248. ROB MCMILLIN ON THE SLIMY UNDERBELLY OF PEAK OIL
Recently I had the good fortune of being contacted by Rob McMillin, author of the Peak Oil Optimist blog. Rob is an excellent writer, with common sense values and the guts to stand up for them, and from time to time he takes on the "die-off" vermin who infest the peak oil community.
In an article last year, he exposed some of the unsavory thinking behind the "science" over at ASPO:
ASPO's Smirking, Malign FascistsOf course, this no surprise to the informed reader, considering that ASPO (an ostensibly scientific organization) has also published a fascist screed suggesting that the elderly and handicapped should be exterminated as a means of coping with peak oil.
I have already recorded my contempt for those who would stand by and condemn the world to a fate of mass death. It's one thing to hear such shrill pronouncements from peak oil's homicidal wing, but quite another to hear it from those attempting to pass themselves off as academics. This week, ASPO published the most inhuman comment I've yet read from them in their Newsletter 52 (PDF). Regarding their opinion of the fate of a post-industrial India:How India will fare during the Second Half of the Oil Age is hard to predict, but disintegration is a possible outcome, as people revert to their old communal and religious identities, a process which will probably be accompanied by much bloodshed and suffering. Clearly, the present population far exceeds the carrying capacity of the land, but the Indian is blessed by a smiling, benign spirituality that helps.(Emphasis mine.) I stroke my beard; I bite my tongue. The vileness swimming in that last sentence recalls the twentieth century at its worst moments. I haven't the black depths of pen to heap upon the authors of this sewage the kind of scorn they so justly deserve.
More great articles from Rob in the same vein:
Tempting Godwin: The Primitivist Green SS
If We Open The Seacocks, Is The Ship Unseaworthy?
The comments are half the fun. Jason Godesky from Anthropik will light up your life, with choice quotes like this: "My own journey down that dark road of relinquishing the hubris that I know good and evil began with Daniel Quinn's Ishmael, and realizing that feeding starving people in the third world was far more cruel than watching them die."
Jason's got lots more zingers where that came from. A recent post begins:
The Stone Age is making a comeback. It doesn't matter if we want it or not. Collapse is inevitable; civilization is unsustainable, and it must end soon, one way or another. The key to survival is to separate ourselves from our doomed civilization, to ensure that when it dies, we are no longer dependent on it. Critics of primitivism like to point out that the Stone Age way of life is only viable if some 99% of the world's population dies off. They are right; but we face precisely that in the near future. There is nothing that can change that, but we can change how we react to that fact. As we saw in thesis #20, thesis #27, and thesis #30, collapse is not necessarily such a bad thing. It is far preferable to the alternative. Every human being will be faced with a choice: to die as civilized people, or to thrive in a new Stone Age.Kind of makes you wonder why allegedly moderate peak oil sites like the Oil Drum are linking to these neanderthals. Oh yeah... I forgot... Their hero, Kenneth S. Deffeyes, retired Professor of Geology at Princeton, says "By 2025, we're going to be back in the Stone Age." Maybe Ken should get in touch with Jason and they can trade loincloths.
-- by JD