Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, appeared on CNN’s climate change marathon to offer his take on fighting the alleged crisis. A woman rose up to ask a question about overpopulation, a problem that hasn’t been a problem since the 1970s and the Green Revolution. The answer given by the aging “democratic socialist” was illuminating, to say the least.
The woman was a teacher who proposed linking overpopulation to climate change, according to the Hill Newspaper, even though she thought it would be “poisonous for politicians.” She went on to say:
“Empowering women and educating everyone on the need to curb population growth seems a reasonable campaign to enact. Would you be courageous enough to discuss this issue and make it a key feature of a plan to address climate catastrophe?”
Whatever the approach might be, Bernie leaped into it with both feet.
“Well Martha the answer is yes,” Sanders said.
“The answer has everything to do with the fact that women in the United States of America, by the way, have a right to control their own bodies, and make reproductive decisions,” the senator said to applause from the crowd.
“The Mexico City agreement which denies American aide to those organizations around the world that allow women to have abortions or even get involved in birth control to me is totally absurd,’ Sanders continued.
“So I think, especially in poor countries around the world where women do not necessarily want to have large numbers of babies, and where they can have the opportunity through birth control to control the number of kids they have, is something I very, very strongly support.’”
Sanders’ musings sparked an immediate social media firestorm. CNN commentator S.E, Culp called the idea “eugenics,” a concept that uses birth control and abortion to “improve” the human species.
The proposal advanced by the “democratic socialist” from Vermont would fall heaviest on women of color, limiting the number of children they would bear. The idea that birth control and abortion used as birth control could be used to limit the population growth of non-whites was first advanced by Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood.
This aspect of Ms. Sangers’ beliefs is often glossed over by feminists, who hail her as advancing the control women have over their own bodies.
The idea that the world is overpopulated hearkens back to the 1968 book by Paul Ehrlich, entitled “The Population Bomb.”
The book posited that the growth of the world’s population would in short order outstrip the world’s ability to feed itself, resulting in massive famines and a die-off of human beings unless measures were taken to limit world population.
The dystopian film “Soylent Green” depicted the horrors of an overpopulated Earth.
The problem is that refined agriculture technology as part of the Green Revolution boosted the world’s food output far above what Ehrlich predicted. Also, population growth slowed in the developed world on its own, thanks to the empowerment of women and their entry into the workplace.
Sanders is trotting out the concept of population control from its 1970s graveyard but using climate change instead of mass famines to justify it.
It is unclear whether he means to keep his offering of birth control and abortion services in the developing world voluntary or whether he will insist that countries in that region of the world limit their populations.
The China One Child policy offers a real-world example of what can happen when a nation-state attempts to reduce its population by fiat. China limited each married couple to one child, forcing the women to have abortions even up to the ninth month if they became pregnant a second time.
The system was rife with corruption and abuse. China terminating the policy when it found that many couples, following Chinese cultural biases, choose to have boy babies rather than girls. As a result, China created a demographic train wreck for itself as it now has a serious excess of young men over young women.
Bernie has not thought things through. He has also rejected technology, such as nuclear and carbon capture, that would create energy without CO2 emissions, which would help to eliminate human causes of climate change more readily than renewable energy.
Some analysts thus have concluded that Sanders has created a big problem for himself should he be the Democratic nominee for president.