Anorak | Life, Humanity And Capitalism Take On David Suzuki’s Mighty Ego

Life, Humanity And Capitalism Take On David Suzuki’s Mighty Ego

by | 23rd, December 2013


DAVID  Suzuki has a plan. He  aims t o “design a vision of Earth in which humans live within the planet’s productive capacity.”

His is the voice of doom:

Richard Metzger:

If you understand the concept of how “compound interest” works, and have even slightly more than half a brain in your head, be prepared to have a deflating “Oh shit…” moment when he gets to the not so amusing punchline.

Anorak disagrees. It is funny. Suzuki overlooks the facts that  population growth in Asia is falling. It’s now 2.1. In the 1950s it was over 5.

Might it be that the poor are no longer relying on a big family to bring home the fat?




Why are fertility rates falling in Asia? Our very own Tim Worstall writes:

…what he doesn’t get is that we already know how population can and should be controlled. Get rich.

It’s a very simple point: as incomes pass through some quite low point (I’ve seen claims that it’s as low as $3,000 per capita) then fertility slumps and lo, we have solved the population problem.

So, if you’re a worrywart about population then you need to be arguing for the best and fastest method of getting incomes in general above that point (whatever it actually is).

No, it’s not availability of contraception (although that obviously helps at the margin, but it is at the margin, only 10%

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