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Global Economy of Truth as a Ponzi Scheme (Part #5)


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With respect to population growth, why is more not always better? The question is addressed by Joseph Chamie, as a former director of the United Nations Population Division, arguing:

Bernie Madoff's recent Ponzi scheme has drifted out of the world's headlines. However, there is another even more costly and widespread scheme -- "Ponzi Demography" -- that warrants everybody's attention. While it may come in many guises, Ponzi demography is essentially a pyramid scheme that attempts to make more money for some by adding on more and more people through population growth....

According to Ponzi demography, population growth -- through natural increase and immigration -- means more people leading to increased demands for goods and services, more material consumption, more borrowing, more on credit and of course more profits. Everything seems fantastic for a while -- but like all Ponzi schemes, Ponzi demography is unsustainable. (Is Population Growth a Ponzi Scheme? The Globalist, 4 March 2010)

As a result of such commentary, the term 'Ponzi demography' has now entered the Australian population debate, as noted by Quentin Dempster (Population sustainability and the Ponzi demography, The Drum, 5 August 2010). The argument has been further articulated (John Seager, Baby Busts and Ponzi Demography: The Costs of Population Growth, Sustainablog, March 2013; Population Growth, Ponzi Schemes and Xenophobia, 26 June 2015; Mark Mendlovitz, Mass Immigration and Ponzi Demography, Californians for Population Stabilization, July 2013; David R. Francis, Is population growth a Ponzi scheme? Christian Science Monitor, 17 August 2009).

It is however tragically symptomatic that Joseph Chamie has only been able to articulate this concern after retiring from the UN. [The pattern could be playfully explored in the light of the tendency to ensure that bureaucrats were systematically castrated in some empires of the past -- a civil service prudently "manned" by eunuchs. Seemingly the creative modern adaptation is to allow eunuchs to "recover their balls" on checking out of global governance service. Playfully further explored, this would indeed offer special irony in the case of the UN Population Division -- possibly justified by the capacity of castrati entering the service to express the highest human values?]

Religious shunning: Especially problematic is the minimally discussed commitment of religions to unconstrained increase in the population. This may evn be recognized in terms of competition between them to increase their relative number of adherents -- a policy described as natalism. (Breeding for God In Europe, Prospect, 19 November 2006).

Irresepective of the validity of the argument, it is characteristic of a potential Ponzi scheme that the possibility of such dynamics cannot be reasonably debated. Any reference to the possibile vulnerability of global civilization to overpopulation must be immediately blocked in any strategic discussion. The point can be variously made (Institutionalized Shunning of Overpopulation Challenge: incommunicability of fundamentally inconvenient truth, 2008; United Nations Overpopulation Denial Conference: exploring the underside of climate change, 2009).

Especially active in this process are the Abrahamic religions, most notably the Catholic Church, as argued with respect to the Papal Encyclical (Laudato si', 24 May 2015) supportive of action on climate change (Papal Concern for Climate Change and Refugee Care: a means of concealing criminal systemic negligence? 2015). As with any Ponzi scheme, disguised by some form of Potemkin-style public relations, Ponzi demography is characterized by institutional doublespeak, as separately argued (Indifference to the Suffering of Others: occupying the moral and ethical high ground through doublespeak, 2013).

The tragic mass movement of refugees into Europe at the time of writing can then be seen as an instance of "Christian Demography", given the manner in which it is a significant consequence of the principles of "Christian Democracy". That policy has enabled European business to benefit economically to a considerable degree from the manufacture of the bombs which have engendered the movement of asylum seekers. An indicator of Refugees per Kiloton offers a means of understanding this relation, as separately discussed (Evaluating the Grossness of Gross Domestic Product, 2016).

Are humanitarian Christian values now being employed as a public relations shield to disguise such cynicism (Starvation Imagery as Humanitarian Trump Card? Counterproductive emotional blackmail engendering worldwide indifference, 2016)? Counterproductively?

Sustainability of development? Such concerns raise the question as to whether the sustainability of development merits exploration in terms of the dynamics of a Ponzi scheme (Shobhana Madhavan and Robert Barrass, Unsustainable Development: could it be a Ponzi Scheme? Sapiens, 4, 2011, 1). The latter argues that:

Analogies with Ponzi schemes can be perceived or implied in relation to resource depletion, environmental degradation or unsustainable living standards, and also when questions are raised concerning the justification of interventions ostensibly to promote sustainability. Most environmental concerns, particularly with medium- and long-term impacts, have the potential to generate such perceptions: examples include climate change, nuclear waste, hazardous wastes, toxic substances, soil degradation, declining biodiversity, and fish stock depletion.

If "more is better" is indeed not the case when it comes to population growth, are the possibilities of zero growth credible and to whom?


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