Monday, October 20, 2008

Paul Erlich's "Population Bomb" Never Exploded. But He Still Does.

Writing on the website, Paul Ehrlich, author of the 1969 bestseller “The Population Bomb,” suggested that every couple “should have slightly fewer than two children.” Ehrlich declared, “I believe it is immoral and should be illegal for people to have very large numbers of children because they are co-opting for themselves and their children resources that should be spread elsewhere in the world. You only get a chance to get your fair share.”

Ehrlich – who is almost as famous for the inaccuracy of his predictions as Karl Marx – spoke favorably of China’s coercive one-child-per-family policy and suggested using tax policy as a club. “You could simply raise taxes very high on people who have beyond two children.”

In the late 1960s, Ehrlich predicted that “over-population” would lead to worldwide famine within the decade. In the 1970s, he forecast the eminent extinction of all major species in the oceans.

(Source: World Congress of Families' October newsletter)