversaries in the fight for environmental sustainability.
In a recent report called, Apply the Brakes, and a subsequent film titled, The Green War on Immigrants, the Center for New Community raised red flags about neo-Malthusian ideas around population gaining legitimacy in mainstream environmentalism.