This week’s title story concerns the worsening drought in California.
Americans are accustomed to think of their nation as one of vast empty spaces, with room for everyone. The phrase “population policy” is not one that trips easily off our American tongues. To some of us it conjures up images of cattle wagons full of surplus people being trundled off to concentration camps.The full Radio Derb playbill:
Those are fixations we really need to get over. It’s like what Aldous Huxley said about metaphysics: You can’t not have a population policy. You have one, whether you like to think about it or not. The choice is not between having a population policy or not having one; the choice is between having a good one and having a bad one.
The California water crisis is one sign that the U.S.A. has a bad, stupid population policy. The immigration boosters tell us that the more people we have, the richer and more vibrant we’ll be. One of them, Adam Davidson, wrote in the New York Times just last week that we should take in 11 million immigrants a year. We’d be so much richer!
Well, duh. Bangladesh is much richer than Luxembourg — nearly eight times richer on the GDP numbers. Which country would you rather live in? The problem with immigration boosters is, they dropped out of school before the math teacher got to division.