[Marxism] Too many humans?

Jon Flanders jonathan.flanders at verizon.net
Wed Nov 26 12:08:44 MST 2003


2 billion is the conclusion Richard Heinberg, in his book "The Party's
Over" comes to in calculating what a low energy "steady state" economy
could sustain.

Jon Flanders

On Thu, 2003-11-27 at 11:56, Will Miller wrote:
> 	As I recall an ecologist at Cornell, David Pimentel, several 
> years ago argued that the optimum sustainable (with a decent material 
> quality of life for all) human population was about 2 billion people. 
> On that model we are only 3 times too numerous.  10-20 generations of 
> less births than the replacement rate offers a possible future 
> without the dismally familiar death rate solutions--famine, disease, 
> war.
> 	Sustainable population and carrying capacities are real 
> ecological limits within which even a socialist alternative must 
> operate and, of course,  capitalism cannot.
> 
> Will
> 
> 






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