Goes to Dr. Paul Ehrlich whose book back in 1968 ‘The Population Bomb’ became one of the bibles of the left. It predicted in kind of a warmed over Thomas Malthus theory “the battle to feed humanity is over.” Dr. Paul Ehrlich: “In the 1970’s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. At this late date nothing can prevent a substantial increase in the world death rate.”
I thought it was just a little over-the-top, I was a hippie and living a good, high life. But Ehrlich made it sound like the old guy with a beard walking down the street with the ‘sandwich sign’ on saying “The End Is Near.” Yet this was taken to be wisdom. He actually refined it to say that by the end of the 1970s, a third of the world population will die of hunger.
By the end of the 1970’s more people were on the earth than ever before, and more people were fed than ever before. Hundreds of millions of people did not die of starvation and fewer people than ever died of starvation even as the population of the planet grew by leaps and bounds. Ehrlich was just flat wrong. The whole book was flat wrong.
Not to be deterred, because liberalism is never deterred by the facts, he is out with a new book is called ‘Hope On Earth’. Here is his prediction from this one, in an interview with Huffington Post and their account of the interview “Ehrlich claimed that scarcity of resources will get so bad that humans will need to drastically change our eating habits and agriculture. Dr. Paul Ehrlich ‘We will soon be asking is it perfectly okay to eat the bodies of your dead because we’re all so hungry’.”
Our kids think that the planet is just overcrowded, to many people. If you took every single person on earth and put them at the density of Paris, France, looking at a map of United States, it would only cover the equivalent of Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas. Every person on earth at the density of Paris would fit in those three states. Every person on earth at the density of New York City would fit in the state of Texas, and yet there are too many people on earth. Every person on earth at the density of San Francisco could fit in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas. Check it out for yourself: