“The wave of the future is not the conquest of the world by a single dogmatic creed but the liberation of the diverse energies of free nations and free men.”
John F. Kennedy
In his book, The Fate of Nations, Paul Colinvaux wrote, “Liberty, in the Jeffersonian sense, cannot survive a continual packing-in of people. If our numbers continue to rise on a resource base that expands but little, the future inevitably holds ever greater restrictions on individual freedom.”
Once again, common sense rears its gut-check propensity as to the dilemma we face with our hyper-population onslaught.
In reality, we’ve all faced crowded situations where our freedom suffered limitations. Do you recall women standing in line for the toilet at a movie or ball game? How about standing 20 back in line at the movie box office with only 60 seconds before the show? What about a dance floor so crowded you couldn’t move? Ever drive in bumper to bumper traffic with a crash scene ahead? How about visiting Yosemite National Park in the summer? Ever try to board a subway car at 5:15 p.m. in New York City? Or, how about walking down the sidewalk at rush hour in NYC? With greater numbers—everyone’s freedom suffers limitations.
As your freedoms diminish, your connection to natural processes degrades. At the same time, your stress levels rise not to mention blood pressure and irritation.
As shown in many other historical illustrations, America’s fate can be wrecked by wrong decisions concerning population numbers. In Colinvaux’s book, he shows that beliefs such as “go forth and multiply without limits” create consequences counter to long term survival of humanity. He writes:
“Civilizations arise from the technical competence of the founders; rising numbers are merely the consequences of that competence as the civilization is able to feed more and more people.”
· Crowding impacts the well-off, who invest heavily in child-rearing, more than the poor, who have little to spend on children.
· Trade, often seen as necessary to cope with growth, is not a solution at all; in reality it is a primary cause of growth, robbing nations and people of self-reliance.
· Repression is the elites’ means of preventing the middle class from sharing in the benefits largely created by the middle class.
· Revolutions arise from dissatisfied middle classes determined to seize their rightful due.
Most Americans have read about deer populations ‘crashing’ from too many animals without enough grassland to feed them. As deer begin to starve, they lose their health, freedom and choices. However, as animals, they die from nature’s consequences brought about by overloading the carrying capacity of the land.
What is the difference for humans? Before farming and the Industrial Revolution, we couldn’t produce enough food to explode our populations. In 1850, the world population didn’t add up to one billion people in 5,000 years of humanity. Within 150 years of the arrival of the tractor, we’ve reached 6.7 billion. We are much too clever for our own long-term survival.
Colinvaux hammers readers’ minds with, “If social policy promotes unconstrained growth of the poor classes—whether by natural increase or immigration—the effect will be to squeeze out those whose ability created the standard of living that benefited all.”
He shows that ecology’s first law might be written: “All poverty is caused by continued population growth. Yet a noisy propaganda denies that rising populations cause poverty. We are told by most eminent politicians and international experts that the rising numbers, far from being a cause of poverty, are in fact a result of poverty.”
Colinvaux continues, “Three kinds of assumptions have been made in recent years suggesting that our population growth will stop by itself from some inner dynamic of its own. These assertions have had very wide publicity, for they seem to say that the population problem will go away on its own. The assertions stand in grave error.”
What are those assertions?
· Populations stop growing as people become wealthy.
· Recent explosive growth in world population has been due to medical advances and will go away as people adapt.
· That human population is now at the inflection point, at which numbers will level off as in other kinds of animals, remaining stationary thereafter.
He said, “All three assertions violate scientific principles and assume that magic is at work in the control of numbers of all livings things.”
It matters little whether you remain silent as to political correctness or quiet because you don’t want to get involved or feel that it will work itself out on its own. The fact remains: humanity stepped out of the circle of nature at some point in its progress of becoming cognitive beings. We’ve sidestepped diseases, carrying capacity and even wars as we’ve grown to 6.7 billion.
However, serious natural consequences await us. Those penalties already manifest for much of humanity as you’ve seen in this book. Yet, we persist in our arrogance that we can defy nature.
We cannot! That will become more apparent and more realized in the next 10, 20 and 30 years. Why?
As our numbers increase, our freedoms decrease in every aspect of our lives. Where your commute time used to be 15 minutes, it’s now 30. Soon, it will be 45 minutes. In California, some employees drive 90 minutes to work and 90 minutes back home. You can think of a dozen more examples—especially if you live in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston or Chicago.
Our rising numbers will boil beyond our ability to stop the population caldron from erupting like Mount Saint Helen. We can deny it, ignore it, suppress it and even pretend to fool ourselves for a few more decades—at the most. But the cold hard facts remain! We’re already in so much trouble; we may not survive this population 9/11.
At some point, nature will deal with us rather harshly, and with unfathomable methods. As we fight for resources, beg for water, pray for less traffic and all other consequences of too many people, we will wonder how we landed in this billowing, volcanic predicament.
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Visit this site for a rendition of Colorado Governor Lamm’s speech: “How to Destroy America”
Please visit Annie Leonard at www.storyofstuff.com for a compelling and highly interesting 20 minute video concerning our high consumption, highly wasteful and unsustainable society. She educates and provides avenues for you to make a difference.
Visit this web site by Chris Martenson: http://www.chrismartenson.com/environmental_data
In Colorado: visit www.soprisfoundation.org for information how you can network with like-minded folks to create a more sustainable future for Colorado and other states.
View CNN’s “Planet in Peril” with Anderson Cooper and Lisa Ling:
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Books to read: “The Long Emergency” by James Howard Kunstler
“Peak Everything” by Richard Heinberg
Many People” by Lindsey Grant
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Roy Beck's "IMMIGRATION BY THE NUMBERS" is the single best educational appreciation of America's future if we allow ourselves to add another 100 million people. Just click on this site for the most sobering experience of your children's future.
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Bob Woodruff of ABC asked input from all citizens concerning the future of our planet. Go to www.earth2100.tv for a sobering reality check as to what we face and to what I have been writing about for the past 20 years. Our ‘window’ to change to a balanced population and non-polluting energy diminishes every day we listen to irresponsible media and thus ignore the blatant symptoms manifesting all over America and the planet.
From: Frosty Wooldridge
This three minute interview with Adam Schrager on “Your Show” May 4, 2008, NBC Channel 9 News, addresses the ramifications of adding 120 million people to USA in 35 years and six million people to Colorado as to water shortages, air pollution, loss of farmland, energy costs and degradation of quality of life. In the interview, Frosty Wooldridge explains the ramifications of adding 120 million people to the USA in 35 years. He advances new concepts such as a “Colorado Carrying Capacity Policy”; “Colorado Environmental Impact Policy”; “Colorado Water Usage Policy”; “Colorado Sustainable Population Policy”. Nationally, the USA needs a "National Sustainable Population Policy" to determine the carrying capacity of this nation for the short and long term. Wooldridge is available for interviews on radio and TV having interviewed on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and FOX.
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Frosty Wooldridge has bicycled across six continents – from the Arctic to the South Pole – as well as six times across the USA, coast to coast and border to border. In 2005, he bicycled from the Arctic Circle, Norway to Athens, Greece. He presents “The Coming Population Crisis in America: and what you can do about it” to civic clubs, church groups, high schools and colleges. He works to bring about sensible world population balance at www.frostywooldridge.com