Skip to comments.LA TIMES: The world's biggest problem? Too many people.
Posted on 07/21/2011 12:12:09 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
Our unsustainable population levels are depleting resources and denying a decent future to our descendants. We must stop the denial.
A 2009 NPR story on U.S. pregnancies reported that half yes, half of all U.S. pregnancies are unintended. That's a lot of unintended consumers adding to our future climate change.
And that's what the right calls the "liberal" side of the mass media. The politically conservative U.S. mass media cover unsustainable population levels even less.
That pretty much reflects the appalling state of U.S. public education today on population. The U.S. approach to population issues across all levels of government, in terms of such things as education, attacks on family planning and tax deductions for children, is an exercise in thoughtlessness. The ramifications, however, are far more insidious and brutal. Women are culturally conditioned daily to welcome the idea of having children plural, not one or none. How to support those children economically is not discussed. The latest available statistics from the National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan tell the story: 1 in 5 American children lived in poverty in 2008; 1 in 3 if they were black or Latino.
Access to contraceptives and reproductive freedom are rights, not luxuries, that ultimately benefit all of humanity. Vote for leaders who vigorously promote those humane solutions. And demand that media start educating the public every day on the role played by the unsustainable human numbers behind environmental degradation and human calamities and start covering the solutions. The public needs a constant message: "It's time to stop growing and become sustainable."
We can do many things to solve environmental, economic and social problems, but each is a lost cause if we cannot bring our populations down to sustainable levels.
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She sounds like a racist misanthrope.
“Our unsustainable population levels are depleting resources and denying a decent future to our descendants.”
Ahh the irony
Almost all children are unplanned, the only difference is 50 years ago people would get married then have their little accident (knowing they wanted a family, just weren’t exactly planning for it or thouht they were done having children) Today people hook up, get knocked up and live off the dole.
The same Malthusian tune for two hundred years. France listened to it and almost died in the Great War owing to a lack of soldiers.
So kill yourself. Talk as many of your friends into it as well.
Gosh darn it! She’s right!
Here’s an idea. Let’s nuke Los Angeles. Put the warhead right on the LA Times building. That will remove a few grubby human parasites.
But I thought the US had a shortage of people? Isn’t that the argument I hear about immigration? We need more people?
Plus more people = more folks to tax!
I love it when liberal worlds collide.
Strange how all these ‘overpopulationists’ have no desire to reduce their own personal impact on the planet. I’m sure that they have the cash for a Dignatis ‘clinic’. Why don’t they walk the walk? Gee...I wonder.
Imagine all the trees and power that could be saved with less of them in the world.
Leave it to those damn academic elitists....from the left.
Give it a week or two and she will be advocating that the US should be giving all women free birth control pills.....like they are advocating here in the US. =.=
Sadly America, Japan, Europe, and Russia all have negative population growth (aside from immigration) and once current citizens die off their populations will decrease dramatically.
Muslims countries are having lots of babies, as are most latins.
The only solutions were put forth by Obama’s science advisor John Holdren when he was at Berkeley.
We need birth control in the water supply.
The author should follow her mantra and kill herself already.
>>that half yes, half of all U.S. pregnancies are unintended. <<
They should probably tell people what causes pregnancy.
I suggest the Quarter Solution. Women should put a quarter between their knees when they are feeling aflushed. It is a 100% prophylactic against unintended pregnancy.
“Access to contraceptives and reproductive freedom are rights, not luxuries, that ultimately benefit all of humanity. “
Already is. It’s a ‘Right” don’t ya know....
She addresses population growth exclusively in the US as if cutting population growth in the US will make even a dent. Of course, I’m sure she approves of the Chinese solution and would be willing to support a one child policy here. She might even be willing to overlook babies dumped on refuse heaps because they are the wrong sex.
People from areas with a higher death rate will have higher birth rates. The population will experience a large increase when the death rate is lowered by sanitation, medical, and technological advances. Over a period of decades, the birth rate will adjust and decline. It’s called the demographic transition.
We would be much better off with the 50 million additional tax payers that Roe VS. Wade has eliminated from the Social Security tax rolls. We would not need 20 million illegal aliens to pick our lettuce and participate in street crimes if we actually required people to work instead of allowing for generational welfare recipients. Everything that the Catholic Church predicted about the future when the birth control pill became legal and available have come true. They predicted legal abortions, higher rates of STD's and out of wedlock births.
Missing barf alert.
Mary Ellen Harte is coauthor of "Cool the Earth, Save the Economy." Anne Ehrlich is a senior research scientist at Stanford University. John Harte and Paul Ehrlich contributed to this piece. All are biologists involved in the study of climate change and sustainability.
We must always remember, that to these elitist academics, as with their leftist brethren, anything and everything is a “right”...specifically as a ‘human right’. =.=
If all the leftist and liberals just died to save the earth, we would have a lot less people and problems..After all, its for the children.
Too many of the wrong people. LOL!
(sometimes i kill myself)
Civic and living standards make more difference in quality of life than sheer population.
