"Overpopulation"

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Concept.png "Overpopulation"
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Interest of• Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
• Club of Rome
• Lammot du Pont Copeland
• Chris Elias
• Bill Gates
• Karl William Hofmann
• Boris Johnson
• William Henry Draper Jr.
• Philip Mountbatten
• Population Council
• The Good Club
• Ted Turner
Predecessor(s)eugenics
A less obviously racist replacement for eugenics, designed to shift focus away from over consumption.

"Overpopulation" is a word used to suggest that there are too many humans on earth, or too many in certain areas. It is typically used by people in countries with relatively low populations that are high consumers of material goods. The term is also a replacement for the word "eugenics", which was discredited after the defeat of the Nazis in 1945.

Victim blaming

The word "overpopulation", and a lot of the associated dogma and language conjures a simple frame of scarcity by sharing a fixed amount of things between too many people. To the extent that this overlooks a history and/or present of plunder by colonial powers (i.e. "developed" nation states) it is a form of victim blaming: people here are poor because there are too many of them, not because the country has been looted by foreigners determined to get more resources which they themselves deplete at an unjustifiable high rate.

Significance in Geopolitics

"People are the only vital raw material for building human societies. Without people, the most elegant architectures and the most advanced infrastructures are nothing but archeological marvels waiting to be recognized. With people, a handful of sands in desolate landscapes could turn into a flourishing civilization. This simple most essential fact did not escape the attention of, nor was it dismissed so callously by any people of any generation bar those of our modern era. Historically, if a society wished to thrive and prosper on social, cultural, economic, and scientific grounds, or any other human concerns, its most rudimentary first step was to grow its population. A population that does not physically grow, stagnates and withers away. Along the same lines, if a society was deemed as an impediment to expansionists who coveted its lands and resources, the mechanism for the aggressor was rather simple: reduce that society’s population by killing as many of its people as possible if you are interested in a cross-sectional plunder. Kill or capture as many of its women of child-bearing age as possible to stop it from growing if you are determined to make your loot absolute."[1]

Advocates

White Wilderness, a 1958 Disney "documentary" that misrepresented migration behavior of Lemmings and implied that due to "overpopulation" some animals will see to drown to help the situation.[2][3][4]

Macfarlane Burnet

The Nobel Prize winner Frank Macfarlane Burnet, who once received a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation,[5] in 1947 secretly urged the Australian government to develop biological weapons for use against Indonesia and other overpopulated countries of South-East Asia, by targeting food crops and spreading infectious diseases.[6][7]

Jonas Salk

Jonas Salk, an American virologist and medical researcher, who developed one of the first successful polio vaccines argues in his 1973 book: "Survival of the Wisest", that as much as population growth has been a factor for survival of the human species in the past, now population control becomes a factor for survival.

National Security Study Memorandum 200

NSSM 200 from December 10, 1974, also called 'The Kissinger report', concluded that: "a far larger, high-level effort is needed [...] to bring population growth under control" and "although world population growth is widely recognized within the Government as a current danger of the highest magnitude calling for urgent measures, it does not rank high on the agendas of conversations with leaders of other nations".[8]

Under Policy Recommendations it says:

  • 28. World policy and programs in the population field should incorporate two major objectives:
"The Population Bomb" an alarmist 1968 book by Paul R. Ehrlich that predicted worldwide famine and other major societal upheavals. It advocated immediate action to limit population growth and brought the idea of overpopulation to a wider audience.
    • (a) actions to accommodate continued population growth up to 6 billions by the mid-21st century without massive starvation or total frustration of developmental hopes; and
    • (b) actions to keep the ultimate level as close as possible to 8 billions rather than permitting it to reach 10 billions, 13 billions, or more.

Denise Horn of the Northeastern University in a 2012 paper analyses:[9]

"[...] the original intent of ‘population control’ was to protect US access to raw resources and maintain US global supremacy. US family policies did not first identify woman as the object to be controlled, but policies have changed such that women's bodies have become a symbolic representation of – and site of resistance to – the power relationships between the US and developing states. The change in the rhetoric – from population control to family planning, women's empowerment, environmental sustainability and human rights – does not mean the ‘rules’ enforced by the hegemon have changed so much as it indicates a process of identity formation occurring through the implementation of these rules.

