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Flashback: US Should Kidnap And Sterilize Indian Peasants To Prevent Overpopulation

June 4, 2018

By Paul Homewood


Repost from Donna Laframboise:



SPOTLIGHT: Saving the world = barbaric behaviour.

BIG PICTURE: The paperback edition of biologist Paul Ehrlich’s 1968 bestseller, The Population Bomb, was 233 pages long. The first three chapters described a problem.


The final two chapters were titled “What Needs to be Done” and “What Can You Do?” They were followed by an Appendix of examples of letters readers might send to influential individuals. In other words, 83 pages of that book (more than a third) was an unabashedly political discussion.

These pages reiterated that the future was bleak. Overpopulation threatened America, the American way of life, and the “very lives” of US citizens (pp. 135, 138, 172, 180, 182).

The “only hope for survival,” was “drastic worldwide measures” lest civilization itself go “down the drain.” The “time of famines” had arrived (pp. 134, 143, 145, 148, 157-9, 161, 165, 198).

50 years later, we know Ehrlich’s apocalyptic predictions were wildly off target. Half a billion people did not starve to death during the 1970s. Instead, via ingenuity and technology, humanity grew more food and got better at transporting it to wherever it was desperately needed.

Americans weren’t forced to “slaughter” their dogs and cats so that pet food protein could be fed to the “starving masses.” Luxury taxes weren’t placed on diapers, and a powerful new arm of the US government wasn’t created to “take whatever steps are necessary,” in order to bring that country’s birth rate in line with its death rate. In 1968, there were 200 million Americans. Today, there are 326 million (pp. 134, 137-8).

Ehrlich’s fanaticism was on stark display when he described overpopulation as a cancer:

We must shift our efforts from treatment of the symptoms to the cutting out of the cancer. The operation will demand many apparently brutal and heartless decisions. The pain may be intense. But the disease is so far advanced that only with radical surgery does the patient have a chance of survival. (pp. 166-167)

In this regard, he declared that America should have pressured the Indian government to sterilize “all Indian males with three or more children”:

We should have volunteered logistic support in the form of helicopters, vehicles, and surgical instruments. We should have sent doctors to aid in the program…Coercion? Perhaps, but coercion in a good cause. (pp. 165-166)

TOP TAKEAWAY: Fifty years after The Population Bomb appeared, few people remember that it advocated dispatching US helicopters so that Indian peasants could be kidnapped & forcibly sterilized.

  1. Bob H permalink
    June 4, 2018 8:54 am

    Even if Global Warming is not as bad as the so called Global consensus insists. There will still be problems with overpopulation. That is If you like living in huge cities with no wildlife, constant energy shortages, pollution etc, then absolutely fine. If not, then its going to be hell on earth.
    Just a few moments looking at this (see below) may persuade the doubters. Unfortunately just like anti warmism its not on the agenda to talk about population control. Apparently it will sort itself out. If you say otherwise you are the worst sort of person according to groupthink.

    • Fredar permalink
      June 11, 2018 9:33 pm

      And yet, from Human Progress:

      “Since Ehrlich wrote The Population Bomb in 1968, the world’s population has more than doubled, from 3.5 billion to 7.5 billion. Since 1968, famines have all but disappeared outside of war zones, and daily per capita calorie consumption has increased by more than 30 percent. In Asia, the region that consumed the fewest calories and had the fastest-growing population in 1968, caloric intake has increased by 40 percent, faster than the global average. Since 1990, the overall number of hungry people in the world has decreased by 216 million, despite the fact that the population grew by more than 1.9 billion.”

      Sorry, but facts aren’t on your side. People aren’t rabbits. We got more people not because everyone suddenly discovered Kamasutra, but because we stopped dying like flies. And because of innovation and technology food production improved faster than population growth. Just few days ago, there was news about Chinese introducing high yield rice that thrives in salt water. Malthus, who predicted apocalypse 200 years ago, must be spinning in his grave.

      And when people in the third world grow richer, they start to have few children. It has already happened in western countries. Why? Because they don’t have to focus on surviving. If you are a poor farmer, then of course you want a large family to care of you and your property.

      Why this surge of pessimism, then, you may ask? Pessimism is in engrained in our blood. That’s what get attention. That’s what somehow makes you look wise in our society.

      That link only proves that there is population growth. Nowhere in there does it say “EVERYTHING IS GETTING WORSE!! REPENT!!” If you want to convince me, you have to try harder than that.

      This overpopulation myth just needs to die. What exactly is the limit anyway? When you go from OK population to overpopulation? The scaremongerers never tell this limit, most likely because they don’t what it is.

