Spoiler warnings if you’re one of the eight people in America who hasn’t seen “Avengers: Infinity War” yet.
With that disclaimer out of the way, for the rest of us who have seen it, the ultimate story of the Marvel Cinematic Universe struck a familiar chord. That’s because Thanos, the mad titan, is driven by the same Malthusian/utilitarian ethics that inspired the 20th century’s most influential woman — Margaret Sanger. She may have inspired more real-life death cults than any human being in modern history — primarily Planned Parenthood (otherwise known as Murder, Inc.).
Like Sanger, Thanos is motivated by the progressive obsession that overpopulation — not our sin — is the leading cause of suffering, plus the self-assuredness that he alone should wield the power to do something about it and determine who lives and dies for the “common good.” These twin impulses are what drove both Thanos and Sanger to cause far more suffering than they ever alleviated, because they acted contrary to the created order, from their own narrow viewpoint, instead. You know, that whole “ye be like God” thing. It’s the same reason why progressive solutions to our problems just create even more or worse problems.
I wonder how many of those progressive actors performing as superheroes in Marvel’s latest blockbuster realized that the manifestation of their own worldview is the villain here?