People Are the Enemy

There really is nothing new under the sun. In a recent Yahoo News article, straightforwardly entitled “Save the Planet: Have Fewer Kids,” human beings are told-again, that we are the cause of all the earth’s woes. Everything would be better, the article declares, if we would just have fewer children. Two hundred years ago, a British vicar named Thomas Malthus said something remarkably similar. In 1798, Rev. Malthus did some unsophisticated math, and surmised with horror that, if growth remained unchecked, the human race would be out of food by the year 1890. He was so certain of this that he decided that it was of the utmost importance to reduce human population, even by killing or allowing people to die to make room for the rest of us.