India! I dare you to be rich

Utter failure of ‘Limits to Growth’ and Club of Rome. Debunking neo-Malthusians #3

And now, in continuation of post 1 and post 2 on this subject, let me bring together other blog posts that are relevant to this topic.

Misplaced environmentalism

Emotion won’t fix the environment. Understanding economics will.

How a large population leads to prosperity, better health and longer life for everyone

Bill Gates, I disagree with your passion for reducing world population. Let’s increase world freedom, instead.

Both Macaulay and Dadabhai Naoroji attacked Malthusian arguments against population

You are an ENEMY of liberty if you want to “control” population

Is population a problem? #1

Is population a problem? #2

I've got many other posts on this topic, but this should do. Also do read BFN which has a section both on the environment and population – two areas deeply misunderstood by most.

Chanced upon this video. Watch it. WHY should not the poorest of the poor Indian women have washing machines?

Also a few more videos by Hans Rosling:

 

===AND NOW FOR EXTRACTS FROM MY EMAILS WITH MIKE RANA===

This is an extract from Mike Rana's book which set off the discussion:

Club of Rome 

The Club of Rome (1968) is a global think tank for international issues. It describes itself as ‘a group of world citizens, sharing a common concern for the future of humanity’. It consists of current and former heads of States, UN bureaucrats, high-level politicians and government officials, diplomats, scientists, economists, and business leaders. Is this not an internationalised version of Remodelled Socialism? COR, based on its deliberations, has published the following publications:

  • Limits to Growth (1972) - is a computer simulation model that analyzes the interaction between unchecked population and economic growth in the face of finite natural resources, using 1000 equations.
  • The First Global Revolution (1991) - Is based on the premise that a common enemy is required for initiating a socio-political reform. Ecology is this common enemy and sustenance the desired reform.
  • Mankind at the Turning Point (1974) – is the work of Case Western Reserve University, that distinguishes 10 world regions and uses 200,000 equations, many more  than the 1000 of the COR’s Meadows model. This research had the full support and recognition by the COR.
  • In 2009, the COR commenced a 3-year program, ‘A New Path for World Development’. In this initiative, five domains of concern were earmarked for attention; environment and resources, globalization, peace and security, international development, and social transformation.

Although the initial thrust of this group came from the learned people in Europe, COR associations now operate in a number of countries: USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and a few Asian countries. They analyze national problems and advice the national decision-makers. Outwardly, COR appears to be a noble initiative that derives its credibility from the type of governing members that it has.

I rest my case. I hope Mike Rana will review his HIGHLY MISTAKEN position and realise that population is not a problem but a the greatest resource, and that environment gets BETTER with technology, and that resources are INFINITE. 


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