It occurred to me that China’s economic growth success followed after several things. One of those is population control.
Economics is the driver of human destruction of nature. There has to be a better way to protect our environment. Green capitalism? If we can do it for energy by the provision of free alternatives, we can reduce the human footprint only if we can change our economic model.
China’s attempt at population control preceded its unusually strong run of economic growth. Conventional “wisdom” is that huge populations are the engine of economic growth. This is the logic of slavery and feudalism. The logic of Capitalism follows: the pressure of population growth provides the engine that demands economic growth. And when we have too much wealth, Socialism can follow. According to Marx.
Another idea is that population decline could provide an energy which results in more wealth for sharing with everybody. The domination of a single species eventually would make life impossible as resources are burned out.
China’s single child policy and lurch into capitalism has altered its destiny from one of extreme poverty and environmental destruction to it having a conscience that the world is under threat and rapidly becoming an economic threat to American domination.
America is failing to look after its environment and Trump has accelerated this process. American economics seem to be doing well as people go back to work in polluting industries, shoot their guns and eat themselves to death.
There must be a better way – and economic motivators such as tariffs and sanctions are not going to stop the progress toward mass extinction.
A proposed answer is Green Capitalism. Instead of a culture that creates too many children, how about one that cares for its children. People who contribute to society that do not have children still may need full lives, perhaps they can help fund families that have too many children. Tax religions that encourage population growth as a recruitment tactic.
If we take a very different approach to ecology, perhaps we can reverse the direction. If we do not, our grandchildren will inherit a hell on Earth. And we are to blame.