The leader of a small, radical, but dedicated movement seeks to make the case for people not to have children in order to save the planet. Big Issue profiles Les U Knight who is the leader of the Voluntary Human Extermination Movement (VHEM) promotes human extinction since he sees the growth of population as resulting to ecological disaster.
A substitute teacher by trade out of Portland, Oregon, Knight says any progress of mankind is undermined by population growth. He says the Chinese have the right idea in terms of birth control and states thanks to it the environmental impact of up to 400 million has been averted. Knight also lays blame on mankind for all of the species who have gone extinct. Living true to his principles, the 67 year old had a vasectomy in his 20’s and thinks that life for future generations will get better and less destructive life forms will come about once there are fewer people around.
I don’t know about you all but I feel fine about my existence and am quite happy to be alive. There are some things I could have done differently with my life but I do not regret living or life itself since there is so much that makes life worth living. I gather from Knight’s chosen philosophy that he has decided his existence isn’t worth continuing and has decided to express it by forgoing having kids. It’s his life but no doubt he is happily making money and gaining a limited sense of fame while decrying human existence including having children.
When it comes to this article, antinatalism and people like Les U Knight, I am reminded of former EarthFirst! Journal Editor John Davis who said: Human beings, as a species, have no more value than slugs. Or Dr. Lamont Cole who said: To feed a starving child is to exacerbate the world population problem. Zoologist and Greenpeace co-founder Dr. Patrick Moore says that one of the first things he notices is that environmentalists tend to be anti-human. The basis of the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement with its neo-Malthusian, environmentalist influences is certainly indicative of that.