Pope Francis: [Non-European: i.e. niggers, spicks, towelhead] Catholics Don't Have to Breed Like Rabbits
Population Security: Catholic Church, Vatican existential security, Pope infallibility & Population issues | Vatican Consumption: Vatican investments and Profits from Military Pharmaceutical Industrial Complex & Drug War
Andrea Muhrrteyn | 25 September 2015| Updated 27 September
“There is a single theme behind all our work; we must reduce population levels. Either they do it our way, through nice clean methods or they will get the kind of mess that we have in El Salvador, or in Iran, or in Beirut. Population is a political problem. Once population is out of control it requires authoritarian government, even fascism, to reduce it.... The Professionals aren't interested in lowering population for humanitarian reasons. That sounds nice. We look at resources and environmental constraints. We look at our strategic needs, and we say that this country must lower its population, or else we will have trouble. So steps are taken. El Salvador is an example where our failure to lower population by simple means has created the basis for a national security crisis. The government of El Salvador failed to use our programs to lower their population. Now they get a civil war because of it. There will be dislocation and food shortages. They still have too many people there. Civil wars are somewhat drawn-out ways to reduce population. The quickest way to reduce population is through famine, like in Africa or through disease, like the Black Death, all of which might occur in El Salvador. ... We will go into a country and say, here is your goddamn development plan. Throw it out the window. Start looking at the size of your population and figure out what must be done to reduce it. If you don't like that, if you don't want to choose to do it through planning, then you'll have an El Salvador or an Iran, or worse, a Cambodia. .... El Salvador is an example of a country with serious population and political problems. Rapid population growth — the birth rate has remained unchanged in recent years — aggravates its population density, which is already the highest on mainland Latin America. While a population program exists on paper, it has not been pursued with a strong commitment, and contraceptives remain unavailable. The population program really did not work. The infrastructure was not there to support it. There were just too many goddamn people. If you want to control a country, you have to keep the population down. Too many people breed social unrest and communism. Something had to be done. The birth rate is 3.3 percent — one of the highest in the world. Its population, he complained, will double in 21 years. The civil war can help things, but it would have to be greatly expanded. ... To reduce population quickly, you have to pull all the males into the fighting and kill significant numbers of fertile, childbearing age females. [In El Salvador civil war] You are killing a small number of males and not enough fertile females to do the job on the population.” -- Thomas Ferguson, Latin American case officer for the State Department's Office of Population Affairs (OPA); quoted by Bill Cooper in Behold a Pale Horse; as quoted in EoP v WiP negotiations: Comment Correspondence [PDF]: Jiaozuo City Mingxing Brake Equipment Factory Mr. Aaron: EoP brake line options to stop WiP Armageddon Runaway Train.
Pope's climate push is 'raving nonsense' without population control, says top US scientist. Paul Ehrlich writes in Nature Climate Change that Francis is wrong to fight climate change without also addressing the strain from population growth on resources.
Population Security by Dr. Stephen Mumford is a resource for people concerned about the societies in which they live. It provides information on global security issues and shows how one small political entity, the Vatican, in pursuing its own interests, has managed to control US population policy and to thwart freedom of the press. It has also undermined not only U.S. national security but that of other countries and endangered the earth's environment and its inhabitants. It is not an anti-Catholic website. It is critical of the church's hierarchy, not of its religious beliefs. As population pressures continue to mount, democratic institutions on which we depend and the humanitarian values by which we are guided to ensure the health and well-being of all nations are threatened and their security put at risk. It is unconscionable that the lives of so many should be jeopardized because of a vague and arbitrary concept of Papal Infallibility.
The fourth largest asset class owned by the Vatican is founding industry and controlling stocks in a narrow class of industries related to arms manufacture, military support and pharmacuticals including strategic financial relationships with the international trade of illegal drugs. Through these strategic investments, the Roman Catholic Church is by far the single largest arms dealer, profiteer from conflict, profiteer from the growth of the pharmaceutical industry as well as single largest recipient of illegal drug money of any organisation in the history of the world.