      • Bob H permalink
        June 12, 2018 9:43 am

        Everything you say is true apart from one thing. Increases in population and wealth undeniably ensure that more finite resources are consumed, mostly land . This means that bio diversity is immeasurably reduced recreational spaces are eaten up by roads, agriculture and buildings and the rural idyll is squeezed into smaller and smaller areas. The waste humans produce is getting more and more difficult to reuse/recycle.
        I could go on about the balance of humans and fauna having changed form 10%/90% to 90%/10%. The Holocene extinction, otherwise referred to as the Sixth extinction or Anthropocene extinction, is the ongoing extinction event of species during the present Holocene epoch, mainly as a result of human activity.
        Global warming is a theory. I am an agnostic about its effects and therefore appreciate this blog to give me a more balanced view. However as I said in my opening remarks, to me, as a walker, photographer and conservationist I see very little to cheer about in the way we are treating the world. My childhood playgrounds have been built on, the field where I collected cowslips now has an incinerator (producing lord knows how many toxins), driving is no pleasure there is litter everywhere. Even if air pollution has actually improved.
        Forests are being destroyed to make way for monoculture palm oil or so called biomass fuel or just for cattle for a few years for McDonalds before the soil is completely worn out. Yes of course we can feed the billions on the earth but at what cost for the future. When there were only a few of us on this planet we could move to another area to exploit. We have now nearly come to the end of these opportunities. I’m not asking you to agree with me although it would be nice if you did. All I’m saying is that for me and quite a few like minded people, the world is too small for all of us to live comfortably, if you want to live in Clacutta or Manchester that’s up to you but its not for me and we all at the moment have a choice, we might not in the future.
        Thank you for reading.

  2. Malcolm permalink
    June 4, 2018 9:23 am

    Yes of course Erlich was appallingly wrong in botj his forecasts and his horror solutions. The exact parallel to the warmists. They are both part of Hive-think or Group-think.

    But, the reality is that, perhaps unlike warming, the human population is definitely growing, and fast. Yes I know that forecasts predict a reduction im growth and even maybe stability by 2050. There is nothing at all we can do about it. Erlich’s American helicopter castrations would have no effect.

    But no amount of technological solutions (I write as an Engineer) will reduce the intergroup stress and competition for liebzrsraum and consequent displacement. Look round the world today and tell me the practical solution to the giant and growing camps.

    We should “learn to live together in all our diversity and in peace” you say?

    Tell that to the Indian, African and South American peasants turned off their land to build dams and quarries or out of their forests.

    Is there a “comfortable” solution? Maybe global warming could be cure not the destruction predicted?

    No body knows.

  3. HotScot permalink
    June 4, 2018 9:52 am

    Terrifying really.

    But I, like many people over the last 40 or so years, were asking the question of overpopulation, entirely unaware it was driven by idealogical fanatics like Ehrlich and the club of Rome. I had no idea then there were proposals for forced sterilisation, as abhorrent then as it is now.

    Nor did we realise that wealth brought it’s own natural population control. No one told us that, certainly not the left wing MSM, because it wasn’t scary enough to sell papers. Horror of horrors, It might have encourage people to demand free trade, smaller governments and fewer taxes.

    And in myriad ways, the climate scare was good for me as I was motivated to conduct my own investigations, which has taught me a lot about the subject itself, politics in general, international politics, the sources and destinations of ‘green’ money, the true motivation of the greens (hatred of humanity itself) and depths of depravity people will plumb to ensure their own prosperity.

    Like denying the developing world access to energy which is estimated will kill 120,000,000 (WHO*) people in the developing world prematurely, from conditions contracted from burning bio fuels (timber and dung etc.) over open fires for cooking and heating by 2050…….only 32 years away!

    It is also becoming clear to me that the sceptical community are far more aware of, and have far more concern for humanity that the greens ever did. Even Patrick Moore despises his former Greenpeace organisation for their Luddite denial of the benefits of golden rice, amongst other things. 2,000,000 people a year, mostly children, blinded by the lack of beta carotene derived vitamin A in their food, before they die prematurely, whilst a freely available solution is available.

    The technology for golden rice has been donated by it’s inventors and the businesses involved to save these lives. Golden rice costs peasant farmers no more than conventional rice.

    Responsible technology and prosperity are the answers to the planets future, not dogmatic belief in a fantasy climate Armageddon, a theme promoted throughout mankind’s history by shamans and witch doctors. But for some unfathomable reason, people still worship them, yet people are still dying from the earthquakes and volcanic eruptions they failed to predict.

