February 19, 2019
Ask anyone if the world is overpopulated, and you know what they will say. The idea that we humans are breeding ourselves to death—and taking the planet with us–is in the air that we breathe. It was drummed into us in high school biology, where we were told that the world is like a tiny “lifeboat.” We have to lighten the load, our teachers told us, or the “lifeboat” will sink and we will all …
August 1, 2014
One of the favorite claims of the population control movement is that the world is running out of resources: food, energy, and space. “There is plenty of evidence to suggest that humanity is already exceeding the planet’s limits and that we are reducing the earth’s capacity to support life, including human life,” purported Robert Walker, the president of the Population Institute, in a recent debate with our own Steven Mosher. These—and similar dire predictions—have been …
October 25, 2011
“There are three kinds of lies,” Disraeli once famously remarked. “There are lies, damned lies and statistics.” But we now know, thanks to the United Nations Population Fund, that there is a fourth way to lie as well: the Population Graph.
October 13, 2010
Islamic terrorists have used roadside bombs, car bombs and plane bombs in their attacks on us. Might the Islamic “population bomb” be their next weapon of choice?
January 22, 2009
Note: The following is excerpted from Steven Mosher’s book, Population Control—Real Costs, Illusory Benefits. The first population bomber of the modern age was, by profession at least, ill-suited to the task. The Rev. Thomas Malthus, Anglican clergyman, predicted in 1798 that there would be standing room only on this earth by the Year of Our Lord, 1890. A London talk by Benjamin Franklin had inflamed Malthus’ imagination. The American polymath had proudly proclaimed to his …
November 1, 2008
Fatal Misconception Reviewed by Steven W. Mosher I imagined that Fatal Misconception (Belknap Press, 544 pages, $35) would be a no-holds-barred historical account of how the West imperialistically imposed population control on the rest. Connelly, however, at the very outset of his study, specifically eschews this obvious and necessary approach, He dismisses as simplistic the notion that the history of population control should he presented as a “global conspiracy” perpetrated by “white, wealthy elites … …
September 1, 2007
If asked what function the San Francisco-based Sierra Club performs, most of its 1.3 million members would probably reply “protecting the environment,” or “raising awareness of endangered species,” or words to that effect. Yet, in their 2007 legislative report for Minnesota, the Sierra Club spent nearly three pages describing legislative initiatives that have virtually nothing to do with the environment. Rather, this section entitled, Legislation Supported Sierra Club’s Population and Environment Program, deals almost exclusively …
August 27, 2007
27 August 2007 Vol. 9 / No. 31 Dear Colleague, Why do so many environmentalists think that saving the earth means sacrificing the baby humans? Steve Mosher Green Guilt and Population Control If asked what function the San Francisco-based Sierra Club performs, most of its 1.3 million members would probably reply “protecting the environment,” or “raising awareness of endangered species,” or words to that effect. Yet, in their 2007 legislative report for Minnesota, the Sierra …