Marxist of the Week: Green Advisor Johathon Porritt

This from TimesOnline:

“JONATHON PORRITT, one of Gordon Brown’s leading green advisers, is to warn that Britain must drastically reduce its population if it is to build a sustainable society.

Porritt’s call will come at this week’s annual conference of the Optimum Population Trust (OPT), of which he is patron.

The trust will release research suggesting UK population must be cut to 30m if the country wants to feed itself sustainably.

Porritt said: “Population growth, plus economic growth, is putting the world under terrible pressure.

“Each person in Britain has far more impact on the environment than those in developing countries so cutting our population is one way to reduce that impact.”

Population growth is one of the most politically sensitive environmental problems. The issues it raises, including religion, culture and immigration policy, have proved too toxic for most green groups.”

How exactly does he plan on reducing the population? The easier way would be to nuke or install the economic plan of collectivization and let them starve. Since he is so into efficiency, is this going to be how he wants to do it.

This is just flat out wrong. It is true that the more people we have the worse the environment is? Some people may think so but what they are not thinking about is how many new minds and new geniuses are being born. These people could very much be the person who invents something that solves this problem. The impact of the marginal person is very small on the environment but big on innovation, which doesn’t even include the fact that nobody knows the optimal amount of population. Thomas Malthus believed what this guy believes but we seem to be doing find three hundred years later!




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