My turn on the soap-box

I have resisted the temptation over the past few days to post extracts and links to a range of Australian articles about the UK’s metamorphosis into a second-rate remake of The Rocky Horror Show.  However, the current Daily Telegraph editorial on the subject, which I’m sure you’ve all read, is a reasonable summary of a sensible position.   I commend it to The Chariot.

While I’m here on my soap-box, I shall make two additional points and I shall make them strongly, so those of you with delicate sensibilities should not click on “read more”. 

  1. It is past time for the left-wing bleeding heart liberals to be silenced.   For far too long they have prevented real discussion with their militant accusations of ‘racism’, ‘bigotry’ and latterly ‘knee-jerk’.   Their beliefs are fatuous, their policies threadbare and debunked, their fervour exposed as quasi-religious, self-harming masochism, which is generally delivered from the comfort of their ivory tower, be that in academe or some leafy rural suburb. Denounce them whenever and wherever they sprout their duplicitous weasel-words (I love mixing metaphors).
  2. The real elephant in the room is global over-population – the spectre that is too awful to speak its name.   Far more civilisation-threatening than anthropogenic global warming (if it existed), only the Chinese have had the guts to even begin to address this fifth horseman – and even they have near enough shelved the one-child policy.

Have a nice day now. 😀

Author: Bearsy

A Queensland Bear with attitude

33 thoughts on “My turn on the soap-box”

  1. Bearsy, I couldn’t agree more. Point 1. can be tackled politically – but will it? Point 2., I fear, is up against the unfortunate truth that many ‘civilised’ countries are ‘under-resourced’ and are encouraging population growth! That growth currently is coming from communities which don’t share the moral, social or political values of their hosts. The Chinese ‘experiment’ created untold misery and infanticide, particularly girls, and can’t be called a solution.

  2. They are not under-resourced, Janus; that is a complete furphy. They have a large potential “work-force” that is untrained and lazy, thanks to the NewLab corruption of the principles of the welfare state.

    The Chinese attempted to address the problem, which is more than any other state has done. The eventual misery caused by over-population will be far worse. But people won’t consider that, because it hasn’t arrived yet. By the time it does, it will be too late.

  3. I would venture that a society could easily survive a low birthrate. The only thing that would have to change is that people learn to be more self-reliant, not demand that the government takes care of them from cradle-to-grave. If people save and plan for their own retirement, live modestly, and are diligent in their investments they should, bar unforeseeable crises, be able to fare well.

    Bearsy: there is more to the “one child policy” than you mentioned. Mao banned contraceptives and abortion, encouraging people to have as many children as possible to swell the ranks of the socialist work force he envisioned. Under his reign, the population increase grew so severe that, when he mercifully died at last, Deng Xiaoping came up with the solution he did in order to avoid mass starvation and unemployment. Deng never insisted that it was perfect or just, simply that it was the least bad solution for a crisis quickly spiralling out of control. Discussing this issue with one of my friends, a well-educated man from China, he explained that people in China can now have as many children as they wish — so long as they can afford them. They are obligated to pay a not unsubstantial fee by Chinese standards to the government to help pay off the cost of educating the child. In the case of Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Poland natural economic changes have already lowered the birth rates to more sustainable levels. Even Mexico, Algeria, and Iran have seen their birth rates plummet.

  4. Thanks Christopher – I was aware of that and more (like the fact that the policy was never applied to ethnic minorities), but thanks for explaining for the benefit of others. China is trying, and I salute her for it. All other countries are pretending the problem doesn’t exist and in many cases, as Janus says, are encouraging growth in order to outbreed the mindless masses of Mohammedanism.

  5. Araminta – either your comment is even more obscure than usual, or my aged brain has finally given up the ghost. Whichever it is, I fail to understand what you are saying, or even what you may be implying – I cannot infer anything from your words. 😦

    Linky thing

  6. Bearsy: it’s actually rather Swift, even if it is 18th century. A modest proposal, as any Jonathan from Ireland would know, is a rather morbid, though logical, idea.

  7. Thanks Christopher for expanding my sadly limited literary horizons and incidentally exposing the inappropriateness of Araminta’s arch comment.
    What a thick and uneducated Bear. Sigh. 🙄

    Sleep well, Christopher.

