Steve Sailer: Jerry Brown says California can afford 11 million more immigrants if everybody adopts a Zen lifestyle

Two sadhus (Hindu religious ascetics) near Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. Wiki.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Even as the state struggles through an epic water crisis, Gov. Jerry Brown assured residents Tuesday that technology, adaptation and “a more elegant” way of living would ultimately preserve the California dream for generations to come…

…“We are altering this planet with this incredible power of science, technology and economic advance,” Brown said. “If California is going to have 50 million people, they’re not going to live the same way the native people lived, much less the way people do today.… You have to find a more elegant way of relating to material things. You have to use them with greater sensitivity and sophistication”…

To understand long term shifts in ideology, it’s interesting to compare what Jerry Brown says now to not only what his pro-population growth father, Gov. Pat Brown, said in 1959, but to what anti-population growth Jerry himself said in the 1970s, most famously about California in its new Era of Limits when E.F. Schumacher’s “Buddhist economics” about “small is beautiful” was his mantra.

When Jerry left office in 1982, the population of California was 25 million. It’s now 39 million. But now Jerry seems fine with adding 11 million more people in California. Why?…

  • Dana Garcia

    However last year our Jerry invited ALL of Mexico (120 million) to come live in California.

    • Frau Katze

      What’s the matter with these idiotic pols? Why are they like this? He’s as bad as Eurocrats inviting Africa to Europe.

  • Abu Nudnik

    Well, I’d ask if he’s insane if the question weren’t academic.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    Jerry’s still alive? Wow.

  • just a thought

    “…not going to live the same way the native people lived, much less the way people do today.”
    Yep. Gotta kiss even all those primitive conveniences good bye.
    All you have to do is listen to them to know they belong in an asylum.

    • Shebel

      it is like ‘duhhh’. Where I is? What is I?

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    What if I don’t want to live a “Zen Lifestyle”?

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Doesn’t he know what a drought is?

    • eMan14

      More people = more water I’d new that ‘easy’ button would come to good use.

  • Shebel

    Those guys look like they should fit right in with the Califournian life style.
    Anything goes -long as you don’t need water.

  • ntt1

    Yeah and the planners in Vancouver want everybody to give up gardens and start living in recycled sea cans in the laneways. why is it progressives always want everybody except themselves to give up things that they never will. Is the logical progression of progressivism to squatting in a sea can using only one square of toilet paper a go, and eating organic gruel? Just how stalinesque are these idiots?

    • Shebel

      Vote for Justin and you will discover a whole new world of stupidity.

    • Rosenmops

      They are working on turning Vancouver into a cross between Bombay and Peking. The lane-way housing is a step in that direction.

      • ntt1

        Are you aeare how many mass murdering monsters were town planners by training? it includes Jeffrey “Fast Food”Dahmer , the Unibomber,and one of the new jersey sniper team.

  • Brett_McS

    If there is going to be 50 million people in California total then there are going to be at least 40 million who dump their garbage on the street and who’s idea of recreation is to burn down the state forest.

  • just a thought


    Why are we here, master?

    ____We’re waiting for a bus.


    ____Because it will take us somewhere else.

    Where else?

    ____To another bus stop.

    And what will we do there?

    ____Wait for another bus.


    ____To pass the time until the next bus arrives.

    Will there be music? I like the music.


    (to self) Maybe I should have thought twice before I dropped out of that MBA program.

    ____What was that?

    Nothing, master. I have to use the rest room. I’ll be, uh, right back.

    ____(to self) About time! Thought I’d never get rid of that one.

    What was that master?

    ____Nothing. See you when you, uh, get back.

  • Rosenmops

    The immigrants don’t bath so they won’t need much water.

  • Hard Little Machine

    His view of California is give it to Mexico except for the rich coastal strip from Marin to San Diego

  • Helios Megistos