We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The VHEM position is “realistic: We know we’ll never see the day there are no human beings on the planet. . . . The Movement may be considered a success each time one more of us volunteers to breed no more.” The VHEM approach demographically guarantees that its hard task will only get harder. Those non-breeding volunteers will have no children to catechize, while the people who do breed will have set an anti-VHEM example for their children simply by virtue of having them.
Instead of stigmatizing people who drive SUVs and eat beef, let's just stigmatize anyone who has kids. Better yet, the members of this movement, to be morally consistent, should simply off themselves right now, in some sort of Gaia-friendly manner. After all, breathing and farting are major sources of CO2.
At first this made me angry—it struck me as a rude, in-your-face act of selfishness. But then I was struck by the genius of it, and I thought, “My God! There may be an answer to all of mankind’s problems here.” This has given me hope…