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  1. kreole

    kreole said, almost 5 years ago

    Competition for resources for the masses, especially for food and shelter, led to wars in the past by Kings and Dictators.

  2. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, almost 5 years ago

    If the entire world’s population were wiped out except for China, the planet would then have the population it did in 1850. If China AND India were spared, and the rest went, the world population would be set back to 1950. At the moment, Asia alone has as many people as the world had in 1980. Asia, Africa, and Latin America have the lion’s share of people under 30 years of age. People of European descent form an ever-shrinking minority, though still dominant and disproportionately rich (though that is changing,too).

    It used to be that none of this mattered very much to most people for whom little mattered beyond their local, or at most national sphere: but with a globalized, free trade economy, we are all ever-more interconnected and interdependent. Decisions made in Washington, Beijing, and even Athens, have a direct and increasing effect on the livelihood of people in Hanoi, Rio, and Lagos. We are all becoming “Citizens of the World” whether we like it or not.

  3. Beenthere

    Beenthere said, almost 5 years ago

    More frightening than the population issue is the suggestions on how to deal with it.

    At the very least it will cost money to promote education and provide birth control at the expense of more taxes. At worst, I see the specter of population control enforced by the badge, uniform, & gun.

    I predict the latter will occur, which is rather ironic considering how many promote the right of women to have abortions because it is their body and choice, yet if they want to have a baby, well, in the near future they may need a permit or a license to do so from a governing body. In short, sex is none of the government’s business as long as it does not create another mouth to feed.

    Considering the current plans of mice and men of governments that have brought us unnecessary wars, restricted civil liberties, and on the verge of a world wide financial collapse, I find it hard to muster any confidence that a national or world body can deftly solve the world population issue without resorting to at best, benevolent tyranny to do so.
    Will governments institute a “War on over- population” to augment the current “War on drugs” and “War on terrorism?” Oh yeah, that’ll work.

  4. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, almost 5 years ago

    You mean like the US? Especially the conservative religious folk who have done their best to eliminate sex education, birth control, and abortion? One new proposed law (in Oklahoma, I think) would make any form of birth control other than condoms illegal because it contends that a fertilized egg is human.
    No, conservatives have not been “warning about this problem,” unless you want to invoke the racist ideas that the rabble were outbreeding the advanced peoples (the “marching Chinese” theory), an idea which was indeed put forward by conservatives. Liberals have been talking about everyone conserving Earth’s resources and avoiding overpopulation for rather longer than you claim for conservatives.

  5. jack75287

    jack75287 said, almost 5 years ago

    This has been going on for a long time. The thing is the idea of the earth only able to hold 8 billion people I forget where it comes from but it is about 100 years old.

    Does not cover the info age were people travel less & use fewer resources for travel. They did not know about just in time inventory or the ability to respond to a disaster from 1000 miles away. Just something to think about.

  6. Adam Sperry

    Adam Sperry said, almost 5 years ago

    There isn’t a problem in the world today that could not be solved by stopping humans from breeding and drastically reducing the population.

  7. Anthony 2816

    Anthony 2816 said, almost 5 years ago

    Tower, why are you repeating what is apparently a lie about conservatives warning us about overpopulation? You said the same thing on the 10/30 Oliphant cartoon…and when I called you on it and asked for evidence, you deleted your post and ran away…just to repeat it here. Consider yourself challenged again.

    Oh, and in case you pull the same tactic, here’s a cut-n-paste of your post: “Besides, we conservatives have been warning about this problem since the 1980’s and the liberals told us we did not know what we were talking about. Now they are the ones claiming there is a problem and saying we do not know what we are talking about.”

  8. Anthony 2816

    Anthony 2816 said, almost 5 years ago


    Jack, the only reason the earth can now support more people than thought a hundred years ago is because of advances in farming and food production technology. But those advances are a diminishing return…all they did was push the problem a bit more into the future, and they do nothing for the other effects of overpopulation…pollution and global warming, loss of farmland, inadequate fresh water supplies, etc.

  9. Justice22

    Justice22 said, almost 5 years ago

    Gee, You’re really compassionate aren’t you?

  10. curtisls87

    curtisls87 said, almost 5 years ago

    This concept that we’re running out of room/food/whatever has been around for a long, long time (Thomas Malthus, 1766-1834). The problem is that most dire predictions are just not true, and that we’ve continued to progress in agriculture and distribution to more than keep pace. As an example, in 1968, Paul Ehrlich wrote the book, “The Population Bomb,” in which he predicted a Malthusian catastrophe of mass starvation in the 1970s and 80s, which simply didn’t happen. Over the last 30 year, food production has trebled, even in developing nations, and India is now a net exporter of food.
    The real issue for starvation is distribution, and this has more to do with despotism in countries were food and ware is scarce. In many countries, aid is intercepted by warlords and dictators, and goes to their privileged few, rather than to those in need. In addition, some of the highest birth rates take place in the most impoverished countries. If we really want to solve the problems of starvation and water scarcity, we should move to make commerce more available to the individual in these countries.

  11. jackson49

    jackson49 said, almost 5 years ago

    the rich and exploiters ALWAYS worry there are too many poor people…
    just another way to ’hate" Henry Wallace and their American ’sorts".as well as themselves….

  12. jackson49

    jackson49 said, almost 5 years ago

    a dehumanizing toon, Pat.

  13. curtisls87

    curtisls87 said, almost 5 years ago

    Sorry, but the current San Joaquin valley water situation is not a result of either salt or sediment, but rather, government regulation of the water supply. California actually has an aquifer in the southern part of the state that has a huge reserve, and that has not been released, Additionally, the normal irrigation channels from the delta have been shut down for somewhat dubious environmental claims.

  14. curtisls87

    curtisls87 said, almost 5 years ago

    I would point out that the issue is not so much “hogging” as it is despotism and criminality in third world countries that is causing poverty, starvation, et cetera.

  15. Anthony 2816

    Anthony 2816 said, almost 5 years ago


    Do you honestly think that food production will continue to treble each 30 years?

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