Pope Francis: Catholics Don't Have to Breed Like Rabbits (01:23)
Pope's climate push is 'raving nonsense' without population control, says top US scientist. Paul Ehrlich writes in Nature Climate Change that Francis is wrong to fight climate change without also addressing the strain from population growth on resources.
One of America’s leading scientists has dismissed as “raving nonsense” the pope’s call for action on climate change – so long as the leader of the world’s 1 billion Catholics rejects the need for population control.
In a commentary in the journal Nature Climate Change, Paul Ehrlich, a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, argues that Pope Francis is simply wrong in trying to fight climate change without also addressing the additional strain on global resources from population rise. “That’s raving nonsense,” Ehrlich told the Guardian. “He is right on some things but he is just dead wrong on that.”
The critique in “Society and the Pope’s encyclical”, part of a special package from scientists on the encyclical, marked a rare note of dissent from scientists and campaigners. Many hope that the pope will drive home his call to action on poverty and the environment in his speech to Congress on Thursday.
Ehrlich, in his Nature Climate Change commentary, accuses Francis of a dangerous flaw in his indictment of consumerism and its effects on the poor and the environment. The pope had fallen for the usual clerical “obsession” with contraception and abortion – when he could have instead broken new ground on the Catholic church’s approaches to women’s reproductive rights and family planning.
The broadside exposes some of the difficulties of embracing a figure such as the pope – for those on the left as well as the right.
Conservative allies of the pope, on issues such as same-sex marriage and abortion, have balked at his denunciation of capitalism and call to action on climate change.
Those thrilled by the pope’s intervention on climate change – and Ehrlich counts himself among them – were troubled by Francis’s refusal to countenance the need to limit population, the scientist said. “It is crystal clear. No one concerned with the state of the planet and the state of the global economy can avoid dealing with population. It is the elephant in the room,” he said.
Ehrlich became a household name in the US nearly 50 years ago for warning of a global catastrophe because of population growth – a scenario he later conceded did not entirely materialise.
But while the scientist applauded the pope’s overall message on the environment, he said Francis had undermined his own cause by failing to acknowledge the need for birth control and reproductive choice.
Indeed, Francis in the encyclical explicitly rejects the idea of population growth as a strain on global resources. “Demographic growth is fully compatible with an integral and shared development,” the pope wrote. “To blame population growth instead of extreme and selective consumerism on the part of some, is one way of refusing to face the issues.”
Ehrlich said that was a mistake. The global population, now over 7 billion, is projected to reach 9.7 billion in 2050 according to the United Nations. “There is no competent scientist who would say there is not a problem with population growth. In other words, the pope is dead wrong. Here he is following an antique doctrine that it is impossible to change,” Ehrlich said. “I am sure he knows better, he is not a dope.”
Other scientists in the Nature Climate Change package also took issue with the pope’s message – such as his call for leaders to undergo a “moral conversion” when it came to the environment. That overlooked the powerful forces behind the global economic order, and fell far short of a credible strategy, writes Erik Olin Wright, a sociologist at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
“The powerful interests that are opposed to genuinely restoring ecological balance and seriously dealing with global poverty need to be defeated through political confrontation, rather than simply converted to a more compassionate, ethically grounded mindset.”
Peak Prosperity: Paul Ehrlich & the Population Bomb:
Paul Ehrlich: The Population Bomb (47:06)
The situation is much more grim because, of course, when the population bomb was written, there were 3.5 billion people on the planet. Now there are 7.3 billion people on the planet. And we are projected to have something on the order of 9.6 billion people 35 years from now. That means that we are scheduled to add to the population many more people than were alive when I was born in 1932. When I was born there were 2 billion people. The idea that, in 35 years when we already have billions of people hungry or micronutrient-malnourished, we are somehow going to have to take care of 2.5 billion more people is a daunting idea.
I think it's going to get a lot worse for a lot more people. You've got to remember that each person we add disproportionately causes ecological damage. For example, human beings are smart. So human beings use the easiest to get to, the purest, the finest resources first.
