Talk about Denialism

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There are many forms of denial; denial of human overpopulation is coming into vogue. Get a load of this OP/ED in today’s L.A. Times, reminiscent of 1984:

China drops its ‘one-child’ policy, now let’s ban the ‘population bomb’

OP/ED by Laurie Mazur L.A. Times

Now that China has laid to rest its infamous “one-child” rule, it’s time to retire the “population bomb” fears that inspired it.

The one-child rule grew from a population panic in the 20th century, when human numbers were growing at a faster rate than ever before (or since). The increase conjured a dystopian hell of environmental destruction, resource shortages and massive human suffering.

[Not to mention, non-human species extinctions. Then there’s carbon pollution (both of which Paul Ehrlich mentioned in his book and are directly related to overpopulation) . Has this editor tried to drive the LA freeway lately?…]

3 thoughts on “Talk about Denialism

  1. Clearly, the writer does not understand population dynamics, nor is this person capable of the critical thinking necessary to make the connections to what is happening, on and to, this planet–and it isn’t “just about us humans,” is it? Yep, it’s a wonder anyone gets anywhere on those L.A. freeways–really, most of this country’s major arteries are bumper to bumper now. This is an excellent example to Denial.

  2. This is incredible! If Homo sapiens is the one creature capable of rational and objective thought, I wonder when we might see some of it. What I find remarkable is that is so little coverage in this country of what is going on in Europe, particularly while we’re assuring ourselves again that the Population Bomb was wrong and crowing about China’s decision to allow more children. So, yes, we need take a look at hundreds of thousands of people on the move, escaping war-torn, poverty-stricken, drought-ravaged countries and failed states. There is no end in sight, and there seems to be mounting confusion and worry in Europe about what is to be done. Are we not interested or are we afraid to look? Or do we realize, deep down, it’s too late?

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