  8. OK. I’ve followed your link, I’ve just read Peter’s explanation and in the context of my sentence reference Magna Carta, could you please put me out of my misery?

    I’m being really thick this morning, because I still can’t work out if I should have used “imply” rather than “infer”! 😦

    Help please, Bearsy!

  9. A real beaut that one – it could be either, depending upon what you meant to say.
    You have actually (correctly) cautioned Peter (and anyone else) about making a wrong inference from his reading, but you might possibly have meant to say that he (just him, no-one else) was implying something incorrect – in which case you used the wrong word. 😀
    On balance, I think your sentence is correct.
    … on the other hand …

  10. Thank you!

    I think “infer” is correct; it was intended to be a general observation, and certainly not directed at Peter.
    I had a strange feeling it was not quite that simple when Amicus questioned my usage. He would normally have just pointed out the error of my ways.

  11. Back on topic.

    My Swiftian reference, which I honestly expected you to pick up, was not meant to be arch. My intention was to amuse you!

  12. It is quite difficult to preserve one’s sense of humour when one has just proved to the entire world that one is a literary dunce! 😳
    Boadicea is much amused.

  13. China and India have their own problems, though they are quite different. China’s demographic has a narrow base and a broad middle and summit. China’s youth, already confused by the fact that they are all single children and that a disproportionate number of them are male, will be insufficient in number to support the older generation in their retirement. India’s demographic is a low pyramid with a very wide base representing a very youthful population, which is ideal for economic growth. All else being equal,(no plagues or nuclear holocaust) India will overtake China as the biggest economy in the world in about 2040. (China will reach No 1 by 2020.) India with its strong economy and massive population will be come the leading migrant nation. It will be India who will be colonising Africa, in its quest for food, in the latter half of the 21st century.

    Africa, cannot sustain itself. Not because it does not have the resources, it does. Huge areas of Africa are incredibly fertile and more than capable of supplying the rest of the continent with food. That is why China and the Middle East are acquiring agricultural land there. No, it has the resources, but its people lack the ability to progress beyond subsistence farming; most are still hunter gatherers at heart. They grow or collect enough food for immediate consumption. They cannot store, trade or convert it. If the harvest and hunting are good their children will survive. If not they die. However, that Africa’s population is now as large as it is because of Western interference. Various forms of financial and medical aid and famine relief keep it far higher than it would be were it to be free of outside interference. While foreign aid keeps them alive, it does not offer them opportunity and so it is they come to West, where the shops of London make hunting and gathering less exhausting than chasing wildebeest across the Serengeti or competing with corrupt government ministers for the rich pickings provided by the aid agencies.

    Just remember, every pound you give to Oxfam keeps a child alive long enough to suffer starvation for one more week and keeps its mother alive long enough to give birth to one more baby.

    We would not treat livestock that way, why do we do it to humans?

  14. Bearsy:

    No 1) Absolutely, and with extreme sanction if necessary

    No 2) Much more difficult. As you say, China’s solution hardly worked well, and the answer to children dying of starvation in Africa seems to be to replace them with yet more children to starve. Apart from some extreme solutions (and I must admit, at first glance I thought Minty was suggesting a Soylent Green solution) :-), I can think of nothing except putting bromide in the water!

    OT, England are practising for retain the Ashes by thumping India at the moment.

  15. FEEG – Soylent Green I can manage! 😆
    Please don’t mention the Ashes for at least 12 years.

  16. ‘Soylent Green’ – I recall reading some years ago that you shouldn’t eat someone from the USA. Something to to do with too much DDT in their system at the time. As your stay in the UK was relatively short Bearsy, I shouldn’t think that you will be effected by the Prozac in the water.

  17. Sipu, I interpret you Africa paragraph as arguing that local people should be left to their own poor devices without aid of any kind so that they do not procreate. If I am right, I disagree with you, because again you are prescribing their fate – which I regard as at best arbitrary and at worst totalitarian.

  18. Here’s a quote I would like to have come up with:

    …Britons are beginning to realize that the remote desert island of Lord of the Flies is, in fact, located just off the coast of Europe in the north-east Atlantic. Within two generations of the Blitz and the Battle of Britain, a significant proportion of the once-free British people entrusted themselves to social rewiring by liberal compassionate Big Government and thereby rendered themselves paralytic and unemployable save for non-speaking parts in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. And even that would likely be too much like hard work.

