The shocking adoption of an official (if secret) policy by
the United States, of defining its own national security in
terms of the reduction of population of other, poorer
nations, represents the predominant influence, but not yet
the core worldview, of the neo-Malthusians. Their policies
are represented to governments in terms of economic or
strategic coercion, the exercise of raw power of empires or
superpowers to stop the development of other, competitor
nations. But their core objective is sheer racial and class
hatred, a desire to eliminate as many brown, black, yellow,
or poor human beings as possible.
Malthus himself, as a paid writer for the British East
India Company, was an out-and-out petty thief, who
plagiarized the bulk of his work from eighteenth century
Venetian Giammaria Ortes. Using Ortes's assertion that the
Earth has a finite ``carrying capacity,'' Malthus wrote in
order to abolish the poor laws in the British Isles, causing
the death of poor children, and in order to justify a
massive increase of looting of India, which led to the
famines, drug wars, and population collapse of the
nineteenth century on the Indian subcontinent.
``We are bound in justice and honour formally to
disdain the Right of the poor to support.
``To this end, I should propose a regulation to be
made, declaring that no child born from any marriage taking
place after the expiration of a year from the date of the
law, and no illegitimate child born two years from the same
date, should ever be entitled to parish assistance....
``The infant is, comparatively speaking, of little
value to society, as others will immediately supply its
--Thomas Malthus, An Essay on the Principle of
``All children who are born, beyond what would be
required to keep up the population to a desired level, must
necessarily perish, unless room be made for them by the
death of grown persons.... Therefore ... we should
facilitate, instead of foolishly and vainly endeavoring to
impede, the operations of nature in producing this
mortality; and if we dread the too frequent visitation of
the horrid form of famine, we should sedulously encourage
the other forms of destruction, which we compel nature to
``Instead of recommending cleanliness to the poor, we
should encourage contrary habits. In our towns we should
make the streets narrower, crowd more people into the
houses, and court the return of the plague. In the country,
we should build our villages near stagnant pools, and
particularly encourage settlement in all marshy and
unwholesome situations. But above all we should reprobate
specific remedies for ravaging diseases; and restrain those
benevolent, but much mistaken men, who have thought they are
doing a service to mankind by protecting schemes for the
total extirpation of particular disorders.''
``The white population of the world will soon cease to
increase. The Asiatic races will be longer, and the negroes
still longer, before their birth rate falls sufficiently to
make their numbers stable without help of war and
pestilence. Until that happens, the benefits aimed at by
socialism can only be partially realized, and the less
prolific races will have to defend themselves by methods
which are disgusting even if they are necessary.''
``I have already spoken of the population problem, but
a few words must be added about its political aspect. ....
It will be impossible to feel that the world is in a
satisfactory state until there is a certain degree of
equality, and a certain acquiescence everywhere in the power
of the World Government, and this will not be possible until
the poorer nations of the world have become ... more or less
stationary in population. The conclusion to which we are
driven by the facts that we have been considering is that,
while great wars cannot be avoided until there is a World
Government, a World Government cannot be stable until every
important country has nearly stationary population."
Prince Philip, ... of Great Britain
``You cannot keep a bigger flock of sheep than you are
capable of feeding. In other words conservation may involve
culling in order to keep a balance between the relative
numbers in each species within any particular habitat. I
realize this is a very touchy subject, but the fact remains
that mankind is part of the living world.... Every new acre
brought into cultivation means another acre denied to wild
--Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, consort of Queen
Elizabeth II of Great Britain
``In the event I am reborn, I would like to return as a
deadly virus, in order to contribute something to solve
--Prince Philip, quoted in Deutsche Presse
Agentur, August 1988
``A cancer is an uncontrolled multiplication of cells;
the population explosion is an uncontrolled multiplication
of people.... We must shift our efforts from the treatment
of the symptoms to the cutting out of the cancer. The
operation will demand many apparently brutal and heartless
--Paul Ehrlich, The Population Bomb
Michael Soverstein, president, Environmental Economics
``If necessary, nations of the Third World must be
forced to remain poor if their development threatens
resources on which all life depends.''
--Michael Soverstein, president, Environmental
Dr. Arne Schiotz, World Wildlife Fund Director of Conservation
``Malthus has been vindicated, reality is finally
catching up with Malthus. The Third World is overpopulated,
it's an economic mess, and there's no way they could get out
of it with this fast-growing population. Our philosophy is:
back to the village.''
