What Happened to Those Apocalyptic Predictions About Overpopulation?

Published on GIZMODO.co.uk, by Matt Novak,June 6, 2015.

In the late 1960s a biologist named Paul Ehrlich insisted that the world’s rapid population growth was unsustainable. What could be done? Ehrlich proposed radical population control measures—including sterilisation.  

The always excellent Retro Report has a new 12-minute video that looks back at the predictions in Ehrlich’s 1968 book The Population Bomb, and the consequences of his proposed solutions. And it’s not pretty. Ehrlich’s ideas included taxes on nappies and children, covert sterilisation of the public through drinking water, and even spiking foreign food aid with anti-fertility drugs//

… So why isn’t overpopulation on everyone’s minds today? Because most people have come to realise that it’s not food production that’s the problem. We can make enough food for the entire world to eat well. The problem is our economic system, which stands in the way of people having enough to eat.

The Population Bomb is filled with predictions of nightmare scenarios—and normally, we get to sit back and have a good laugh at incorrect predictions. But Ehrlich and his Malthusian ilk weren’t random futurists predicting doom and gloom. Their predictions of overpopulation and promotion of eugenics had real consequences on the world.

And as you can see from the video, Ehrlich isn’t apologising. Despite being wrong again and again and again (the Simon–Ehrlich wager/die Simon-Ehrlich Wette/le Pari Ehrlich-Simon).
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zum Mythos Ueberbevölkerung, Verblüffende Fakten zur Welt von morgen – Doku 2015 (NEU in HD), 44.24 min, von Dokus 2015 in HD, am 21. April 2015 hochgeladen;

Related Links:

Human Overpopulation on en.wikipedia:

Other Links:

Les riches détruisent la planète, qui les arrêtera? dans france.ATTAC.org, par Dominique Plihon, Geneviève Azam, Thomas Coutrot, le 9 juin 2015;

Bilderberg gibt Themen und Teilnehmer bekannt, auf Alles Schall und Rauch, von Freeman, 8. Juni 2015;

Currency Concerns: Strong Franc Doesn’t Dismay Swiss Business Leaders, on Spiegel Online International, by Sven Böll and Horand Knaup, June 8, 2015 (Photo Gallery): The strong franc poses a serious threat to the export-driven Swiss economy. But the country’s captains of industry remain bullish. How come they aren’t more worried?

EU Kurz vor dem Crash, Arte Doku 2015, 90.57 min, von Doku Hanz am 25. April 2015 hochgeladen;

Der Euro fällt immer mehr, Deutschlands Inflation 2016, 43.30 min, 43.30 min, von Doku Nation 2015 am 11. März 2015 hochgeladen … Dokumentation 2015 Neu in HD;

3. Stock links – Folge 1, 43.07 min, von Citizenfive am 7. März 2015 hochgeladen … mit Sebastian Pufpaff, Hannes Ringlstätter, Maike Kühl;

More Retro Reports on NYT: essays, docs and videos that re-examines the leading stories of decades past:

Animal Overpopulation on en.wikipedia:

  • Nathan J. Winograd, is an (animal) American author, film-maker, animal advocate, and director of the /No Kill Advocacy Center … (No Kill Advocacy Center as main page in Oakland, California, a non-profit organization … dedicated to expanding no kill animal sheltering across the United States);
  • /No Kill Equation: Winograd coined the term No Kill Equation, which includes 11 programs to be undertaken by a shelter to support the move to no kill sheltering,[10] which he describes as “the only effective roadmap to No Kill … (No Kill Equation as main page consists of eleven essential elements[1] identified by animal advocate Nathan Winograd for creating a No Kill Community: where the animal control agency does not put to death any healthy or treatable companion animals.[2]:4 As a benchmark, at least 90% of the animals entering the shelter are expected to be saved);
  • /The myth of (pet) overpopulation.

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