The Population Bomb

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The Population Bomb (1968) is a book written by Stanford professor Paul Ehrlich, which was false scientific propaganda imposed by liberals in American high schools, misleading an entire generation into thinking that there are too many people in the world. Conservatives opposed the book at the time, and its claims were subsequently proven to be completely false.

For example, the book declared that:

The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s and 1980s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. At this late date nothing can prevent a substantial increase in the world death rate ....

The book asserted that the food supply would not increase to keep up with population growth (see Limits to Growth). In fact, the food supply increased and mass starvation did not occur, except in parts of Asia [1] and Africa,[2] where the persistent risk of famine remains to this day.

In the more economically developed countries, obesity is now a major issue. The world has produced far more food than it can consume, and farmers have been paid not to produce more food.

Ehrlich's false theory was an extrapolation of what had been proposed by Thomas Malthus centuries earlier.

The theories of population growth underlying the book continue to be promoted by Planned Parenthood types who seek population control and abortion today, though they no longer cite the discredited book as an authority.

Heavily promoted by liberals and taught in public schools throughout the 1970s, the book ranks #11 on a conservative list of the worst books of the 19th and 20th century.[3]


  3. Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries retrieved March 10, 2007