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Why having more children will save the world

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He has a history of saying the unsayable; thinking the unthinkable; doing the undoable. But that is why we are all enthralled by Elon Musk – the entrepreneur-contrarian who has defied naysayers, short-sellers and tech-sceptics to buck trends and realise vast dreams, from clean cars to rocket ships.

Now, though, he seems to have grasped an issue too thorny, too immovable, even for him. Musk has taken issue with that great establishment nostrum of our age: population – the view that there are just too many of us human beings, and if we want to do good, save the planet, and save ourselves into the bargain, we should all cross our legs and stop having children.

It’s the argument that father-of-three Prince William peddles, for example, in his role as the royal patron of the Tusk Trust, which promotes wildlife conservation in Africa. Four years ago he lamented: “Africa’s rapidly growing human population”. A fortnight ago, he repeated the view that “human population… presents a huge challenge for conservationists, [in Africa] as it does the world over.”

But Musk has no truck with such bien-pensant concerns. “Humans are the custodians of other life on Earth,” he says. And while he does not go as far as those who consider the fretting of rich white people about expanding African populations (due to double by 2050, to 2.5 billion) as a kind of “eco-fascism”, he does think we have got it all wrong when it comes to population. It is not too many people we should be worried about, he said at an event earlier this week, but too few. Birth rates do indeed present “one of the biggest risks to civilisation”, he added. But it is falling birthrates that are the problem.

All of this may sound like palpable nonsense to those in this country struggling to find an affordable home, or to secure a GP appointment, or a place for their child at a packed nursery or that outstanding-yet-hugely-oversubscribed local school.

It is not just environmentalists, in other words, who have become enthralled by the Malthusian mantra; every day we learn that resources are stretched. Surely, the simple logic runs, resources would become less stretched if there were fewer of us after them?

That’s not how Musk sees it. “There are not enough people,” he said on Monday. “I can’t emphasise this enough, there are not enough people.

“So many people, including smart people, think that there are too many people in the world and think that the population is growing out of control. It’s completely the opposite,” he said. “Please look at the numbers – if people don’t have more children, civilisation is going to crumble, mark my words.”

 

Elon Musk: ‘I can’t emphasise this enough, there are not enough people’ – AP

At first glance, looking at the numbers does little to bolster Musk’s argument. A thousand years ago, there were only around 320 million people on the planet. Then, 300 years or so ago, our numbers exploded. In just a century from 1700, global population almost doubled, from 600 million to 1 billion. No wonder Thomas Malthus, that demographer célèbre, issued his most famous warning of population catastrophe in 1798, just as mankind reached the billion mark. Yet that warning was swept aside by the sheer scale of change. In the two centuries since, we have increased more than sevenfold, to the estimated 7.7 billion of us on the planet today.

And we’re not stopping yet. According to UN figures, global population growth isn’t forecast to flatten until the end of this century, by which time there are projected to be almost 11 billion of us on the planet.

But importantly, this picture is very uneven. Asia will reach its tipping point half a century earlier, in 2050, and lose more than half a billion people in the rest of the century. In South America the picture is the same. Swathes of Europe, too, will soon see not so much a population boom as a population bust.

Take Romania, population just under 20 million today, forecast to collapse to 12 million by 2100. Or Italy: 60 million today, only 40 million in 2100. These are dramatic changes. Birth rates in developed countries are commonly already far below the 2.1 children per mother replacement rate. America’s fell to 1.86 children in 2006 (though it has recovered slightly since). In Britain, according to the ONS, “The total fertility rate for England and Wales in 2020 fell to 1.58 children per woman, the lowest since records began in 1938.” Worldwide we are hitting what the celebrated data analyst Hans Rosling famously called “peak child”. It is a trend accelerated by the pandemic, as parents have put off having children until better times. That is a familiar historic occurrence. Bad news – from recessions to climate change – hits birth rates.

