by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Many people today believe the world is overpopulated and that we are running out of natural resources. This belief is based on the false premise that humans are a burden on the planet and that resources are fixed and finite. The truth is that humans are capable of creating more resources and solving more problems than they consume or create. The more people there are, the more opportunities there are for education, collaboration, and innovation that can benefit everyone.
“You’ll own nothing. And you’ll be happy,” the World Economic Forum (WEF) stated, along with seven other dystopian predictions in a now-infamous video forecasting what the world will look like by 2030.
Primarily concerning itself with rent-seeking materialism, the WEF has embedded itself in popular culture by stoking the public’s anxieties and the elite’s vanities. Its discourse focuses on topics like climate change, demographic fluctuation, technological innovation, and global resource scarcity. It diagnoses many problems but offers few solutions of substance beyond forfeiting hope and sovereignty to it and its leaders.
Everything is getting worse because of humanity, and the only way for things to get better is for humanity to — once again — trust the experts, so the WEF’s narrative goes.
Later this month, the Alliance for Responsible Citizenship (ARC) forum will convene to offer an alternative to this vision. Essential to ARC’s premise is that the median quality of life across the globe has dramatically improved over the past few centuries, in no small part due to human ingenuity.
A paper being presented at the forum by Dr. Marian Tupy argues that contrary to the Malthusian claims of contemporary leftists and climate alarmists, population growth and resource scarcity do not share a causal relationship.