Michael Chandler 
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Re: “O'Sullivan

The overpopulation-scarcity debate is much older than most folks realize, having roots that go back some 2,000 years. Of course, it got a big boost from Thomas Malthus a couple of centuries back. On the face of it,the debate seems like a no-brainer, more people/finite resources = shortages. However, history and science do not necessarily support that perspective. In a famous contest during the 1980's, the biologist and overpopulation expert Paul Erlich challenged economist Julian Simon in a wager that over the decade of the 1980's certain commodities would rise in price because of increasing demand and shortages. In 1990 Erlich ended up paying off his wager to Simon, as prices had actually declined and no worldwide famine had occurred, as Erlich had predicted would come to pass. Even today, nearly 20 years later in the midst of economic crisis, most people are employed, most live immensely more affluent lives than30, 40, 50 years ago, even in third world countries. Are there problems, certainly. Most of those economic problems are caused however by greed and distribution issues, not because there 'is not enough.' Religion seems to be easy target, because believers are having the children. There is an arrogance amongst many 'non-believers' that mankind can solve our problems if God just got out of the way. "Imagine there's no heaven....", is a pathetic, emotional appeal to a godless society that seems to be utopian, but as history demonstrates time after time, does not deliver. The Soviet Union, Red China, Nazi Germany, North Korea, and other godless societies have promised equality and abundance for all, but none come close to providing for their citizens and ameliorating pollution like free, democratic societies. O'Sullivan may rant and rave about the evils of too many people and religion in the world, but God and science prove otherwise. Michael Chandler

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Posted by Michael Chandler on 05/05/2009 at 9:48 PM

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