May I ask whose brilliant idea it was to indoctrinate new generations on the need to have fewer children?
No, no, don’t answer. I’ve read a lot of science fiction written in the mid twentieth century, and I know. The thinking parts of the culture in the dawn of the current era of abundance had time and leisure to get all panicky about excess population and how we were killing the planet, and a lot of other rather emo nonsense.
Also I went to school shortly after the middle of the twentieth century, and was lectured in every class about how the human race needed to find a way to
stagnate…. er… to “keep population the same or reduce it.”
The only good thing about that rank stupidity was that it was marginally smarter than the tripe they pulled on my kids, where they tried to convince the kids to sign agreements they would never reproduce when they were thirteen.
Future generations, if there are any, will stare in awe at our magnificent suicide, and at the strange assumption that because we’d just had a baby boom, future generations would continue to reproduce at the same level…. forever. Again, I think it was the ease of communication, and the exponential growth of a class that worked with their minds.
The Bible says something about the heart being deceitful…. but it has nothing on the mind. Things you teach kids when they are very young tend to be unquestioned, unexamined and forever believed.
One of the things the last few generations have believed with absolute panic certainty is that each of us needs to do his/her part to REDUCE the human population.
The other thing they have believed with credulous certainty is that the population figures from the UN are accurate, instead of being — at BEST — guesstimations, and
accurately at worst a steaming pile of bull of excreta completely imaginary.
To an extent I absolve my fellow Americans, at least those born and raised in the US for believing the
smelly poo the UN numbers, because they are, after all, residents in one of the most efficiently organized countries in the world. Stop laughing. No, seriously, stop laughing. Even the vaunted German efficiency (and I’m not sure they were ever that efficient, except they believed they were and projected that image) has decayed markedly. And as for the British, please don’t go there. No, I don’t think they were ever that efficient to begin with.
The thing is that as sideways and upside down as we are, over our vast territory, particularly when coordination and central organization are needed (or intrude, anyway, as we’ve seen in the case of tests/vaccines/etc. Question: How many of these unexploded IED of uneeded and inefficient centralization did the last administration leave submerged in the law code, ready to blow us to kingdom come at an unexpected event? Don’t answer that. I like to sleep at night. And the problem was that these were the children of the mid century who refuse to believe that centralized isn’t better. Or perhaps they’re just pigs for power, greedy to get their command on.) we do remarkably well. Not great, but remarkably well. Compared to everyone else, that is.
The problem is people born and raised in America tend to assume that this is the baseline for humanity. Having been raised in a country where the Italians and the Irish are considered self-controlled and remarkably efficient, I’m always in awe of this strange, if admittedly enchanting delusion.
I’m not a hundred percent sure while people in other countries, like, say, Portugal, think that the population “count” makes any sense. No, I’m serious. I don’t get it. Unless it is a rock bottom assumption that EVERYONE must be more organized then them. (Bizarrely it doesn’t even begin to be true.) I know that they tend to believe our federal government has machine-like control over every aspect of civic and cultural life in the US (no. I’m okay. Really, I’m okay. Let me have some water so I can stop laughing and type again.)
Only this illusion allows people to believe that — what is it now? 8 billion? Yeah. It’s about as accurate as climate modeling into the far future. Computers and GIGO rule! — population count the UN puts out.
Seriously, guys, WE who are computerized, have a civic culture where people report a lot of their stuff whether it’s needed or not (is Thomas Jefferson spinning in his grave fast enough to power all of Virginia yet?) AND where most, if not all, of our births take place in the hospital, have only the most general ideas of how many people there are in the nation.
This is because — I’m not sure when, because I haven’t looked into it — at some point our politicians realized that having MORE people in their state/districts/etc gave them more power. And they did what they always do with things that give them more power and control. They started fudging the reckoning.
It was most blatant under Clinton and Obama — the party of unbridled governmental power! Maybe they can use that as a slogan: “Our candidate is a walking poster for the memory unit of a nursing home, but we just want power” — whose administrations both insisted that “we must add in an arbitrary — computer generated (are we sure the computers don’t have it in for us) — number of people that are “undercounted.””
Guys, I looked at the numbers they were adding at the time. I also lived in one of the cities they added numbers to. Let’s just say at that time we didn’t have nearly that many either homeless or immigrants. Now we might have that many homeless but — hint — they were attracted at the time of pot legalization, they weren’t spontaneously generated by the sidewalks and asphalt. They came from elsewhere, where my guess is they’re still counted.
