The other day, I was discussing the environment over a cup of coffee with a liberal friend of mine when he said all the actions we were talking about — restoring ecosystems, saving endangered species, and that sort of thing — were better than doing nothing, but what we really need to solve most, if not all, of our environmental problems is for about half of the people on this planet to disappear. Actually (after acknowledging that what he was going to say wasn’t “politically correct”) he said that what we need is for about half of the people on earth to be killed in a nuclear war or a plague or something.
The reason he said that, of course, is that he, like all liberals (and many conservatives), believes that the real cause of environmental problems, and many other problems too, is that there are too many people.
As happens frequently in situations that make me uncomfortable, I couldn’t think of a clever and appropriately devastating rejoinder to make on the spot, so I just grunted and acted disinterested and hoped he would change the subject.
Later on it occurred to me that I should have called him on what was a totally cruel, tasteless, stupid, and completely empty comment—I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t want to be responsible (even by wishing it) for the death of a few billion people, but when it comes to liberals, I’m not so sure anymore.
A good retort to his comment, it occurred to me, would have been to say, “Knowing how you feel about peace and love and all that, I’m sure you would never condemn anyone else to be nuked or plagued or commit suicide, nor would you ask them to offer themselves as sacrifices in your stead. So, I assume what you just said means you, and the other people who think like you, are volunteering to remove yourselves from the planet in order to save it from overpopulation. That is so courageous and self-sacrificing, I’m totally in awe. Let me make it clear you don’t have to do this for me — I’m not suggesting that half the Earth’s population needs to disappear. But since you’re so committed, when do you plan for this to happen, and is there anything you’d like me to do for you after you’re gone?”
While I was kicking myself for not having said the above, another thought came to mind that was much more of an awakening and absolutely chilling. It occurred to me that liberals really are removing themselves from the earth, that they really are committing mass suicide, and they are doing it at a really startling rate. Shades of Hale-Bopp and Jonestown!
At that point I remembered a couple of environmentalists I knew, and a couple more I’m aware of, who killed themselves because they thought they were “part of the problem.” I thought of a woman in England whom I had heard had herself sterilized so she couldn’t increase her carbon footprint by producing other humans. I thought of myself and my wife and quite a few of our friends who have essentially done the same thing—We didn’t have kids at least partially because we swallowed the “Earth is overpopulated” propaganda, too.
I also thought of an article published a while back by columnist Mark Steyn called “It’s the Demography, Stupid.” In this article Steyn pointed out that in the U. S. there are only 2.07 births per woman. In Ireland 1.87. In New Zealand 1.79, Australia 1.76, and in Canada 1.5, which is well below replacement rate. Germany and Austria come in at 1.3. Russia and Italy at 1.2; and Spain is at 1.1, which is only about half replacement rate. This means, Steyn points out, that “Spain’s population is halving every generation. By 2050, Italy’s population will have fallen by 22%, Bulgaria’s by 36%, Estonia’s by 52%.”
In America, demographic trends suggest that the majority of this attrition by far is happening among liberals. Steyn notes that, “In the 2004 election, John Kerry won the 16 states with the lowest birthrates; George W. Bush took 25 of the 26 states with the highest.” By 2050, the 100 million more Americans who will be alive will be mostly red-staters.
Which, of course, is another way of solving the “overpopulation problem.” The fewer liberals there are the fewer chicken-little rants we’ll hear about overpopulation, global warming, American guilt, anti-capitalism, etc…
So… The next time you talk to a liberal and they start talking as did University of Texas evolutionary ecologist and lizard expert, Dr. Eric Pianka, the “2006 Distinguished Texas Scientist,” when he advocated the elimination of 90 percent of Earth’s population by airborne Ebola and was given a standing ovation by the Texas Academy of Science, tell him or her goodbye. Tell them why you’re saying goodbye. Thank them for their sacrifice, and ask if you can have their Prius or, better yet, their wine collection when they walk their talk.