The Mythical “Population Explosion” Is Actually Headed In The Opposite Direction

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Paul Ehrlich was an entomologist at Stanford University when he penned Population Bomb. Entomology is the study of insects. Thus, Ehrlich applied the science of insects to predict runaway overpopulation of humans that would destroy the world. Ehrlich was dead wrong but what is worse is that the academic world let him get away with it.‚ĀÉ TN Editor

People in the United States and Europe have long taken for granted the idea that the world is in the midst of a ‚Äúpopulation explosion‚ÄĚ that threatens to cause the starvation of millions and render the earth uninhabitable The world, we were told, would simply run out of food, and could not possibly sustain the population it would soon have. This was how generations of people were sold on the idea that it was the ‚Äúresponsible‚ÄĚ thing to do to have small families, and it even led to the weakening of the idea of the family itself as contributing to the looming problem that looked as if it would kill us all. There was just one problem with the whole scenario: there was no population explosion at all, as a new study has now confirmed.

The UK‚Äôs far-Left¬†Guardian¬†admitted¬†Monday that ‚Äúthe long-feared ‚Äėpopulation bomb‚Äô may not go off, according to the authors of a new report that estimates that human numbers will peak lower and sooner than previously forecast.‚ÄĚ The Club of Rome study, which was ‚Äúcarried out by the Earth4All collective of leading environmental science and economic institutions, including the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Stockholm Resilience Centre and the BI Norwegian Business School,‚ÄĚ predicts that ‚Äúon current trends the world population will reach a high of 8.8 billion before the middle of the century, then decline rapidly.‚ÄĚ This being the¬†Guardian, it added: ‚ÄúThe peak could come earlier still if governments take progressive steps to raise average incomes and education levels.‚ÄĚ

It‚Äôs jarring to read this. Population explosion hysteria has been a staple of education for decades, and there are no doubt millions of people who still take the idea that soon there will be many more people on earth than can possibly be fed as axiomatic fact. Americans have so internalized this belief that people with large families are guilt-tripped on a routine basis. I myself can remember being inundated with this propaganda in public school at all levels, although of course, no one recognized it as propaganda in those palmy days, as far back as the early 1970s. The population explosion myth became the basis for many of the Left‚Äôs other favored agendas, including the ‚Äúclimate crisis,‚ÄĚ the¬†bug-eating¬†plan, and even the sexual revolution, which was in large part made possible by the contraception and abortion that we were told had to be readily available in order to try to bring the world‚Äôs population under control.

All this is largely the work of one man, Paul Ehrlich, who despite being an obvious fraud (or perhaps because he‚Äôs an obvious fraud) is enjoying a new vogue among Leftists today.¬†The Wall Street Journal¬†noted¬†in Jan. 2023 that the establishment media treats the 90-year-old Ehrlich ‚Äúwith an obsequious deference,‚ÄĚ as evidenced in a ‚Äúrecent cringe-worthy segment on CBS‚Äôs ‚Äė60 Minutes‚Äô‚ÄĚ that retailed the population explosion myth yet again.

Ehrlich started the hysteria rolling in 1968 with his bestselling book¬†The Population Bomb.¬†It¬†began, ‚ÄúThe battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. At this late date nothing can prevent a substantial increase in the world death rate.‚ÄĚ In April 1970, he amplified the¬†warning, saying:¬†‚ÄúPopulation will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.‚Ä̬†Ehrlich even¬†predicted¬†that England would cease to exist by the year 2000.

England still exists as of this writing (although some may think it is in such bad shape that it would have been better off shuffling off this mortal coil 23 years ago), and 100-200 million people have not been starving to death every year. And now we learn that the whole thing was false.

But Leftist hysteria doesn‚Äôt die that easily. The authors of the new study that definitively debunks the idea of the population explosion still ‚Äúcaution that falling birthrates alone will not solve the planet‚Äôs environmental problems, which are already serious at the 8 billion level and are primarily caused by the excess consumption of a wealthy minority.‚ÄĚ See? We need global socialism, with the forced confiscation and redistribution of wealth. That‚Äôll fix everything!

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Patrick Wood
Patrick Wood is a leading and critical expert on Sustainable Development, Green Economy, Agenda 21, 2030 Agenda and historic Technocracy. He is the author of Technocracy Rising: The Trojan Horse of Global Transformation (2015) and co-author of Trilaterals Over Washington, Volumes I and II (1978-1980) with the late Antony C. Sutton.
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Robert Olin

I grew up north of Seattle – born in 1950. I watched the woods turn into suburbs and the roads go from uncrowded to clogged. I’ve seen the population of the US go up by 1/3 just in my adult lifetime. I’ve watched affordable land become unaffordable. What Ehrlich predicted on the Southern Border is late in happening but is now happening. Overpopulation is real. Do your part. Stop at two children.

William

UN population estimates over state the growth rate. For example they assume the Fertility rate stays the same in population forecasts for Africa, when it has and is declining. Each time there is a census the estimated figures have to be revised down. Life expectancy estimates have been falling in UK since 2013 which up to 2000 had been the main driver of population growth, as the UK has has been below replacement rate of 2.1 TFR for 65 of last 100 years. Korea and China maybe below 1.0 births per women already. So question is may not be when… Read more »

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