James Lee and the Myth of Overpopulation

Yesterday, an armed and disturbed leftist named James Jay Lee entered the Discovery Channel office building in Silver Spring, Maryland and held employees hostage for hours until he was ultimately fatally shot.  As he stated in his “manifesto”, Lee was protesting what he saw as irresponsible programming by TLC, which is part of the Discovery Channel network.  TLC has a line-up of shows such as “Kate plus 8” and “19 Kids and Counting”, which are centered on multiple birth families.

Lee subscribed to a belief which is attributed to Thomas Robert Malthus, an upper-crust English “intellectual”.  Malthus claimed that the human population was increasing exponentially while food supplies were changing incrementally.  In his estimation, the world population would not be sustainable past the year 1890.  The solution?  Well it was Malthus’s belief that the upper classes had the responsibility to rid the world of the undesired classes; this would ensure robust food supplies and adequate land proportions for the former.

This belief, though now proven incorrect, was picked up by “Progressives” worldwide.  In the dawn of the 20th century, the United States began systematically sterilizing these certain “undesirables”.   Women were forced, many times with approval of our federal court system, to endure brutal, painful and often debilitating surgery all in the name of mitigating overpopulation of the poor, “feeble minded”, “idiots”, “imbeciles” and ultimately racial minorities.  Often there was little to no evidence to support claims of institutions that “patients” were in fact “feeble minded”.

Eugenics was taught in school biology classes which suggested “policies of immigration restriction, sterilization and race segregation.”1 There were a number of influential eugenics groups with prominent members.  Ivy League schools offered classes in eugenics:

“After 1914, courses on eugenics were being offered at some of America’s leading universities. Harvard, Columbia, Cornell, and Brown were among those listing courses that included eugenics. In the 1920s, the National Education Association’s Committee on Racial Well-Being sponsored programs to help college teachers integrate eugenic content in their courses.” [Ibid]

There were popular books of the time dedicated to eugenics.  Wealthy Progressives, judges, politicians and professors all supported and often encouraged the practice.  This was by no means a secretive or underground society.  States passed laws allowing eugenic experiments and procedures.  Newspapers published favorable articles on the subject.  As Governor of New Jersey, Woodrow Wilson signed into law the state’s eugenics bill.  It was American scientists who influenced and in some cases assisted the National Socialists (Nazis) of Germany in their eugenics program which would come to be known as the Holocaust.

Other prominent eugenicists included Progressive party member Theodore Roosevelt who claimed, “Society has no business to permit degenerates to reproduce.”  In a now famous Supreme Court ruling which upheld the state of Virginia’s legal authority to sterilize Carrie Buck against her will, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote in the majority opinion, “Three generations of imbeciles are enough.”  This after failing to prove that imbecility was a Buck family “gene”.  Alexander Graham Bell, the “inventor” of the telephone was an ardent supporter as was Planned Parenthood founder, Margaret Sanger.

Margaret Sanger developed Planned Parenthood and kick-started the birth control movement for the purpose of eliminating “undesirables”.  Sanger was an open racist who addressed at least one Klan rally.  Ultimately, she set out to achieve black genocide masked in “reproductive rights”.  This mindset was confirmed in a fairly recent interview with Justice Ruth Ginsburg who said of Roe v. Wade, “Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.”

The exposure of the German National Socialist party’s treatment of Jews brought to light the horrors of eugenics.  Its popularity faded.  Eugenics laws remained on the books for decades following World War II, but sterilizations largely went unpracticed.  All in all, about 50,000 cases of forced sterilization in the United States have been documented.

In the late 1960’s and early 70’s, professors John Ehrlich and his wife Anne, wrote a textbook entitled, “Population, Resources, Environment.  Issues in Human Ecology”.  In it, the authors advocate reduced individual liberties, government regulation of reproduction, forced sterilization and the “de-development of the United States”; all to stop the “crises” that is overpopulation.  Many of the statements made by the Ehrlichs are eerily similar to those of Lee’s manifesto.

In the acknowledgments the authors give thanks to physicist John Holdren, our current Science Czar appointed by President Obama, for his help with the publication.  Holdren would later co-author an updated addition of the book with Ehrlich which espoused the same ideas as the addition previously published.

It seems that the Progressives manufacture this crisis so that they can legitimize their desire to rid the world of “undesirables” and for government control of our everyday lives.  They couple it with environmental policies and claim it is for our own good.  But what do the facts tell us?

  • The population as of last official estimates is about 6.6 billion people
  • The square mileage of Texas = 268,601 (that is equal to 7,488,166,118,400 sq. ft)
  • That means that every person on earth could have a 1,100+ sq ft living space in a land mass the size of Texas
  • The land mass of Texas is equal to .004% of Earth’s total land mass
  • The rate of population growth has steadily decreased over the decades (see graph from UN)
  • The average family size has decreased from about 4.8 to 2.3 over the past century.

These facts are all conveniently left out when we discuss the crises (myth) of overpopulation.  Do your research, draw your own conclusions, but never ignore the facts in front of you.