When thousands of years ago we started to fool around with copper, copper was lying on the surface of the earth. Now we have at least one mine that goes down at least two miles and is mining copper that is about 0.3% ore. And yet we go that deep and we refine that much. Same thing the first commercial oil well in the United States. We went down 69.5 feet in 1859 to hit oil. The one off in the Gulf of Mexico started a mile under water and went down a couple of more miles before it had the blow-out that ruined the Gulf of Mexico.
Each person you add has to be fed from poorer land, drink water that has to be pumped from deeper wells or transported further or purified more, and have their materials sourced from other depleting resources. And so there is a disproportion there. When you figure that we are going to have to try and feed several billion more people and that the agricultural system itself, the food system supplies something like 30% of the greenhouse gases we put into the atmosphere. Those greenhouse gases are changing the climate rapidly, yet rapid climate change is the big enemy of agriculture -- you can see that we are heading down a road that leads to a bridge that’s out. And we are not paying any attention to trying to apply the brakes.
Population Security: Catholic Church, Vatican existential security, Pope infallibility & Population issues:
Population Security by Dr. Stephen Mumford is a resource for people concerned about the societies in which they live. It provides information on global security issues and shows how one small political entity, the Vatican, in pursuing its own interests, has managed to control US population policy and to thwart freedom of the press. It has also undermined not only U.S. national security but that of other countries and endangered the earth's environment and its inhabitants. It is not an anti-Catholic website. It is critical of the church's hierarchy, not of its religious beliefs.
Worldwide overpopulation is the greatest risk to public health that we have ever encountered. The single obstacle to solving this problem is not money or the lack of acceptable family planning choices, but the opposition by a small group of extreme reactionaries now in control of the Roman Catholic Church. Uncounted numbers of people are denied access to contraception and abortion by the political machinations of a pope who is, by the dogma of his religion, unable to change his mind.
As population pressures continue to mount, democratic institutions on which we depend and the humanitarian values by which we are guided to ensure the health and well-being of all nations are threatened and their security put at risk. It is unconscionable that the lives of so many should be jeopardized because of a vague and arbitrary concept of Papal Infallibility.
Population Security provides information on among others, the following issues:
- Is overpopulation a national and global security threat?
- Why is the U.S.A.'s most serious national security threat not being addressed?
- The United States once had the political will to deal with the overpopulation problem. What happened to that political will?
- Why can't the pope change the Church's position on abortion and family planning?
- Why is the security-survival of the Vatican threatened by the solutions to the overpopulation problem - modern contraception, abortion, advancement of women's rights, sex education, and the like?
- Why did the "Dean of Investigative Reporters," George Seldes, write "This pressure [of the Catholic Church on American journalism] is one of the most important forces in American life, and the only one about which secrecy is generally maintained, no newspaper being brave enough to discuss it, although all fear it and believe that the problem should be dragged into the open and made publicly known.?"
- Vatican influence on the American press: Why is the American press grossly under reporting on the most significant issues of our time, i.e.: * overpopulation as a national security threat for all nations; * population growth control as a national security issue; * family planning as a national security issue; * abortion as a national security issue; * implications of global warming for U.S. security; * the implications of legalized abortion and family planning for papal authority; * the relationship between the pope's demand for open U.S. borders and the fact that 90% of immigrants are Roman Catholics; * the implications of the current immigration level for U.S. security and American democracy; * the Vatican influence on the American press; * the Vatican powerful influence over the Republican Party.
- Why and how did the Vatican seize control of the Republican Party?
- Why is the Vatican a threat to Americans?
- Why has the Vatican taken its "open-borders" position on immigration into the U.S.?
- The conflict between the Vatican and U.S. security.
- Vatican use of ecumenism as a tool to advance its security interests.
- Vatican responsibility for the torrent of disinformation on population and related issues.
- Vatican influence on the United Nations, the World Health Organization and other international agencies.
- Vatican influence on the International Feminist Movement.
Vatican Bank is the main shareholder in ‘Pietro Beretta’ arms
Perhaps few people know that Pietro Beretta arms factory Ltd. (the largest arms industry in the world) and is controlled by the Holding SpA Beretta and the majority shareholder of the Beretta Holding SpA after Gussalli Ugo Beretta, is the IOR (Institute for Works of Religion [commonly known as the Vatican Bank]) private institution founded in 1942 by Pope Pius XII and headquartered in Vatican City.
