Climate scaremongering and Malthus

01 Jan

What has Malthus got in common with modern “climate change” scaremongers? First of all the political and economic theories of Malthus were about population control. This is also true for the likes of David Suzuki, Holdren, and a vast number of the cult of Gaia who worship at the alter of Al Gore. The desire for population control is the hidden agenda of the scaremongers. The people behind the NGOs such as Greenpeace could not care less about those who might be starving in Africa. This becomes very clear when Greenpeace deliberate destroys experimental crops that are being designed to be drought resistant.

Second, the scaremongers actually want to send us all back to the dark ages where  we are not able to move about freely. They want to control the means of production and they want to control what we eat, where we can travel and even what we wear, all in the name of their cult of Gaia.  Helping the poor in Africa is not their real aim, rather it is to control those populations that they deem to be excessive, just like Malthus proposed.

So what exactly is Malthusian theory? In a nutshell it is a theory that is based upon diminishing returns. In other words he claimed that there is a point where, if the population is allowed to expand and the world become over-populated, then just like in the animal and plant kingdoms we will end up not having enough food to eat and that this will lead to starvation. My point is that Malthus was wrong because unlike animals, humans have the ability to adapt and he ability to use ingenuity to overcome adversities.

More to the point though, Malthus formed his theory in a backdrop of change in England and Europe in particular. This was the historical period of the Agrarian and the Industrial revolution. It was a period of massive change, especially for the peasants who were forced out of their homes and off the land because of the move towards land enclosure. What Malthus was unable to predict was that this forced land enclosure would lead to not, diminishing returns for agricultural products, but an increase in production, with a surplus being available for trade. This was the period in which farming techniques began to undergo rapid change.

This was also the period of the Industrial Revolution, which was an incredible period for inventions that changed the methods of production and distribution forever. For example, Hargreaves invented the spinning jenny which meant that cloth spun out of cotton became cheaper, and this meant that cotton items became available to all classes of people, not just the upper class elite and wealthy merchants. Other inventions included the steam engine and the water frame. It is worth nothing that at this point in time the energy required to drive the water frame was derived via water power (a watermill?). 

As the peasants were displaced on the land, the moved to the cities, and in some cases they migrated to far away lands, such as the USA, Canada and Australia. They brought their new found knowledge with them. One example of this innovation, other than with cotton, is that of the lacemaking industry. Lace used to be made on a pillow using a pricking, thread and bobbins, and the work was hard on the eyes of the lacemakers, especially in an era when there was no electricity and workers used candelight. With the industrial revolution underway the industry underwent change and machines made lace soon became available. Engineers were required to look after the machines. Some of these lacemakers found their way to Australia, and what is interesting is that the engineers who had cared for the lace machines turned their engineering skills towards other construction projects. One area where they migrated to in Australia was Morpeth which is close to Maitland.  Innovation was the name of the game.

When Malthus was alive Australia had not yet been discovered, thus Malthus was also wrong because he had no knowledge of the land that was available for population expansion. There was in fact plenty of room in the world for the population to expand. Also, at that stage the Americas were largely unexplored, meaning that large tracts of land, suitable for expanding migration were available.

The human race has always proved to be very adaptable and thus Malthus was wrong because he did not account for man’s ability to adapt to local climatic conditions. One good example of adaptability is the work of William Farrer. Australia had a problem with rust in the wheat crops, and it was William Farrer who experimented until he found a rust-proof strain of wheat.

However, these days Greenpeace activists are preventing scientists from discovering the means of improving the food chain due to their destruction of experimental crops. These experiments include trying to find a strain of potato that is blight free. It should be remembered that in the 1800s many Irish people perished because of the potato famine which was brought about by potato blight. Destroying this experimental crop is evidence that Greenpeace does not care about improving the potato strain so that potato blight is no longer a problem. Another crop that was destroyed by the Greenpeace activists was a crop of potatoes that was being developed to produce a polymer (to take the place of polymer produced from the production of oil). On the home front, Greenpeace destroyed a wheat crop that was being produced in order to find a strain of wheat that is gluten-free.

The modern followers of Malthus include Paul Erlich and David Suzuki as well as Holdren and a variety of other people who have expressed their opinions on population control. Yet there is more to the activities of Greenpeace and the scaremongers in general. They not only want to control the population, but they actually want developed countries to move backwards. They do not want us to use cars or most other forms of transport. They want us to stop using coal powered fire stations, yet they do not want us to use hydro-electric power, opting instead for the expensive and erratic alternatives of wind and solar.



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