Before we get involved today in my feeble attempt to pull something half way interesting out of my butt, I want to thank Lloyd for the snail mail donation. Equal to three days e-book sales, so I’m happy as hell. And a hearty thanks to Gene for the overly generous donation. Again. Seriously, I love you man, but stop donating. I can’t resist keeping the money and you have already become the number one donator this year. I wanted to send back the check, but visions of 12v LED bulbs were swimming in my dreams and I can’t so no. So stop tempting me. If you want to donate, once a year is more than enough. And don’t send more than you can comfortably part with. Also, a guest article tomorrow, so tune in to the same bat channel.
I really didn’t have much to thrill you with today, so I’ll just throw this at you and hope for the best. There are a certain number of constraints on population growth. In the voluntary column we have contraception, abortion and small families, or immigration. On the involuntary side you have disease, war and famine. If you don’t up to do it on your own, or if policies aren’t implemented to force those relatively painless ways, then the harsh reality of resource limitability become starkly apparent. We have talked before about the general trend throughout the Agriculture Revolution of overpopulating. More people meant bigger armies meant you could steal your neighbors food. Being smart and living within the carrying capacity of the land put you at a military disadvantage. It is a self perpetuating cycle of growth and crash, but almost impossible to avoid. Since the solar energy age ended and the carbon fuel age began, consumption and growth of debt have provided the same forces of population growth.
Just look at almost all organized religions. They actively promote population explosion. We look on to Africa and their overpopulation and cluck our tongues disapprovingly over their inability to avoid starvation because of their insistence on large families, but we in the West are just as bad. The Catholic church prohibits anything that would keep population in check. And just in case you don’t want rug rats anyway, they promise eternal damnation if you practice abstinence ( okay, I’m not exactly sure about that, but the fact remains they push for extra future cannon fodder actively ). The only reason we can feel so smug about the same policies as Africa is that we use the military and economics to steal all of their resources. Otherwise we would have little white babies sitting around empty gruel pots with swollen bellies and flies landing on their eyeballs. When governments, religions, and businesses all want overpopulation, it most likely is going to happen. So when the resources start running out, the involuntary restraints start.
Unfortunately, you can’t escape the Fallacy Of The Commons. Selfish puke bastard whores push for more population and in the end we all perish together as resources are all Hoovered up. Look at what happened to prosperous nations that saw their population decrease due to the natural inclination to suck off the taxpayers for retirement rather than shooting out thirteen kids so one of the skinny ingrates would somehow survive and provide for you once you got old and feeble and started beshatting yourself. The governments opened up the flood gates to immigration. One way or another, your tribe was going to make sure overpopulation was achieved so the monied interests could live the good life before the collapse when everyone wandered aimlessly in the rubble until they collapse from hunger and are eaten by roaming cannibals. What do they care? They live on their own island with merc armies and stockpiles ( okay, I’m jealous ). Sucks to be part of the common hoard.