    Why should we believe these peoples models of climate change 50 years into the future when they can’t anticipate a volcanic eruption with enough time to arrange the evacuation of people threatened by it? A matter of days.

    In my opinion, when the climate change scam is revealed for what it is, the world will turn to the sceptical community. Unfortunately there will be charlatans saying “I was a sceptic all along” when nothing could be further from the truth, whilst they infiltrate and corrupt our beliefs and solutions, for their personal gain. And it will be the political classes who present themselves first with proclamations of scepticism.

    That’s the threat which, I believe, faces us. God forbid we sceptics turn into the next Greenpeace.

    * World Health Organisation.

    • Broadlands permalink
      June 4, 2018 1:50 pm

      Very well stated, Hot Scot.

    • Russ Wood permalink
      June 4, 2018 3:15 pm

      And, before the mass immigration, Europe was mostly ZPG (Zero Population Growth). This seems to happen automatically when a country becomes rich, whether it has resources or not. So, the EFFECTIVE population curb is to help all other countries to get rich! Mind you, that is totally counter to the Leftist dialogue, because it requires countries to shed socialist ways and become capitalist

      • HotScot permalink
        June 4, 2018 8:12 pm


        humanity evolved from free trade, read Matt Ridley’s book, The Rational Optimist.

        socialism (yes, deliberately uncapitalised) is a political Marxist construct, the extreme found wanting by Russia and China (amongst others).

        Why anyone imagines ‘democratic communism’ would be any better than undemocratic communism utterly defeats me.

        Capitalism isn’t ideal, it can be cruel, it can be violent, but we wouldn’t be here today without it, and it’s an evolutionary political concept, not a revolutionary one.

        That infamous Blair blow-hard, Alistair Campbell was on Radio 2 today telling us all “nothing happens without activism” (I paraphrase) whilst ignoring thousands of years of capitalist evolution.

        The truth is, Campbell want’s everything to happen for him, right now.

        socialism personified.

    • Roy permalink
      June 4, 2018 4:21 pm

      I’m thinking of getting a t-shirt printed ready for the day this big lie is finally nailed. Having a few thoughts what it should say: ‘Climate Denier’: I await your apology. Or ‘Climate Denier… you’re welcome.

      • HotScot permalink
        June 4, 2018 7:41 pm


        “Told you so!”


  4. Nigel S permalink
    June 4, 2018 11:11 am

    Compulsory sterilisation for eugenic, medical and social reasons was carried out in Sweden unti 1975. A sobering thought and an ironic one in 2018.

  5. June 4, 2018 11:18 am

    HotScot said:
    “Like denying the developing world access to energy which is estimated will kill 120,000,000 (WHO*) people in the developing world prematurely, from conditions contracted from burning bio fuels (timber and dung etc.) over open fires for cooking and heating by 2050…….only 32 years away!”

    A recent posting here talked about the Paris Climate Accord denying developing African countries from using their own coal for power plants. Sounds as though this was the plan to kill the African people. Ehrlich must be smiling.

    It is uncanny how much he is in sync with Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood. She wanted to rid the world and especially the US of “undesirable” groups: blacks,Hispanics, southern Europeans, and evangelical Christians. The Christians were to be eliminated as they were vocally opposed to her plans–get rid of her troublemakers.

    These are the folks who sit back and call ME a racist.

    • Nigel S permalink
      June 4, 2018 1:24 pm

      Yes, the ‘Freakonomics’ authors report on the link between abortion and falling crime rates. A difficult read. The Fabians of course were also keep eugenicists. Add knuckle dragger to my list of crimes having voted for Brexit and been at Speakers’ Corner of 18th March!

    • HotScot permalink
      June 5, 2018 8:50 pm


      I have yet to see you post anything remotely approaching a racist comment.

      I, on the other hand, voted for Brexit. Evidently that makes me a racist despite being Chinese by birth, Scottish by parentage and English by domicile. My son is married to a mixed race Chinese girl, my daughter dates a mixed race Columbian, both of whom I welcome into our family. I employ Polish builders and am served by Bulgarian waiters and don’t care as long as they are are polite. My motto (or at least one of them) is, manners maketh the man.

      But being opposed to unrestricted immigration, imposed by the bureaucratic EU on the UK, is somehow racist. Frankly, I don’t care who comes into the UK providing they are suitably vetted and fulfil a need of the country, not the need of another country.

      If that’s the new definition of racist, firstly, I object to the drift of the term, and, secondly, I am a racist by that standard, in which case I’ll accept the term, and use the term racially ignorance as a definition for the congenitally stupid liberals who condemn me for something they don’t understand.

