China and Eugenic Genetic Engineering of Humans
by David Sims
I CAN’T SEE why eugenic genetic engineering of humans is a bad thing for scientists to be doing, provided that they don’t do harm. There were people opposed to the automobile, too, a century ago, and they probably had more reason behind their arguments than the anti-eugenics screamers do. China’s already begun work in this area.
The only problem with China going ahead with eugenic genetic engineering experiments is that they are getting ahead of us in that important field. While they are still going after the low-hanging fruit (e.g., removing the human susceptibility to HIV infection), their skills will improve steadily with experience. The Chinese will naturally want to give their own people an advantage over all other peoples; or, rather, as many advantages as they can think of, and, although they will undoubtedly make a few mistakes along the way, they will eventually succeed.
And then where will we be? We’ll be clutching our useless and invalid “moral superiority” while they kick our collective asses, intellectually, physically, financially, and in every other way.
You can’t ever put a technological genie back in the bottle. Never. It didn’t work with nuclear weapons. It won’t work with eugenic genetic engineering, either. Luddites always lose.
Oh, and it also won’t work with biologically engineered virus weapons. I believe the Chinese will, sooner or later, come up with a bio-bomb that will kill everyone who isn’t Chinese (or at least who isn’t Asian). They’ll send their secret agents through every other country to sow the delivery systems for these weapons. And, shortly afterward, all the Earth will belong to China because everybody else will be dead.
[It’s also possible that Israel will do something similar. We need to use our technology, our science, and our brains to get ahead in this field, and counter such threats. Since we as a race do not even control our own governments any more, it’s unlikely we will be able to do so anytime soon. Recapturing our governments, or instituting new ones answerable to us alone, is priority one. — Ed.]
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