Thursday, July 19, 2007

Pushing it Away: New York Times Enshrinement

From page A18, New York Times editorial page: "Editorial Observer" by Verlyn Klinkenborg-
"Trying Times Ahead: The Prospect of 60 Million Californians"

Recently, the California Department of Finance predicted that there will be some 60 million people living in the state by 2050. At present [2007] there are 36 millions. The numbers in themselves are frightening enough, but what I find terrifying is the bland assumption that a two thirds increase in population is inevitable and that the main problem will be creating the infrastructure necessary to house, feed, educate, transport and govern all those people. To me, the main problem is how to keep them from showing up in the first place [emphasis added].
Representative aristocratic myopia, with its unspoken assumption of some sort of major disaster in order to bring about the population reduction of others that they desire.

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