And that’s not considering most of the Latin countries south of the border are undoubtedly still counting the population we’re supposedly undercounting.
So, here’s the thing, multiply that by… well, the countries of the Earth. Our politicians have incentive built into our system (and a few bad decisions by the Supreme Court) to over count us. That doesn’t even begin to tally the incentive that countries that are net recipients of international aid have to over count their people. Remember most of that aid is calculated per-capita.
“Oh, Sarah! But look at all those immigrants. Surely they are reproducing massively!”
<Falls on the floor laughing. Then laughs some more.
Guys, no. Those cultures are just bizarrely, massively, EXPLOSIVELY unable to provide for their people. And the west opened their doors. My guess is that each of those immigrants is still being counted at home, too. And probably their families are much higher on paper.
There is a game which everyone has heard of and social workers and others have seen play out in real life: welfare families in certain areas “borrow” children. I.e. some children are share over several families, to boost the numbers and the payment. This is certainly true for a lot of the illegal immigrants, because there is no way to keep accurate records/count them.
The insanity of giving welfare to illegal immigrants is another thing that will have the future going “Did they start putting LSD in the water then?” But it’s worse than that, it was the explosion of unimagined prosperity in the 20th century. It gave humans illusions that they could make the world into paradise, and that there was no reason not to distribute the surplus to EVERYONE. (The world doesn’t work that way, and being given unearned wealth most destroys humans. Never mind.)
Now, why did the west open their doors?
My guess is because our leaders have some inkling of how bad things are in terms of how many people are in the upcoming generations. My guess is that they are becoming scared, because — get this — nonexistent people cannot have children.
As much as most people like to pretend I’m crazy when I say I think our world population is already falling (why this would be any more crazy than the UN’s baseless assertion that we’re drowning in babies, I don’t know) that’s what the actions of the government of EVERY developed country are doing.
They are in a desperate fight for resources: the biggest resource of all: PEOPLE.
The west is willing to take welfare cases and illiterate peasants, in the hopes — I would guess — that their children will be productive citizens.
Except that this is the government. Centralized governments. Remember what I told you about the efficiency of such an institution?
The imagined elites composed of technocrats are so far removed from third world peasants that they don’t even GET the massive difference. They also don’t get the difference in culture. They have — after all — traveled abroad and met their counterparts, and they’re ALL the same, right? there’s no real difference, right? (I think they’d find a difference, if they married into those cultures, but never mind.)
But cultures don’t work like that. And importing vast numbers of people from dysfunctional cultures is not going to end well. Because when you import a group the culture lingers. And these cultures are what’s technically known as
fucked up non-functional. So non-functional, in fact, that they can’t provide for their new generations, even when those numbers are falling. (Look, guys, apparently women in the Middle East have used the internet to find the rhythm method and vote with their wombs.)
Socialist/welfare/”blue model” governments need ever growing populations. Their dominance came in the mid-century, when that was the assumption. They are trying to bring in people who’ll look after the aged, and contribute to the ponzi scheme their societies have become.
But they don’t understand people very well, since I think most such technocrats are lizard beings from Alpha Centauri (well, what IS your explanation.) So they’re madly competing for WARM BODIES. Which, since they’re being attracted with welfare and hand outs are doing nothing but collapsing the grift-and-moralizing systems faster.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that humanity has never been in a situation where each individual family had an incentive (economic, regulatory — well, guys, when you can’t leave the precious darlings alone for more than 2hours, and can’t let them walk to the park by themselves at ten, what do you think that does — emotional and propagandistic (that climbing population)) to have fewer children; where each “blue” government in its own territory had an incentive to REDUCE population, because each citizen is a LIABILITY who will require health care, welfare, etc. etc. etc., and yet where each of those countries also desperately needed a higher and higher population every 20 years, to be able to keep existing.
I don’t even know what to say to the situation, except that the West, in this as in everything else, is forging new paths. Now, they’re new paths in self-destruction, but what the heck.
It won’t last. Whatever comes after, this won’t last. It won’t last because it is at war with itself. And the way it seems to be breaking is the people of the various countries getting annoyed at the imports who refuse to fit in. And refusing to pay for welfare.
Which …. I don’t know. And the important thing is that no one does. Between our a amazing prosperity in historical terms, falling birth rates and a completely insane would be technocratic class, the only thing I can promise you is that we’ll live in interesting times.