The Objective Standard
“In the 1970s, the antihumanists argued that economic growth must stop because fossil fuels are too polluting, and, besides, we are running out of them. We responded that we have enough nuclear fuel to last for millions of years, and it produces no smoke. They weren’t interested, and, in fact, they became increasingly militant in their view that nuclear energy must be ruled out.

“Antihumanists also said that population must be limited because there isn’t enough food, although militantly opposing the development or even deployment of higher yielding and more nutritious crops.

“In every area it became clear that the antihumanists wanted the problem, not the solution, and ultimately the question had to be asked: Why? As I delved into the matter, it became clear that there was a longer history to all this, and an ideology, which conceived of humans as destroyers, rather than creators, and which therefore justified all forms of oppression and tyranny.

“If humans are fundamentally destroyers, or, what amounts to the same thing, only ‘consumers’ of natural resources, then their numbers, activities, and liberties must be severely constrained, and someone must be empowered to do the constraining. If, on the other hand, humans are fundamentally creators, then their freedom must be protected at all costs, because freedom is essential to the exercise of creativity.”
—Robert Zubrin
Robert Zubrin on the Scourge of Antihumanism