The story is this, behind this is as follows:
Rome was not built in a day, nor the Vatican, and less its present opulence. Has its roots in the fourth century of the Christian era, when the Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity and made available to the Pope Sylvester I a colossal Fortunately, it actually turned into the 1st Pope rich history.
The Catholic Church is the only religious organization in the world that has as an independent state headquarters: Vatican City. With its 2 Km2 Vatican is much smaller than many golf courses in the world, and to follow it without haste does not take much more than an hour; Counting his riches, however, take considerably longer.
One Faith in God: The Vatican and the Pharmaceutical Industry:
The Pope and the Mafia Millions: 17 June 1982 Death of Roberto Calvi - Gods Banker (45:49)
1. The fourth largest asset class owned by the Vatican is founding industry and controlling stocks in a narrow class of industries related to arms manufacture, military support and pharmacuticals including strategic financial relationships with the international trade of illegal drugs.
2. Through these strategic investments, the Roman Catholic Church is by far the single largest arms dealer, profiteer from conflict, profiteer from the growth of the pharmaceutical industry as well as single largest recipient of illegal drug money of any organisation in the history of the world.
3. In particular, the major funding of the industrial-military complex has been orchestrated and coordinated by the strategy of the Roman Catholic Church under the guidance of the Jesuits for the past two hundred years, including all major global conflicts, including major terrorism.
4. Unfortunately, almost no person upon first hearing such statements are inclined to believe what is tantamount to saying the Vatican is the most evil organisation on the planet- given such specific investments in such specific industries designed to destroy nations, peoples lives and minds.
5. However, this is precisely the nature of the Vatican, why it had supported such industries and why these investments are managed discretely through its loyal banking interests.
6. Let us look at the historic clues that provide credibility to these assertions.
The "Good Old Days" when the Pope Commanded Armies
7. In the Good Old Days of the Catholic Church, before the age of enlightenment and democracy swept through parts of the world, the Catholic Church could depend upon Catholic Armies to step in and ensure heretic groups would be burned alive, butchered and eliminated.
8. Most reasonable history books will clearly show that the pattern of the Christian Church upon achieving power through Theodosius at the end of the 4th century was to eliminate heretics and threats, to rule with absolute authority.
9. However, since the loss of the Papal States, the Pope and the Catholic Church lost its last official real temporal powers for amassing armies to continue its objectives of eliminating other religions and non-Catholic Christianity.
10. The Pope had also lost his financial power to direct at will the vast resources of the Catholic Church since the war with the Jesuits ending at the start of the 19th Century.
11. The 19th Century also saw a break out of the previous church controlled education of people concerning science, the arts and philosophy so that by the end of the 19th Century, various philosophers were proudly boasting that "God was dead".
12. Prior to this period, excluding investment in the slave trade, there is no clear evidence of the Vatican being remotely interested in industry, nor business ventures, except where it involved its two favourite classes of assets- Gold and Property.
13. On all accounts, the Vatican considered business and manufacturing a potential threat, to be closely checked, not something to be actively cultivated through investment.
14. However, by the beginning of the 19th Century all that had changed with the Jesuits in control.
15. The Jesuits knew first hand how much power could be wielded when a wealthy class of industrialists and bankers were wedded to a mutual interest. Aggressive and greedy men convinced of their own power and "self-made" myth. Men who were quote happy to sell their country, their fellow citizens and occasionally even their own family for the sake of more money and occasional membership to "elite" secret brotherhoods.
16. To the Jesuits, such people were perfect and loyal troops for the cause. Through money, false representation and arcane association to a new counter-Masonic movement, the Jesuits recruited hundreds of business people involved in arms manufacturer, drugs and banking.
17. By the end of the Civil War, it was patently clear to the Pope, that the Jesuit strategy of funding both sides including earning profits from arms sales was a magnificent strategy. It was against used as a model for future conflicts, the most profitable for the Vatican being World War I and then World War II.
The rise of the illegal drug trade
18. One of the great changes of society over the past forty years has been the campaign of transference and ultimate domination of global pharmaceutical companies in the production of synthetic pain killers compared to traditional plant based opiates.
