An underpopulated world … and the atavism of the affluent 16

This is from Investor’s Business Daily:

Earth now has 7 billion people. Are we overcrowded? About to outstrip our resources? Should we prepare for the catastrophic population bomb we’ve been warned about? No, no and no.

In 1968, a Stanford biologist named Paul R. Ehrlich wrote “The Population Bomb,” an unnecessary alarmist book that warned of famines in the 1970s and 1980s due to overpopulation.

Ehrlich, still honored and respected for reasons we don’t understand, likened humans to a cancer that must be cut out using “brutal and heartless decisions.”

Ehrlich, of course, advised governments to impose population growth limits. One solution included “the addition of temporary sterilants to water supplies or staple food,” doses of which “would be carefully rationed by the government to produce the desired family size.” …

Despite it being a tome of gloom and barbarism, Ehrlich’s book became a best-seller, which is odd since he did nothing but repeat the false theme that Thomas Malthus and the rest of the doomsayers have been saying for centuries.

It makes no sense to us why so many want to believe predictions of mass human tragedy, especially when the end-of-the-worlders such as Ehrlich have always been wrong and spectacularly so. 

Naturally, the misanthropes, environmentalists and gaia worshippers have latched onto the anti-humanity message to support their Earth-first, people-are-invaders radicalism. …

Humans are in fact a resource, an infinite form of capital. We have had an uncanny way of using our minds to overcome all of the environmental challenges we’ve faced and there’s no reason to think that won’t continue as long as the Ehrlichs don’t succeed in stamping out large portions of the population.

No one honest or decent person can say what the right number of people is for this planet. But overpopulation at 7 billion isn’t a concern. …

Population growth is no plague. It is an opportunity.More people mean more minds able to solve problems and sustain human progress. …

In contrast with the academic and left-wing pessimism about population growth, there exists a cogent argument that our planet is actually underpopulated. We are headed toward a world with a population that’s growing old — and peaking in 25 years.

We will be looking for help that won’t be there as birth rates fall and life spans increase. Under these conditions, who’ll pay taxes to fund the aging population’s pensions? …

How will a shrinking labor force provide the goods and services the older population demands in its extended retirement years?

And how will it pay off the staggering debt that keeps growing in so many nations?  …

While 7 billion might seem like a teeming crowd ready to devour the Earth, it’s not. There’s no population bomb to worry about. Worry instead about how population bombers, so wrong for so long, get into academe and other places of influence — and stay there.

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Free enterprise, meanwhile, responds to the demands of the “misanthropes, environmentalists and gaia worshippers”, the back-to-nature cultists, the apostles of anorexia, the role-playing children of the prosperous West, catering to their faddish tastes by opening a stone-age restaurant.

This report is from the MailOnline:

At first glance, Berlin’s Sauvage restaurant looks much like many of the German capital’s other trendy eateries.

But take a closer look at the chalkboard out front and you’ll discover they are embarking on a culinary shake-up that takes its inspiration from the Stone Age.

Proudly announcing a “Real Food Revolution – Paleolithic cuisine!“, there is no cheese, bread or sugar available, only fare accessible to our hunter-gatherer ancestors more than two million years ago.

Sauvage claims to be the first restaurant in Europe to solely serve a Caveman diet.

The restaurant menu shows a stereotypical image of modern humanity’s forbearer, the jutting profile of a hirsute caveman.

Inside, diners eat at candle-lit tables [wax candles are too mod-con for cavemen, actually – JB] with a contemporary cave painting hanging in the background …

Sauvage, which is the French word for “savage” or “wild”, is part of the Paleolithic diet movement and claims to be first of its kind in Europe.

Probably only the first of many. And they’re unlikely to be cheap.

That means serving only organic, unprocessed fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds, and herbs.

The truly obsessed build an entire lifestyle around the concept, mimicking caveman-era exercise.

This can involve lifting boulders and running barefoot, with some even emulating the blood loss they believe Stone Age hunters might have experienced in pursuit of their dinner by donating blood every few months.

