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The Population Bomb Hardcover – December 1, 1995
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The World Health Organization itself predicts NOW that the worlds population will stabilize around 2040 ....notice not collapse and that the problem is not "having kids" it is tyrants that won't feed their people.
We see the tragic result today as millions of mostly healthy and well fed Muslim Males invade the West with the intent of taking all of the remaining wealth from the very PPL that, literally fed them for decades. The only PPL that will be dyeing in the short run will be the hapless Europeans followed by Americans. There will then be a mass extinction from starvation and disease as modernity is drowned in a sea of stone age ignorance.
If your unlucky you will live long enough to suffer for your love of diversity.
But he is mistaken.
The most important resource is not coal or oil or natural gas or copper or zinc or iron or aluminum. Instead, the most important resource is human creativity. And the best way to utilize this resource is by having economic freedom.
The land in Africa has a large abundance of many valuable natural resources, yet the people there are very poor. Japan has almost no natural resources, yet the people there are very rich.
When you adjust for inflation, during the 20th century, prices of natural resources have been going down. Throughout the 20th century, natural resources have become more abundant.
Today, the world has more people than ever before. And today, the average person in the world has a BETTER standard of living, MORE food, MORE clothing, MORE housing, MORE medical care, MORE possessions, and a LONGER life expectancy than ever before.
Third world poverty is NOT caused by overpopulation or by a lack of natural resources. Instead, third world poverty is caused by third world government policies.
Negative: Ehrlich definitely adopts the point of view of the "supreme white man", who deems colored people as below him. The most striking example is found in Chapter 1 "The Problem" when he describes his ride in a taxi with his family into a hotel through a slum in India. We clearly have the tourist shocked of not finding his conveniences from back home abroad on the one hand, the idiots and barbarians on the other. Fortunately this perspective has changed in the meantime.
Like any book the Population Bomb was published in a given time in a given context and with a given level of knowledge. It can therefore be easily understood that he did not include the declining birth rates in the Third World as well. In this respect, the book has become a historical source of the late 1960, an era long gone by.
To sum it up: An interesting read for anyone who wants to know more about the early days of ecologism and care for the environment. For a novice in demographics it is too outdated, and for a statistican and/or mathematician it is too simplistic.