Sunday, September 13, 2009

Death of the Anti-Mao

Norman Borlaug died. Although he won the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential and Congressional Gold Medals and saved or allowed the lives of maybe a billion human beings who would not have been able to live without him he is not a household name.

I was thinking of the tens of millions of people that Mao and Stalin killed, often by starvation. We have a name for their kind, mass murderers. But there is no world I know of for a man like Borlaug who is a mass benefactor on a scale that astonishes. That is sad and telling.

Borlaug fell out of favor with environmentalists but his work lives on.


Dave S. said...

How about "mass benefactor"?

Powaqqatsi said...

Philanthropist Rex