Especially since we are miles closer to the latter scenario than we are to
the former, especially in terms of the thought police ALREADY telling us where
we can and can't build our bathrooms and bedrooms using environmental (planning)
excuses which leave millions homeless. Even regulatory population control,
only one of many overpopulation proposals, is vastly less totalitarian than the
current homebuilder control.
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Topic: critics of OPT
<christopher.padley1@...> Jun 11 02:48PM +0100 ^
I attended the Gene
Meme debate at St. Pancras last night. It was a good discussion with good
speakers, but I was struck by the lack of disagreement in what I thought was
going to be a two sided debate. Only Fred Pearce, a long-standing critic of
OPT, even appeared to be disagreeing, and even he seemed to have no specific
point of disagreement, just a sort of vague undefined opposition. He said
things like "I just don't think population is "the" issue, consumption is"
(despite the point being made already that there is no reason for any issue to
be "the" issue, and surely society must face many issues at any one time?) The
same could be said about the only speaker from the floor in support of
Now, puzzling over this and listening hard, I concluded
that the only thing driving Fred Pearce's opposition is an exaggerated fear
that concern over population must lead to illiberal, totalitarianism, (Cue,
yet another reference to Chinese one child policy). Why, I wonder, is the same
fear not engendered by Fred's preferred "the" issue, that of over-consumption?
If recognition of a population problem must end with jack-booted thought
police bursting into our bedrooms to drag us off to the sterilisation clinic
for not using a condom, why should not concern at over-consumption not end
with the same thought police bursting into our bathrooms to drag us off to the
treadmills (where we could be usefully employed generating renewable energy)
for filling the bath with too much hot water?
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