“Virtually every major problem, from climate change and wars to mass migrations and resource scarcity has its root in too many people. Economics are not immune. The lowered prospects of the politically potent white working class, for example, have much to do with millions overseas who can do the same jobs for a fraction of the cost. When you hear about theories of ‘secular stagnation‘ and the like, think 7.5 billion.” [link added by The Secular Jurist]
Commentary by The Secular Jurist: No one that I know of has been as courageous in addressing perhaps the most taboo and consequential topic of our times – overpopulation – as fellow blogger Garry Rogers. I have avoided discussing it directly for fear of inciting a vehement backlash from across the political and cultural spectrum. You see, identifying overpopulation as humankind’s biggest threat inescapably leads the debate towards population control – a practice brutally abused by the very worst among us (i.e. ethnic cleansing, genocide, etc.). Furthermore, the idea of population control is antithetical to our capitalistic economic system which is dependent upon growth and expansion. Therefore, addressing the overpopulation problem presents a measure of change so profound that it demands a wholesale reworking of our societies, our civilization, and maybe even our biological nature.
However, this existential problem remains. The all-too-real prospect of catastrophic climate change is a direct consequence of overpopulation considering our carelessly wasteful ways. We better start talking about it soon because little time is left. I applaud Rogers’ great courage and humanity on this issue. So should you.