Saturday, September 15, 2012

Malthusian Mythology

In 1798, Thomas Malthus published a pamphlet titled An Essay on the Principle of Population, in which he asserted that the burgeoning population of the human race was on the verge of exhausting the abilities of the planet to support them, and that mass starvation was imminent. The population of the world in 1798 was just short of a billion; 210 years later, we have a population of 7 billion and starvation is less severe today than it was in Malthus' England.

Humans display a curious fascination with disaster, which explains rubber-necking at traffic accidents and the popularity of movies such as The Towering Inferno, The Poseidon Adventure, and in fact any movie featuring exploding cars and lots of people getting shot. This characteristic has often been utilized by people trying to push a particular agenda or ideology. For example, in the 1930s, cast iron cookware manufactures convinced many people that cooking in the newly introduced aluminum cookware would contaminate their food with poisonous aluminum sulfide.

Of course, informed people knew that aluminum is an extremely active metal and that, upon exposure to air, it immediately forms a hard oxide coating. Thus you're not cooking on aluminum, you're cooking on aluminum oxide - an inert compound so hard that we make knife sharpening stones out of it, and incidentally a major component of clay, on which man has been cooking for more than 10,000 years.

After World War II destroyed socialism in Germany and Italy, advocates of international socialism regrouped and rebounded with a barrage of neo-Malthusian propaganda aimed at man's disaster fascination. in the early 1960s, the Club of Rome, a group of world socialists founded in 1958 in Bellagio, Italy under the auspices of David Rockefeller, isolated a two year rapid increase in population growth (which was actually the natural recovery from a drop in population growth in the late 1950s) to "prove" that world population was exploding.

In the 1970s, in the depths of a period of reduced solar radiation, the neo-Malthusian alarmists declared that industrial pollution was driving the earth into a new "ice age." Manufacturing facilities were gleefully shut down across the northern states to conserve gas needed to heat homes, and there was talk of air-dropping tons of carbon black onto the polar and Greenland ice sheets to reverse the effects of man's "reckless damaging of the environment."

When solar radiation increased in the 1980s and the planet warmed again, the neo-Malthusians found a new target - Freon. Freon, it was claimed, destroyed ozone in the atmosphere and hence needed to be banned. The facts that this assertion had never been demonstrated in a laboratory and that ozone, being the result of sun light acting on oxygen, would be immediately recreated by the sun if it were to be destroyed, did not stop the extremists from getting international signatories to the Montreal Protocol, which placed severe stresses on at least three industries that use Freon: urethane foam manufacturing, air conditioning, and medical device sterilization.

"Ah," you may say, "but 'scientists' did find a 'hole' in the ozone over the South Pole." Ah yes, but have you ever asked yourself why such a phenomenon, supposedly caused by humans, should occur over the South Pole where there are no humans? I'll tell you why. One evening in the 1980s, two college professors were sitting in a bar, and they happened to overhear two engineers discussing the fact that a strong south magnetic field deinonizes negative ions. One professor said to the other, "I'll bet there's a thin spot in the ozone over the south pole." The other professor said, "And I'll bet we can get millions of dollars in government grants to go down there and 'study' it."

The northern lights, or aurora borealis, is caused by the north magnetic pole of the earth ionizing gases in the atmosphere; conversely the earth's south magnetic pole deinonizes ions - like ozone. That thin spot in the ozone layer over the south pole has been there for billions of years before man even evolved on this planet. What? Did you think the penguins were using hair spray?

In the 1990s, as the effects of the sun's warming trend began to be felt, we were besieged with alarms of "global warming," caused, curiously enough, by the same industrial pollution that supposedly caused our decent toward another "ice age" in the 1970s. Typically, the alarmists ignored or hid certain cogent facts, such as the fact that as polar ice caps were melting on earth, they were also melting on Mars!

Of course, more than a decade into the twenty-first century, it has become obvious that 'global warming" was a hoax. But why, following collapse after collapse of these false alarms, do their purveyors persist in coming up with new ones? Perhaps Christine Stewart, when she was Canadian Minister of the Environment, said it best: "No matter if the science of global warming is all phony... climate change provides the greatest opportunity to bring about justice and equality in the world."

Aha! The light dawns. All of these alarms of impending disasters - from the Club of Rome's population explosion through the phosphate and acid rain scares to the "global warming" hoax - are designed to accomplish only one thing: the erosion of Capitalism. There is an international conspiracy, fostered under the aegis of the UN and codified in UN Agenda 21, to redistribute the wealth of the nations who were energetic enough to create it to those who are either too lazy or too ignorant to make their own wealth - an ignorance exemplified by the fact that they consider Capitalism to be the hoarder of wealth, and do not recognize that it is the creator of wealth.

How do we protect ourselves from being taken in by these persistent and insidious attacks against the freedoms and values of America? Your only defense is to educate yourself to the extent that you recognize these threats as nothing more than lies and terrorism, so that the next time the silly little shepherd boy cries "wolf," you can ignore him with impunity.

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