“We can’t expect to be number one in everything indefinitely,” Dr. John P. Holdren said at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Holdren is director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and chairs the President’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology (PCAST), making him the top science adviser in the administration.
The former Harvard professor was at the AAAS to speak to students about the Obama administration’s priority of advancing science and technology issues, its goal to increase spending in the area to 3 percent of the gross domestic product, and Obama’s great personal interest in the fields.
"Probably the most appropriate responses to this degree of levelization (sic) of the playing field is to cooperate, to exchange more," he said. "We have all kinds of programs already in which U.S. graduate students and post-docs go to China and Chinese graduate students come here—direct exchanges, university to university."
As CNSNews.com previously reported, his ideas for cooperation among nations in prior decades have included diverting large amounts of the U.S. Gross National Product (GNP) to countries in need of development aid.
Similarly, in his 1973 book "Human Ecology: Problems and Solutions," he suggested "de-developing" the United States to benefit other, poorer nations.
"A massive campaign must be launched to restore a high-quality environment in North America and to de-develop the United States," Holdren and two co-authors wrote. "De-development means bringing our economic system (especially patterns of consumption) into line with the realities of ecology and the global resource situation. Resources and energy must be diverted from frivolous and wasteful uses of overdeveloped countries to filling the genuine needs of underdeveloped countries."
"This effort must be largely political, especially with regard to our overexploitation of world resources, but the campaign should be strongly supplemented by legal and boycott action against polluters and others whose activities damage the environment," he said.
The mind is overrated. We have abused the planet and the poor jungle savages of the third world. We don't deserve to be exceptional. We should extinguish the beacon which draws the best and brightest to our shores.
I reject all of this tripe with manly firmness.