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The population bomb Mass Market Paperback – 1971
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Why, you might ask, am I referencing another book about Ehrlich’s book? Because it was Ehrlich’s pseudo science which influenced China’s Communist government to implement that country’s One Child policy.
Ehrlich’s theory gave the Chinese government an explanation and an excuse, wrong though they were, for dwindling resources and famines in their country. In actuality it was misallocation of resources, poor management, interference in the private sector, and withholding of resources to control a rebellious population that actually led to mass starvation, famines, and death in that country. It also exonerated the government (in their mind) of crimes against humanity (unintentional and deliberate) and gave a defense for instituting their One Child policy.
China’s one child policy, along with population control taking place in the rest of the world, was influenced by the misguided information in Paul Ehrlich erroneous book The Population Bomb, complete with visions of mass starvation and cannibalism. Springing up right behind this theory were family planning organizations to capitalize financially off this new craze du jour. According to Ehrlich, unless something was done to curb population growth we would run out of resources for survival. Ehrlich barely considered advances in technology that would allow us to feed the planet no matter how many people there were. Nor did he take into consideration factors like Death by Government policies, that led to massive deaths caused by mismanagement, and not as a result of overpopulation. Thanks to Ehrlich every country on earth is now facing a future demographic decline and inability to function because human population replacement levels are too low to sustain growth. The realization of this massive error is what has led China to finally end their destructive one child policy in 2015 and other countries, like Russia, to offer incentives to increase family size. Europe has tried to get around the coming demographic decline by increasing immigration onto that continent, but even that is doomed to failure not only because of cultural conflicts but because decreases in population are occurring throughout all of humanity. Despite all the evidence now showing the damage the overpopulation agenda has wrought, it has nonetheless not stopped family planning organizations from pushing the agenda because there is too much financially at stake to lose.
Population decline has doomed China’s chance of ever becoming a sustained world economic power because that country has eliminated it's most precious resource - the humans necessary to drive growth. Just like the rest of the world, China faces an aging population and a diminished workforce that will not sustain them into the future. Much of the blame for this decline can be laid squarely on Paul Ehrlich’s greatly flawed theory.
On the other hand, the predictions in the book almost certainly will come true eventually, as population increase is not slowing down in most countries and water resources are dwindling very quickly, along with rising ocean levels endangering the most densely populated areas in the world. Nuclear proliferation in unstable countries like Pakistan, Israel and North Korea along with international travel spreading deadly illnesses everywhere may, of course, be more likely to occur from overpopulation, and then have the opposite effect. Few people know their history well; overcrowding in Japan and Germany was one of the factors in starting WWII, although not the main ones.
Anyway, international cooperation on environmental issues in today's world (2104) is a joke, existing in name only. After he passes on, he will be proven right, but by then it will be too late to do anything about population and environmental degradation. It was probably too late a generation ago. This is inevitable.
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.