Yesterday we had friends over, and for reasons unknown to anyone but the psychiatrists we don’t have, we ended up sharing “favorite youtube crazy people” from Ants Canada (run by a Philippine from the Philippines) to Collin Furze, to someone a friend shared and whose name I don’t remember (really bad night. Asthma) but who seems to be an African living in Belgium and commenting on… lifestyle videos on the internet with a surprisingly common sense perspective (in English, of course.)
For whatever reason the first of his videos that came up was of his fisking someone’s review of “eating ass.” (Most aren’t that salacious. He fisks vegan videos and such.)
First, the guy was absolutely right in fisking that video and in what he says a) why do you review something like that? Are you selling it on ebay? b) you can’t convince us it’s all that and a cup of coffee. You’re lying (It was curious, watching the woman — kid really — doing the video. Given the subject, and how much she tried to tell us not to knock it till we tried it, she looked bored and joyless, and like she was performing some sort of duty. It made me think of the far left talking about the revolutionary nature of sex or whatever. They honestly make sex boring, something no one else has managed, ever) c) You need help of the mental kind.
BUT what struck me was her clinching “argument” at the end of the video which was that if you were against eating ass, you should just be killed. It went like this “The Earth is overpopulated, and if you’re not even going to try this you’re weak, and we should get rid of the weak first.”
There are rings of madness around that central, insane point of her argument, but let’s for a moment go with “The Earth is overpopulated” which the left seems to default to in their arguments on why, oh… we should support wholesale abortion for nay reason; it’s a good thing that people don’t get married; non reproductive sex is superior; we should have low-tech and the resulting deaths are a good thing; we should encourage assisted suicide; we shouldn’t spend money keeping old people alive… etc…
Yes, I know that the center of this is that they hate people, and in a more wide circle, they hate all of life. They’re hierarchy of hates goes: oikophobia, hate of humanity, and ultimately hate of all life. The core of their being is self-hatred which they project outward, until their ideal is a rocky planet scoured of all living things. Only then would they be happy.
The inevitable massacres of Marxism, and the population decline and death of socialist (even soft socialist) countries comes from that place. It’s not so much an unintended consequence as the wish they don’t even admit to. It’s return of the repressed written in graves and rotting corpses and lost opportunities.
I know that, but they don’t. It’s very important for them to view themselves as good people, hence the “this time utopia!”
However, they use overpopulation as an excuse.
As you guys know, I think overpopulation, ie. the numbers the UN quotes are bullshit slathered in bullcrap. The giveaway is not only that the countries still reporting massive growth are those that are net receivers of international aid per-capita, but that they’re not countries who could count their own government functionaries and get the same count within a thousand two times in ten.
But let’s leave that aside, and pretend that the UN, in this as in nothing else ever, is absolutely right and has an accurate count of the Earth’s population on the way to 9 billion or whatever the heck their crazy estimate is. Let’s say it’s that.
By what principle are we even remotely overpopulated?
1- Overpopulation is when an organism runs out of room. I’m looking out my office window on 300 acres of natural preserve. If the Earth were truly overpopulated, we would be trying to take over every last little bit of land. Oh, and also, I’m not in a mega high rise, to take advantage of the high-priced acreage. (I am on a third floor, but it’s MY house.)
Look, the free market and prices are the best way we’ve come up with to measure abundance and scarcity. Abundant resources are cheap. Scarce resources are expensive. At least barring the government interfering.
The reason we know we’re not overpopulated is that, except by some urban areas (and that’s not overpopulation, that’s people wanting to live there for other reasons, like job market) land is NOT at a premium.
Honestly, I think Europeans buy this because they never drive to the almost-abandoned rural areas of their countries; because they imagine that America is as populated as their own countries (honestly we aren’t. We have miles and miles of miles and miles. They don’t. Older countries, etc.), and that most Americans who push this line live in dense urban environments.
Out here, particularly in the west, but hell, I’ve driven rural Pennsylvania, land is not at a particular premium. Certainly not the kind of premium if we were overpopulated.
2- Food would be scarce if we were straining the capacity of the Earth.Food is not scarce. Even in the worst spots in the world, famines aren’t as bad as they were, and famines are mostly caused by kleptocracy and bad governance, not by a lack of arable land, a lack of food, or anything like that. In this year of our Lord most people’s food problem is being fat, not being famished. And not even just in developed countries.
In socialist countries, yeah, it’s bad, same as it’s ever been, because they whack the free market, i.e. the only engine for knowing what is abundant and what is scarce and when to make more of anything. Pray for Venezuela.
3- There would be mass immigration from starving countries. That’s not the mass immigration we have.
Immigration is not a sign the places the people are coming from are overpopulated or that the numbers they report to the UN are true, btw.
Immigration is sign that some regimes, some cultures are so dysfunctional they have nothing to offer their people; and that western regimes are so soft headed as to give everything to newly-arrived parasites.
That “caravan” from the Honduras that was coming to the US? Yeah, I saw the pictures. No one there was eating the bare minimum of calories, okay. This is not a symptom of overpopulation. It’s a symptom of crazy.
And yet, the left’s idiocies, including the “no borders” one are based on the idea we’re so overpopulated we should be killing all babies and letting people in to relatively unpopulated areas, because humanitarian or whatever.
But scientifically, by the numbers, we’re not overpopulated. The carrying capacity of the Earth might well be double what we have (however much that is) given current technology, let alone future.
And don’t cry to me about the animals. The whole “if we take over the Earth the animals become extinct” is another excuse to kill humans. Animals have been going extinct since the Earth has HAD animals.
So when people tell you we need to start eliminating the weak because the Earth is overpopulated, call them on their bullshit.
The Earth is not overpopulated. Some people just hate themselves, are too cowardly to suck-start a gun, and prefer to turn their hatred on everyone else.
The answer to their hate-spewing is and should always be “You first.”