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#23241 - 04/12/09 02:11 PM The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement
Nemesis Offline
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Shortened to VHEMT , I was trolling the PETA forums and someone posted this as a jibe to the vegans against owning pets....a lot of threads dedicated to this, which elicited some laughs.

Reading through the VHEMT's website, naturally I wondered, "Are these idiots serious?" The answer is yes, yes they are.

From their "About the Movement" page:

The Movement may be considered a success each time one more of us volunteers to breed no more.

These hippies would have humanity phase itself out voluntarily, thereby rendering useless the great works and achievements our race has made. Sure, the Earth could do with a billion or so less of us on it, I fully agree with that. But the people that are running and volunteering for this "movement" are ones who were never planning on having kids anyway, are already too old, or are too young and are caught up in the ideology of it (much like PETAns).

However, I think a more practical solution to the overpopulation and destruction of the environment is not by discontinuing breeding altogether, but keeping the ratio of 2:1 for the next century. One set of parents, one child. Divorces don't figure into the equation, because the kid doesn't go away when the papers are signed. Very similar to China's birth control program. Offenders would be fined and possibly jailed for having more than one kid, and the second child would be adopted out to a childless couple. If the first child dies, then the parents can have another if they're able. Sounds draconian, I know, but is a much better alternative to VHEMT's plan.
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#23242 - 04/12/09 02:46 PM Re: The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement [Re: Nemesis]
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Population control only suffers one small problem; it only thinks in quantity which is rather inferior to quality. If one lowers the average population, one also lowers the quality of that population, which is a rather small percentage of that quantity.

So the cost for reducing the population with a couple of billions is effectively more costly than having six billions run around. The correct but oh so not politically correct draconian measures would be to remove those who are insignificant.

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#23243 - 04/12/09 02:49 PM Re: The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement [Re: Nemesis]
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That’s the most ridiculous concept I’ve heard anyone come up with in a long time. These people are hippies to the point that they believe the earth is more important that human life. They’re telling people that we should die off in order to save the planet.

I’m all for stupid people volunteering not to breed, and having to be tested to get a license in order to have children. Unfortunately that’s still too politically incorrect a concept, so the earth will probably be destroyed by pollution and overpopulation before it becomes socially acceptable. In the end we are all just spectators. Who is really doing anything to ward off the insanity and get new laws passed?

I’ve volunteered not to breed, and it might just be because I have no maternal instincts and breeding unless you have a genius level of intelligence seems unnatural to me. I think the ones with the most to contribute to our race – intellectually, artistically – should continue to breed, the welfare cases should get jobs (as the economy allows) and there should be some movement to combat this need that poor people have to give birth to as many children as possible. They’re obviously trying to fill some sort of void in their own lives and infesting the earth with people of below average intelligence.

I can’t imagine spending a lifetime on welfare and doing nothing but having babies. What kind of a life is that, and who is it fair to? Even if I did want to have children, I would make sure that I was stable, had my own house, a steady job and enough money to not only take care of a child but put him or her through university. Breeding on welfare leaves children at the mercy of handouts from others and a gives them a one-way ticket to a poverty stricken childhood. It makes me angry just thinking about it, and unfortunately it’s completely legal.

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#23244 - 04/12/09 02:52 PM Re: The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement [Re: Nemesis]
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Nemesis:

Human extinction's pretty radical, but I don't think you'd see too many people lining up at the doors if someone opened a snip and tie operation. However... your idea of the one child per family has merit.

This same idea was very much in favor for a while in the late 60s and early 70s among people who rationally were looking at the numbers of people reaching the billion mark in several places. It was called the Zero Population Growth movement, or ZPG for short. It would be a logical and overall effective manner of population management, although most WOULD see it as draconian, simply because they're caught up in the idiotic notion that they have to leave multiple copies of themselves around -- to prove they had genitals, I suppose.
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#23247 - 04/12/09 03:09 PM Re: The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement [Re: Jake999]
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China's one-child policy is a mess and is really only enforced in the urban areas mostly. It's also causing problems due to gender preference. I also don't really like the idea of the state having control and power over people's reproduction so I oppose such policies from the standpoint as well. I'm fairly anthropocentric and in my opinion these VHEMT nutters can help their movement and take a shotgun kiss.

