We are told that climate change is an existential threat to humanity, and yet unsustainable population growth rarely comes up in the conversation. Fossil fuels, cow farts, and plastic straws all receive more attention than the effects of a ten billion people being on the planet. Whites are regularly told not to have kids to save the planet, yet no one else is. Think about the dozens of articles which feature images of white babies and a headline directed at white yuppies. These articles aren’t directed at blacks, Indians, or the Chinese.
Rapid population growth is not coming from urban white liberals who barely reproduce. The Third World, particularly Africa, is driving the world’s unsustainable population growth. But public figures have to tread lightly on this matter. They don’t want to be accused of racism or “population control.” While we are told we need dramatic action to save the Earth from climate change, population growth must be ignored at all costs. Those who dare to mention it must face opprobrium.
Senator Bernie Sanders is learning this lesson. At a CNN town hall on climate change, the Democratic presidential candidate was asked by an audience member: “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?” That same audience member admitted that population growth discussion is “poisonous for politicians, but it’s crucial to face.”
Bernie said he would make it a part of his plan to address climate change. He framed it as a matter of “women’s reproductive rights” to appeal to his audience. “The Mexico City agreement which denies American aid to those organizations around the world that allow women to have abortions or even get involved in birth control to me is totally absurd,” he said. “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.”
Conservatives went ballistic over Sanders’ comments, with cries of eugenics ringing loudly. They were particularly incensed that someone would suggest that Third Worlders should get abortions. It’s not like Americans don’t have that option . . .
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) September 5, 2019
“Eliminate the children of the poor!”
— Sohrab Ahmari (@SohrabAhmari) September 5, 2019
I spent a year teaching kids in the Cambodian countryside. They were all incredible kids and grew into amazing young adults. The world is better for them. This is disturbing, straight up eugenics colonialist shit. https://t.co/tCiJdQLSO1
— Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) September 5, 2019
Let’s just state for the record: talking about needing “population control” through ABORTION for the sake of CLIMATE is talking about EUGENICS. The fact that @BernieSanders is willing to entertain this vile idea is not only disgusting, it should be disqualifying.
— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) September 5, 2019
During last night’s town hall, Bernie Sanders advocated taxpayer-funded abortion and contraception in “poor countries.” This is far from the first time progressives have pushed population control on “undesirable” populations. My latest: https://t.co/BhB2qpmyhF
— Alexandra DeSanctis (@xan_desanctis) September 5, 2019
Sanders has not retracted his comments, nor have liberals criticized them. The Washington Post dismissed conservative critics who said Bernie wants poor people to abort their kids.
This was a different reaction than President Emanuel Macron received to his own comments on population control in 2017. Macron was asked by an African reporter about why there was no Marshall Plan for his continent. The strange neoliberal offered a reasonable answer:
The challenge of Africa is completely different, it is much deeper. It is civilizational today. Failing states, complex democratic transitions, the demographic transition. . . . One of the essential challenges of Africa . . . is that in some countries today seven or eight children [are] born to each woman.
Macron’s comments were derided by conservatives, liberals, and Leftists alike. They were racist, colonialist, and eugenic, according to his critics. Leftists, unlike with Sanders, were particularly irate. “It is concerning to see the casual manner in which a head of state can play into racist stereotypes of the African continent and African women,” wrote NPR contributor Viviane Rutabingwa. She claimed several African nations are economic powerhouses with tremendous gender equality.
The difference between Sanders and Macron’s comments is that the French President didn’t make them in the context of climate change; it was specifically about Africa. Sanders didn’t specify who should receive birth control, and emphasized his strong support for women’s empowerment. It was easier to call Macron a condescending racist. He was telling strong, independent, and intelligent Africans how many kids they should have; only a chauvinist would say such a thing!
Sanders and Macron both espouse terrible politics and are no friends to whites. Regardless, they both were right to note the problem of unsustainable population growth. The responses to their sensible comments shows why most Western figures stay silent – nobody wants to be labeled a eugenicist.
However, the Third World’s population bomb will harm us all. The West’s immigration problems will get worse than they already are once Africa’s population doubles. Environmental devastation will increase. War and genocide will become even more common on the Dark Continent. This is all due to a population problem that Western leaders prefer to ignore.
The American Right is partially responsible for this denial. They attack anyone who even brings up this problem, and think the idea of birth control in the Third World is abominable. Mainstream Republicans support laws that prevent America from giving money to groups that provide abortion to the Third World. Conservatives champion books that claim birth control aid is an insidious form of Western colonialism. Alex Jones claims that the globalists want to enact eugenic population control to achieve their diabolical schemes. “Post-liberals” who sympathize with nationalism and immigration restrictions think Africans should be encouraged to have as many children as possible. There is no thought given to where these children may go when they grow up.
You are not allowed to talk about population growth. Only libtards, treehuggers, globalists, and Margaret Sanger fanboys would want to do anything about it. Just think of the millions of new Constitutional fundamentalists that will be born in the Congo!
It’s not an original idea to say that conservatives are no friend to identitarianism, but this criticism is further cemented by their obtuseness on population growth. Conservatives refuse to tackle one of the Earth’s great problems because of the pro-life movement’s influence. They would rather watch the world burn than deviate from their talking points.
To repeat myself, the pro-life cause is not our cause.
Any government that wants to reduce immigration and environmental devastation must aggressively push family planning in the Third World. These problems will come to our countries one way or another. It’s time to act now and dispense with the American Right’s delusional consensus.