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Poverty: Where We All Started

— Posted by John (December 14, 2010 at 10:54 am)

Population Research Institute has just released the 4th installment in their slickly produced “Overpopulation Is a Myth” video series:

You can get more details on the science behind this video here.

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  1. R.M. Schultz says:

    These videos are simplistic and easily refuted. Ethiopia, for instance, has been utterly dependent upon outside food aid for 23 of the last 25 years while in this same time their population has doubled, simply making her food crisis worse. The larger populations of the Neolithic age were demonstrably less nourished and healthy than the sparse population of the Paleolithic era. Before the Black Death in England, the population was straining against limited resources, marginal land was being brought into cultivation, and average body size (an indicator of health) was declining, while after the huge population losses of the Plague both wages and life expectancy went up. England didn’t recover her 1330 population until 1750, yet that period was one of explosive economic growth.

    What is needed is a realistic Pro-Life answer to population problems, not a willful denial of these problems. The highest rates of population growth in the world today (e.g. Somalia, Liberia, Afghanistan) are among the least suitable areas to sustain these populations, while prosperous nations (e.g. Japan, Italy, Czechia) are collapsing, and both of these situations are problematic. It is well to keep in mind that while civilizations have fallen from demographic contraction (e.g. Ancient Rome), they more often collapse from exhaustion of resources (e.g. Mayan Culture, Easter Island, Medieval Mesopotamia), or fall into an extended cycle of poverty because they have reached the limits of these resources (e.g. China after the Han Dynasty, India after the Vedic Period).

    There is a large and worthwhile literature on this subject, yet I continually find critics of overpopulation attacking the hysterical Paul R. Ehrlich as if he were the only one. Never once have I heard a critic of overpopulation address such serious works as Spengler’s “Decline of the West,” Jospeh Tainter’s “Collapse of Complex Societies,” or even Jared Diamond’s “Collapse.”

    Comment posted December 14th, 2010 at 3:01 pm

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