Edited by JudgeFudge (04/12/09 03:10 PM)
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#23248 - 04/12/09 03:13 PM Re: The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement [Re: Jake999]
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D--

Naturally I'd have the "lesser" of humanity offed. Quality over quantity indeed.

Tala--

I have no maternal instincts either, at least when it comes to human children. Animals I can get along great with, but the very idea of carrying around another human, going through that physical and mental stress, then having to be responsible for it for the rest of my life? Uh uh. I'll pass on that one!

The main problem is that smart people tend NOT to breed. How many people here have kids? Not too many. If they do, they have one or two, tops. The best solution I see to this is keep the inferior bulk of the populace as surrogate parents, to have the fertilized egg of two healthy, intelligent people implanted in the woman. True, the kid would most likely grow up in poverty or a bad environment, but at least it'd be better than having them ourselves and having to go through all of that, lol.

Jake--

I've heard of the ZPG movement, and had forgotten to bring it up in my initial post. I could definitely see myself as an advocate of that kind of birth management plan, because eventually it's not going to be voluntary, it's going to be necessary in order for our species to survive.

Judge--

Yes, I'm aware of the problem China's having right now with so few females kept alive as the single child in the family. It's become quite the common occurrence for young women to be abducted and taken into the country to serve as either sex slaves or breeders, to fulfill the unfulfilled needs of the men that were, due to a cultural preference, screwed over. There would have to be a census taken every 5 years or so, to determine if the genders of babies were swinging towards either extreme.
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#23249 - 04/12/09 03:16 PM Re: The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement [Re: JudgeFudge]
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I don't like the idea of government encroachment on any level. However that goes in two directions.

I would loath to see a one child policy enacted in any country still trying to maintain the facade of 'freedom'.

However, I am equally appalled at the current system of rewarding rampant breeding financially through welfare and child tax credits.

I say take away both the stick, AND the candy, and see who can float and who will sink.

And on the subject of the original post...not even really worth a mention. The voluntary human extinction movement is about as relevant as the landover baptist church. Maybe worth a quick laugh.
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#23250 - 04/12/09 03:21 PM Re: The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement [Re: Dan_Dread]
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Reminds me of the branch of Pilgrims (can't seem to find which ones) who preached lifelong abstinence, so much so that their religion died out due to lack of worshippers .
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#23253 - 04/12/09 03:53 PM Re: The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement [Re: Nemesis]
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 Originally Posted By: Nemesis
Reminds me of the branch of Pilgrims (can't seem to find which ones) who preached lifelong abstinence, so much so that their religion died out due to lack of worshippers .


Probably the Shakers. They were against natural procreation, but gained their membership by bringing in foundlings and other children taken in from orphanages to fill their memberships. There were laws passed in the late 1800s and early 1900s that stopped allowing religious organizations to cull children from orphanages, and their number began to drop rapidly.
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#23310 - 04/14/09 06:16 AM Re: The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement [Re: Jake999]
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Someone sent me a link to this a long time ago. I'm not quite sure what to think about it.

On the one hand, it's slightly interesting. Humans really do more harm than good to the world at this point.

In the other hand, we're a species which has done great things, and advanced the projected lifespans of many other species, as well as improving other species quality of life.
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#23317 - 04/14/09 11:32 AM Re: The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement [Re: ChemicalSoiree]
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I think voluntary extinction is pretty fucking stupid. Yes human beings are a parasite, we are destroying the earth and all that other stereotypical hippy-bullshit. The thing is that, well, I think it is kind of our right to mess things up if we want.