19. For thousands of years, communities around the world have grown and harvested their medicine plants alongside their food crops. Hardy and tough plants such as hemp (marijuana) have been relatively easy to grow and have been a source of very cheap, reliable pain killers along with the poppy (morphine) and a host of other naturally grown plants.
20. However, in the space of a couple of generations, mostly American and some European based consortiums have succeeded in ensuring virtually every nation on Earth has banned the growing, importation and use of naturally grown pain killer crops in preference to the highly expensive, tightly controlled supply of patented pain killers and other drugs.
21. The global pharmaceutical industry is vast, at around $350 billion in annual sales. North America (US around 50% of total world market), Europe and Japan together accounted for 88 per cent of the worldwide market. Of that, 70% of sales were synthetic pain killers.
22. While the total synthetic drug market continues to grow at around 5 to 10%, the size of the US market has started to decline, mainly because of the long term health side effects and ensuing law suits against various synthetic pain killers that have been found to have potentially lethal side effects. Many Americans no longer trust these multi-billion dollar synthetic drug manufacturers' promises on the safety of their drugs.
23. At the same time, it has emerged in the past four years that many hundreds of thousands of Americans and people around the world have become addicted to synthetic pain killers, much like addicts to prohibited drugs. However, unlike heroin or marijuana addicts, the supply of these pain killers have been much easier to source, and sometimes promoted.
Prohibited drug trade
24. The prohibited drug trade is the production, traffic and consumption of drugs that have been made illegal by the majority of governments of the world. These principally concern the agriculture crops of opium, cocaine (coca plant) and marijuana (hemp plant). It also includes the increasing market for synthetic opiates.
25. While virtually all of these drugs have been legal at some time in every country and the global coverage of prohibition has only effectively existed in practice for the past twenty years.
26. Today, the prohibited (illegal) drug trade is vast, accounting for over $240 billion in annual world trade (around 2.6% of total world trade) and slightly under the legalized monopoly of synthetic drugs. However, unlike legally traded commodities, no effective direct government revenue is gained from this traffic.
27. Of all illegal drugs, approximately $150 billion and around 4 million Kg of opium resin continues to be produced each year, mainly the mountainous Asian nations, predominately Afghanistan. This in turn fuels the $25 billion heroin industry per year. Cocaine (around 835,000 Kg at around $22 billion), Marijuana (2 million Kg and around $12 billion), Hashish (230,000 Kg and around $4 billion) are the other traditional drug crops now produced illegally by organized crime.
28. Significantly, methyl amphetamines, largely produced from converting legal synthetic drugs such as flu pills into illegal drugs has grown quickly to account worldwide trade of around 640,000 Kg and $17 billion.
Effects of handing legal control of synthetic drug manufacturing and supply to US and European Drug Companies
29. The effect of enforcing the legal monopoly of synthetic drug manufacturing companies of the world's market of pain killers has been as devastating distortion of the world's resources, individual health and well being.
30. Most cruelly, it has denied many of the poorest countries in Africa and Asia the right to grow and supply their citizens with cheap, safe pain killers. Instead, drug companies have for the past ten years been dumping old stock, which provides next to no effective relief along with potentially lethal side effects on the poor nations of the world, while receiving foreign aid dollars for their efforts.
31. At the same time, taxpayers in developed nations have watched as billions of dollars have been diverted to enforce the legal monopoly of drug companies, occasionally smash "illegal" drug cartels and jail millions of people found to be using, or selling drugs not manufactured by American and European drug companies.
32. American politicians funded and supported by drug companies have now jailed over 2 million of their fellow citizens, of which 70% relate in some way to drug crimes.
33. Meanwhile, billions of dollars in "illegal" drug trade is untaxed and available across the world to help fund terrorist and radical organizations, organized crime and bribe hundreds of thousands of officials around the world.
The looming synthetic time bomb
34. In an added perversion, the most recent looming crisis is the dramatic rise in the use of methyl amphetamines, a market of illegal drugs essentially made possible because of the monopoly of multi-national synthetic drug manufacturers of flu and cough medicines as well as other pain killers.
