I’ve lived smack dab in the middle of flyover country for the better portion of my life. In fact, some people in flyover country especially like to fly over Nebraska. The I-80 corridor has to be one of the longest, most boring stretches of road in the world. If you are unfortunate enough to find yourself on that interstate or any arterial highways in various directions, you’ll likely see fields upon fields of corn.
For most of my childhood I’d just assumed that this corn was food. I mean, every summer there’s a little pop up stand on at least one corner in every Podunk town selling corn and other garden produce along with myriads of farmer’s markets. It wasn’t until I was probably a teenager that I discovered that wasn’t the case. By far and away most of the corn grown in Nebraska is considered “field corn” or “dent corn”. This type of corn is grown specifically to let dry out and is not particularly sweet. It is used primarily for livestock feed and for ethanol production, most recently to be supplemented in gasoline.
In fact, almost 9 million acres in Nebraska alone are used for field corn. Less than 300,000 acres goes towards various varieties used for food production. And even then, the lion’s share is for corn that will ultimately end up in some large production facility destined to become a corn chip or a bag of popcorn. A scant 1,000 acres are used for that sweet corn on the cob that we are accustomed to eating.
Probably about the time I became a teenager I also started hearing the talking heads on TV and various teachers in school remind us how the earth was direly overpopulated and we were all at risk of starvation and death by horrible means if we didn’t do something drastic in the very near term future.
As you can imagine, the irony of this hit me particularly hard considering that I have been from Washington State to Florida and all sorts of places in between by both car and plane on multiple occasions and, golly, there just seems to be a LOT of land that is suitable for living. Large stretches where you can go for miles and miles and not be within the vicinity of probably more than 50,000 souls. In many cases significantly less. In Kansas, to my south, there are literally seas filled with amber waves of grain. It alone accounts for 20% of the nation’s wheat production.
And yet, as my teachers would explain to me, we’ve known since at least the 1960s that humanity is going to starve to death because there’s just too many people and not enough food to pass around.
Admittedly as a teen, I basically just scoffed and didn’t pay too much heed to it. But that slowly changed as supposed inconvenient truths started to make national and worldwide news cycles. In 2019 I think it culminated for me when I discovered that supposedly cow farts were causing the earth to heat up at an alarming rate.
In 1968 an all but unknown professor from Stanford University named Paul Ehrlich wrote a book called The Population Bomb. The book would go on to ignite a cultural explosion of epic proportions. In it Ehrlich made all sorts of predictions stories that amped the emotional response to 11 and took a decidedly alarmist tone. Claims such as, “The battle to feed all humanity is over” and “hundreds of millions of people are going to starve to death” are the norm here. While initially not gaining much traction, Ehrlich relentlessly promoted his work. By 1970 he was being interviewed by Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show.
The response, we’re told, was so impressive for NBC that Carson wanted him back on. So in April of that year, just before the first Earth Day, Ehrlich was back at it. In a speech he stated that, “in ten years all important animal life in the sea will be extinct. Large areas of coastline will have to be evacuated because of the stench of dead fish.”
Within a scant couple years environmentalist doomsday prophets, riding on the back of Ehrlich’s book and public fearmongering, flourished. Ehrlich personally helped create the group Zero Population Growth. Unfortunately for them, since the Armageddon didn’t happen within a couple of decades as Ehrlich proclaimed, they had to change their name to Population Connection so as not to be quite so obviously creepy. The idea here was that the population, when taking pure math and doing the calculations, would explode to over 10 billion people in very rapid succession. Earlier works had surmised that just within a generation or two that the population had swelled from over 2 billion to 4 billion. This kind of growth would not be sustainable. Basically, Ehrlich had picked up Thomas Malthus’ torch from the 1790s and started to run with it. And he picked up a pitchfork along the way.
Governments, businesses, think-tanks and other non-profits jumped took the hype and ran with it, crafting legislation, curriculum and programming, to thwart this oncoming apocalypse. Forced family limits. Permits or licenses to reproduce. China obviously comes to mind with their famous one child policy. “Reproductive Rights” – read as abortion on demand would need to be implemented and made socially and morally acceptable.
I hope you can see where this is going. Population control. Food production control. Urbanization, oddly enough. Chemicals in foods. Vaccinations with Yah knows what in them. The key word being control. And even though urban metropolises are where one tends to see the effects of overcrowding and poverty the most, it’s still held as the most desirable place for people to live precisely because a bunch of people in a small geographical area can be more easily controlled. See Jerusalem circa 70AD and also New York City circa 2020.