Sauvage’s Boris Leite-Poço … said: “Many people think the Paleolithic diet is just some hipster trend, but it’s a worldwide phenomenon, with an online community that spans the globe. The trend is probably strongest in the United States …”

We wish the enterprising Boris Leite-Poço success. He should do well until the food fashion changes, and the play-boys and play-girls of the free capitalist world move on to indulge their next modish whim.

Unless socialism-induced, global economic collapse plunges them – and all of us – into the real thing: the life that Thomas Hobbes accurately described as “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short“.

  • Liz

    After reading this article and the comments, I have to say, the only way anyone could get me in to a restaurant like that would be if they let me smuggle some salt in. I’d also be willing to bet that if you could resuscitate a caveman found in a glacier, and let him try some of our food, he’d prefer our food. He would also agree with Hobbes’ succinct description of the pre-modern life – short, brutish, and nasty.

    • Don L

      lol

  • Don L

    I just keep seeing other stuff to address…
     
    “PRO looking-out-for-yourself”…this is failure.  It is why, the only reason, governments are created…so one can be free from looking out for ones self and get on with life…”by consent of the governed” limited government…division of labor: http://teapartyeconomics.com/files/Download/005%20Not%20a%20Zero-Sum%20Game%20-%20Manuel%20F%20Ayau.pdf

    Here’s afreebie from my site on the topic

  • TyS

    There are scientific truths to the advantages of adopting a diet that more closely resembles that of Paleolithic man…however, adopting it is an all-encompassing lifestyle is absurd.

    To play devil’s advocate – I fully expect them to take the lifestyle to its limits: no running water, no antibiotics, no electricity, no synthetic clothing

    …hell, they should be required to go hunt down, kill, gut, butcher and cook their own damn food.

    • Ray Sawhill

      Have you actually spent time with (or read much by) the Paleo crowd? There are some people who in it who enjoy experimenting with extreme measures, but by far the majority of them have an attitude of “let’s combine the best of the modern world with what we know — from biology and anthropology – about the kind of foods and exercise that we probably evolved to flourish on.” I haven’t met a one of them who didn’t enjoy his iMac, or who really wanted to wrestle mano a mano with a sabertooth tiger.

    • Don L

      LOL.

      I think it was an article posted here???  It was a story of tree huggers saving trees by setting up a tree fort, chained to it???, but had all kinds o new modern camping gear as they returned to nature!

      There was a TV show that had a group(s) attempt to survive as of old…they still had access to things like polypropelene ropes and tarps and rifles…yet even with these adavantages…survival was in doubt…they could escape by helicopter.

       

  • Don L

    Choice…the right to choose.  This is the nature of free markets. 
     
    I don’t know what ths caveman diet is, but if it makes one feel better, by all means engage!  What troubles me is that the “they ought to make it a law” idiots will ban 4 meat, 4 cheese (extra) pizzas; drip on your shirt cholesterol oozing burgers (let insurance companies impose premium punishments for obesity); etcetras.
     
    And, I too hate the lifetime pills…MS, DDD and post quitting smoking (by choice) COPD have me on a few…ah nuts!

    Hope you feel better!

    • Don L

      Hmmm…this was entered under PareshK’s post…

      • Don L

        Oh…almost forgot:  If it weren’t for capitalism…there wouldn’t be work for all these folks.  And, where socialism exists, or government inteference/central planning, there is, creating poor, the unfortunate stravation and hunger of permanent unemployment.

    • Ray Sawhill

      Don — The Paleo crowd is quite determinedly ANTI top-down, law-passing, do-gooding, socialistic, etc. There’s a very strong pro-science and libertarian streak to many of the people in the Paleo world. As a sociological event, the Paleo movement can be best understood as ANTI vegetarian, ANTI do-gooding, ANTI law-passing, and PRO looking-out-for-yourself. It’s quite a remarkable phenomenon — an example of a bottom-up, self-organizing, borderline anarchistic/libertarian thing. That’s why I don’t understand why a blogger who’s labeling himself “The Atheist Conservative” is mocking the movement. 