Didn’t he starve to death along with hundreds of millions/billions of others after the ‘population bomb’ exploded some time back? ;)
P.J. O’Rourke deconstructed the liberal “over population” line years ago. They use Calcutta India, or Dacca Bangladesh as examples of too many people, but seem perfectly happy at crowded cocktail parties with other likeminded liberals, ergo they only want to limit the earth of people unlike themselves.
“If all the leftist and liberals just died to save the earth, we would have a lot less people and problems..”
And if the conservatives all died, the libs would starve and die shortly afterward. THAT”S A FACT JACK......LOL
I had to stop reading right there.
Adding condescension to ignorance makes for a very unpromising discussion.
Nothing sabotages interest in a meaningful discussion as assumed agreement on a critical part of a discussion, where none exists or can possibly exist.
Climate change has always been with us, will always be with us and the population is irrelevant. The fittest will survive and the useless will die. Nature has neither heart nor conscience.
And/or will they segue this “important” issue into a call for liberalization of the abortion process even more?
Its not too many people. Its too little brains and too little faith.
Access to play dough and playing tiddlywinks are rights, not luxuries, and ultimately benefit all of humanity.
See how easily words can be strung together in pseudo sophistry and produce nonsensical results? Anyone can do it!
you’re right - but it’s not sad, it’s frightening. Muslims are reproducing with a vengeance, as commanded in Islam.
That's right, Argentina!!
1,056,640 sq mi x 640 acres per sq mi = 676,249,600 acres. Planning at 10 people per acre gives us a World population, neatly fitting into Argentina, of 6.7 Billion souls... leaving the rest of the entire planet for agriculture, production, plants to produce oxygen, mineral exploration, etc etc etc... a mere 56.7 million extra square miles.
Clearly not enough room for "sustainability". Let's start a pogrom, purge, selective starvation, and all of the other usual, typical, and predictable outcomes when a Leftist ideal takes over a nation.
If we wiped out our Muslim enemies and stopped feeding third world failed states through foreign aid, that would go a long way towards solving this problem.
:O) thats for sure....
Guess we need a few more wars
Mary Ellen Hart: “Access to contraceptives and reproductive freedom are rights, not luxuries, that ultimately benefit all of humanity.”
Mary, if you like giving out “free” birth control so much, why don’t you create a charitable organization and donate your own money to it. Feel free to donate as much as you want.
As for “reproductive freedom,” why are you trying obfuscate the truth. That’s deception, aka lying. What you really mean is you want everyone taxed to fund abortion, too.
Give every person in the world a piece of property in Rhode Island and they will receive a square foot of land - give every person in the world a piece of property in Texas and they would receive 1500 square feet of land. There is no overpopulation. All populations are sustainable if governments didn’t gobble up and mis direct resources.
The nations that are Socialist and Marxist that are ruled by strongman criminal thugs are the poorest.
The Caucasian race has believed these lies and has been busy
erasing itself by means of low birth rate.
Hmmm, I was trying to figure out a good movie to see, I know now what it will be, 2012, full of catastrophe!
"And this is the judgment, that light is come into the world, and men have loved darkness rather than light; for their works were evil." (John 3:19)
"Because what is known of God is manifest among them, for God has manifested it to them, --for from the world's creation the invisible things of him are perceived, being apprehended by the mind through the things that are made, both his eternal power and divinity, --so as to render them inexcusable. Because, knowing God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but fell into folly in their thoughts, and their heart without understanding was darkened: professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into the likeness of an image of corruptible man and of birds and quadrupeds and reptiles." (Romans 1:19-23)
Does anyone have a Master list of all of these "rights"?
They sure seem to be expanding daily.
With central air, running water, electricity, big screen TVs, vehicles, and cell phones, we have the most obese poor on the planet.
Yes, America, there are a few real dirt-floor poor people out there, but most of them don't count because they are not from the 'right' ethnic background.
Now for questions.
How many of the Latino 'poor' are here illegally?
How many of the black 'poor' have grown up in two-parent homes? Have graduated High School? (I'm not smug about that, either, because 'white' kids are getting to be in the same bind. Give it a generation.)
Why do we subsidize a lifestyle for those who are unwilling to provide such for themselves, as if doing so would provide any incentive for them to do something for themselves to imporve their situation?
How many of the officially 'poor' are making money off the books which would actually place them in an income bracket above 'poor'?
There is plenty to go around, plenty of wealth to be generated, if people will do that--and if government will get out of the way.
It's a very small step from vigorously promoting those solutions, to mandating those solutions when you yield moral authority to the state, which is what socialism does. Since the media has already taken on the role of the propaganda arm for the state, we already have one foot in the door. All that's needed now is a suitable legislative framework that can morally proscribe such solutions legally, and we have that in the health care bill. We are truly in dangerous times, and we've seen similar thinking like this before in history and it didn't turn out well. Although I'm sure some of them do, I often wonder just how many of these idiots actually understand what they're advocating....
Well then who will work for all those wonderful Government programs
Does that mean the Social Security checks wont go out?
Same old Malthusian shit.