More, More, More

By Cyberquill 07/15/2017Leave a Comment

Being interviewed along with his BFF and presidential successor at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas last Thursday, Bill Clinton lamented that

If you look at America, we’re only having a 2.1 replacement of our native-born population from natural births. We can’t continue to grow this economy unless we grow more diverse and take in more immigrants.”

The only good economy, we have been told ad nauseam, is a growing economy. Just as sharks must stay in motion in order to survive, economies must grow, grow, grow—but where to? What’s the end game?

Every gardener knows that, in order to prevent over-growth, growing things must be pruned on a regular basis: lawns must be mowed, brush must be cleared, hedges must be trimmed, trees must be cut back so as to minimize the danger of their being knocked over by a storm and crashing into the house, etc.; lest, at some point, one has grown an unmanageable jungle.

So why must economies, by contrast, always keep growing ad infinitum?

Probably because populations are growing, and ever more people need ever more stuff, more energy, more resources of any kind, and—last but not least—more jobs.

In other words, economies must grow in order to sustain, or improve, the living standards of growing populations.

Soon, alas, the paradoxical situation arises when ever more people are needed in order to grow an economy at the rate required to sustain ever more people.

In particular, ever more young people are needed to sustain an ever increasing number of retirees—young people that will eventually become the older and retired generation, in turn needing ever more young people to sustain them.

And so the growth-cycle continues.

The only thing that doesn’t grow is the planet and its store of natural resources.

A planet that, incidentally, keeps getting warmer, which leads to ever more droughts of escalating severity, accompanied by dwindling freshwater supplies all over the place.

Yet, in order to grow our economy at a sustainable rate, we need ever more people, who’ll need ever more water.

How can more resources-guzzling people be the solution to anything in this world without, in the long run, exacerbating the very problems that were supposed to be solved by population growth, whether by way of immigration or otherwise?

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