Friday, March 18, 2005

The Malthusian Book Of Revelations

The fatuous, self-consciously named How To Save The World takes a big step away from that in corking the U.N.'s population growth estimates. Key to this grim view is his notion that
The entire basis for the projection that global population will peak at 9.5 billion and then level off is based on the assumption that this recent anomaly -- families having 0.5 children fewer each than they want [emphasis mine] -- will continue as a global phenomenon for the rest of the century and beyond.
No. No, it's not. It's not that people have been prevented from doing so (though that is true in China), but that they have decided to do so. Just as Voltaire observed that, if there were no God, man would have invented one, so with the Malthusians: as soon as somebody shows that there isn't an apocalypse at the end of the road, one of their number has to invent one.