Musk considers this to be a wrongheaded heaping of woe upon woe. In his mind, good times – economic growth, spreading prosperity, scientific, medical and technological advance of the kind whose Western-world ubiquity, in the memorable phrase of novelist Tom Wolfe, enabled “the average burglar-alarm repairman [to live] a life that would have made the Sun King blink” – have all been accompanied by population growth.

“Population collapse is a much bigger problem than people realise,” he tweeted earlier this year. Not least, perhaps, because the conventional wisdom of those UN forecasts was challenged last year by an influential study, published in The Lancet, suggesting that the world’s population will actually peak in 2064, far earlier than expected, and have declined by 2100 to 8.8 billion, 2 billion fewer than usually thought. “The societal, economic, and geopolitical power implications of our predictions are substantial,” noted researcher Professor Stein Emil Vollset at the time. “In particular, our findings suggest that the decline in the numbers of working-age adults alone will reduce GDP growth rates that could result in major shifts in global economic power by the century’s end.”

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With six children of his own, you might say Musk is doing his part. But there are those who feel that, like Malthus before him, he is doomed to failure; that no one can stand up to the juggernaut of demographic trends.

Among them is Parag Khanna, author of Move: How Mass Migration Will Reshape the World. He believes that declining populations will lead to an “all-out war for talent, recruiting young and able-bodied workers… to stave off an economic decline driven by demographic deflation.” Britain, he says, is lucky. As one of the few countries where climate change might actually make life more clement (others include Japan, Canada and Kazakhstan), he argues this island will be attractive to immigrants who will be able to take their pick of hollowed-out destinations. Perhaps that is why the UK’s own population is forecast by the UN to buck European trends and add another 10 million by the end of the century – and still be growing then.

Inevitably Musk, not one to shy from big problems – or indeed to miss an opportunity of promoting his wares – has a solution to the shrinking-population driven worker shortage that he fears is to come: the Tesla bot. “What is the economy?” he asked, introducing the 5ft 8in, 9st humanoid robot this August. “The economy is essentially labour.”

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If the bot works (and he suggested a prototype may be ready as soon as next year) “it will be quite profound”, shifting society to a place where “physical work will be a choice” and there may no longer be “any actual limit to the economy”.

But a life of ease and bounty should not, in his mind, stop us having children. Because to worry about a crowded Earth is ultimately, he insists, to miss the point. Humankind must, for its own security if nothing else, settle and populate not just this planet, but many others too, starting with Mars.

“Mars has a great need for people, seeing as population is currently zero,” he tweeted this summer. “Let us bring life to Mars!”

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17 Comments on "Why having more children will save the world"

  1. Theedrich on Fri, 10th Dec 2021 12:42 am 

    The criminal USA should move to Mars. Maybe then Musk’s fantasy of expanding throughout the Milky Way can begin.  That is, if the “indispensable nation’s” elites do not start a nuclear war to accommodate their bribers in the Ukraine and prevent Elon’s wishdreams from coming true by reducing the human population to zero.

    Meanwhile the schizoid hallucinations of zillionaire idiots savants like Klaus Schwab (deviser of the Weltwirtschaftsforum) and Georg Sörös are enabling quantity to trump quality by importing anthropoid apes en masse into Western countries.  Their strategies of Weltregierung (world governance) will perforce bring Musk’s visions of sugar plums to realization.  Maybe that is the real reason why Elon is promoting global overload:  Santa Klaus’ World Economic Forum will provide him with more money.  Megalomaniac birds of a feather stick together.

    Yes, civilization needs more of homo insipiens with an IQ of 50 and declining.

    Thanks, Elon

  2. Biden's hairplug on Fri, 10th Dec 2021 1:22 am 

    “That’s not how Musk sees it. “There are not enough people,” he said on Monday. “I can’t emphasize this enough, there are not enough people.”

    Why is it so difficult to understand that Musk means there are too few WHITE babies, but even he is too PC to openly say so, yet?

