“The Population Bomb” is a book written by Paul R. Ehrlich, first published in 1968. In the book, Ehrlich argues that overpopulation is the root cause of environmental destruction and social unrest. He predicts that the world’s population will continue to grow at an exponential rate, leading to a catastrophic collapse of civilization. Ehrlich’s message was controversial at the time, as it challenged the prevailing belief that technology and economic growth could solve all of the world’s problems.
Ehrlich argues that population growth leads to a variety of problems, including resource depletion, pollution, and social unrest. He argues that as the world’s population continues to grow, the demand for resources will increase, leading to overconsumption, environmental destruction, and resource depletion. Ehrlich also warns that population growth will lead to increased pollution, including air and water pollution, as well as an increase in greenhouse gas emissions, leading to global warming and climate change.
To prevent a catastrophic collapse, Ehrlich proposes a number of solutions, including population control measures such as family planning, education, and government policies. He also calls for a shift towards a more sustainable way of life, with a focus on renewable energy, conservation, and recycling. Despite its controversial message, “The Population Bomb” has had a lasting impact on environmental and social policy, influencing debates on population control, resource management, and sustainable development.
Ehrlich proposed solutions were deemed by many in the past to be politically unacceptable because of the coercion that they implied. But what about today? Ehrlich advocated for an “unprecedented redistribution of wealth” in order to mitigate the problem of overconsumption of resources by the world’s wealthy. He still thinks that governments should discourage people from having more than two children, suggesting, for example, a higher tax rate for larger families.
Listening to Ehrlich’s arguments – here is one rebuttal – apparently, Ehrlich would fit in nicely with many in Left-Wing politics – Marxist thinking via socialist/communist or fascist administrations of government-mandated control. Can you spot the “key” words linked to Left-Wing ideologies? What is particularly interesting about all these ideologies is that they tend to always end in mass deaths and, more specifically, target children.
Is there an attack on children today?
Many may know Scott Adams, who is an American author and cartoonist. He is the creator of the syndicated Dilbert comic strip and the author of several nonfiction works of satire, commentary, and business. More recently, Adams does a daily podcast that intersects with a variety of political and philosophical ideas. In a recent podcast, he floated the idea of a link between depopulation theorists and the attack on children. It goes a bit like the following.
“The next time there’s some brand new topic – not something we’re already dealing with – the next time, there’s a brand new topic that’s a risk to children, we won’t fix it. That’s the prediction – the next new risk to children won’t be addressed.
[Adams notes recent risks to children: “opinions about abortion, trans rights for
children, you know the trans children stuff and tick-tock.”]
And here’s my hypothesis, and here’s where it gets interesting. Now you know that as a hypnotist, I think people make decisions for irrational reasons uh, and then they rationalize it.
What would happen to a planet that believed it was overpopulated?
Suppose you believe that our biggest problem is overpopulation which is a common belief. What would you value? What value would you put on children? If there are too many children, we would quite naturally … should devalue them because we don’t need more.
Now suppose your biggest problem was underpopulation, and everybody knew it how would you treat children? If you thought your biggest problem in the world was under-population, I believe you would treat them like the future. You know, like we used to in the old days.”
In the video below, we have selected a portion of this podcast to present the portion that flushes out more detail of Adams’ hypothesis.
Scott Adams seems to make a good case for the link between depopulation theorists and the attack on children. Ehrlich makes a good case between depopulation theorists and Left-Wing ideologies and their subsequent government policies.
Ehrlich acknowledged some specific predictions he had made, in the years around the time The Population Bomb was published, that had not come to pass – learn more here. However, as to a number of his fundamental ideas and assertions, he maintained that facts and science proved them correct. Ehrlich remains defiant. Below is a recent tweet Ehrlich made defending his beliefs to this day. Note that Ehrlich is not a friend of the political Right but rather the political Left, as mentioned before.
60 Minutes extinction story has brought the usual right-wing out in force. If I’m always wrong so is science, since my work is always peer-reviewed, including the POPULATION BOMB and I’ve gotten virtually every scientific honor. Sure I’ve made some mistakes, but no basic ones— Paul R. Ehrlich (@PaulREhrlich) January 3, 2023
What is particularly interesting about these thoughts, and as Scott Adams suggests, is that many of the influencing ideologues feel they are “right” but are unknowingly making bad policies due to inaccurate preconceived notions – for the supposed good of all. Others may believe that deep down that these same people know they are evil and are actively trying to destabilize narratives for some evil political agenda.
So which is it? Misguided idealogues or merely pure evil people? Perhaps it is both, though there seems to be a larger army of willing useful idiots. This post being part of a series on Sunday Thoughts – one thought comes to mind from Proverbs 14:12 below.
“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
Give us your take in the comment section below. Is there a link between depopulation theorists and the attack on children? And, as the Left amps up its agenda, will we see even more attacks on children’s policies in the future, as predicted by Scott Adams?
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By Tom Williams