REALity – Volume XXXIV Issue No.7 July 2015
Human beings really know how to make a mess of things. This is no more apparent than in their enthusiasm in the 1960’s to protect the world from overpopulation. It was the craze of the age – and one of the stupidest ideas ever.
The seeds for this misbegotten adventure for humanity were planted by a professor at California’s Stanford University, Paul Ehrlich. He was, and still is, an expert on butterflies, not on human beings. Nevertheless, Ehrlich wrote a book in 1968 called The Population Bomb which set the world into a tizzy. He scared tens of millions with an oncoming population apocalypse by predicting that by the 1970’s the ‘population bomb’ would explode and hundreds of millions of people would starve to death.
His great theory, however, has turned out to be an embarrassment, with the real problem today being under population.
What Ehrlich and other media darlings failed to consider, was that human beings can be quite clever and inventive. For example, as occurred in 1898 in North America when horse-drawn carriages were the most common mode of transportation, it was grimly predicted that North America was soon to be covered with horse manure. However, during the next few years, the automobile was invented, with Henry Ford churning them out by the thousands (all coloured black) on his assembly line. Horse manure was no longer a threat.
Ehrlich also could not have predicted the Green Revolution, which provided new agricultural techniques and crops. This resulted in India now exporting foodstuffs around the world, for example (which Ehrlich predicted would be overrun with teeming millions of starving people).
Ehrlich’s speculation may be laughable today, but his predictions led to terrible grief and suffering. Many countries took his predictions at face value and introduced ruthless population control programs. These included forced abortions, sterilizations, and sex selective abortions, which have decimated the male-female ratios. The less educated, poor women were sterilized in large numbers without their consent, leading to their suffering painful and pervasive injury and death.
The New York Times
The New York Times which, unfortunately, sets the standard for political correctness across the North American media, was a great booster of Ehrlich’s predictions. Recently, however, on its website, the New York Times admitted that the population alarmism of the past fifty years has now been thoroughly discredited. The New York Times, however, conveniently didn’t mention that it was responsible for spreading this panic about overpopulation.
Current Changes in Population Policies
The problems created by the overpopulation madness has come home to roost with many countries frantically trying to deal with the fall-out. For example:
- The Italian Health Minister, Beatrice Lorenzin, admitted in a recent interview that Italy was “a dying country”. Around 20-25% of all pregnancies in Italy end in abortion; and 40% of Italian couples are not having any children at all. As a result, according to Ms. Lorenzin, Italy’s birth rate has fallen to its lowest level since 1861. This collapse in birth is affecting every sector of Italy, including its economy, health care and pensions.
- Vietnam: The Vietnamese government has been forced to reverse its two-child policy, which required the sterilization of women after the birth of the second child, denied third children a birth certificate, and offered a reward of US $20 to women who had a hysterectomy. This resulted in the country’s precipitously falling birth rate, which has dipped to 1.85, well below the replacement rate of 2.1. This shift in policy means that Vietnamese couples can at long last determine the number and spacing of their own children.
- Denmark has distributed public service advertisements urging people to create more babies. At its current levels there will not be enough Danes to sustain the country’s extensive welfare state, economic growth, or even its existence as a nation. The Danish government also recently modified its sex-education curriculum to no longer promote preventing pregnancy, but rather, promoting how to become pregnant!
- Japan: The number of deaths exceeding births in Japan jumped to the largest on record in the year 2014. Last year Japan’s population declined by 268,000 with the number of children being born at 1,001,000, the lowest on record since 1899.Japan has been diligently encouraging marriages and births without success.
- France: France appears to be one of the few countries that has successfully come to grips with the decreasing population problem. Raising a child in France now creates a financial advantage for couples since the more children they have, the less income tax they pay. As a result, families with 3 or 4 children frequently pay no income tax. This is a great incentive to have another child! French children also use public transport for free or at heavy discounts, and this also applies to visits to museums, theatres and other cultural institutions. Further, France pays families, with children younger than 20 years of age, a generous monthly allowance. This seems to be working, as France now has the second highest birth rate in Europe (Ireland has the highest).
Mindless Population Control Policies Still Continuing in Some Other Countries
China of course, is still adhering to its harsh population policies of forced sterilizations and abortions, despite having a below-replacement fertility rate. Burma (now called Myanmar), even though its fertility levels have fallen below replacement, recently passed a coercive population control law. Dying Uzbekistan (a former USSR satellite country) is also still pursuing population control policies.These latter countries, however, are whistling past the graveyard, ignoring their inevitable extinction. They too, shortly, will be coming to grips with their under-population problem.