Feedback from latest column in the Collegian: no love

As posted in the Kansas State University paper, The Collegian:

Letter to the Editor: Response to Paul Ibbetson
By Zach Isenhower
RE: Article by Paul A. Ibbetson: Environmental cautions costly for American people, economy

Mr. Ibbetson,

Though I don’t claim to be an expert on the policies advocated by John Holdren within the Obama administration, I believe that taking tiny excerpts out of context and then paraphrasing them into a 1984-esque vision of government-controlled terror ought to be beneath a graduate student with any kind of scholarly ethic. For one, keep in mind that Holdren’s book was written at the height of population-growth anxiety through the late 1960s and 1970s (see The Population Bomb by Paul R. Ehrlich). Just a few moments of searching online yielded pages referencing Mr. Holdren’s “desires” for America’s future in which he speculates as to whether measures like forced abortions or adoptions could be implemented under the Constitution provided “the population crisis became sufficient to endanger the society.” In fact, Holdren goes no farther than to say that given such a danger “it would even be possible” to require single pregnant women “to marry or have abortions.” A uncomfortable prospect yes, but then Mr. Holdren is not speaking to the morality or necessity of the measure, only to its speculative Constitutional viability (in his opinion, in 1977). Similarly, he only addresses the difficulties of implementing a mass-sterilization effort through food and water supplies, saying nothing of his opinion on such a measure. In short, from what I can tell, the book seems to be an examination of the practical difficulties and considerations that would be entailed IF a population crisis were to manifest and IF the decision to use extreme measures was already made.

In interest of full disclosure, I have not read the book… (continue)

Looks the column isn’t getting ‘the love’ from this “scholar” …

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