Tuesday, November 27, 2018
We Were Scared Into Having Smaller Families, Now We're Told There Aren't Enough Young People
Two separate, but related news items caught my attention this week. 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Paul Ehrlich's 'The Population Bomb', one of the most significant books ever from a standpoint of cultural impact. In another story, the U.S. census bureau released figures this week showing that old people will soon outnumber young people for the first time in American history. The report also gives a timeline for when whites will no longer be a majority of the population, the result of mass immigration from developing nations since the Immigration Act of 1965, which drastically changed the focus and purpose of our immigration system.
I was a little kid in the 1970s. I started kindergarten in 1972 and spent the rest of that decade in elementary school. Fashion was horrible, the music was just as bad and the baby boomers were young adults just starting out their careers. That generation, which challenged every institution and tradition in America, got a chance to be the young teachers to grade school kids across America. Their Marxist mentors in the universities had their proteges in positions of actual power, forming and molding the young minds they had as a captive audience for an entire day. These young boomer teachers were eager to try out every new thing and were positive they were going to make school cool, not like it had always been in America. Like everything, the boomers were really going to show their stodgy old WW2 generation parents how things should be done.
So, in the 1970s we got sex education, 'open concept' schools, new math, whole-language learning and a dramatic increase in emphasis on social studies. This was a time when America saw the deconstruction of the concept of neighborhood schools, where children went to a convenient school with kids in similar situations because they were from the same neighborhood. That was replaced with forced busing by court order, where kids were uprooted and forced to ride buses across town to go to school with people they didn't know and to whom they couldn't relate. As a result, much of my childhood was spent trying to avoid fighting in the halls and on the playground and seeing entire neighborhoods and communities completely destroyed as people fled to get their kids out of the war zones schools had become. It would be easy to write an entire book on the social destruction caused by the left's attempt at social engineering America's schools. In fact, every one of the left's "educational innovations" was a total disaster.
One of the things I remember vividly about my time in grade school was the panicky lessons we got about how horrible America's future would be if we continued in the bad old ways of our culture. Oil was going to run out, food was going to run out, trash was going to cover every square inch of land and sea and various ecosystem disasters were going to plague us. At that time the environmental catastrophe we learned about and wrote reports on was global cooling, also known as the new ice age. It was a thing we were all assured was going to kill us all. By the mid 1980s when I was finishing high school and getting ready to head off to college, they had changed that to global warming and teachers were talking about the greenhouse effect. I remember saying "Now, wait a minute. What about the ice age we were supposed to be seeing anytime soon?!?" I even remember where I was at in my high school when I said that.
I'm not a guy who believes in conspiracy theories very easily. I'm firmly in the Occam's razor camp. But there's a certain long-game brilliance to the Marxist cultural transformation of the United States from the time I was a little kid. One of the most panicky of all the panicky lessons was how the world would soon be overpopulated and we were in for a future of misery and suffering. It was pervasive in our studies in school and in popular culture at the time. Movies like Soylent Green, Mad Max and Logan's Run were big hits, and all presented a dramatic depiction of the future we were being told awaited us. Famine, wars, drought, disease. When I was a kid, we were told the future was going to really suck for us.
The book largely responsible for all this was published 50 years ago. Paul Ehrlich's 1968 book 'The Population Bomb' was a best seller. Having sold over 3 million copies, it catapulted Ehrlich to stardom and earned him awards, worldwide acclaim and a named professorship at Stanford University, which he is still milking to this day. To sum up Ehrlich's thesis: The world (in 1968) is overpopulated and will soon run out of food. As a result, the book explores the madness into which the world will descend in the 1970s and '80s. His predictions were taken as fact and fed to a generation of trusting kids. There was only one problem. Every single cataclysmic prediction Ehrlich made...was false. Demonstrably false. He predicted that by the mid-70s, 100s of millions of people around the world would be dead of mass starvation. He predicted massive wars over diminishing food and vanishing supplies of water. The planet, he argued, could simply not support the world population in 1968 for another 10 years. 50 years later and double the population of 1968, the average person is better fed, wealthier, healthier and has a much longer life expectancy than in 1968. And, completely the opposite of his core theme, the biggest problem confronting America isn't mass starvation, it's obesity.
Ehrlich wasn't just wrong, he was spectacularly, embarrassingly wrong.
Back to my conspiracy reference earlier, though. Ehrlich's book was so well received by the intellectual elite that real changes were made around the world. In the U.S. and Europe, having a big family became socially unacceptable. The left spread the lie that having too many children resulted in poverty. Feminists argued having kids was just another way the patriarchy was stifling women's independence by forcing them into motherhood.
The introduction of birth control pills in the U.S. (1960), the hippy days of free love (late '60s), the nationwide legalization of abortion (1972), the skyrocketing divorce rates of the '70s, the ratcheting up for the feminist movement and the cultural and educational blind acceptance of Ehrlich's ridiculous predictions all came together to slam the brakes on Western fertility rates. In a surprisingly short period of time, people started having dramatically smaller families. In just a few short years, something humanity had always valued was suddenly a liability. What had been seen as a blessing by people throughout history was suddenly socially unacceptable and something for learned people to sneer at. It must be one of the most massive cultural shifts in human history, certainly in such a short period of time.
But not everybody in the world decided to change their cultural values and stop having children for the betterment of humanity. If you've not seen what's been called "the most important graph in the world", I've included it here. It is a United Nations projection for population groups through the remainder of this century. While Westerners were being encouraged to dramatically limit their number of children, leaders in those same nations were sending food and medicine to people with massive fertility rates in Sub-Saharan Africa for the past 50 years.
In 2018, as hordes of people pour North from Africa and the Middle East into Europe, and from Central America into the United States, globalists tell us unchecked migration from these nations is the only way our nations will survive. Their reason is the birth rates in Western nations is below replacement levels and importing high fertility third world workers is necessary to increase the population and provide cheap labor for industry and pay taxes to fund the strained social services and benefits programs.
This is similar to the long game I referenced earlier. My generation was taught our future, if we survived at all, was in a hellish dystopia of food riots, mass starvation and lack of water. We were told the reason for the coming disasters was because our stupid ancestors had too many children and the only thing we could do was make sure we dramatically scaled back our families. To conserve food, save the planet and to save humanity. Now we're told the reason our culture and our countries are being transformed into something unrecognizable, and we need masses of people pouring over our borders from the third world, is because we didn't have enough children to sustain our nation.
If all this wasn't done on purpose, it's a remarkable series of coincidences over 50 years.