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Singapore and The Australian's Shanahan Can't Drive This headline captured my attention instantly: Singapore Will Die If It Fails To Encourage Families (sorry, this is behind a paywall) This notion is so utterly ridiculous one would think there is no need to spotlight it here on the Wall of Shame where we try to debunk pro-growth mythology and propaganda to deflate its power. The sad thing is, as population growth around the world begins to slow, or in some nations even moves into contraction, stories and commentary like this are popping up faster than heads in that carnival game, Whack-a-Mole. This particular column was written by Angela Shanahan, and...
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Rational Population Dialog with the Pope We gave the pope some holy hell this week for characterizing those who choose to be child free “selfish.” I’ve been pretty hard on Francis, because that’s our job here at Growth Bias Busted, and the criticism is deserved. We don’t have millions of dollars in funding urging us to be politically correct. Lord knows we need funding, but this freedom is one of the advantages of being such a scrappy little non-profit.  Still, Pope Francis is our best hope for dramatic transformation of Catholic doctrine.  Population Institute President Robert Walker understands this, and offered a very thoughtful response to Francis’ latest sins against sustainability. Two...
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Pope Declares: Do Not Multiply! We’re on a quest for noteworthy news stories, commentaries and speeches that either exemplify notorious pro-growth bias or offer refreshing honesty and accuracy about limits to growth. Public officials rarely opt to side with the laws of physics, so it’s a red-letter day when the pope reverses years of pro-reproduction dogma. Yesterday, Pope Francis did just that. Just two months ago the religious icon was accusing parents who limited their offspring as being “greedy.” In his morning Mass, Francis yesterday announced he has had a change of heart. As he waved his hand over the throngs in St. Peter’s Square, the pontiff...
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BS from the Pope In February Vatican Radio gave us this report of Pope Francis’ latest remarks about bringing children into the world. The Catholic Church continues to play a significant role in obstructing movement toward a sustainable population. It’s not the first time the pontiff finds himself on our Wall of Shame, but I remain hopeful that this pope will ultimately shepherd Catholic doctrine into the 21st century. These words from Pope Francis earned him instant Wall of Shame status: “…a society with a greedy generation, that doesn’t want to surround itself with children, that considers them above all worrisome, a weight, a risk, is...
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We Have Met the Enemy, and He is Us Don’t let my provocative headline give you the wrong impression. Today’s awesome piece of writing did not earn Wall of Fame honors by shaming us for our bad behavior. There is plenty to be ashamed about, but Bill Ryerson does a great job of creating understanding and offering realistic hope in his introduction to the new book: Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot I write this with no reluctance or ambivalence. I’m quite certain Ryerson’s introduction to this stunning book is the best writing about world population I’ve read. Reading and sharing this introduction is mandatory, but I also want to highly recommend placing a copy...
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