Environmentalists who’ve made and discarded a dozen other doomsday predictions warn us that having children will lead to Armageddon, when it’s more likely the opposite is true.
Many were pleasantly surprised last year when The New York Times ran an article admitting that Paul Ehrlich’s “Population Bomb” never exploded. Despite prophecies of entire nations starving to death during the 1980s and the Stanford biologist’s confident prediction that “sometime in the next 15 years, the end will come,” mankind not only endured, but more than doubled in population—all while reducing worldwide poverty and hunger to historic lows.
But one of the hallmarks of the Left’s effort to extend government control over every aspect of life is The Crisis™, a looming, existential threat as predictable as the inciting incident in an airport paperback, and as reverently confessed as the eschatology of a religious sect. So a new doomsday prophecy was bound to take the place of Ehrlich’s dud bomb.