Wednesday, October 26, 2011

7 Billion People on Planet Earth!

The Malthusian myth of overpopulation continues to grow in the fevered swamps of anti-humanism and radical environmentalism. (See here for a relatively tame example and here for a more aggressively anti-human one.) Many people are wringing their hands right now because we have just passed the 7 billion mark in the world's population. I am amazed at the number of people who think that we would all be happier and more prosperous if only we could cut the population in half.

In actual fact, the greatest crisis facing the world in the 21st century is the specter of population decline, with all the wars, economic disasters and drops in living standards likely to accompany such a calamity.

If you don't understand the statistics, here is a great little two minute video which explains how the world's population is on pace to peak by the mid-21st century and then decline sharply.

For more information on population studies, go here.

In a nation of stagnant population (such as Japan) there is also economic stagnation. In a nation that is declining in population (such as Russia) there are even worse economic problems. Economic stagnation leads to cultural decline but economic instability leads to social unrest, dictatorships and war. In a nation where men vastly outnumber women (such as China) the likely outcome is some sort of war of conquest or even civil war.

Seven billion people does not feel crowded to me; the anti-human hype is just part of the culture of death. The reality is that we need to have an average of 2.1 children per woman just to maintain population levels and in over 70 countries we do not have that high a fertility rate. We are aborting and contracepting ourselves out of existence and disobeying the Divine command to be fruitful and multiply. This is nothing short of collective suicide and the fact that it will take several generations to accomplish should not make it acceptable.

Think about it.

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