I am currently enjoying the science fiction book “Clade”, by author Mark Budz (Bantam Books, 2003). This post-apocalyptic novel deals with rehabilitating the earth after an “ecocaust”, a total and catastrophic environmental collapse. In a burst of genius, Budz details population control systems that work to regulate a shattered world which is being resettled and reshuffled along ethno-cultural lines so as to reduce historic frictions.
In order to inhibit the usual cross-border conflicts, individual populations are genetically programmed to be dependent upon specific “pherion” compounds. The plot details how these pheromone-based, genetically inserted materials find their widest use in pacifying and stabilizing what would otherwise be potentially restive populations.
It is a well known scientific fact that pheromones can activate sexual arousal but many people are often unaware of their more mundane role in parent-infant bonding and other less lurid functions. Besides sex pheromones, there are also alarm pheromones and food trail pheromones along with many others that affect behavior or physiology. The insect world makes widespread use of these signaling compounds in addition to some vertebrates and plants who also communicate with them as well.
In the book, “Clade”, one specific use of these “pherions” is to lock a given population into its allocated environment. Mirroring a poisonous binary compound, antagonistic pherions must have both components present in order to prevent their attacking the body within which they reside. Creating these forced population enclaves is achieved by distributing portions of the binary (or even further segmented) pherion compound into various parts of the water supply or food chain. Due to their relatively short lifetime, these pherions must be regularly ingested so as to inhibit the antagonistic effects upon human physiology and immune systems that result if one or more of them become deficient.
A useful model for comparison is how modern bacteriologists and microbiologists used a genetically modified version of E. coli (Escherichia coli) which, unlike its more common cousin, is specifically designed to perish in an oxygen environment. This way, any laboratory containment breach that results in a release of this virulent bacterium is self-remediating as the organism cannot survive for long in the ambient natural environment.
In a similar manner, people of a given geographic population who have been made dependent upon this stabilized genetic modifier cannot up and decide to relocate elsewhere without risking immediate debilitating illness, paralysis or, even death, due to the sudden absence of one or more regulating pherion compounds. A darker side and illicit application of this same genetic chemistry lies in how it is used to enslave people. In the book, large transnational “politicorps” (political corporations) utilize this same pherion dependence model to create captive worker populations much in the same way that 19th century coal mines and other labor intensive enterprises used “company stores” to financially ensnare their workforce.
Additionally, individuals can be independently identified through analysis of their pherion profile. In the book’s plot, this serves as a separate biometric methodology to detect unauthorized immigrants, genetically tagged criminals, security risks and users of illegal counteractive measures or psychotropic compounds.
In the publishing world, this sort of “predictive writing” is called Hard Science Fiction. A better known author of this genre is David Brin (“Sundiver”, “The Practice Effect”, “The Postman”). This style is called “hard” because it does not rely upon any magic, supernatural forces or yet-to-be-invented technology. Much of what Budz describes in his book could be implemented within a fairly short amount of time, less than a decade or two at worst.
Grim as it may sound, Budz’s pherion-based technology and method of population control represents one of the few functional ways of containing this planet’s Muslim community. Those familiar with counterjihad web sites know about the great amount of speculation regarding some sort of containment model in order to restrict Islam’s encroachment upon the civilized world.
This sort of genetic implementation represents one of the only effective ways of curtailing Islamic jihad. Muslims who left their native countries or regions of origin would simply be immobilized due to progressive bodily paralysis or perish from lack of nutrient uptake, a common cold or any of innumerable other variants on immune system inhibition.
Muslims who remained in their specified areas would continue to ingest the needed pherion fragments that inhibit any antagonistic genetic reaction. Best of all, the world’s non-Muslim population would not be required to consume any of these compounds. The entire scheme would require compliance by Muslims on pain of swift death in the absence of uptake. Inoculation with these pherions would be a routine part of the expulsion process. Additionally, anyone seeking to escape after being dosed would be immediately detectable due to their pherion profile.
While this is not a one hundred percent effective containment measure, it is certainly more affordable and practical than any sort of “Berlin Wall” strategy that has been suggested by others in the past. The main intent of my bringing this concept into public awareness is to ensure that a wider audience begins to understand that there are humane and effective ways of mitigating Islamic jihad without resorting to genocide or Total War, especially nuclear annihilation.
To date, the pherion-based model is one of a very few that shows any promise in terms of forcibly re-aggregating a large Muslim population that has been deported from the West and other civilized regions. All other physical barrier models present too great of a risk with respect to being interdicted along with carrying a prohibitive operational price tag. The genetic compounds in question could be designed and originated for a few billion dollars and then grown quite economically in cultures using vat-like incubators identical to those employed by existing genetic engineering industries.
If anything, readers are encouraged to read Budz’s novel solely on its own merits. It is a well-constructed and unnerving world of possibilities that could await us if we ignore our obligation to be more diligent stewards of the environment. Indeed, subsequent to such an “ecocaust” one of the only cost-effective methods of producing bulk medicinal drugs and food stocks would be through genetic engineering.
Furthermore, this same gene-based technology would be instrumental in generating a plethora of new species capable of withstanding the intense ultra-violet light of a stripped out atmosphere along with surviving the concentrated chemical and biological contaminants that would likely result from such a catastrophe. All in all, Budz provides both excellent entertainment value and some rich food for thought with his work, “Clade”.