Interestingly, and perhaps my sleuthing skills are just not up to par, I couldn’t find anything on either Ehrlich or his wife Anne that screamed SPOOK. They went to the University of Kansas. He studied butterflies. Paul is Jewish, but I didn’t see any monetary connections. The Wiki tells us that his father was a shirt salesman and his mother was a public school teacher. Once they got to Stanford…who knows, I guess. Seems awfully odd to go from butterfly scientist to doomsday prophet but who am I to say?
What we do know is that he became a rock star in his own right. Or is that his own rite? Hmm.
But here’s the thing. I’ve lived a few places. I’m not just a dumb cornhusker who thinks Omaha is a big city. I’ve lived near large cities before. When I moved my family to Central America, we were all thrust into the chaotic sea that is Guatemala City. We were told that the city and its surrounding area boasted around 4 million people. Would I call it crowded? Absolutely. Overpopulated? Surely. The city is bursting at the seams and infrastructure wise, it can barely support itself. It’s a sprawling metropolis amongst the mountain jungle. Get outside the city though, and really tour the rest of the entire country and you’ll find more mountain and jungle than anything else. There’s entire Mayan cities still untouched in stretches of forest that remain largely untrodden and steadily being consumed by the vegetation.
We’re told that over half the population lives in the urban areas surrounding Guat City. I can attest. When we drove all of our earthly possessions through the country and into Belize en route to Mexico, we were on lonely roads almost the whole way. Upon our return to the U.S. a couple years later and the road trip from Texas to Nebraska is not all too dissimilar aside from the terrain. Dallas is a large metropolis, but outside you’ll be hard pressed to feel hard pressed the rest of the way. Oklahoma City and Wichita round out the largest population centers and they pale compared to those in Texas.
It was also while in Central America, whilst perusing real estate, business opportunities, etc. that I ran across some interesting findings. But I want to back track for a moment.
I did some maths on the top 30 cities in the U.S., taken from the National League of Cities, and it comes out to just shy of 39 million people. We’re told there’s over 350 million people in the country. Intrigued by this I also checked some of the data on cities across the world. The United Nations estimates for the top 81 cities with populations above 5 million comes to – drum roll – a whopping 812 million people. Now don’t get me wrong, this is a lot of people. But it didn’t even crack a billion. And those numbers include the urban sprawl surrounding the city centers proper. Whereas the National League lists New York City at a little over 8 million, The UN figures NYC at almost 19 million. So this is not to exclude other large areas of the states and countries where these cities reside. The UN says that 4.2 billion people live in any kind of city. That’s 60% of the world’s supposed population. It tells us that 3.4 billion people live in rural areas.
Now keep some of these numbers in mind. Back in Guatemala I was greeted with headlines like this: Want to buy a Spanish Village? This real estate agent has 400 to sell. And I even found some hamlets that were free. One ad basically had the mayorship of a village for sale.
And it wasn’t just España.
Just as I write this Italy is selling houses in a “covid free” town for one American dollar. In 2015 there were all sorts of beautiful but dilapidated villas in stunning areas of Italy – and they were ghost towns. I looked into it and the average age of the populace in these places is over 60 across the board.
In Japan there’s a growing number of abandoned houses that are considered akiya, or vacant. Some estimates put the number of homes in the neighborhood of 8 million out of 60 million in Japan. And it may be closer to 10 million. The aging population and movement to more urban areas has created this glut along with the local superstitions about familial spirits haunting the joints.
The Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs estimates that by 2033, 30% of all homes on the Island will be vacant. They also forecast that by 2040 there will be 900 entire villages that will just cease to exist any longer.
Another factor in all of the areas I saw and looked further into: declining birthrates. The BBC reported back in 2018 that half of the world’s countries now have too few babies being born to maintain their current populations.
In 2015 China abandoned its one child policy after 35 years of enforcing it. I wonder if Chairman Mao was a fan of Ehrlich’s work or if it was just his Master telling him to implement the policy? The effects have been devastating. There’s too few children to support the aging population and even in the communist country there is no social safety net large enough to impede the socio-economic effects. And this after years and years of forced abortions and secret births. Not to mention the psychological toll on a generation who does not know what it means to have a sibling or any real extended family. The stunted growth goes far beyond economic terms.