      As a good upstanding WASP, I’ll walk into any bar, in any town, in any country, wearing the Kilt and I’ll make friends.

      And when someone asks me (as they invariably do) “What’s worn under your Kilt sir?” I’ll reply, as I always do, “Nothing’s worn under my Kilt, It’s all in perfect working order!”


      • June 8, 2018 11:31 am

        Here, the term “racist” is being used against anyone who dares to disagree with the left. Following the 2016 election, a friend of 50 years “liked” a poster which called all Trump supporters “racist a$$holes”. I was stunned. During the year she also “liked” things which called Republicans, Trump supporters, etc.: “morons, stupid, racist, bigots, uneducated, etc.” Not ones to be up front, they call you names by proxy with “liking” nutty articles on FB. I am pretty careful about that stuff and avoid “liking” things that are just out and out attacks on the left.

        This woman was my roommate at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during my last year there for my MA in plant taxonomy/ecology. She was getting her master’s in special education. Later she did another master’s in KS, but knew full well that I had returned to UNC and received my PhD in plant ecosystems.

        Finally, I confronted her in a text message with the picture of the poster she had “liked”. I said to her…”.Linda, did you think of me as a “racist a$$hole”: when we roomed together; when I was your maid of honor at your first wedding; when you asked me to be your son’s godmother; when I drove 2 days each way to help you move into your house in AL after coming from KS; when I stood w/ you during the bad divorce; when I attended Jimmy’s graduation from Louisiana State University; when I attended his wedding in New Orleans?” She did not remember it. I did. But she had also liked the other things through the year. In my mind, the accumulation was the end of a 50-year friendship with someone I had thought of as a “forever” friend. This is not the person I met at church in Chapel Hill in 1968.

        I think the term “racist” has been so outrageously overused AND the left carefully exempts the other side from it when they demand separate dorms and separate graduations, etc. that it is losing its effectiveness. My definition of “racist” is: “When you do or do not do something because of race, you are a racist.”

      • HotScot permalink
        June 8, 2018 1:32 pm


        that is a sad tale although I lost a friend of 50 years or so because of facebook. Evidently I was rude to someone when, in reality, I probably spoke the truth, which I usually do.

        Now, completely off topic, but with acknowledgement to your background, what’s your opinion on Golden Rice?

      • June 9, 2018 12:02 pm

        HotScot–in regards to “golden rice.”
        I am neither a horticulturalist nor a plant physiologist. However, what I just read on it does not cause me any problem. I looked it up on Wikipedia which I find to be remarkably good for things “plants.” It seems to be a genetic introduction of beta carotene into the endosperm of the grain. Beta carotene is found naturally in plant leaves so it is not a “new” thing. Apparently, it also does what anticipated in allowing for vitamin A production and absorption.

        Another thing in favor of it is those who are against it: environmental and anti-globalization activists. Those are the very people who want us to all go back to living in tribes on the edge of life. They especially are opposed to those in developing countries or abject poverty from escaping to a better life or even having a life.

        I have not understood the anti-genetic crowd. If you think about it, man has been doing genetic engineering allowing them to quit being hunter-gathers and begin farming. We don’t know the origin of corn here as it was developed from native grasses. I knew Dr. Paul Mangelsdorf who retired to Chapel Hill from Harvard. He spent his life back crossing corn to possible native contributors some 7000 years ago. Wheat also began as a loosely headed grass which now has a much different head which allows for efficient harvest. Probably cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, etc came from the same original plant.

      • HotScot permalink
        June 10, 2018 10:09 am


        thank you for that. My daughter is a Zoologist and concurs with you that man has been genetically modifying plants for thousands of years. She see’s golden rice as simply an accelerated development of current practises.

        My late father in law was a senior UN forester in the 50’s to 80’s and he despised the environmentalist’s, whom most of us were blissfully unaware of until, probably the late 70’s. They interfered in genuinely humanitarian projects undertaken by the UN then, like clearing vast acres of badly managed land, using that timber resource to generate income for the locals by building timber mills and selling the product internationally (plywood, chipboard etc.) whilst reforesting the area with new timber that would provide employment for thousands, over hundreds of years.

        2,000,000 people in developing countries go blind, then die every year from lack of vitamin A, most of them children. The inventors of golden rice have donated the technology and similarly manufacturers, so it costs farmers no more than conventional rice.

        I can’t help but wonder if there is a case for genocide here, as watching people die when there’s a solution at hand would appear to be a deliberate attempt to reduce population.

