Please don’t read this if your mind is closed to new ideas or if you dislike debate. You’ll simply be wasting your time and you may upset yourself.
And I do know Inferno is fiction, too, but that doesn’t mean I’m not allowed express an opinion. To the the person who called me a threat to society in the comments below I say only this – if speaking out is a threat to society we have descended into tyranny.
And I do allow Dan Brown the right to express his opinion too. He’s very welcome on this blog.
I am simply reviewing Inferno and putting forward a counter argument, which I believe Robert Langdon could have used in Inferno.
And please, if you want to debate in the comments use science, not opinion, if you want me to reply to your point.
I saw Dan Brown speaking last week (20th May, 2013) in Dublin. Mr Brown seems a very nice man, polite, open and able to tell a good story. What concerns me is the big fascist lie that is being peddled in his new book, Inferno.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one of those literary critics who despairs of Dan Brown’s prose, I enjoyed the Da Vinvi Code, I’m concerned with the ideas he’s propagating.
On page 215 of my hardback edition a character says; ‘…our current path (population growth) is a pretty simple formula for destruction…the end will arrive very abruptly…it will be more like driving off a cliff.’
The main character, Robert Langdon, simply exhales in response as he tries to take in what he has heard.
Then, near the end, a character asks is the villain of the book an evil man, or someone who loved mankind so much that he was willing to contemplate infecting humans in a way that would sterilise one third of us. The response given is that the end justifies the means.
I believe that Inferno supports the idea that humanity is heading for disaster, because of population growth.
And that is a lie.
The idea that world population is either too high already or heading that way is dangerous. Very dangerous.
Malthus started this when he predicted in 1798 that the world would be out of food by 1890, due to population growth. He recommended killing off the have-nots in the world to ensure there was enough food for the rich.
Malthus’ ideas underpinned the theories of eugenecists of the early 20th century who gained power in a variety of countries and enforced marriage restrictions, segregation (both racial segregation and segregation of the mentally ill from the rest of the population), compulsory sterilization, forced abortion and genocide.
That’s where this lie leads. Overpopulation theories underpin fascism and genocide.
The world is not heading for overpopulation. The entire population of the world, with a house and yard for each family, could fit inside the state of Texas.
You don’t believe me? Watch this 92 second video:
Then watch this 2 minute video about the threat of extinction in the developed world:
This is the one that people in power in the west are likely to fear. Will we be over run by Asians? This is the fear that will allow fascism to return in the 21st century. This fear, stoked up, will allow the bombing and starving of “overpopulated countries” to save the west.
This is the fear that will allow the neo Nazis to gain power.
And if you’re afraid that there won’t be enough food to feed everyone watch this 90 second video that blows that myth up:
And then consider this; all it would cost to feed the poor of the world each year is fifty billion dollars. Here’s the proof. Taxing the tax dodgers would pay for it.
Explain to me why the US government can print hundreds of billions to save the bankers in a financial crisis, but not print fifty billion a year to inject confidence and save the poor?
The answer is simple.
It is fear.
Fear that if the poor aren’t kept in check we will be overrun.
But fear doesn’t justify the murdering or sterilisation of millions. Fear justifies us thinking of ways to help the poor, to educate and put our hand out to them. They are human, like us. Do you respect human life or not?
And if you don’t, surely that allows others not to respect your right to live?
What would you think if someone decided you and your family need to be eradicated for the ‘good of humanity?’
The ideas in Inferno need to be countered. Otherwise the fascists will come back.
And you might be on their killing agenda.
The end does not justify the means. All that theory does is give an excuse to anyone in power to kill at will, based on any crackpot theory they think up.
Please spread this book review, retweet, share and tell everyone you know. Inferno is wrong. Fascism is wrong. It’s all a lie.