TIME MAGAZINE'S FAREED ZAKARIA: INTELLECTYALLY CREDENTIALED INNUMERATE
December 1, 2011
Several months ago, Time editor Fareed Zakaria, a transplant who fled India, told Terri Gross of National Public Radio that America will add a healthy 138 million people via immigration in the next 39 years. He neglected to mention that his own country at 1.2 billion and headed for 1.6 billion—suffers untold human misery, poverty, environmental destruction, carbon footprint, ecological footprint, filthy rivers, toxic drinking water and a litany of problems that are irreversible and unsolvable. I know because I have traveled through India. There is no “Indian Dream” for nine-tenths of its population. The squalor, filth and misery of India takes a sane person’s breath away. And, there is no hope of conditions improving, ever.
“Most Western elites continue urging the wealthy West not to stem the migrant tide [that adds 80 million net gain annually to the planet], but to absorb our global brothers and sisters until their horrid ordeal has been endured and shared by all—ten billion humans packed onto an ecologically devastated planet.” Dr. Otis Graham, Unguarded Gates
I wrote Terri Gross with facts, figures and graphs to show that we cannot sustain another 138 million at the level of water, energy and resource usage of an average American. I invited her to interview my work and that of 35 other top PH.D. experts in the field of environment and overpopulation. She declined.
The fact remains: NPR and the Main Stream Media avoid, evade and suppress any discussion on America’s human overpopulation. Men like Zakaria, are known as “innumerates” or credentialed individuals that lack the ability to perform simple math. Dr. Albert Bartlett, www.albartlett.com, of the University of Colorado, defines “innumeracy” as the mathematical equivalent of illiteracy.
Recently, Zakaria spouted more innumeracy when he said, “US demographics are strikingly healthy. We'll be the only rich country to increase its population over the next 30 years.” We are following the miserable population path already tread by India and China as the third fastest growing nation on the planet. But not by our own hand as American women have averaged 2.03 children since 1970. As the world adds 1 billion every 12 years on its way to adding 3 billion in 40 years, we will see growing and unending starvation, wars for resources and a line of desperate world citizens knocking on our door to enter. They are already busting down the door on the Mexican border. But Zakaria welcomes unlimited growth!
To which one of the most brilliant men in history said, "Unlimited population growth cannot be sustained; you cannot sustain growth in the rates of consumption of resources. No species can overrun the carrying capacity of a finite land mass. This Law cannot be repealed and is not negotiable.” Dr. Albert Bartlett
I wrote Zakaria a similar letter with facts, graphs and figures. He did not respond, because “innumerates” cannot respond to facts or in most cases, reality. In fact, such persons gain tremendous audiences because few want to face the facts or the future with any realistic understanding of what will happen. It’s the proverbial Cassandra Syndrome.
Once again, others like to shoot the messenger. I am a messenger and a very exceptional one.
One reader from Michigan wrote, “And yet if you try to inform most people of any of those alarming statistics, you are almost guaranteed a "shoot the messenger" reception. Question the growing number of food stamp and/or welfare recipients and you're called selfish, a bigot and "not willing to share." Mention the high rate of illiteracy and it quickly becomes a racist thing. And if one dares suggest even a slowing of the influx of immigrants, well . . . you may just get reminded that somewhere in your family history your ancestors came from somewhere else, and that maybe you should just go live in that country! I know that more than one person has said that to me (as if the conditions were the same in 1900 as they are today -- not to mention that in those pre-welfare days someone coming to America either engaged in productive work or they didn't survive!) Keep up the good work. There are readers like myself, that are not afraid to pass this on, despite the listener almost always letting us know they'd rather not hear about it.”
One reader told me that he is optimistic as to adding 75 million immigrants. Sorry, optimism won’t cut it when we don’t have the water, energy, food and resources to sustain another 75 million immigrants within our ecologically devastated civilization.
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You may send this column to National Public Radio and invite them to have Terri Gross interview my work on her show. She could host a debate with Zakaria and yours truly. He cannot prevail in the withering face of reality that I will present in any intellectual and experiential arsenal. If thousands of you write into NPR, let’s see what happens to the challenge: [email protected] Address your letter to the attention of Terri Gross, Robert Siegel, Neal Conan, Steve Innskeep and ask them to address America’s future dilemma of adding 75 million more immigrants. Ask them how we will deal with water, food and energy with such an overload of humanity from around the world.
You’ll have all of NPR talking heads shaking in their boots because they would have to deal with reality and a very articulate messenger. Thank you. Next week, Parts 4 and 5 of Trashing America.
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