Thursday, 29 November 2007

Folk-Husbandry

It is said that this country could sustain twice the population. Very well, but why would anyone want it to do so? There are, I suppose, many motives: some feel it would be better to be part of something bigger, not considering that in all likelihood their part would become correspondingly smaller; some think in abstract terms of economics: to them, if population growth means economic growth, then they can think of little or no objection, for it is their habit of mind to think everything of the economy, and to bear no “silly talk” of culture or harmony; some are susceptible to the idea of our land becoming an even more “vibrant” and “exciting” place, a land full of enlightened and exotic immigrants bringing an end to the reign of the benighted pale-skins with their boring food and oppressive practices; but, though there may be many motives, some naïve, some pragmatic, some nefarious, I cannot help shake the overall impression that the man who says he wishes to be part of a maximally sustainable population sounds a bit like a battery-hen speaking the farmer’s words.

5 comments:

Tom Multhas said...

An easy and certain way to increase the population is to allow immigration from Africa and the Middle East. France and England are good examples.

J.K. Baltzersen said...

It has been said that the more culturally diverse a society is, the more government control is required.

If this is so, and even if it is not so, but it still leads to more government control, what is to be gained?

J.K. Baltzersen said...

An easy and certain way to increase the population is to allow immigration from Africa and the Middle East. France and England are good examples.

Given the relative success, Mr. Multhas, of democracy on the African continent compared to Europe, that is a good example of how to make democracy in Europe even more a success than it already has been.

Bretwalda Edwin-Higham said...

Strangely, this is the nub of the argument at Blogpower just now - maximum workable size.

John East said...

.....and suppose we can enrich our lives and build a multi-culti paradise by importing/breeding another 65 million? Will the liberals then start calling for imigration control, or will they argue the case for another doubling?
I suppose their having no understanding of human nature and no grip on reality will ensure the latter.