Does the Apple Belong to the Apple Tree?

Wherever there is a movement, there are sure to be extremists. Environmentalism offers us a case in point. Perhaps the most outlandish of the environmentalist extremist groups is the one founded by the pseudonymous Les U. Knight. It is called, the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement (VHEMT). The philosophical principle that undergirds this group is the notion that the earth would be better off without humans. Therefore, humans should stop breeding. Its homepage reads as follows: “Phasing out the human race will allow Earth’s biosphere to return to good health.” Human beings, consequently, should…

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