You may have forgotten The Population Bomb, a book from 1968 by Paul Ehrlich. He predicted that the world would be starving to death by 1980 and at war over food resources. I don’t know if you have noticed, it didn’t happen. Or maybe the Fake News just failed to report it. What is even more astounding is that he is still a respected scholar at Stanford. Evidently the UN is still on board with that theory.
Current scholarship is drawing a different picture: Population collapse. The story has been around for a few months but was recently covered in the Epoch Times.
One of the trends that has long been noted is that as income increases the number of children decreases. This is true in every culture around the world. The replacement rate to keep a steady population is 2.1 children per female. All advanced countries are below that now and even the poor countries are getting closer. Evidently the UN hasn’t got the word yet,
“The United Nations has predicted that humanity will continue its rapid expansion into the next century, growing to more than 11 billion by 2100 from just under 8 billion today.”but it is obvious to the rest of the world.
What I found amusing was that the article expresses the idea that once population starts to decline we are doomed to extinction.
“Once a country’s fertility rate falls below 2.1, it never comes back.”It is as if people would never decide to start having children again. Maybe they would if they were forced back to the farms to feed themselves. The show gets better.
One scholar, Charles I. Jones, gets really dramatic.
“Economic growth stagnates as the stock of knowledge and living standards settle down to constant values,” Jones writes. “Meanwhile, the population itself falls at a constant rate, gradually emptying the planet of people.”
Before you take him too seriously notice that he teaches at the same university as Ehrlich who says we are doomed because of overpopulation.
If they were not so tedious I would suggest that scholars put together an act and try out for Dry Bar Comedy.
So which is it? Are we going to starve to death from too many people or are we going to die in nursing homes because there is no one to take care of us? I think the main thing they want us to do is buy all of their books so they can retire while there are still illegal aliens to hire as nannies.
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