- My long time friend. Washington DC writer Don Collins.
raises the specter of humanity's greatest challenge in the 21stcentury.
In his latest weigh-in on the immigration debate, Collins raises the greater
question not asked by the main stream media: overpopulation.
- As a journalist, I feel this may prove one of the most
outstanding essays of the 21st century on what America and the world
face as to sheer human numbers impacting this planet. It calls to all
of us to take action toward a more viable future.
- "US Immigration Reform Is Vital-But World Population
Growth Coming Like A Tsunami" by Donald A. Collins as published at www.Vdare.com .
- "Roy Beck's famous immigration Gumballs presentation eloquently
demonstrates that if all the people in the world who would like to come
to America actually do-currently an estimated 80 million-we would be absolutely
overwhelmed," said Collins. "But 80 million is only slightly
more than the net (births over deaths) number of humans added to the world
population every year. And some experts very plausibly argue that the planet
can't sustain over the next 100 years the number of humans already alive-nearly
7 billion. At the current rate, several billion more will be
added in the next decades.
- "One proponent of the need for a drastic and rapid
lowering of world population is Dr. Jack Alpert, a Stanford educator.
His website offers a comprehensive seminar on this issue. Try tapping
into his web site as Alpert outlines a course of action that must be followed
if humanity expects to survive the 21st century. You may visit Dr. Alpert
at www.skil.org and view his video here.
- "We who favor real immigration reform-which is not
now even being intelligently discussed by our top elected leaders-continue
to ponder strategies to counter the business, religious and ethnic advocacy
groups constantly working for Open Borders
- "However, behind the present immigration debate
there lurks urgent questions about mounting world population growth, which
brought world population from under two billion in 1890 to its present
level. Like a tsunami, unseen by those in its path until it is too late,
this wave of people threatens everyone on the planet.
- "I am reminded of the famous Edgar Allen
Poe 1845 allegorical short story The Masque of the Red Death, which
tells about a disease known as the Red Death which plagues a fictional
country and causes its victims to die quickly and gruesomely.
- "To escape its spread, the ruling Prince, Prospero,
(as in prosperity?) decides to retreat into his palace, locking the gates
and throwing a fancy masquerade ball, highlighted in various rooms by fabulous
colors. The seventh palace room is black with red windows. It contains
an ebony clock that rings each hour, loud and most distracting, causing
all to stop, before resuming their revelry.
- "Does this remind us today of the massive traumas
of hunger and chaos experienced already by over a billion people?
Look around the world and you can see, among the few, a level of lavish
life style, seldom if ever enjoyed in human history. Food, health care,
housing, you name it! And this applies to the many, not the few, in the
USA and many developed nations. Do we Americans see those TV pictures
of starving people living in conditions which we find horrible? Yet we
turn off our TVs and move on without much further thought? Build up more
armaments and more overseas base?
- "The prince's guests avoid this ominous black and
red room. They find the other gorgeous rooms seemingly filled with
dreams, allowing them maximum pleasure.
- "Sort of like living in a $25 million NYC Park
Avenue condo vs. a cardboard box in Mumbai, eh?
- "Then a new guest appears, dressed more ghoulishly
than his counterparts. His mask looks like the face of a corpse, his garments
resemble a funeral shroud, and his face reveals spots of blood suggesting
that he is a victim of the Red Death.
- "Prospero becomes angry that someone with so little
humor and levity would join his party. The other guests, however, are so
afraid of this masked man that they fail to prevent him from walking through
each room. Prospero finally catches up to the new guest in the black-and-red
room. As soon as he confronts the figure, Prospero dies.
- "When other party-goers enter the room to attack
the cloaked man, they find that there is nobody beneath the costume. Everyone
then dies, for the Red Death has infiltrated the castle.
- "Similarly, the significance of unsustainable population
growth is pooh-poohed by many observers. They say we will be protected
by the endless growth of more food supplies, the emergence of technologies
that will allow limitless expansion of human numbers-ultimately, by our
world class military. But, say most of this school, if deaths are needed
these will occur among the poor and weak. So not to worry-the strong will
be left. Hey, just a bit of evolution, right?
- "Wrong! Ultimately, depending on just how this
human tsunami plays out, much of the world's civilizing elements will be
wiped away, as our environment gets further ravaged, food supplies dwindle,
and burgeoning numbers bring the kind of civil breakdowns now so prevalent
in many of the world's poorer countries.
- "Yes, U.S. immigration policy remains urgently in
need of real reform. But even the best reform will not solve the ultimate
problem now gaining hurricane force.
- "Technology, military power, nothing will stop some
ugly form of disaster unless we quickly see a major reduction in world
- "Experts argue constantly about what the sustainable
number is. The certain answer: much lower than it is now. Dr. Alpert's
number: 100 million for the entire world.
- "What's your optimum number-and how do you support
- "The great thing in this world is not so much where
you stand, as in what direction you are moving."
- --Oliver Wendell Holmes
- The final equation depends on your actions that will
change the future toward a positive manifestation.
- Donald A. Collins [email him], is a freelance writer
living in Washington DC and a former long time member of the board of FAIR,
the Federation for American Immigration Reform.
- Frosty Wooldridge has bicycled across six continents
- from the Arctic to the South Pole - as well as six times across the USA,
coast to coast and border to border. In 2005, he bicycled from the Arctic
Circle, Norway to Athens, Greece. He presents "The Coming Population
Crisis in America: and what you can do about it" to civic clubs, church
groups, high schools and colleges. He works to bring about sensible world
population balance atwww.frostywooldridge.com He is the author of: America
on the Brink: The Next Added 100 Million Americans. Copies available: 1
888 280 7715