The history of US family planning policies is a story of national security issues played out on women’s bodies, in the developing world and within the shifting discourses of women’s empowerment, environmental protection and resource control. US funding for family planning programs continues to inflame passions on both sides of the debate: family planning either represents an imperative of a woman’s right to reproductive choice or is in conflict with conservative values and the right to life. US domestic debates over abortion rights are played out on the international stage as successive administrations defend or weaken international family planning programs. These political and rhetorical positions, however, belie American foreign policy goals that have been in place since the 1960s and 1970s, when policy makers identified overpopulation as a serious threat to the world’s resources and American security concerns.

Global 2000

The 'Global 2000 Report to the President' from August 1, 1980 predicted: "The environment will have lost important life-supporting capabilities. By 2000, 40 percent of the forests still remaining in the LDC's in 1978 will have been razed. The atomspheric concentration of carbon dioxide will be nearly one-third higher than preindustrial levels. Soil erosion will have removed, on the average, several inches of soil from croplands allover the world. Desertification (including salinization) may have claimed a significant fraction of the world's rangeland and cropland. Over little more than two decades, 15-20 percent of the earth's total species of plants and animals will have become extinct -- a loss of at least 500,000 species" concluding "thus anyone with a present life expectancy of an additional 50 years could expect to see the world population reach 10 billion. The same rate of growth would produce a population of nearly 30 billion before the end of the twenty-first century. Here it must be emphasized that, unlike most of the Global 2000 Study projections, the population projections assume extensive policy changes and developments to reduce fertility rates".[10]

Georgia Guidestones

The Georgia Guidestones, a monument in Georgia whose financially wealthy erectors wanted to remain anonymous, propose a limit of 500,000,000 humans on the planet.

Indirect support by "science"

According to some archaeologists - fantasizing about rather exactly known ancient climate data - water supplies, plagues, climate and "civilization" might be correlated in the following ways:

Overpopulation and the overreliance on irrigation was a major factor in making the Maya vulnerable to failure:

the trigger event of their collapse appears to have been a long drought beginning about 840 A.D. (communication of V. Scarborough, an archaelogist (sic!) from the University of Cincinnati [90]). Among many factors, such as war and plagues, that contributed to many of the collapses of ancient societies, there seem to be two main causes: too many people and too little fresh water. As a consequence, the civilization became vulnerable to environmental stress, for instance, a prolonged drought or a change in climate [90].

The societies themselves appear to have contributed to their own demise by encouraging growth of their population to levels that carried the seeds of their own decline through overexploitation of the land (communication of C. Scarre, an archaelogist (sic!) from the Cambridge University in England [90]). Similarly, the Akkadian empire in Mesopotamia, the Old Kingdom of Egypt, the Indus Valley civilization in India,

and early societies in Palestine, Greece, and Crete all collapsed in a catastrophic drought and cooling of the atmosphere between 2300 and 2200 B.C.”
Didier Sornette (2003)  [11]


 

Examples

Page nameDescription
COVID-19/Euthanasia
Chagos Archipelago/Depopulation
Forced Sterilization Campaign
Population CouncilFounded by world's richest family to reduce population
Suburbanization

 

