Politics of the Damned

One of the reasons the Superversive movement needs to grow is the state of live and living in fiction. Yes, the lives of fictional characters matter, in part, because they are a reflection of what matters to the real world.

And now, if you read some “bestselling”  literature — not good, or even popular, just moves a lot of copies — you would get the impression that life is not worth living. In fact, you would think that life isn’t worth a damn one way or another.

I’m noticing this in fiction more and more as time goes on. The message of fiction where life is not worth living and people are not worth allowing to live.  I’m not talking about a John Ringo novel where the stupid are eaten / blown up / killed in various horrific ways. No, that’s a straight up Darwin Award.  I’m talking about a general contempt for life and living human beings.

Don’t believe me? In 1998, there was a book called Rainbow Six. I’m going to spoil the book and the video game based off of it because it’s almost 20 years old now. The bad guys in that novel were eco-terrorists who figured that the world would be just fine without human beings, and if the terrorists were the only human beings left alive to inherit the Earth, then the Earth would be just perfectly fine.

Our heroes couldn’t arrest these sickos, so they invaded the super high tech compound in the midst of the rainforest, took the terrorists outside, stripped them all naked, blew up the compound and said “Fine. You wanted nature. You got nature. The nearest town is a week that way. Good luck.”

The villains trying to destroy the world were vanquished, and doomed to live in concert with the nature they so loved.

Fast forward to 2013, and He That Shall Not Be Named wrote a book called Inferno that Dante would be offended by. The good ending for the novel — where the “good guys” actually won — was that 1/3 of the planet had been sterilized.

The conclusion? “Oh well, the bad guys have a point. There really are too many people on the planet.”

Uh huh. Yeah. You read that right. The bad guy was right. It would be too much trouble to fix it, and there are too many people anyway, so screw it.

Let us ignore for the moment that most of Europe has a birthrate that WILL NOT REPLACE the current generation. Let us ignore for the moment that the gender disparity in China will probably mean that they will not replace even HALF of their population over the coming century. Let us ignore for the fact that forcible sterilizations are the sort of thing that were only supported by Eugenicists the world over, like at Cold Spring Harbor in the 20s, Margaret Sanger, and Adolf Hitler.

Let us focus, for the moment, on the casual dismissal of life as a good. Honestly, “A third of the planet is sterilized, oh well, too many people.” Where does this come from, exactly? Where does this man, where does anybody, get off by dismissing people as problems? Because that’s what the root reasoning is: people are the problem, but only the right people are the problem.

Talk about the politics of the damned.

And we know where this comes from, don’t we?  The overpopulation myth.  PJ O’Rourke pointed out years ago that if we had the Population density of New Jersey, we could fit the entire population OF THE PLANET into Texas. If we did that with the entire population density of a major Indian city, we could fit everyone into, I don’t know, Utah (this was 20 years ago. cut me some slack for memory).  Granted, that was 20 years and two billion people ago, but congratulations, adding an extra two billion people probably just expanded that to, I don’t know, Alaska.

Short version: You want overpopulation? You’re going to need a consistent birth rate for, what, another century?  Another two centuries? Hell, take Malthus — please do, and throw him in a dungeon — who stated that population produces and grows faster than agriculture, so we’re eventually going to starve to death due to famine, and a cataclysm will correct the population to planet ratio.

Yeah, Malthus. What a guy, huh?

But here’s one of many problems Malthus has. Agriculture of 100 years ago is different from the agriculture of today.  The people starving across the planet today are starving because of economic or political reasons, be they warlords, despots, or just lousy economies. Depending on who’s crunching / spinning the numbers, we can probably feed ten times the word’s population right now. Even if that’s grossly exaggerated, and we can “only” feed twice the number of people on the planet, that’s still a bloody awful lot of people.

But no, Inferno states that Gaia is so precious, and human lives are so cheep, we can involuntarily sterilize over two billion people without any problem.  And that’s the good ending.

Welcome to the value of human life as dictated by nihilism is a poison.

Even my own personal vices usually has a specific focus. Like politicians or rush hour traffic. Not the planet.

But, no, people are the problem. But only the *wrong* people. The *right* people will treat the Earth right, and think the right way.  Everyone else can just die.

Now, contrast that with the Brad Thor novel Code of Conduct. The bad guys want to depopulate the planet to only 500 million people, but only the “right” people, the people who believe the right way, think the right things — the ones who don’t believe in nationalism, who will be in harmony with nature, the people who will breed just the right amount, the pliable, the lockstep.

To quote Brad Torgersen, 

….secular humanism is underpinned by a significant amount of nihilism: we are born for no reason, into a world that exists because of pure accident, and we die without any real purpose. Thus the human being is reduced (literally) to the role of spontaneous meat machine. Just another random animal, like all the others. No real individual dignity. We are a commodity and a resource. Currently, we’ve been deemed overabundant. This is why abortion is practically a sacrament with modern Leftists. Gotta reduce the number of meat machine mouths gobbling up all the resources. Doesn’t really matter how we do it. And if a major war, or some kind of biological or natural catastrophe were to wipe out millions or even billions . . . oh well. As long as progressives get to be in charge, when the carnage ends, it’s just less meat machine mouths! A net win!

 

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s conclusion was to agree with a phrase he’d heard in his youth: Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.

 

The various Marxist horrors around the globe (these past 100 years) are a testament to what occurs when the “meat machine” thinkers are able to run governments: unchecked, and unrestrained. Hundreds of millions of dead. More hundreds of millions enduring wrecked economies and wrecked lives.

 

…. the progressive notion of government, is that government exists to perfect the human condition. If we must live meaningless meat machine lives, we should at least do it free from toil, pain, privation, hardship, hard choices, suffering woe, etc. A cradle-to-grave Garden-of-Eden.

This type of political message fiction doesn’t value human life all that much or all that often. Don’t believe me, just look at Planned Parenthood’s horrors lately.

For Superversive fiction, life is sacred, and if you’re trying to be a mass murdering SOB, then you have to go, if only in self-defense. Innocent lives matter. Guilty lives? Not so much.
After a while, I guess even my fiction runs that way, if only because my heroes want to save as many people as possible.  I don’t ask what they believe. I don’t care what they believe. Unless they’re trying to kill my heroes, my heroes will save them. Because that’s what heroes do. They don’t pick and choose who they save.The authors of “literature” message fiction will stop and ask what you believe before they save you, if they can even save themselves.
Superversive characters will simply run towards the screaming, and will have the firepower to end the threat.
Declan Finn is a Dragon Award nominated author. His “Catholic Vampire romance novels” can be found on his personal website. As well as all the other strange things he does.
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About Declan Finn

Declan Finn is the author of Honor at Stake, an urban fantasy novel, and nominated for Best Horror at the first annual Dragon Awards. He has also written The Pius Trilogy, to be released by Silver Empire Press. Finn has also written "Codename: Winterborn," an SF espionage thriller, and "It was Only on Stun!" and "Set to Kill," murder mysteries at a science fiction convention.
  • Joseph Moore

    A remarkable disconnect: the same people who will tell you that there are too many people and cheer on any means, natural or otherwise, that reduces the number of the despised them (I’ve yet to run across any who are volunteering to kill themselves – and I’ve asked on occasion) will also tell you about how caring they are. Yea, right.

    I’d only add to you excellent comments above: If you’re not risking all to save somebody despicable, you’re less of a hero. Gollum gets spared, and then his own failings do him in – now, that’s satisfying.

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