“The Population Bomb” was the “Global Warming” of 1968.
–Paul Ehrlick, The Population Bomb (1968)
Try this one on for an environmental doomsday scenario: a disaster of epic proportions is threatening Earth. It is man made in nature. In ten years–ten years!–life as we know it will be radically changed for the worst. And if mankind doesn’t do something right now, it will soon be too late.
Oh, and how do we know that the disaster is big, bad and scary?
A scientific consensus has developed which supports it. Scientists are scared, so everyone else better be prepared to hunker down for doom, too.
Global warming? Nope.
Try “the population explosion”. The year was 1968 and the World Wide Web was still over 20 years away in the future. That’s when Paul Ehrlich released his best-seller, “The Population Bomb”, and seemingly overnight, population control was all the rage.
Americans were peppered with stories of global doom, in a world stripped of food and resources by an exploding, out-of-control population.
Then, as now, the prescription was more government control and regulation.
Be responsible! Quit having children! Better yet: put the government in charge of how many children a woman can have.
The Population Bomb (1968) is a book written by Paul R. Ehrlich. A best-selling work, it predicted disaster for humanity due to overpopulation and the “population explosion”. The book predicted that “in the 1970s and 1980s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death”, that nothing can be done to avoid mass famine greater than any in the history, and radical action is needed to limit the overpopulation.
Ehrlich wanted government action and he wanted it now–before the earth reached the point of no-return. As with most environmentalist morality tales, the instrument of Mother Earth’s destruction would be humans living their lives.
To radical environmentalists, or socialists masquerading as environmentalists, it’s always the same equation: Humans are the root of all evil.
The Population Bomb became one of the best-selling environmental books of all time. Its main message was that continued population growth would place tremendous stress on natural resources and the environment. He predicted that, as a result, society would face war, famine, pestilence, and general calamity. Ehrlich asserted that only drastic governmental measures could curtail the impending disaster. He suggested a national Department of Population and Environment to police population growth and, in some instances, order mandatory sterilization. He expressed strong opposition to the antiabortion doctrines of the Catholic Church and the profit motive and aggressive consumption of the free enterprise economic system.
National Department of Population? A population czar? Mandatory, government measures? Radical government takeover of what had previously been private decisions?
Beginning to sound familiar?
It should–if the reader has been following the suggestions of the global warming crowd.
Ehrlich and his supporters insist that his predictions came true, but that the effects of his predictions go largely unnoticed because world food production exploded faster than the population.
That spin is partially true: Norman Borlaug’s “Green Revolution” in the 1960s did push food per capita to the highest levels in the history of mankind. But what Ehrlich and the rest of his scientific consensus don’t say is that birth rates in much of the world have fallen off dramatically.
Birth rates have fallen so far so fast that parts of the world, particularly Europe and Japan are experiencing “baby busts” that no country has ever recovered from previously.
Today about half the world lives in nations with sub-replacement fertility. That is, births are not equaling deaths and migration, so the country will lose population in the future.
Want to read more? “Enviro Horror Stories: Before Global Warming, There was The Population Bomb” at DBKP.com.
* Hoover Institute
* Enviro Horror Stories: Before Global Warming, There was The Population Bomb
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