Posts Tagged ‘population’

Too many people? A review

December 28, 2011

Too many people? Population, immigration and the environmental crisis

Ian Angus and Simon Butler

Haymarket Books, 2011

Available in Australia from Resistance Books

In about 20 years as an active supporter of the Australian Greens I’ve regularly encountered people advancing populationist points of view, which all share the starting point that overpopulation is the main cause of the global environmental crisis.

Environmentalists are justifiably alarmed about the damage human activity has caused, and is still causing, to our planet, particularly since the industrial revolution that transformed firstly Europe, and then the world, in the 19th century. Too many, however, avoid looking at the role of forms of government and corporate control that developed out of the industrial revolution.



Credit where credit is due

January 29, 2010

I went to a couple of sessions of the DSP-Socialist Alliance conference a couple of weeks ago, including a session in which Simon Butler made a sustained, eloquent argument on why socialists should not support an implicitly chauvinist push for what is sometimes called a population policy, and why socialists should in general defend the right of migration to Australia for the poor of the world.