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Our Awards Booktopia's Charities. Are you sure you would like to remove these items from your wishlist? Remove From Wishlist Cancel. The U. Some anti-natalists are not content with promoting the voluntary reduction of birth rates, and would prefer to hurry the process along with government intervention. Modern-day anti-humanism emerged in the s, midwifed by a doomy strain of environmental pessimism led by Ehrlich but with intellectual antecedents dating back to Thomas Malthus in the 18 th century.
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In the s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. The challenge of feeding a growing population led instead to technological innovation and that produced a solution: higher agricultural productivity and falling food prices. Far from leading to starvation, more humans exchanging ideas and innovating have ensured that the supply of food rose to meet growing demand.
Ehrlich quietly removed his failed prognostication from subsequent editions of his book, but his ideas caught on among some strands of the environmentalist movement. Undeterred, Ehrlich and many likeminded doomsayers are still claiming that disaster is imminent, despite their previous predictions repeatedly failing to materialize.
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Once anti-humanism had infected the environmental movement, it soon spread through parts of the political Left. These anti-natalists believe that a world without humans, or with significantly fewer of them, would eventually revert to a pollution-free paradise with abundant natural resources. The late University of Maryland economist Julian Simon rejected the idea of overpopulation as a problem in his book The Ultimate Resource.
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