35. What makes this latest drug craze of greater concern is that along with virtually all synthetic classes of drugs produced by the multi-national drug companies, there are severe side effects in long term use, most notably severe psychosis and violence.
36. The drug "ice", a refined form of methyl amphetamines has been found to be responsible for some of the most shocking violent crime in major urban American and European cities since it became popular.
37. At the same time, the very American and European companies that forced law makers around the world to make their drugs the only legally available pain killers are now faced with a disaster of their own making as class actions in America and elsewhere are tipped to cost the industry tens of billions in compensation for the misery, death and permanent health injuries their drugs caused thousands of unfortunate users.
38. In the end, naturally grown, side effect free opiate drugs might be permitted to be grown again as pharmaceutical companies are sued out of the business of making pain killers after all.
39. Furthermore, this massively wealthy underground industry has given rise to sophisticated international organized crime as well as huge distortions in corruption such as bribery.
The profits from arms, drugs and illegal drugs
40. The combination of profits from arm sales, investment in pharmaceutical companies and illegal drugs for the Vatican is estimated to be between a staggering $50 Billion to $200 Billion annually.
41. While these profits are nowhere near as profitable as the global finance network, nor gold, nor property, as strategic investments, the global drugs trade as well as arms race has been one of the most successful movements to degrade democratic societies over the past fifty years.
42. The Catholic Church depends upon its profits from organized crime (remembering it founded the Mafia in i860, an organization that is headquartered in the Vatican and still meets there annually). For organized crime to make money, the continued global ban on natural pain killers and other naturally processed drugs needs to be maintained.
43. Thankfully for the church, there are always a handful of moral activists ready and motivated to flood the airwaves of media outlets to ensure citizens maintain at least a public support of the ban on drugs.
44. However, as the war continues and the cost of such perverse and evil policies, deliberately maintained and support by the Jesuits and the Catholic Church, citizens around the world are starting to ask themselves why is this happening? And is there some better way?
Plos: The MAHB, the Culture Gap, and Some Really Inconvenient Truths:
The human predicament—climate disruption, loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services, toxification of the planet, the potential impacts of nuclear war, and social and economic inequities that impede solutions to escalating environmental problems—has been amply described. Although the steps needed to solve the predicament are clear, few have been taken—even as the situation steadily declines. The trend in greenhouse gas emissions has continued rapidly upward. The extermination of biodiversity and loss of natural services has proceeded unabated. The number of hungry people has hit an all-time high, which means that so has the number of immune-compromised individuals. That, combined with continued rapid population growth, increases the probabilities of vast epidemics. In Asia, melting of the Himalayan water tower and rising temperatures threaten the food supply of 1.6 billion people whose countries are armed with nuclear weapons. There also have been increasing signs of great toxic peril for humanity and its life-support systems, with a growing threat from the release of hormone-disrupting chemicals that could even be shifting the human sex ratio and reducing sperm counts.
Despite the clear warnings about the predicament almost two decades ago from the scientific community, precious little has been done. That's why a group of social and natural scientists and scholars in the humanities is starting the Millennium Assessment of Human Behavior (MAHB, pronounced “mob”). The admittedly ambitious aim is to change human behavior to avoid a collapse of global civilization.
The urgent need for this call to action is clear when you consider that efforts to address even the most publicized of environmental problems—climate disruption—have fallen far short. Fifteen international conferences have effected no significant change in the accumulation of greenhouse gases and no enforceable agreement yet to reverse the trend. How much failure is enough? Even if nations were to fulfill their recent pledges, catastrophic climate change might well be inevitable. The climate challenge will persist over centuries or even millennia and will require an urgent revision of humanity's energy mobilizing systems and of deforestation and other greenhouse gas (GHG)-releasing land uses. It will also necessitate a continual reworking of water-handling infrastructure to adjust to changing precipitation patterns that are vital to agriculture, as well as massive adjustments of human settlements as sea levels rise, among many other adaptations.