    Oh, and if Musk (50) is beginning to make statements like those, expect him to run for president at some point, perhaps not 2024, but 2028 at the latest. Eventually he will have enough of making cars and being the richest man in history and will aspire to become the most powerful man in history.

    https://edition.cnn.com/2021/02/14/business/elon-musk-vladmir-putin-clubhouse/index.html

    “Elon Musk invites Vladimir Putin for a conversation on Clubhouse”

    Q.E.D. Musk is flirting with politics.

    Musk is a South-African closet white nationalist, who has observed what was possible for Donald Trump. Now Musk, has way more money than Trump and is less controversial, and frankly, much more sophisticated than our estimated pussy grabber.

  3. Biden's hairplug on Fri, 10th Dec 2021 2:18 am 

    Americans don’t care that much about Britain, they consider having that country, as the rest of Europe, as in their pockets and that’s it.

    Could be a mistake.

    Boris Johnson is stumbling from one scandal to the next and the population is beginning to see through that charlatan and that this idiot is sacrificing the future of their country, if any, to the benefit of his career. The Tory electorate has stopped laughing.

    https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/politics/north-shropshire-by-election/2021/12/08/north-shropshire-by-election-odds-bookies-install-lib-dems-as-favourites/

    This so-called Tory safe seat could be gone next week and lost to the most pro-European party in the UK, the Lib-Dems.

    My favorite UK leftie about BoJo his mishaps: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLj2D1iOosY

    He predicts it could be over for BoJo in a few months, further undermining the British faith in Brexit. Hopefully a more moderate Tory takes over. Theresa May? The goal for the EU must be to keep the UK out of the EU, but let them return to the Common Market, but not before we have given Scotland a serious chance to secede and return to the EU as a full member, initiating a continental-wide process to finally get rid of ALL major European countries, including Germany, France and Italy and replace them with 75 or so identitarian regions, ruled by European integrationists, who populate the large cities and run the show, where the populists can have the identitarian countryside:

    https://parisberlinmoscow.wordpress.com/2021/05/03/the-united-statelets-of-europe/

    We still need Britain and its military resources as an overlord of collapsing Anglo-Canadian lands, where the 640 million from EU+Russia will deal with the white remainders of the US (ca. 120 million white Confederates), after the to be expected “flash-in-the-pan” will finally materialize there, probably after another flash-in-the-pan occurs in East-Asia first.

    Anglos minus Clinton have a sense of foreboding that US hegemony could be over soon:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuNhMuEGk0M

    The moderator is a British Jew, an Ian Bremmer, who I already had in the crosshairs in 2015, before Trump and Brexit:

    https://parisberlinmoscow.wordpress.com/2015/06/01/ian-bremmer-knows-anglosphere-is-over-2/

    “Ian Bremmer Knows Anglosphere Is Over”

    He is just as delusional as his little brother apneaman, who appears here, with declining regularity, because slowly the truth seeps in, even with him as well, namely that the heebs are over as a global force to be reckoned with.

  4. Biden's hairplug on Fri, 10th Dec 2021 2:28 am 

    “Pfizer’s boss says FOURTH Covid jab will be needed next winter but warns Omicron’s spread could see top-up vaccine required SOONER than 12 months after third dose”

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10293293/Pfizers-boss-says-FOURTH-Covid-jab-needed-winter.html#comments

    The heeb who is running Pfizer is rubbing his hands at the prospect of jabbing any biped till Kingdom Comes.

    But reading between the lines, he admits that these 3 jabs that have been set in most elderly arms in the West, were useless in the light of the upcoming Omicron variant.

    The good news is that Omicron could spell the end of the Covid pandemic:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Paq17X6ucQ

    There is a good chance that the highly infectious but rather innocent Omicron variant will supersede Delta, everybody and his mother will get it and will have the required antibodies naturally and Covid will sizzle out like a common cold, and we can worry again about climate change, peak oil and mass immigration. Herd immunity at last. But… first see, then believe.

  5. Biden's hairplug on Fri, 10th Dec 2021 3:17 am 

    “Charlottesville’s Robert E. Lee statue will be melted down by city’s African American history museum”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/12/07/charlottesville-melt-robert-lee-statue/

    America is so utterly over.

