Sssh. Don’t tell anyone. But “while you are reading these words, four people will have died from starvation. Most of them children.” Seventeen words. Four deaths. That statistic is from a cover of Paul Ehrlich’s 1968 provocative “Population Bomb.” By the time you finish this column, another five hundred will die. By starvation. Mostly kids. Dead.
But global population will just keep growing, growing, growing. Why? The math is simple: Today there are more than two births for every death worldwide. One death. Two new babies.
Bomb? Tick-tick-ticking? Or economic “bubble?” Population growth is a basic assumption hard-wired in traditional economic theory. Unquestioned. Yes, population is our core economic problem. Not a military problem. But the bigger this economic bubble grows, the more we all sink into denial, the closer the point of no return where bubble becomes bomb. Where war is the only alternative. A military solution is the only solution.
Yes folks, ultimately, population growth is a economic nuclear bomb, tick-tick-ticking a silent countdown to global disaster. In denial, we march a self-destruct path to WWIII.
Ssh. Stop. Ssssh. Be silence. Don’t say “bomb.” Don’t? Why? Deny it all you want, the global “Population Bomb” will just keep tick-tick-ticking. Out of ear-shot. In the dark shadows of your mind. Warning, denial just prolongs the inevitable day of reckoning.
Simple Math: Two Babies Minus One Death = World War III
Worldwide population doubled to 3.5 billion between the Great Depression and the Great Society. One generation, from the thirties to the sixties when “The Population Bomb” was published. Since the sixties, we’ve doubled again. This year global population shot past seven billion. Two billion living in poverty, surviving on less than two dollars a day. We do live in a globalized economy. And the math is simple: One death, two new babies.
Warning: This economic bomb will not stop tick-ticking any time soon. Why? Scientific American said population is “the most overlooked and essential strategy for achieving long-term balance with the environment.” No wonder Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature, warns: “Act now, we’re told, if we want to save the planet from a climate catastrophe. Trouble is, it might be too late. The science is settled, and the damage has already begun.”
We’re on suicide watch and yet population control, the world’s number one economic issue in “off the table.” Why? Last year Mother Jones made it abundantly clear why. In “The Last Taboo,” columnist Julia Whitty asked: “What unites the Vatican, lefties, conservatives, and scientists in a conspiracy of silence? Population.” That hot button issue ignites so many powerful reactions. Politicians won’t touch this “third rail.”
Our denial is a massive “conspiracy of silence.” Yes, we’re all in this global self-destructive conspiracy. Families love making babies. Economists obsess about their population growth assumption. Stockholders demand earnings growth. Wall Street is insatiable. Corporate CEOs shoot for quarterly targets to get ever bigger bonuses. The global “Super-Rich” see population growth as opportunities to increase their wealth, widening the wealth gap. We’re all in this rat race together, in a “conspiracy of silence.”
Population, the key economic power that’s driving all economic issues
Yes, you can forget “Peak Oil.” Forget global warming. Forget debt, deficits, defaults. Forget commodities, scarce resource depletion. Forget all other economic, political, military problems. Yes, forget all of them. None of them matter … if our leaders fail to deal with the world’s out-of-control population bomb. Nothing else matters. Nothing. Still, the silence is defining. We’re trapped in this deafening “conspiracy of silence.” ….
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