Whereas at least climate disruption is on the political agenda, most of the other issues are not, and public understanding of what drives environmental deterioration or, indeed, of natural phenomena in general is minimal. Few non-scientists are familiar with the basic idea that environmental damage is a product of population size, per capita consumption, and the sorts of technologies and social and economic systems that supply the consumption. A vast “culture gap” has developed over the past century or so between what our society knows and what each individual knows—a gap that has proven especially troubling when elected officials and other leaders have almost no knowledge of science.
That's one reason why the devastating environmental consequences of an ever-expanding human population have been largely ignored. Governments in many struggling poor countries fail to support family planning programs adequately, whereas those in the rich countries of Europe are irrationally encouraging higher fertility. Few recognize that adding a billion people to the population in the future will cause more damage to humanity's critical life-support systems than did the most recent increment of a billion, as ever more scarce and remote resources must be tapped to support the newcomers.
Overconsumption by the rich is central to the deterioration of human life-support systems, but is ignored because most business economists, corporate executives, and politicians view it as an unalloyed good. To lead decent lives, at least two billion people are in dire need of more consumption, but extending American consumption patterns to even today's 6.8 billion people is not only unsustainable but likely a biophysical impossibility.
It would, sadly, take many decades for humane actions to produce significant changes in today's population trajectory. Yet, we know that consumption patterns can change virtually overnight, as demonstrated by the mobilizations and demobilizations connected with World War II. Enormous changes in production and consumption occurred in the United States in 4–5 years, and, during those years, Americans accepted rationing of gasoline, sugar, and meat. Given appropriate incentives, economies can be transformed extremely rapidly.
It is human behavior, toward one another and toward the planet that sustains us all, that requires rapid modification. The MAHB hopes to provide a basic mechanism to achieve this by (1) exposing society to the full range of “inconvenient truths” regarding population–environment–resource–ethics–powerissues, (2) sponsoring a broad global discussion involving the greatest possible diversity of people, and (3) trying to close crucial parts of the culture gap.
We must humanely reduce the size of the global population, take steps to stop the growth of per-capita consumption among the rich (while increasing it among the poor), and face the need to gradually reduce the scale of the entire human physical economy. This will require developing mechanisms to force big corporations (including those in big agriculture and big pharma) to bear social responsibilities like the real individuals whose rights they legally want to assume. Corporations are not an essential feature of capitalism, and, in any case, one of the most inconvenient truths is that if capitalism must depend on non-asymptotic perpetual growth of the physical economy, capitalism will disappear. Like it or not, the human enterprise simply must be constrained if it is to persist.
The MAHB intends to generate a global discussion of the human predicament, what people desire, and what goals are possible to achieve in a sustainable society. The MAHB also differs in seeking input from both the scholarly community and the general public on how to organize itself, and it will remain open to such input.
Negotiating the MAHB's path to change
The Millennium Assessment of Human Behavior (MAHB, http://mahb.stanford.edu/.) aims to promote rapid change in human behavior to avoid the collapse of global civilization. The MAHB will be developed in association with scientists, scholars, and the general public. The MAHB, initiated at Stanford University, is still at a very preliminary stage. It now needs input to make the following decisions:
1. Who is the audience for the MAHB, and whom does it hope to influence?
2. How much should the MAHB critique current institutional and social practices and suggest directions for the necessary changes? Would success require new or highly altered institutions?
3. Has incrementalism by major institutions failed to deal with almost all the most serious environmental problems? Will it continue to fail?
4. Could conversations and publications nudge existing organizations to modify their behavior in a more sustainable direction, including helping others to become sustainable?
5. Should the MAHB be revolutionary and work with grassroots groups in an effort to compel governments and other organizations to take a more direct and effective course that would avoid a collapse of civilization?
6. How much should the MAHB focus on proposing routes to sustainability through large (often global) organizations and how much on encouraging experimentation at community and regional levels?
7. Should the MAHB give high priority to exploring potential scenarios for going forward to create a coherent plan for eliciting political, economic, and social behaviors to maintain human life-support systems and make civilization sustainable?