    Charlottesville… I remember that name… ah yes:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KYifYzjKlc

    Fortunately, white America has a plan B, it is called Greater Europe (Paris-Berlin-Moscow) or Eurosphere, meaning all the lands surrounding the North Pole. Blacks call us “Ice People” for a reason. It also means we’ll have to sacrifice Down Under and the US SW and SE and parts of Texas:

    https://parisberlinmoscow.files.wordpress.com/2021/06/worldmap2.jpg

    And England will go it alone, without Scotland, Ulster, Gibraltar and perhaps even Wales. But they will get Anglo-Canada in return.

  6. Biden's hairplug on Fri, 10th Dec 2021 3:47 am 

    “Musk muses about quitting his jobs”

    https://www.rt.com/usa/542754-musk-muses-quitting-jobs/

    “Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk wants to resign from all his current positions and become a full-time influencer – or at least to hear what Twitter has to say about the idea.”

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1469153995428085762?s=20

    (5 hours ago, thank you, RT!)

    Musk has enough of Tesla, wants to become an “influencer”.

    And what is the biggest influencer of them all? Right: being the president of the US.

  7. Biden's hairplug on Fri, 10th Dec 2021 4:58 am 

    I have to retract the idea that Musk could be the next US president, since he was not born there, which is a constitutional requirement. My bad.

    https://www.quora.com/Can-Elon-Musk-run-for-President

  8. FuckYou on Fri, 10th Dec 2021 10:30 am 

    I get to kill all of you. I achive my 3 objectives.

  9. Biden's hairplug on Fri, 10th Dec 2021 1:03 pm 

    The Daily Express is throwing the Brexit towel in the ring:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qb2KRCNGGXQ

    https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1534017/UK-trade-data-post-Brexit-GDP-EU-evg

    “UK trade has shrunk since Brexit while EU thrives – data”

    The Daily Express is the worst anti-EU outlet in the UK. This will probably hasten the downfall of Boris Johnson.

  10. FuckYou on Fri, 10th Dec 2021 1:32 pm 

    Really quiet in the energy field or if you want no noise in my brain. Shovelings snow in my driveway. once in a while I would look into the direction of a neighbor house and move my finger across my throat meaning you will died.

    I am becoming unruly.

  11. Duncan Idaho on Fri, 10th Dec 2021 1:45 pm 

    Senator Ron “Sawdust Head” Johnson (R-WI) Suggests Gargling Can Prevent COVID

    https://www.nationalmemo.com/ron-johnson-mouthwash

    Our repug friends do provide a bit of comic relief—

  12. Dredd on Fri, 10th Dec 2021 3:20 pm 

    Don’t Look Up!‘ and Don’t Look Down (Weekend Rebel Science Excursion – 60).

  13. FamousDrScanlon on Fri, 10th Dec 2021 4:27 pm 

    This so called piece of logic,
    more brains = better, was around when Musky boy was in Jr High which goes to show how unimaginative & unoriginal he is. Musk has not had an original idea in his entire life.

    Same as his businesses. Paypal? A cyber middle man who beat a hundred thousand other pricks who were trying to get there first.

    Getting there first can make you rich. Being a middle man can make you rich. These things are not technology nor are they new ideas.
    Being a middleman/parasite is as old as complex life.

    Parasitism

    “parasitism, relationship between two species of plants or animals in which one benefits at the expense of the other, sometimes without killing the host organism.”

    https://www.britannica.com/science/parasitism

    Musk is a parasite And the NWO poster boy.

    The digital age & internet is a trans-nationalists wet dream.

  14. FuckYou on Fri, 10th Dec 2021 4:32 pm 

    I had a long discussion with GOG about a lot ofg things.

