Democrats Once Again Embrace Population Control to Save the Planet

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Democrats Once Again Embrace Population Control to Save the Planet

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Is the left once again embracing Malthusian population control in order to save the planet?

Of all the preposterous proposals put forward by the Democratic presidential candidates during the CNN climate change town hall meeting last week, the dumbest wasn't outlawing plastic straws, incandescent light bulbs or air travel. It wasn't the contention that climate change is the globe's greatest threat since World War II. It wasn't even the fantastical hypothesis that hurricanes are racist because they target “communities of color” more than white areas.

No, the dumbest (and most dangerous) idea was a rehash of the widely discredited authoritarian idea from the 1960s and '70s: population control.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was asked by a schoolteacher whether it would even be possible to fight global warming given that “the world's population has doubled over the last 50 years.” Would the senator be “courageous enough to discuss curbing population growth” as part of his climate plan? Sanders obediently blurted out “absolutely, yes” and then meandered into a discussion about a woman's right to choose and better access to birth control.

Here we go again. In the 1960s, biologist Paul Ehrlich of Stanford became the patron saint of the modern population control movement with his mega-bestseller “The Population Bomb.” That book — which argued that the world was overpopulated by more than 1 billion people and the only way to save the planet from environmental doomsday was to force people to have fewer children — became the rallying cry for Stalinistic population control measures around the world. This led to tens of millions of forced abortions, involuntary sterilization programs, forced contraception and even homicidal infanticide — all in the name of saving the planet.

China took the population control crusade to a whole new level when it instituted its notorious one-child policy. To this day, there are tens of millions of females demographically missing in China. The homicidal environmental policy was cheered on by the United Nations and many of the same left-wing activists and organizations that preach “reproductive freedom” and women's rights. Similarly brutish population control programs were implemented in Africa, India, Egypt and many South American nations. To save the planet, babies had to be prevented.

Fortunately, scholars like the late Julian Simon of the University of Illinois proved that human beings do not deplete the world's resources but help discover and create them. A larger number of human beings — especially when combined with freedom and free enterprise — leave the planet materially and environmentally better off, not worse off.

Simon also showed that freedom and prosperity are the best forms of contraception. Population growth happened because we found ways to conquer early death — with infant mortality rates falling by 70% and 80% — and eradicate killer diseases like smallpox and tuberculosis.

The Malthusians were not just immoral; they were dead wrong on their population projections.

All of those population forecasting models that predicted standing room only on the planet over the next 25 to 50 years were lies. In the 1970s, the left predicted today's population would be more than 10 billion people. The number is closer to 7.5 billion. These doomsday demographic models of the future were about as accurate as the climate change models predicting catastrophic temperature changes.

What the population control crowd didn't see happening was that population growth has radically slowed down — and not because of government edicts. As people get richer and freer, couples have chosen to have fewer — but healthier — children. Today, in most countries, including China, the tragedy is not too many children but too few.

But at its core, the radical greens really do believe that the fundamental problem with the human race is that there are too many of us. People are the pollution. Celebrities like Miley Cyrus and Prince Harry are urging people to have fewer or no kids. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wondered earlier this year whether young women should feel ethically bound not to have children so as to help prevent climate change. At the end of the day, she rejected that lunacy, but the very idea that liberals had to ask the question shows how anti-human the left has become.

This is a fundamentally anti-Judeo-Christian ideology that disrespects human life and — as history proves all too well — can lead to dastardly consequences for basic human rights and economic progress. In regard to environmental problems and the constantly changing climate of our planet, human ingenuity is the solution, not the cause.


Stephen Moore is a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation and an economic consultant with FreedomWorks. He is the co-author of “Trumponomics: Inside the America First Plan to Revive the American Economy.” To find out more about Stephen Moore and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.

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Deplorable Bill
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Deplorable Bill

Not to just throw a monkey wrench into the mixer but does anybody remember back when Billery was president high flying aircraft deploying a mist while running in a chess board pattern in the sky here in the U.S.? I am a pilot, please don’t think I am describing contrails. Does anybody recall what happened to most of the male population when these happened? Why were the nation’s leadership class conveniently out of town, state or out of country when these aircraft overflew their own personal airspace? If you have doubts about this, please, be my guest and look it… Read more »

tomcat
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tomcat

The thought just hit me that not only are the democrats adding population control to their green new deal but they are wanting medicare for all. This would mean that the procedures to keep people alive would be scaled back and that would be a method of population control. We know from a significant amount of experience that they would apply that to us and not them. World rule they can dream about.

a.x. perez
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a.x. perez

All males with I.Q.’s below 135 should be removed from the breeding population. If that leaves too many survivors only left handed green and hazel eyed men with I.Q.’s over 138 should be spared.

2NDforever
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2NDforever

when will the dems eliminate pets and illegal aliens as sources of population control?

Vern
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Vern

It has been estimated that the population before the flood was in the neighborhood of 17 billion. But that wasn’t the reason for the flood, the way mankind was living was the reason.
The way mankind is living today would be the reason for another flood, but that is out of the question.
It looks like fire might be used next.

loveaduck
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loveaduck

Where’d that figure come from? If that were true we’d find a lot more ancient skeletons that we have.