      • Don L

        Hi RaySawhill,

        Conservative is not anarchistic.  Government has its place as a protector of rights…life liberty and happiness.  The latter, of course, having to do with wealth, prosperity, job’occupational choice, etceteras.

        Governments rightful role, as envisioned by the Founders was to protect and defend these rights against internal and external forces and criminals. 

        Most legislation and regulation is political favoritism/cronyism.  The Founders never considered the idea of political career.  A law is we never think about things we don’t think about.  They missed some things.

        And, most legislation and regulation is foisted upon the country through lies…outright deception.  It is these get reelected-based enactments and entitlements which conservatives reject and oppose. 

        The left has rewritten history books, but the real history documents exist and, at risk to career and reputation, good people publish the reality.  Lincoln, as an example, is a leftist fabrication.  He is pedestalized and his real self hidden because he is the king of big government central planning and control and cronyism.  Checkout the thoroughly documented Real Lincoln by Thomas di Lorenzo.

        It isn’t that conservatives are anti- as much as we are pro individual sovereignty as idealised by the Founders and embodied in free market capitalism.

        As long as your behaviors do not impinge on the rights of others…then go for it.  Socialists (has nothing to do with  society and all to do with power…they always pick such nice sounding emotional words) supplants individual will for government’s wants.

        And, lastly, America is a republic…rule of law.  A bottom up based on democracy…majority rule…is by its very nature doomed to failure, anarchy and totalitarianism.  Check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DioQooFIcgE&feature=player_embedded

      • Don L

        Forgot…libertarianism…it is a conservative movement as such…but it goes past sense into the anarchy.  If you’ve followed my posts, I am  am a supporter of Austrian economics.  It is economics…not a political ideology and it troubles me that too many Austrians are libertarians.  Another topic for another day.

  • Ray Sawhill

    Hey, I eat semi-Paleo and like it a lot. Granted, I’m a bit of a foodie, and I enjoy tracking and experimenting with trends. But I know loads of less-trendy people who have taken up Paleo eating and exercise and who have had good luck with it. They feel good, they lose weight, and in some cases various chronic ailments have cleared up. It does have a wee bit of a basis in that non-trendy thing, science, after all. Also: if you were a little more open to what the Paleo movement represents sociologically — a rejection of top-down, do-gooding, Berkeley-esque vegetarianism — you might be tickled by it too.

    As for population growth … My own main objections to it are esthetic. I liked the U.S. better when it had 200 million people in it than I like it now that it has over 300 million in it. Also, I fret about the kinds of demographic changes population growth is bound to bring about. They seem certain to be wrenching. But I also respect hard-headed people like Gregory Cochran, Steve Sailer, and E.O. Wilson, all of whom consider large-scale population growth to be a real concern.

  • Ralph

    I read “The Population Bomb” when it can out in 1968. I believed it until I realized it was just another doom prediction like the christians predicting the end of the world.

    • George

      Actually I liked The Three Little Bears and Little Red Riding Hood much better——–at least those nursery rhyme fairy tales had more validity than the bullcrap religious brainwashing dogma.

  • This article made me laugh!  Not because I think the Paleo diet is silly, but because I have thought about trying it!

    Just two weeks ago, I had never even heard of the Paleo diet.  Then, a co-worker was telling me about how he went on it six months ago, and his chronic heartburn went bye-bye.  I think he also claimed he lost weight on it and lowered his cholesterol, but the main thing I remember was the heartburn.  I also suffer from chronic heartburn, but take a daily medicine to control it.  The medicine works great, but I am a little weary of taking a daily dose of any medicine for the rest of my life.

    So, I started researching Paleo diet, as my friend suggested.  It seemed interesting, but I am just too darn busy to do something like that now.  But if it cured my friend’s heartburn, I think I am going to have to give it a serious try one of these days!