  15. FuckYou on Fri, 10th Dec 2021 4:45 pm 

    I am not sure why I write comment here, whee I can spesk directo to GOD and get an engyer bust as ackonlw of haringme

  16. Theedrich on Fri, 10th Dec 2021 9:36 pm 

    It has occurred to me that a little logic might help a bit in thinking about the current talk from politicians, pharmaceutical companies, the medical field and various media urging all and sundry to become vaccinated.  There is an underlying tenor of hysteria in much of the persuasion from such sources.  Thus it would help to recognize the logical fallacies in much of this.  Let us consider them:

    The Argumentum ad Baculum
    This is the “appeal to the club”:  force and threat, beloved by politicians;  my way or the highway.  If you do not do as I say, I will deprive you of your livelihood, of your ability to go places, to attend church services or other groupings, etc.  I will fine you or use police force to punish you if you do not submit.
    The Argumentum ad Hominem
    This is an attack, not on the matter at hand, but on the opponent (“technique against the man”), in two variants:
    (1, abusive) “You’re stupid and don’t know anything, and an extreme rightist besides.”
    (2, circumstantial) referring to the special circumstances of the opponent:
    [a:  opponent’s special interest {“poisoning the well”}] “You go to the doctor’s for broken bones and the flu, so how can you be against Corona jabs?”
    [b:  charge of inconsistency, either among the opponent’s beliefs, or between his preaching and his practice] “You say you believe in science, but you won’t accept Big Pharma’s jab.”
    Argumentum ad Misericordiam
    “Appeal to compassion”:  “Some people have died because of COVID-19, so have pity on others whom you might unknowingly infect, and get jabbed.”
    Argumentum ad Populum
    Snob appeal, band wagon:  “All the big Hollywood celebrities, as well as millions of others, have gotten vaxxed, and so many people can’t be wrong, so you should join them.”
    Argumentum ad Verecundiam
    Appeal to authority;  “testimonials”:  “The official heads of government medical bureaus who state that they represent science aver that everyone, including you, should get the vax.”  “Famous sports figures credit their good health to the jab, so you should follow them.”
    Converse Accident
    Jumping to conclusions about general rules from a restricted number of cases within a class;  hasty generalization:  “In Podunk, Iowa (population 500), 75% of COVID deaths of those over 90 years of age were unvaxxed, which means that 75% of unvaxxed people everywere are going to die of COVID.”
    Petitio Principii
    “Begging the question” or circular reasoning, in which the point to be proved, or major parts of it, is/are (often tacitly) assumed at the beginning (this is the main problem with all computer modeling and the “reification” of math in physics):  “People who die are infected with COVID, so it you want to avoid death, get jabbed.”

    Also, from a podcast at Kunstler.com with Steve Kirsch:  Steve “is a Silicon Valley philanthropist and founder of the COVID-19 Early Treatment Fund (CETF) — the only organization in the world focused on finding the most promising drugs and treatments that, when given sufficiently early, can reduce hospitalization and death rates.

    As a tech entrepreneur, he is the inventor of the optical mouse and one of the first Internet search engines, Infoseek.  He started 7 high tech companies, two with billion dollar market caps.  He has a BS/MS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.  He blogs regularly at https://stevekirsch.substack.com.”

    On Steve’s website he explodes the 11 biggest lies about the vaccines.  A brief summary:

    1.  The vaccines are safe and effective.
    2.  Masks work.
    3.  The vaccines are the only way out.
    4.  Vaccine mandates are necessary.
    5.  Do whatever the authorities (CDC, FDA, NIH, WHO) tell you to do without question.
    6.  Trust your doctor.
    7.  Early treatments using repurposed drugs don’t work.
    8.  Full liability protection is necessary for the drug companies.
    9.  Nobody has died from the mRNA vaccines.
    10. Dissenting views must be silenced.
    11. The Nuremberg code doesn’t apply to us.

    For the full exposure of these lies and more, go to https://stevekirsch.substack.com/p/covid-pandemic-the-ten-biggest-lies.

  17. fmwhatsapp on Wed, 15th Dec 2021 4:20 am 

    That’s quite an interesting article. Elon musk sure present an theory that i just noticed.

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