8. How can the critical parts of the culture gap be closed quickly?
Closing the EoP v WiP culture gap: The MAHB, the Culture Gap, and Some Really Inconvenient Truths:
Excerpts of EoP Axis Correspondence to MAHB; CC: Pope Francis; full transcript available in: EoP Axis Military Necessity Evacuation: City’s Lotto Notice: Religion [PDF] [links added]:
Dr Ehrlich’s article: The MAHB, the Culture Gap and Some Really Inconvenient Truths states that MAHB aims to promote rapid change in human behavior to avoid the collapse of global civilization … It is human behavior, toward one another and toward the planet that sustains us all, that requires rapid modification. The MAHB hopes to provide a basic mechanism to achieve this by (1) exposing society to the full range of “inconvenient truths” regarding population–environment–resource–ethics–power issues, (2) sponsoring a broad global discussion involving the greatest possible diversity of people, and (3) trying to close crucial parts of the culture gap. Under Negotiating the MAHB's path to change, the final question is: How can the critical parts of the culture gap be closed quickly?
On the issue of ‘culture gap’… the information is vague: “A vast “culture gap” has developed over the past century or so between what our society knows and what each individual knows—a gap that has proven especially troubling when elected officials and other leaders have almost no knowledge of science.”
The ‘culture gap’ you appear to be referring to is ‘20th century culture’ and ‘21st century culture’. However both those cultures; in fact going back to Cain and Abel’s invention of totalitarian agriculture – whatever century that was – and subsequent thereto have been consciously or unconsciously founded on Masonic War is Peace social contract principles; which have allowed their cultural members the ‘right or duty to breed and consume above ecological carrying capacity limits’.
The difference between a 4th or 10th or 15th or 20th or 21st century Masonic War is Peace culture is no different than the difference between Masonic War is Peace Capitalism and Communism or Primitivism. In the – amended – wording of Dr. Al Bartlett: Living on a planet where cultures are based upon Masonic War is Peace social contract principles is like buying a ticket on the Titanic; if you’re smart you go Capitalist first class; or you can go cheap Communist or Primitivist steerage third class. In all cases, the sinking of the culture from ecological overshoot resource depletion result is the same. But given the choice, most people would go fast, flashy and first class.
As clarified by Garrett Hardin in Tragedy of the Commons; in the absence of a social contract that eliminates ‘breeding/consumption’ cheaters from the genepool; a social contract that provides for no ‘elimination from the genepool’ consequences for ‘breeding / consumption war cheaters; effectively results in other members of the culture being forced to engage in breeding / consumption war cheating; for offence or defence of their resources purposes; which sets in motion a breeding / consumption war ratrace. This reality was observed shortly after the invention of totalitarian agriculture; and the elite of the time decided rightly or wrongly that their only option was for the elite to divide and conquer manage and profit from the ‘breeding / consumption war’; which is one of the ‘human sacrifice’ ‘secrets’ of ‘oroborous mystery phallic worship religions’.
I imagine the Pope could easily state that “I am sure many of MAHB’s scientists know about Garrett Hardin’s Tragedy of the Commons, our current Masonic War is Peace social contract; they are not dopes.”
General Mike Flynn: You can’t defeat an enemy you don’t admit exists.
If MAHB sincerely wish to address the root cause population / consumption violation of carrying capacity consequences of ecological overshoot; they should focus on abolishing the Masonic War is Peace ‘right to breed / consume with total disregard for ecological carrying capacity limits’ international law social contract and implementing an international law social contract that requires all the worlds citizens to procreate and consume below ecological carrying capacity limits; which has a strict ‘elimination from the planetary genepool’ consequences for any breeding / consumption cheater.
There is already such a campaign working on closing the ‘Ecology of Peace’ –v– ‘Masonic War is Peace’ culture gap; which has various options for implementing an Ecology of Peace New World Order international law social contract.
Is your/organization/city/nations problem solving based Ecology of Peace Factual reality or Masonic War is Peace Flat Earth Beliefs?
A more detailed enquiry about whether an organizations social and resource conflict problem solving ethics are founded upon (i) Ecology of Peace factual reality or (ii) Masonic War is Peace flat earth beliefs?; was submitted to Unashamedly Ethical and Family Policy Institute [PDF | Proof of Service PDF]
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