Can President Joe Biden order your employer to make sure you are sterilized? Or can he order your employer to make sure you have been vaccinated for COVID-19?
The first question here focuses on a hypothetical. The second does not.
John P. Holdren, who served with Biden in the Obama administration (where he was director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy), has argued, as this column has noted before, that “our planet is grossly overpopulated.”
“Political pressure must be applied immediately to induce the United States government to assume its responsibility to halt the growth of the American population,” Holdren wrote with Paul and Anne Ehrlich in their 1973 book “Human Ecology: Problems and Solutions.”
“Once growth is halted,” Holdren and the Ehrlichs wrote, “the government should undertake to influence the birth rate so that the population is reduced to an optimum size and maintained there.”
How could “the United States government” carry out this alleged “responsibility to halt the growth of the American population”?
Well, one model for government-driven population limitation can be found in the People’s Republic of China. There, according to the latest State Department report on human rights practices, the government engages in “forced sterilization and