Wall Street Journal Page One Article Pushes Global Disaster

By Donald A. Collins | 28 July 2021
Church and State

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As a longtime WSJ subscriber, I am accustomed to getting solid reporting on financial news, but I often disagree with its editorial views.

Thus I was somewhat astonished to find on its July 25th page one story bemoaning the failure of our failing to add to our population and others also including China. You can read that article here.

These authors in fretting about not enough growth in human numbers to drive our economy upwards parrot the perennial argument, which now based on dangerous planetary conditions, rings so hollow.

Endless growth on a finite planet is madness and requires a complete rewriting of our present and projected plans for handling global growth and the mandatory reduction of human numbers.

As numbers will without doubt begin to decline, as planetary circumstances force a decline, nations of the world, led we can hope by the USA, shall have to come to a global consensus on how peace and prosperity can best be obtained and maintained.

How about investing in free education for all our citizens? This would favorably affect the immigration crisis since in the longer term it would offer all of us the chance to move higher in the economic ladder—to repeat–on a long term basis of course. Let’s stop making important public policy decisions like the short term thinking of day traders in the stock market.

How about a national health care program? My UK editor’s spouse just suffered a massive stroke which would have been a financial disaster for this family, but, while a severe personal setback, the UK National Health will allow this patient continuing care in a rehab center.

These pro-growth WSJ authors must not read the news about the worldwide human turmoil appearing daily in their own paper and in all responsible media.

As climate conditions spark wildfires, torrential rain, Arctic ice melting, and water shortages, all of which combine to make living conditions for our historically high human numbers more and more stressful. Then add the COVID-19 Delta variant crisis ignored by too many Americans based on false media advice.

One is daily confronted with stories about global violence as shortages confront more and more people.

It would appear that the views of WSJ’s editors parallel that of so many major global leaders in failing to grasp the urgency of these threats to human survival.

I will mail a copy of my new book “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion By 2100?” to the Journal’s new Editor in Chief Matt Murray, who could see the smoke from his window in his office from the wildfires in Oregon.

Having written so often about this fact of human overshoot, I will repeat my most recent Op Ed which you can read here.

At 90 I have lived to see human numbers grow from 2 billion to nearly 8 billion (that’s 4 times!!), while famous environmentalist Sir David Attenborough predicts we may add 3 billion more, but I can only wonder if deteriorating global conditions will stop that heinous addition of more desperate people in want from happening.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC., has spent over 40 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013, Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive? and We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?.

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