In the largest grossing film of all time, Marvel’s The Avengers Endgame, the villain wanted to reduce the population of the universe by half, for its own good. It was a philanthropic action, completely benign, from which Thanos, the villain, stood not to profit from.

Bill Gates too shares the comic character’s concerns about too many mouths, not on a universal scale, yet; for now, just here on Earth. Whether he is quite so philanthropic as Thanos is questionable: he does seem to profit financially out of vaccines and medicines greatly.

Gates believes that the world population is on a trajectory to 9 billion. However, if ‘we’ do a really good job with vaccines and reproductive services, it can be lowered by 10% to 15%. We should be grateful for small mercies that it’s not more.

Bill Gates is not an eccentric billionaire outlier who worries about Malthusian collapse. He is one of the prominent voices and leaders of a movement that in essence is over 200 years old but one that really started to believe it could effect the world with the scientific discoveries and ideas of the Victorian age.

Charles Darwin propounded Natural Selection, Evolution and Inheritance as fundamental ideas of natural history and science. These ideas were welcomed in the 19th Century as a massive forward step in mankind’s understanding of the world. However, the light of knowledge was also to cast a shadow that still exists to the present day.

Darwin had a cousin named Francis Galton who held strong views on race. Galton came to believe that differences in intellect could be explained by lineage, where, at the beginning at least, Darwin thought patience and perseverance explained the difference in cultural achievements between people. By exerting control over ‘organic evolution’, Galton argued, society could direct traits in the direction of its choosing.

Galton’s theories probably would have died with him, if the 19th Century monk Gregor Mengel’s work had not introduced a scientific basis to the idea of transmissable hereditary factors through ‘units’ (genes), and if two Americans, Charles Davenport and Harry Laughlin, had not zealously embraced these ideas.

Faced with the racial melting pot of the United States and with openly bigoted views about race and poverty, Davenport and Laughlin gathered evidence and used it to persuade some of the wealthiest American families to sponsor their eugenicist work at Cold Spring Harbour, New York.

From this intersection of interests, racism, class and science, a programme of sterilisation through injection was conducted on some of America’s poorest – whites, blacks and native Americans. The victims were told that this was a medical necessity. Some fought back legally. Yet, in a famous ruling, the Supreme Court endorsed this policy with the judgement written by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. His words have reverberated down the generations:

“We have seen more than once that the public welfare may call upon the best citizens for their lives. It would be strange if it could not call upon those who already sap the strength of the State for these lesser sacrifices, often not felt to be such by those concerned, in order to prevent our being swamped with incompetence. It is better for all the world if, instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind. . . . Three generations of imbeciles are enough.

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Inspired by such sentiments, the Nationalist Socialists of Germany modelled their racial laws on the United States. It was during the Nazi era that leadership of the now global Eugenics Movement passed to Germany where the infamous Joseph Mengele practised the type of human experiments brazenly that some of his North American colleagues could only do secretly or face political resistance.

After 1945, Eugenics were the antithesis of enlightened humanity. Nonetheless, the ideas, some of its practises and even its experiments, did not go away. Instead, they survived in many of the same places with name changes and a ‘humanitarian’ front. Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, was still able to publicly advocate abortion as a socially progressive ideal while at the same time hiding her more distasteful views on the poor and non-white races.

Father of Bill Gates, William Gates Sr, sat on the board of Planned Parenthood, was even the head of it for a time, and knew Sanger quite well. He would have been aware of The Negro Project through which Sanger hoped that Black community leaders would advocate abortion as a way of alleviating African-American ‘social troubles’.

But why wait until an abortion is needed? Why not prevent these unwanted births before conception? At least unwanted by someone, even if the parents hope for a child…or a grandchild. Vaccine advocate and concerned global citizen, Bill Gates seems to have figured this out, and is prepared to apply these ideas worldwide. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and associated organisations have been attacked in many developing countries due to the harm their ‘philanthropy’, via the use of vaccination programmes, has done. And it’s not done openly either. In 2014, the Kenyan Catholic Doctors Association and the Kenyan Catholic Bishops Conference declared alarm that a sterilising agent was being used in the tetanus shot administered in the country by UNICEF and The World Health Organisation, groups Gates partially funds.

It is probably worth noting that in the literature given to health professionals who are to administer the PfizerBionTech vaccine being rolled out at the moment the impact on female fertility is unknown and no mention is made of male fertility. If there are serious questions about the vaccine’s impact on reproductive ability, then it fits a pattern.

Are we witnessing a Thanos-like reduction of the population using vaccines as some kind of super-weapon? A truth-seeking journalist should ask Bill Gates. The problem is finding Bill Gates…and a truthful journalist.