--Dr. Arne Schiotz, World Wildlife Fund Director of
Thomas Lovejoy, World Wildlife Fund
``The biggest problems are the damn national sectors of
these developing countries. These countries think that they
have the right to develop their resources as they see fit.
They want to become powers.''
--Thomas Lovejoy, vice president, World Wildlife Fund
Sir Peter Scott, World Wildlife Fund
``If we look at things causally, the bigger problem in
the world is population. We must set a ceiling to human
numbers. All development aid should be made dependent on the
existence of strong family planning programs.''
--Sir Peter Scott, chairman, World Wildlife Fund U.K.,
Fritz Leutwiler, Bank for International Settlements
``It means the reduction of real income in countries
where the majority of the population is already living at
the minimum existence level or even under it. That is
difficult, but one cannot spare the highly indebted
countries this difficult path. It is unavoidable.''
--Fritz Leutwiler, chairman, Bank for International
``Fritz speaks with his guts. If he had his way, he
would kill them all, in the Third World, except a few raw
materials producers, of course.''
--One of Leutwiler's fellow Geneva bankers
William Paddock, US State Department
``If you do anything to increase food production
through more agricultural technology, all you are doing is
increasing future suffering, because there will be more
people, population will expand to absorb that food, and the
results will be a greater disaster.... Mexico simply can't
handle 60 million people ... think how prosperous Mexico
would be today if it had the population of 1933, 18
--William Paddock, U.S. State Department agronomist and
co-author, Famine 1975! America's Decision, Who Will
Survive?, in remarks in 1980
Julian Blackwelder, The Environmental Fund
``[In Bangladesh] if you go and feed people whose
problem is that their numbers are forever getting greater,
all you can possibly do is incubate catastrophe; you keep
enlarging the number of people that you know absolutely have
to perish in a very unfortunate way sometime in the future,
and reasonably soon.... I think any humanitarian would like
to see the population of Mexico reduced in a humane way.
Otherwise it will be reduced in an inhumane way.''
--Julian Blackwelder, director, The Environmental Fund,
Thomas Ferguson, State Department Office of Population
``There is a single theme behind all our work--we must
reduce population levels. Either governments do it our way,
through nice clean methods, or they will get the kinds of
mess that we have in El Salvador, or in Iran or in Beirut.
Population is a political problem. Once population is out of
control, it requires authoritarian government, even fascism,
to reduce it....
``Our program in El Salvador didn't work. The
infrastructure was not there to support it. There were just
too goddamned many people.... To really reduce population,
quickly, you have to pull all the males into the fighting
and you have to kill significant numbers of fertile age
``The quickest way to reduce population is through
famine, like in Africa, or through disease like the Black
--Thomas Ferguson, State Department Office of
Population Affairs, Latin American Desk, February 1981
``...|Every newborn child lowers the average per capita
--Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic
The Club of Rome
``In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up
with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming,
water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill....
But in designating them as the enemy, we fall into the trap
of mistaking symptoms for causes. All these dangers are
caused by human intervention and it is only through changed
attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome. The real
enemy, then, is humanity itself.''
--Club of Rome, The First Global Revolution,
William Paddock, State Department
``The Mexican population must be reduced by half. Seal
the border and watch them scream.'' And, asked how this
population reduction would be accomplished, the speaker
replied: ``By the usual means: famine, war, and
--William Paddock, State Department consultant, 1975
Robert McNamara, World Bank
``Overpopulation and rapid demographic growth of Mexico
is already today one of the major threats to the national
security of the United States.'' Unless the U.S.-Mexico
border is sealed, ``we will be up to our necks in Mexicans
for whom we cannot find jobs.''
--Robert McNamara, then-World Bank president, March 19,
``...|There are only two possible ways in which a world
of 10 billion people can be averted. Either the current
birth rates must come down more quickly. Or the current
death rates must go up.
``There is no other way.
``There are, of course, many ways in which the death
rates can go up. In a thermonuclear age, war can accomplish
it very quickly and decisively. Famine and disease are
nature's ancient checks on population growth, and neither
one has disappeared from the scene....
``To put it simply: Excessive population growth is the
greatest single obstacle to the economic and social
advancement of most of the societies in the developing
--Robert McNamara, Oct. 2, 1979