So we’re left with this insane cognitive dissonance on a grand scale. Ask a typical person on the street and they’re likely to regurgitate that the planet just has too many people. There’s not enough resources. You see, humanity is the problem. I can’t even list all of the movies in the past decade that describes humanity as a “virus”…hmmm…or that we are the problem and that we don’t deserve the earth. Thanos snap, anyone? The sheer number of movies and TV shows that adopt this ideology is so vast it’s why I didn’t pick a specific one when writing this article. Although, I will admit, I’m a big Christopher Nolan fan, and his movie Interstellar sticks out to me, simply because the premise at the beginning is that the corn is dying and will soon become genetically incapable of reproducing along with potatoes and other vegetables and thus humanity will end. Huge tracts of land are giant dust bowls. Yadda, yadda, black holes, time dilation, tesseracts, humans are gods, you get the gist.
So I ask, just what kind of population bomb did they really conjure? And yes, conjure is the appropriate word. Was it an explosion of people or an inversion? Something similar to a black mirror. The inverted cross. *wink, wink* Could the explosion really be one with the intention of decimating the population?
They tell us that we can’t produce enough food to feed everyone. So what’s the solution? Create DNA spliced hybrids. This supposedly allows the mutant plants to fend off various insects and other maladies, but in many cases it’s just so that they can sustain all the chemicals that are dumped on them. The ground can’t sustain the tilling and farming habits of Big Ag so they must do whatever they can to keep the show running.
I hear bananas are going extinct. A fungus is wreaking havoc on the Cavendish species that we’re all so fond of eating. Large companies such as Dole and Chiquita are the main growers of these fruit. I’ve driven past rows and rows of them all along the Pacific Coast of Guatemala complete with giant Dole signage every few hundred meters.
Too many flatulent cows heating up the atmosphere, so let’s make veggie meat with beet juice to simulate blood. I don’t even want to know what’s in the ingredients list of those things. Heck, I cringe reading any food label anymore. It’s mostly not food.
That leads to the next supposed dilemma. We wouldn’t need all the food production if there weren’t so many dang people. Solution? Make less people. Not only make less people, make the idea of making more people less palatable. Easy enough. Mix racism in with eugenics along with fiery political rhetoric and you have the beginnings of the witch’s brew. Throw in buzz words like economic independence and reproductive rights and Voilà!
Another surefire way to have less people is just to kill them outright. War is a good solution for that. You can take some of the same ingredients listed above and make a slightly different concoction that will cause people who imbibe to mercilessly hate each other and do whatever needs to be done to eradicate the other. Patriotism is often the cherry on top.
One last favorite of the Powers That Should Not Be is taking people from more densely populated areas, especially ones where the culture and religion are very different, and mass immigrating them to urban areas, often gentrified and where the population is typically aging.
Cue the Hegelian Dialectic.
I wonder if R.C. Christian and the “small group of Americans who seek the Age of Reason” who sponsored the Georgia Guidestones were avid readers of Ehrlich’s work. The ten directives written in multiple languages on the granite slabs seems to line up awfully well with what Ehrlich pushes.
- Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
- Guide reproduction wisely — improving fitness and diversity.
- Unite humanity with a living new language.
- Rule passion — faith — tradition — and all things with tempered reason.
- Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
- Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.
- Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
- Balance personal rights with social duties.
- Prize truth — beauty — love — seeking harmony with the infinite.
- Be not a cancer on the Earth — Leave room for nature — Leave room for nature.
I’m sure the astronomical features of the stones that indicate the celestial pole and daily/annual sun movements are not relevant at all to the subject at hand. Probably. Maybe. Likewise, I’m sure, the person who spray painted the stones with, “I Am Isis, goddess of love” in 2014 was just practicing their tagging skills. Mmhmm. Yeah. Let’s go with that.
Perhaps Ehrlich and the other prophets of population doom should have listened to Yahuah instead.
“But as for you, be fruitful and multiply! Flourish in the land and multiply in it.”
“For six years you may sow your field and for six years you may prune your vineyard and gather in its fruits. But in the seventh year there is to be a Shabbat rest for the land—a Shabbat to Adonai. You are not to sow your field or prune your vineyard. You are not to reap what grows by itself during your harvest nor gather the grapes of your untended vine. It is to be a year of Shabbat rest for the land. Whatever the Shabbat of the land produces will be food for yourself, for your servant, for your maidservant, for your hired worker and for the outsider dwelling among you. Even for your livestock and for the animals that are in your land—all its increase will be enough food.”
I’m guessing they haven’t read the rest of the book either…