On Overpopulation (June 14, 2010)
. . .
H “After the presentation, someone in the audience stood up and asked if the underlying problem is not really overpopulation. The speaker nodded but said that overpopulation is an entirely different topic for a different night and a different forum.”
B “It is the problem. It is the Demand in the big Supply/Demand graph that demands our attention.”
H “I could not fault him – the speaker or the questioner. My problem is that I can define the problem but cannot devise an answer.”
B “Oil is a resource, a resource is finite, oil is finite. With the coming decline in the supply of oil, there must be a commensurate decline in demand from the population. We do not have a choice. There will be billions fewer barrels of oil. There must be billions fewer people.”
H “The quantity of water is also finite. Cleaning it and distributing it is a staggering problem. Fighting over it will do much to cull the herd. Oil and water may not mix, yet keeping oil and water from mixing is also a daunting problem.”
B “There are too many mouths.”
H “They are everywhere. They are produced at night using unskilled labor and often after little forethought. Yet, the maternity wards are the voting booths. How do you challenge the voting behavior of people?”
B “The decline cannot and will not be achieved simply by a freeze on hiring. We do not have a choice.”
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[See the “e-ssay” dated May 31, 2010 titled “Flying the Flag” to mark Flag Day.]
Bumper stickers of the week:
Slow Climate Change; Use Birth Control.
Malthus: A bloody optimist