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From eugenics campaigns to population control programs, the “prophets” of antihumanism have expounded their message of humans as destroyers throughout history. At an AEI event on Thursday, Robert Zubrin of The New Atlantis exposed the deadly consequences of antihumanist ideology during a discussion of his provocative new book, “Merchants of Despair.”

Zubrin’s latest work is particularly groundbreaking, noted Ken Green of AEI, for its artful placement of today’s antihumanist forces — the environmental movement’s pseudo-sciences — within a historical context spanning two centuries.

Zubrin himself did not mince words as he traced antihumanism’s genesis, the catastrophes it has wrought and the dangers it presents for the future. Zubrin warned that in its conception of humans as destroyers, antihumanism poses a great threat to humanity, setting the stage for constraints on liberty and opening the door to tyranny. To protect ourselves, he argued, we must uphold a view of humans as creators, an outlook that values life and that will preserve humanity for years to come.
— Elizabeth DeMeo

Event Description
Humanity once looked in the mirror and saw something precious, worth protecting and fighting for — indeed, worth liberating. But now we are beset on all sides by propaganda promoting a radically different viewpoint: that humans are endangering the earth’s natural order.

Merchants of Despair,” by leading thinker Robert Zubrin, traces the pedigree of antihumanist ideology and exposes its deadly consequences in startling detail. The book names the chief prophets and promoters of antihumanism over the last two centuries and exposes the worst crimes perpetrated by the movement, including eugenics campaigns in the U.S. and genocidal antidevelopment and population-control programs around the world.

Please join us for a lunch discussion of this important new book.

Full video will be posted within 24 hours.


11:30 AM
Registration and Lunch

12:00 PM
Kenneth P. Green, AEI

Robert Zubrin, New Atlantis

12:45 PM
Question-and-Answer Session

1:30 PM

Event Contact Information


For more information, please contact Elizabeth DeMeo at [email protected], 202.862.4876.


Media Contact Information

For media inquiries, please contact Véronique Rodman at [email protected], 202.862.4871.

Speaker Biographies

Kenneth P. Green is a resident scholar at AEI and has studied energy and energy-related environmental policy for nearly 20 years. An environmental scientist and policy analyst by training, Green’s recent studies include the efficacy of green-jobs programs, drivers of oil and gas prices, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the embedded energy costs in consumer goods and resilient policies to address the risks of climate change. He has just published his second supplemental textbook, “Abundant Energy,” a concise guide to energy and energy policy intended for a college audience. In addition, Green has testified before regulatory and legislative bodies at the local, state and federal levels, including many times before the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. He was also a designated expert reviewer for two reports by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Robert Zubrin is a contributing editor to The New Atlantis, a fellow at the Center for Security Policy and the president of Pioneer Astronautics, an aerospace engineering research and development firm. He also leads the Mars Society, an international organization dedicated to furthering space exploration. For many years, he worked as a senior engineer for Lockheed Martin, and today he has nine U.S. patents granted or pending. In addition, he is the author of the critically acclaimed nonfiction books “The Case for Mars,” “Entering Space” and “Mars on Earth.” He is also the author of the science fiction novels “The Holy Land” and “First Landing” as well as articles in Scientific American, The New Atlantis, American Enterprise, The New York Times and The Washington Post. He has appeared on numerous major media outlets, including CNN, C-SPAN, the BBC, the Discovery Channel, the Science Channel, NBC, ABC and NPR.

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