Related Quotations

PageQuoteAuthorDate
David Baltimore“When I first saw the furin cleavage site <a href="#cite_note-1">[1]</a> in the viral sequence, with its arginine codons, I said to my wife it was the smoking gun for the origin of the virus. (...) These features make a powerful challenge to the idea of a natural origin for SARS2.”David Baltimore
Climate change/Preparation“Similarly, the Akkadian empire in Mesopotamia, the Old Kingdom of Egypt, the Indus Valley civilization in India, and early societies in Palestine, Greece, and Crete all collapsed in a catastrophic drought and cooling of the atmosphere between 2300 and 2200 B.C.”Didier Sornette2003
Club of Rome“In searching for a common enemy against whom we can unite, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like, would fit the bill. In their totality and their interactions these phenomena do constitute a common threat which must be confronted by everyone together. But in designating these dangers as the enemy, we fall into the trap, which we have already warned readers about, namely mistaking symptoms for causes. All these dangers are caused by human intervention in natural processes, and it is only through changed attitudes and behaviour that they can be overcome. The real enemy then is humanity itself.”Alexander King
Club of Rome
Bertrand Schneider
1993
Bill Gates“First, we've got population. The world today has 6.8 billion people. That's headed up to about nine billion. Now, if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by, perhaps, 10 or 15 percent.”Bill Gates
Innovating to zero TED talk
18 February 2010
Jane Goodall“All these [environmental] things we talk about wouldn’t be a problem if there was the size of population that there was 500 years ago.”Jane Goodall
Boris Johnson“As for motherhood – the fertility of the human race – we are getting to the point where you simply can’t discuss it, and we are thereby refusing to say anything sensible about the biggest single challenge facing the Earth”Boris JohnsonOctober 2007
Boris Johnson“How the hell can we witter on about tackling global warming, and reducing consumption, when we are continuing to add so relentlessly to the number of consumers? The answer is politics, and political cowardice.”Boris JohnsonOctober 2007
Philip Mountbatten“Human population growth is probably the single most serious long-term threat to survival. We’re in for a major disaster if it isn’t curbed—not just for the natural world, but for the human world. The more people there are, the more resources they’ll consume, the more pollution they’ll create, the more fighting they’ll do. We have no option. If it isn’t controlled voluntarily, it will be controlled involuntarily by an increase in disease, starvation and war.

Can you give me an example?

I was in Sri Lanka recently, where a United Nations project set out in the late 1940s to eradicate malaria. It’s an island and it was therefore possible to destroy the mosquito carrying the disease. What people didn’t realize was that malaria was actually controlling the growth of the population. The consequence was that within about 20 years the population doubled. Now they’ve got to find something for all those people to do and some way to feed them.”

Philip Mountbatten21 December 1981
Philip Mountbatten“I just wonder what it would be like to be reincarnated in an animal whose species had been so reduced in numbers than it was in danger of extinction. What would be its feelings toward the human species whose population explosion had denied it somewhere to exist… I must confess that I am tempted to ask for reincarnation as a particularly deadly virus.”Philip Mountbatten1987
William Mountbatten-Windsor“We are going to have to work much harder and think much deeper, if we are to ensure that human beings and the other species of animal with which we share this planet can continue to co-exist...Africa's rapidly growing human population is predicted to more than double by 2050, a staggering increase of three and a half million people per month...There is no question that this increase puts wildlife and habitat under enormous pressure. Urbanisation, infrastructure development, cultivation—all good things in themselves, but they will have a terrible impact unless we begin to plan and to take measures now.”William Mountbatten-Windsor2017
Pieter Omtzigt“The French have been utilizing population policies for centuries. And they still think that they lost the Franco-Prussian War because they didn't have enough soldiers to send to the front lines. And that's why I don't want to implement any form of populace policy.”Pieter Omtzigt27 November 2004
Transhumanism“unless [civilised societies] invent and enforce adequate measures for regulating human reproduction, for controlling the quantity of population, and at least preventing the deterioration of quality of racial stock, they are doomed to decay”Julian Huxley1926
Michael Yeadon“It’s become absolutely clear to me, even when I talk to intelligent people, friends, acquaintances … and they can tell I’m telling them something important, but they get to the point [where I say] ‘your government is lying to you in a way that could lead to your death and that of your children,’ and they can’t begin to engage with it. And I think maybe 10% of them understand what I said, and 90% of those blank their understanding of it because it is too difficult. And my concern is, we are going to lose this, because people will not deal with the possibility that anyone is so evil…”Michael YeadonApril 2021
Michael Yeadon“If you wanted to depopulate a significant portion of the world, and to do it in a way that wouldn’t require destruction of the environment with nuclear weapons, or poisoning everyone with anthrax or something, and you wanted plausible deniability, whilst you had a multi-year infectious disease crisis; I don’t think you could come up with a better plan than what seems to be in front of me. I can’t say that’s what they’re going to do, but I cannot think of a benign explanation for why they are doing it.”Michael YeadonApril 2021

 

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