Billionaires against Babies

Billionaires tend to be very opinionated people. And they rarely agree on anything. But at a meeting last year, some of the world richest and therefore most influential people in the world came to a consensus: the world needs less people. Contraception and abortion are the means to a perfect world. Yes, whatever the problem is, it can be solved by less people in the world. It reminds me of two of the most non-conformist high-school debaters I ever knew. Every year, whatever the resolution was that the affirmative team had to accomplish through their proposal, they proposed a firing squad. And you know what? They often won. Actually I am not sure they ever lost with the proposal. Because it is true in a theoretical world (which is what high school debate is all about) that less people are easier to manage and create less things that can become problematic. The only problem is that these billionaires want to take this ridiculous idea out of the high school classroom and into the real world. And in the real world, this idea leads to the devaluing of human life. It leads to abortion and forced contraception (one of the billionaires suggested China has done well with this issue). It has in the past led to outright murder.

May I suggest if they are truly serious that people are the problem, they should start by ridding the world of themselves and their families. It is so easy to call for the death of others.

Billionaire club in bid to curb overpopulation

Described as the Good Club by one insider it included David Rockefeller Jr, the patriarch of America’s wealthiest dynasty, Warren Buffett and George Soros, the financiers, Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York, and the media moguls Ted Turner and Oprah Winfrey.

Gates, 53, who is giving away most of his fortune, argued that healthier families, freed from malaria and extreme poverty, would change their habits and have fewer children within half a generation.

“Official projections say the world’s population will peak at 9.3 billion [up from 6.6 billion today] but with charitable initiatives, such as
better reproductive healthcare, we think we can cap that at 8.3 billion,” Gates said then.

Another guest said there was “nothing as crude as a vote” but a consensus emerged that they would back a strategy in which population growth would be tackled as a potentially disastrous environmental, social and industrial threat.

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One Response to “Billionaires against Babies”

  1. Dave Gardner Says:

    Let’s be fair to the billionaires. Whatever their faults, they have NOT called for mass murder. Rather, they are interested in encouraging the human race to exercise a little restraint in the reproduction department, in order to assure quality lives and avoid resource wars and mass starvation. It’s actually a pretty humanitarian idea, placing a higher value on human life than on Ponzi demography or economics. If you want to see human life devalued, continue to ignore the need for a stable, sustainable population and see how much value a life has when there are 9 billion or more of us and resources to support fewer than half that many.

    Dave Gardner
    Producing the documentary
    GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth

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