    “In Britain, everything is policed except crime.” And the Polly Toynbees, (and her air-headed groupies,) would suggest that the answer to the mess her failed ideas have produced is to apply more of the same.

    The lunatics running the asylum doesn’t even get close…

    http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/274492/new-britannia-mark-steyn?page=1

  19. Mr. Brown’s “homophobic comments,” explained a spokesmoron for Thames Valley Police, were “not only offensive to the policeman and his horse, but any members of the general public in the area.”

    Yep – Mr Brown Committed a Public Disorder offence

  20. Sipu: China’s economy probably won’t make it by 2020, they’ve been blowing up more bubbles than the USA or Spain could ever imagine. They also have very little going on, for all the rhetoric. They might be building like mad, but it’s of very low quality and the country itself is very, very far behind. I don’t buy the China story. They’ve come very far, that’s undeniable, but not many have actually scratched the surface. When a country’s defenders are almost militant and try to shut down scrutiny, something is very off about the whole thing. In my opinion, India will be dominant simply because they have vastly more positive dynamics. The growth is coming from the bottom, not the top, they are more innovative, and India isn’t getting on everyone’s bad side. China is quickly making enemies out of most of its neighbours. When their best allies are North Korea, Burma, and Pakistan there is something not quite right. India, on the other hand, is building stronger and stronger relations with the West as well as South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan, the Philippines, usw. China might become a great power, but they’re not doing it in a way that benefits them in the long term.

  21. Sipu #19- right on!

    My favourite crack being on hearing of more famine in Somalia- Thank God for that, they won’t be coming to Birmingham!

    Not that any of you need worry, mass extinction have happened at least 5 times before here on earth.
    I think you may well be able to rely on another fairly imminently, in fact, a bit overdue.
    If either an Indonesian volcano or Yellowstone kicks off you may guarantee most of the world starving to death in true dystopian horror. What price a bunch of niggers running round with flat screen tellies then?
    Damn! They’re not edible, the TVs that is.

    Overpopulation produces the most unstable fragile societies, Liberal bleeding heart intervention only staves off the day of reckoning. A comforting thought, at the end of the day both the children of the rich and those of the liberals die too. Perhaps the next species to inhabit this earth will be a little more successful.
    Interesting that neither the dinosaurs or humanity could/will be able to make a go of it during the bad times.
    Perhaps the cockroaches will be more successful.

    Personally if I were young now I would take one look at this world and not produce any children. It does not bode to be a good place to be in the future.

    Can you imagine ‘Call me Dave’ with his Cobra team trying to organise a post apocalyptic tectonic cataclysm with Cleggover bleatings?
    Enough to make a cat laugh.

    More prosaically, must go and pick blueberries!

  22. Chris, interesting, my son wouldn’t buy the China story either
    He had several of them in his Doctoral Dept. They were always trying to steal intellectual property which they didn’t really seem to understand. He used to leave junk on his computer for them to steal which was nonsense and keep all his work on hard disc. He advised all the ‘locals’ to do the same so they wasted time and money.
    Amusing.

  23. christinaosborne :

    Chris, interesting, my son wouldn’t buy the China story either
    He had several of them in his Doctoral Dept. They were always trying to steal intellectual property which they didn’t really seem to understand. He used to leave junk on his computer for them to steal which was nonsense and keep all his work on hard disc. He advised all the ‘locals’ to do the same so they wasted time and money.
    Amusing.

    Some time ago the Telegraph had an article about China’s academic “achievement”. Despite all the hot air, 90pc of Chinese engineering graduates are unemployable and 94pc of medical research is useless. It’s either nothing new, or the methodology so flawed that the outcomes are dubious to say the least. At university, the Indian, Taiwanese, Japanese, Korean, German, Swiss, French, Spanish, usw students tend to get to network well. They often forge lasting bonds with other international students as well as the American students. The Chinese often quickly isolate themselves from everyone else as they do not know how to handle criticism of their country and can’t really explain their “beliefs” very well. That is in a very liberal, diverse city with a highly cosmopolitan population. Even the Pakistanis do a better job of networking with people.

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