After all, we are the dominant species on this planet and if our actions continue to go unchecked, then we will have to deal with the consequences. People either learn from their mistakes, or they do not. The earth will eventually be destroyed anyways; so why make a big fuss about it?

If people want to off themselves because they feel like the world will be better off, more power to them, they are probably right anyways. They just better not expect me to follow suit. I prefer to stay alive, burn plastic, drive around in the summer time with windows down and the AC blasting while hurling toxic waste into the ocean. Earth first, we'll fuck up the other planets later.
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#23319 - 04/14/09 12:27 PM Re: The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement [Re: 6Satan6Archist6]
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There would have to be a census taken every 5 years or so, to determine if the genders of babies were swinging towards either extreme.


Even still it seems problematic and hard to enforce unless you further expand the size and power of the state and it's jackals.

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However, I am equally appalled at the current system of rewarding rampant breeding financially through welfare and child tax credits.


Agreed.

I think humanity’s impact on the world is largely exaggerated. Granted we have caused SOME harm (global warming and like theories are hoaxes based upon outdated data though) but not as much as some people claim and certainly not enough to were the voluntary phasing out of the species would be a “good idea.”

In my opinion the survival and continuation of our species triumphs all and while we certainly need to reform and change our behavior in some areas, all of what I see on their site is exaggerations and a much to do about nothing.

Good thing it’s just flash in the pan, .net “movement.”


Edited by JudgeFudge (04/14/09 12:27 PM)
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#23322 - 04/14/09 02:53 PM Re: The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement [Re: Nemesis]
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Even if our chances of succeeding were only one in a hundred, we would have to try. Giving up and allowing humanity to take its course is unconscionable. There is far too much at stake.

One in a HUNDRED? More like one in infinity. The chance is so cosmically minuscule as to be impossible. You might as well be asking humans not to breathe. If they somehow think that they can "enlighten" every human being on the planet and convince them not to reproduce, they're seriously deluded. There will always be dissenters popping out as many babies as they please.

The only way the human race could go extinct is by force- ie, a plague, global catastrophe, nuclear holocaust, extreme climate change, the sun blowing up, etc. I see that as being very possible, and I don't mind. The idea of an earth without humans is a nice thing to look forward to considering how ugly and messy modern civilization can be. But expecting humans to just kill themselves off is laughable.

It goes against the core of human biological existence- to breed and multiply. Even if these guys had "the right idea", they have resigned themselves to the realm of crackpottery in expecting people to off themselves voluntarily. This isn't some ideological war, or some "we shall overcome" struggle achievable sometime in the future. This is the most unrealistic, wild pipedream I've ever seen produced by a human mind.
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#23330 - 04/14/09 08:00 PM Re: The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement [Re: The Zebu]
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That's pretty much my opinion, Zebu...perhaps they don't realize how much better the earth would be without THEM. I believe mass suicide is in order for this particular group of individuals ...especially the ones who actually got their LOGO tattooed on themselves!
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#23340 - 04/14/09 11:54 PM Re: The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement [Re: Nemesis]
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LMAO Earth 4.5 billion years old; "Man" 50,000 years old. We just got here!

This planet (&/or all life on it) is doomed, the core is going to lock up, all the atmosphere is going bye bye. Our moon is moving away at 1 inch a year(no more 23 & 1/3). Our star is middle aged and its not just going to burn out.(life will only "out live" Earth, if we take it with us.)

PETA seems to think man is second chair to all other life, instead of realizing "man is just another animal" and we have a place here to.

pop. control.

I'm a big adbocate of this, not out of spite, but fear. If the max carrying capacity of Earth is X, in good times. And Y is the MCC in shit times. X + Y will always = less then Y. So "Y" not just keep at a number that is easy to feed and water.

methods. One offspring per-person is a good start, but it will one day have to go a step farther as life expediency rise. You maybe required to be "of age" to avoid five generations existing at one time.

I had twin girls at 22, so fuckem & Hail Satan.

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