Skip to comments.The Book That Incited a Worldwide Fear of Overpopulation ‘The Population Bomb’ made dire predictions—and triggered a wave of repression around the world
Posted on 03/12/2020 7:06:30 PM PDT by daniel1212
As 1968 began, Paul Ehrlich was an entomologist at Stanford University, known to his peers for his groundbreaking studies of the co-evolution of flowering plants and butterflies but almost unknown to the average person. That was about to change. In May, Ehrlich released a quickly written, cheaply bound paperback, The Population Bomb. Initially it was ignored. But over time Ehrlichs tract would sell millions of copies and turn its author into a celebrity. It would become one of the most influential books of the 20th centuryand one of the most heatedly attacked.
The first sentence set the tone: The battle to feed all of humanity is over. And humanity had lost. In the 1970s, the book promised, hundreds of millions of people are going to starve to death. No matter what people do, nothing can prevent a substantial increase in the world death rate.
Published at a time of tremendous conflict and social upheaval, Ehrlichs book argued that many of the days most alarming events had a single, underlying cause: Too many people, packed into too-tight spaces, taking too much from the earth. Unless humanity cut down its numberssoonall of us would face mass starvation on a dying planet.
Ehrlich, now 85, told me recently that the books main contribution was to make population control acceptable as a topic to debate. But the book did far more than that. It gave a huge jolt to the nascent environmental movement and fueled an anti-population-growth crusade that led to human rights abuses around the world....
He was invited onto NBCs Tonight Show...For more than an hour he spoke about population and ecology, about birth control and sterilization, to an audience of tens of millions.
Such statements contributed to a wave of population alarm then sweeping the world. The International Planned Parenthood Federation, the Population Council, the World Bank, the United Nations Population Fund, the Hugh Moore-backed Association for Voluntary Sterilization and other organizations promoted and funded programs to reduce fertility in poor places. The results were horrific, says Betsy Hartmann, author of Reproductive Rights and Wrongs, a classic 1987 exposé of the anti-population crusade. Some population-control programs pressured women to use only certain officially mandated contraceptives. In Egypt, Tunisia, Pakistan, South Korea and Taiwan, health workers salaries were, in a system that invited abuse, dictated by the number of IUDs they inserted into women. In the Philippines, birth-control pills were literally pitched out of helicopters hovering over remote villages. Millions of people were sterilized, often coercively, sometimes illegally, frequently in unsafe conditions, in Mexico, Bolivia, Peru, Indonesia and Bangladesh.
In the 1970s and 80s, India, led by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and her son Sanjay, embraced policies that in many states required sterilization for men and women to obtain water, electricity, ration cards, medical care and pay raises. Teachers could expel students from school if their parents werent sterilized. More than eight million men and women were sterilized in 1975 alone. (At long last, World Bank head Robert McNamara remarked, India is moving to effectively address its population problem.) For its part, China adopted a one-child policy that led to huge numberspossibly 100 millionof coerced abortions, often in poor conditions contributing to infection, sterility and even death. Millions of forced sterilizations occurred. - https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/book-incited-worldwide-fear-overpopulation-180967499/
Agenda 21 to the rescue...
You’d think the Left would be thrilled with CORVID 19.
This fool caused more damage than we will ever know
They most certainly are. They’re ecstatic about it.
Write this jackass here:
Paul R. Ehrlich
450 Serra Mall
Stanford, CA 943052004
Send him a post card and say he was wrong in every respect, including his wager with Julian Simon.Don't forget to mention he is a jackass.
him and that bitch Rachel Carson
Another work of fiction that has killed untold number of people world wide.
Yes, they are ecstatic. Furthermore, with evidence that the elderly are the most affected, the communists, er, Democrats see this as a means of eliminating the baby-boomer conservatives from the voting booth.
In 1968, Ehrlich published The Population Bomb, which argued that mankind was facing a demographic catastrophe with the rate of population growth quickly outstripping growth in the supply of food and resources. Simon was highly skeptical of such claims, so proposed a wager, telling Ehrlich to select any raw material he wanted and select "any date more than a year away," and Simon would bet that the commodity's price on that date would be lower than what it was at the time of the wager.
