Overpopulation, is it a problem? That depends on your perspective.
Claims of overpopulation have popped up off-and-on for centuries.
The concept of overpopulation originated in England in 1798 with the book Essay on the Principle of Population by Reverend Thomas Robert Malthus. His theory was based on the fact that food production increased incrementally, while people reproduced exponentially.
Malthus’ theory was picked up and expanded in 1968 by Paul Ehrlich of Stanford University in his book The Population Bomb. Ehrlich claimed that excessive human reproduction had already overwhelmed the planet and that it was only a matter of time before the earth’s food production would collapse.
The reality is that, despite all the Doom-Sayers, there is plenty of Earth to feed many times the current population. The world isn’t crowded, cities are. All the people on earth could live in Texas. All the world’s nearly one billion hungry people could be lifted out of malnourishment on less than a quarter of the food that is wasted in the US, UK and Europe.
Don’t think people starve because the world is overpopulated. The world isn’t overpopulated at all. It’s just very badly managed. – Max Igan
What overpopulation Evangelicals really mean is: “I don’t want dirty, poor people from way over there coming here and making the McDonalds Drive-Thru line longer!”
Despite all this, overpopulation actually is a problem.
And that problem is an overpopulation of stupid people. Not uneducated or illiterate people. Just plain stupid people. Stupidity doesn’t get you killed as much as it used to. Stupidity isn’t punished with torment and disgust. Even dumb people have heard of antibiotics, even if they can’t pronounce the names.
I’m sure there’s always been lots of stupid people. The problem is that these days people grow up believing that everyone is entitled to their opinion, each as valid as any other, even though this cannot possibly be true.
Anyways, there’s your overpopulation problem! In my stupid opinion…