Merchants Of Despair And Other Happy Thoughts


UPDATE 2nd April 2012: The book is now available. I will publish a longer review soon but I strongly recommend this book! Kindle version available here.

I’ve been sent a book to read and review and, ordinarily, I wouldn’t comment until I’ve finished it but to hell with that.

Robert Zubrin has sent me a galley copy of his book “Merchants of Despair” which comes out today in the US (not yet on Kindle but soon). I met Robert a few years back and was particularly impressed with his earlier book “Energy Victory” which has had a big impact on my thinking about energy policy.

Merchants of Despair: Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Pseudo-Scientists, and the Fatal Cult of Antihumanism (New Atlantis Books)

I’ve just read the first four chapters and I think it is an amazing work so far. It’s taking a deeply scientific look at some of the roots of the current anti-humanism. He succinctly demolishes the entire edifice of Malthus in 8 pages and a few graphs.

So far he’s very successfully woven Malthus, Darwin and Eugenics together quickly and I suspect the rest of the book will be deeply disturbing when I understand quite what an horrific hold the disciples of these three intertwined philosophies have had on our recent history.

I can see exactly where he’s going with respect to global warming, anti-nuclear, crazy food policies, population controls and the underlying difference between freeing people up to be creative and enslaving them under tyrannical rule. I just wish I had the time to devour the whole book quickly.

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Brian of London is not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy. Since making aliyah in 2009, Brian has blogged at Israellycool. Brian is an indigenous rights activist fighting for indigenous people who’ve returned to their ancestral homelands and built great things.