A time for joy. The 7 billionth person living today was born Sunday. Danica Mae Camacho, 5 1/2 pounds, was born in Manila. Her mom, Camille, said "She looks so lovely". I agree!
Overpopulation hysterics reacted to her impending birth in character:
"Let's assume the average weight, or mass, of a human is 50 kilograms, or 120 pounds," University of Washington paleontologist and The Flooded Earth author Peter Ward told AlterNet. "That takes into account all the fat men, and all the kids, so it's a ballpark figure. That means 350 billion kilograms, or 770 billion pounds, of humanity on the planet. I wonder if this is the highest mass of any chordate on Earth. Only rats might weigh more of all natural populations."[emphasis mine]Nice.
The overpopulation myth is perhaps the most intractable and odious scientific hoax in history. Beginning with Malthus in the late 18th century, and continuing through Paul Ehrlich and John Holdren in our generation, overpopulation alarmists have predicted immanent catastrophe through starvation and disease and overcrowding. Of course, human population has grown considerably, and with each generation come the dire predictions. Paul Ehrlich predicted that 40 million Americans would starve by 1980, and that England would disappear by 2000. John Holdren (President Obama's science advisor) thought the crisis was so severe that he endorsed forced sterilization and the placement of contraceptives in public drinking water and government-issued birth licenses. The overpopulation movement is inherently totalitarian, and not merely in theory. It is responsible in a very direct way for a horrendous crime against humanity.
Yet with more people we have more, not less, prosperity.
Overpopulation science is junk science. Every prediction by every population hysteric for the past 200 years has been wrong. There is probably no "scientific" theory in modern times that has been refuted so utterly as the overpopulation hoax.There is no link whatsoever between population density and human flourishing, and the Green Revolution has essentially eliminated famine by natural causes. Nowadays, famine is a political act-- the intentional destruction of a population by a government or by war. It's fair to say that the cause of famine today is socialism, totalitarian rule and the conflict such misrule inspires. There are no famines in capitalist democracies.
It's ironic that population control schemes invariably invoke socialist and totalitarian means to "control" overpopulation. Yet as University of Maryland economist Julian Simon noted, people are the ultimate resource. We need democratic government, free and open societies, free-market economies, and honest science unfettered by ideology to ensure prosperous societies.
Population control is the antithesis of human flourishing.
So it's time to celebrate humanity. We aren't "rats". We aren't an infestation. We're gifts from our Creator, made in His Blessed Image. Let's welcome this little girl into the world, and pray that she is loved and cared-for, lives in a free society, and has an opportunity to know and love God.
Happy birthday, Danica. May there be billions more beautiful babies just like you.