Just when we thought Malthusianism had thoroughly been discredited, comes now a rebooted version of the idea that there are just too darn many people on the planet.
Renowned science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson detailed in a recent op-ed that, since we’re all “enmeshed in Earth’s web of life,” we should forcibly move people out of the rural areas of the globe and into mega-cities.
That would free up a “considerable portion of the Earth’s surface.”
So there you have it.
Humans are essentially parasites that need to be herded into urban pens so as to have a minimal impact on the ‘web of life’.
Here’s more from PJ Media…
Science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson is one of the best-known names in a genre known for looking forward. However, not all writers in the genre look to the future for their ideas — plenty are obsessed with moving backwards, from liberty back to tyranny.
Robinson recently penned an op-ed in The Guardian that favors removing humans from most of the world, forcefully herding us all into cities.
“The tendency of people to move to cities, either out of desire or perceived necessity, creates a great opportunity. If we managed urbanisation properly, we could nearly remove ourselves from a considerable percentage of the planet’s surface,” Robinson writes. “That would be good for many of the threatened species we share this planet with, which in turn would be good for us, because we are completely enmeshed in Earth’s web of life.”
Robinson doesn’t claim credit for this idea.
“Here I’m referring to the plan EO Wilson has named Half Earth. His book of the same title is provocative in all the best ways, and I think it has been under-discussed because the central idea seems so extreme,” he notes.