Ehrlich and his colleagues picked five metals that they thought would undergo big price increases: chromium, copper, nickel, tin, and tungsten. Then, on paper, they bought $200 worth of each, for a total bet of $1,000, using the prices on September 29, 1980, as an index. They designated September 29, 1990, 10 years hence, as the payoff date. If the inflation-adjusted prices of the various metals rose in the interim, Simon would pay Ehrlich the combined difference. If the prices fell, Ehrlich et al. would pay Simon.
Between 1980 and 1990, the world's population grew by more than 800 million, the largest increase in one decade in all of history. But by September 1990, the price of each of Ehrlich's selected metals had fallen. Chromium, which had sold for $3.90 a pound in 1980, was down to $3.70 in 1990. Tin, which was $8.72 a pound in 1980, was down to $3.88 a decade later.
As a result, in October 1990, Paul Ehrlich mailed Julian Simon a check for $576.07 to settle the wager in Simon's favor.
Thank you for the details on what I mentioned.
The population of the United States has doubled in my father's lifetime and redoubled in my lifetime. This is not an arithmetic but an exponential rate of growth which cannot be sustained for very many more generations. My concern about exploding population is not offered out of Hobbesian theories of want but out of real fears concerning liberty. Even assuming we are theoretically capable of feeding billions more people, are we actually able to do so as a free people operating in a free market in a free society? Or are the leftists right when they say that the problem is too much freedom and not enough organization? Are we populating ourselves into a statist dystopia?
Nathan Bedford's Maxim: the more population density, the less liberty.
Look about you and consider how the left has compressed our liberties in the last three quarters of a century. Think of the strictures placed upon you for the environment. For example, it is no longer legal to burn a wood stove in parts of California. It is now the federal government that tells you as a rancher in Wyoming whether you could have a pond out back for geese and ducks. Your ability to charge rent in your New York City apartments has been controlled for decades by the government because of overcrowding. Your right to shoot a deer has been severely restricted and regulated and taxed. Your right to shoot a deer or a bear may have been entirely eliminated and there are no resemblance to the America of my forefathers who actually went hunting with Daniel Boone. The size of the toilet you flush and the bulb with which you illuminate the darkness is no longer a matter of choice.
The list is endless, indeed there is virtually no area of your life that is not currently regulated by the federal government or the state government and much of that is justified by the need to protect your neighbor from you. You also want the government to protect you from your neighbor, that is why we have zoning ordinances for example. All of these things come with density of population. A density of population which we might be able to feed but can we endure? Can we endure as free men? Can we feed them as free men?
Against this we have the inherent liberty to have children. Because one regards overpopulation as a threat to liberty does imply he also condones curtailing the liberty to have a family. Conversely, nor does it imply in any way that we should condone abortion. Perhaps we ought not to subsidize more children, but if you think we should, even as we do, perhaps, if we wish to be consistent, we should subsidize an unlimited inflow of immigrants?
The hordes rushing into Europe ought to give us pause before we blandly dismiss the downside of overpopulation.
Unless it affects them.
I sense a nerve hit.
They’re both wrong.
Overpopulation ceased to be an issue with liberals about 20 years ago when they discovered that ‘persons of color’ were responsible for virtually all of the population growth. Once they found that they couldn’t pin the blame on Western countries, i.e white people, the liberals lost interest.
I actually heard a rep from the World Wildlife Fund say in a radio interview in the late ‘90s that they didn’t discuss the effects of overpopulation on wildlife any longer because it would sound racist (since 3rd world countries were responsible). That’s pretty much about the time liberals lost interest in overpopulation.
I’m not a collector, but I would LOVE to have that check. My understanding is Dr. Simon never cashed it; he had it framed and it was hung up in his office.
In 1961, I am ashamed to say, my mother had to introduce Margaret Mead at a presentation.
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