    • Philip of Taos permalink
      June 5, 2018 11:21 pm

      It seems they take after their Uncles Adolf and Stalin,

  6. Ian Wilson permalink
    June 4, 2018 12:33 pm

    Paul Ehrlich was way over the top which is a pity as he has discredited a topic where there is genuine cause for concern, unlike the hysteria over climate.
    The relentless demand for housing with inevitable loss of countryside and wildlife is a legitimate area of concern, as is the linked inflation of house prices pushing them beyond the reach of young people.
    Many other environmental issues are associated with population pressure such as overfishing, rainforest destruction and loss of wildlife habitat. The great test pilot Harald Penrose stated “all the world’s environmental problems have the common factor of too many people”.
    Further afield, countries such as Pakistan, Yemen and Mali have explosive population growth leaving millions of young men without work and easy recruitment prey for extremist groups.
    Regrettably whenever anyone raises such issues they are invariably accused of wanting Chinese-style coercion, compulsory sterilisation or Nazi type selective breeding. Please do not invoke such non-sequiturs and abuse me when I desire nothing of the kind.
    I have no worries over climate but I do feel concern when I see so much countryside disappearing under housing estates.

    • HotScot permalink
      June 5, 2018 9:14 pm


      Why do you consider over population a problem? It is as facile a concept now as it was in Ehrlich’s day.

      The human race is a self regulating organism. When we run out of resources, the people on the periphery of prosperity will die first, then as resources become scarcer, those nearer the periphery will die next.

      The antidote to this, is not to be on the periphery.

      More importantly, people reach the physical periphery (e.g. the wild west of the USA in the 18th/19th Century) and more often than not retreat, or go on to prosperity through hard work.

      The determination to survive is a defining feature of the human race, although not exclusive to it.

      Evolution teaches us the survival of the fittest. Capitalism teaches us the same thing. socialism (deliberately uncapitalised) teaches us that elitism supported by slavery of the masses is a route to survival of the few, until the slaves run out and the elite turn on each other.

      Mass starvation is already with us, and has been for hundreds of years, the west just ignores the plight of developing countries, although some are beyond help at this time.

      And if the world warms sufficiently, as I sincerely hope it does, there will be vast areas of Russia and Canada released from perma frost to agricultural land that could feed the world on it’s own.

      Population explosions are a result of poverty, not prosperity. Poverty can be boiled down to how much food a man can put on his table to eat.

      Make everyone fat and there will be no more wars.

      Obesity is the cure to all humanities woe’s.


      And whilst I make light, there is truth in what I say.

  7. Broadlands permalink
    June 4, 2018 2:47 pm

    It should be obvious that as the number of humans (and their animals) continues to grow, “population” is part of both the energy problem and its solution. Drastic and inhumane solutions are unacceptable…regardless of the direction the climate decides to go.

  8. Bitter@twisted permalink
    June 4, 2018 4:56 pm

    It is a disgrace that a fascist, like Erhlich is still feted by the greens and he still has tenure at Harvard.
    He should have been sacked, in shame, years ago.

  9. kaykiser permalink
    June 5, 2018 1:38 am

    Reblogged this on Saving Africa from Lies that Kill.

  10. Asmilwho permalink
    June 5, 2018 3:52 am

    As far as I can tell, Paul Ehrlich has been wrong about everything.

    Wrong about about the population bomb, wrong about mass starvation, wrong about “water wars”, wrong about mass movements of populations, wrong about global warming (and previously wrong about global cooling)… the list goes on and on.

    Anyone in the real world would have been long since fired.

    Yet there he is, professor and media celebrity

    • dave permalink
      June 5, 2018 7:01 am

      “Yet there he is, professor and media celebrity.”

      That is because the profession of “scaremonger” continues to be very useful to the ruling cliques.

      It is so easy to become a scaremonger – just have a good supply of lying headlines (or click-bait now, I suppose).

    • June 8, 2018 11:35 am

      So is Michael Mann. Penn State has yet to discipline him.

  11. Richard111 permalink
    June 5, 2018 6:54 am

    Sadly, an ice age is coming and humanity is not preparing.

    Anyway, reading up on global population I note there was roughly a 1 billion increase between 1900 and 1940.

    The current projected rate of increase is 1 billion every 5 years!

  12. June 6, 2018 8:53 am

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    Zombie theories that just won’t die;
    2. The Malthusian Moment Postponed
    The Green Revolution and globalization brought food and jobs to soaring populations. Those events, and the declining rate of global population growth, camouflage today’s situation: the rise in absolute numbers of people, with millions more at risk when things go awry.

    • R harding permalink
      June 6, 2018 10:50 am


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