Don Russell

Population and resources

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how about we discuss the ROOT cause of regulation/usurpation, to wit, OVERPOPULATION OF THE EARTH and depletion (regionally, so far) of irreplaceable resources. People who INSIST on having kids, despite their being HOPELESSLY unable to raise that kid properly? How about we defund our beyond bloated military and spy establishment, and do away with ALL welfare, and pay as yet childless women say, 5k each, to be sterilized, and take their thumbprint to avoid fraud. If she's had one kid, give her 3k, if she's had 2, offer her free sterilization. To get the most bang for the buck, so to speak, it will go to third world women, but that's where they need financial and population relief the worst. Some women in the US, (the kind we badly need to sterilize,, will jump at 3-5k, too, thankfully.

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how about we discuss the ROOT cause of regulation/usurpation, to wit, OVERPOPULATION OF THE EARTH and depletion (regionally, so far) of irreplaceable resources.

Julian Simon wrote a whole book debunking the "overpopulation is the problem" point of view and anyone who argues for it should read The Ultimate Resource and be prepared to counter Simon's arguments. (link).

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right, increased depletion of resources is not a problem, and overpopulation is not driving that depletion, correct? :-) as more and more people INSIST upon having and gain the mains to pay for a decent level of existence, the problem is going to increase exponentially. How can anyone "think" that more people don't HAVE to have more resources? That's asinine on the face of it.

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You are still ignoring Simon; sarcastic, dismissive repetition is non-responsive. If you want to discuss it, learn about the role of the human mind in creating resources and the failure of Malthusian predictions.

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as they say about investsments, past performance does not guantee future results. Anyone can SEE that there is a limit to all resources, and the mind can't turn inorganic matter into organic matter, us needing the latter to survive. The mind aint going to create more oxygen, etc. You obviously have, or want to have more than 1 kid or you fear the "downward spiral" of depopulation. Which is it? I don't need to read the Bible to know that it's bunk, or any other bunk.

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as they say about investsments, past performance does not guantee future results. Anyone can SEE that there is a limit to all resources, and the mind can't turn inorganic matter into organic matter, us needing the latter to survive. The mind aint going to create more oxygen, etc. You obviously have, or want to have more than 1 kid or you fear the "downward spiral" of depopulation. Which is it? I don't need to read the Bible to know that it's bunk, or any other bunk.

Julian Simon deals with these objections and more. I suggest you check out and deal with his arguments before dismissing them.

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Anyone can SEE that there is a limit to all resources, and the mind can't turn inorganic matter into organic matter, us needing the latter to survive. The mind aint going to create more oxygen, etc.

Everything that is is finite. The mind is the source of how to make what is into indefinitely more useful forms. We don't live by exploiting only "what is" in its natural form and there is no threat to the available Oxygen we breathe.

You obviously have, or want to have more than 1 kid or you fear the "downward spiral" of depopulation. Which is it? I don't need to read the Bible to know that it's bunk, or any other bunk.

Gratuitous speculations about other people's motives do not become true by calling them "obvious" to induce intimidation. The uselessness of reading thousand year old myths first spread by wandering tribes does not mean that rational investigation and science are also useless, but they require understanding at the conceptual level, not arrested ideas based only on shouting what you "SEE".

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