Tman72
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Tman72

I agree poor people or low income persons should NOT procreate. This is the number one cause of poverty and crime.
Also population eb and flow should be controlled diligently…….walls help with this.

joefoam
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joefoam

Yep, I’m going to have to go with Thanos ( mad titan from the Avengers movies) wipe out half the population, start with intellectuals, pundits, politicians, non producers and lets not forget lawyers. What a wonderful world it would be.

OneEyeOpen
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OneEyeOpen

Yeh Baby, I have 107 children and all with the same women. She has 16 sets of teats. The last time she gave birth, I was in the delivery room, waiting to inseminate her again. Those early deaths you speak of, were here for a reason. But they did not contribute to the litters we have today as much as mass production, storages and delivery systems of food. Julian Simon probably thought global warming was caused by the sun. Or plastics in the oceans are a natural form of algae. At the age of 17, I made a vow, if… Read more »

Finnky
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Finnky

Some topics sure attract the nuts.

JPM
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JPM

I think population control is a great idea. Since a Democrat suggested it, the Democrats and liberals should be the first ones to be recipients of it, either voluntarily or required, for the good of the nation of course. It would solve the current problems and remove them permanently from the gene pool. Wish I’d thought of it, now I’m struggling with agreeing with a Democrat.

Hankus
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Hankus

I’m sorry, I have to disagree. More people = more bad eggs. It’s simple statistics, and the fact that breeding libtards will lead to no good. They have no parenting skills, and think that the government should provide EVERYTHiNG. When they choose abortion it is probably the least painful outcome AFA the rest of the world is concerned. Cold? Yes, sorry. It’s the Spockian, pure logic thing. Maybe overpopulation is the incorrect label for this boogieman. Overcrowding is probably the better choice of words. I like to reflect on John Calhoun’s experiments with mice and rats. Our big cities are… Read more »

Ned2
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Ned2

The entire population of the planet, 8 billion people, could live quite comfortably in the state of Texas.
They would enjoy about twice the space people currently enjoy in New York City,….at night.

This planet could easily support ten times the current population.

(Don’t believe me? Do the math, numbers don’t lie)

KCsmith
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KCsmith

Dumbest thing I’ve heard all week.

Boomer
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Boomer

How so? That is absolutely correct, the entire world population could live in Texas alone and each person would actually have more square footage than a run-of-the-mill NY apartment. I sincerely fail to see how such a factual assertion as this, is dumb in any way, shape, or form… Perhaps, you could enlighten us, instead of merely professing your contradictory opinion, in somewhat of an unnecessarily hostile manor I might add, without any actual reasoning as to why you find it to be so… Civility in conversations debating one anothers oppositional viewpoints, are essentially the cornerstone of our society. Said… Read more »

Morrigan
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Morrigan

Ned;

Why in the world would you wish that on Texas?

Ned2
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Ned2

You’re right, I should have wished it on California.

Finnky
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Finnky

Oh please do. Fled there a couple decades ago and it gets worse every time. May be hypocritical of me, but feel like I’ve assimilated in Texas fairly well – and now support building trump’s wall on west side of Texas to keep Californians out. More for cultural reasons than crowding – but people do not distribute themselves uniformly (not that they should!) and the quiet suburb I moved to has dramatically increased population density and expanded into multiple cities indistinguishably running over each-other for 20-30 miles further north. Our infrastructure remains far stronger than what I observe when forced… Read more »

Tman72
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Tman72

Move to Tokyo

Finnky
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Finnky

Please shut up. We like our space here and don’t want a NY invasion. Living requires far more space than an apartment. It also requires infrastructure, green space, agricultural land, and water. Our roads are getting crowded, and doubling population would strain our power grid, particularly as northerners call for colder AC. Open space, farms and ranches are disappearing into malls and developments – making dallas look more and more like Smell-A. State is looking at condemning large areas in order to build more lakes, many damns are far past their designed lifetimes and even with moderate growth forecasts our… Read more »

MBH
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MBH

This maybe rude and crude but at this point I don;t care. Paralleling what beto dumbo said, the liberal left are idiots and anyone that votes for them are idiots. They are a good reason why we have the 2nd amendment! And, the 1st amendment only applies to them.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

I remember in high school the libtards were pushing this don’t have kids bullish shit out of one side of their mouth and bending political asylum out of shape to let aliens into our country.
The democratic nazi cabal would never think of beginning population reduction with their own individual selves.

Vern
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Vern

That’s a great idea.

Laddyboy
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Laddyboy

To the author of this article, You say, “Once again”? Have you looked at the “Georgia Stones / Georgia Monument??? I advise you to READ WHAT IS ON THE STONES – which “no one” knows who erected. Then come back with another article about “Once again”.

Heed the Call-up
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Heed the Call-up

Yes, what I have found states that the person that commissioned this structure admittedly used a false name. However, I don’t see where that matters. We do know who built it, though, Elberton Granite Finishing Company. Thttps://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/articles/history-archaeology/georgia-guidestones Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature. Guide reproduction wisely — improving fitness and diversity. Unite humanity with a living new language. Rule passion — faith — tradition — and all things with tempered reason. Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts. Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court. Avoid petty laws and… Read more »

Vern
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Vern

Reproduction is part of nature, so, reproduce. There, I left room for it.