Bad news from Paul Ehrlich: We might eventually have to start eating our dead

posted at 11:21 am on May 23, 2014 by Allahpundit

A tasty leftover from Newsbusters. He’s vague on when, precisely, mass cannibalism will become the last best hope of mankind — we’re headed that way “with ridiculous speed” is all he’ll say — but don’t be too hard on this guy for shying away from concrete predictions. He’s tried that before and it didn’t work out so well, although naturally his most devoted acolytes disagree. In a death match between consciousness-raising and inconvenient facts, you can always count on cognitive dissonance to protect the former. Even when the inconvenient fact in question involves hundreds of millions of deaths that didn’t happen.

Clips like this and the one from earlier this week of a climate-change alarmist calling for skeptical politicians to be locked up are always interesting, though, as psychological curios. Clearly both men believe wholeheartedly that the situations they’re addressing are dire; understandably they want to grab the public’s attention and get people agitating. What’s the best way to do that? With scoffworthy predictions and eyeroll-causing remedies that nonetheless attract an audience or with a more sober approach that’s more likely to be taken seriously but less likely to be noticed? Give Ehrlich credit for consistency: He’s always favored sensationalism.

Exit question: Aren’t we all going to be eating lab-grown burgers in 100 years? Click the image to watch.

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Not sure whether what Ehrlich was saying 44 years ago was worse:
“In ten years all important animal life in the sea will be extinct. Large areas of coastline will have to be evacuated because of the stench of dead fish.” -Paul Ehrlich, Earth Day 1970
“Five years is all we have left if we are going to preserve any kind of quality in the world.” -Paul Ehrlich, 1970
“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.” -Paul Ehrlich
“We’ve already had too much economic growth in the US. Economic growth in rich countries like ours is the disease, not the cure.” -Paul Ehrlich, 1971
“The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s and 1980s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now.” -Paul Ehrlich, 1968
“I’m 37, and I’d like to live to be 67 in a reasonably pleasant world, not die in some kind of holocaust in the next decade.” -Paul Ehrlich, 1971

anotherJoe on May 23, 2014 at 10:28 PM

My only question is:

When you have a tough stringy old bird like Ehrlich, do you have to wait until they’re dead to tenderize them?

WryTrvllr on May 23, 2014 at 11:24 PM

This man is completely sick!

sherrimae on May 24, 2014 at 12:23 AM

This man is completely sick!

sherrimae on May 24, 2014 at 12:23 AM

Hope not. According to the new FDA rules, if he can’t walk to the slaughterhouse himself, he has to be wasted. (hollow points, full autos, etc)

WryTrvllr on May 24, 2014 at 12:48 AM

*sigh*
OK, sure, whatever he says.

Anyone have any good recipes?

justltl on May 24, 2014 at 5:17 AM

Especially for Chinese or Indian.
I’m in the mood for those.

justltl on May 24, 2014 at 5:36 AM

Saay, isn’t he going to suggest that we all wear white Nikes?

Cindy Munford on May 24, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Who believes this crap from this idiot. Somewhere an asylum is missing an inmate.

Kissmygrits on May 24, 2014 at 9:00 AM

I can’t believe I had a college professor who had us write papers on Ehrlich’s writings…wait, yes I can, it’s college after all.

Decoski on May 24, 2014 at 9:35 AM

My advice to him, “Go for it!”

He could be featured in the real crime Silence of the Lambs.

talkingpoints on May 24, 2014 at 9:43 AM

I thought I read somewhere he is a faculty member at Stanford. If so, that’s the real horror story.

talkingpoints on May 24, 2014 at 9:44 AM

I thought I read somewhere he is a faculty member at Stanford. If so, that’s the real horror story.

talkingpoints on May 24, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Yep. The most proven wrong man in the world is a Professor at Stanford University, teaching impressionable young minds how to think.

Most people have no idea at all just how much trouble we’re in. They won’t have any idea until we are completely hollowed out, and then they’ll blame Ronald Reagan.

Apes, people. Those of you out there who don’t believe in evolution are denying the proof of your own eyes. Humans are generally no more rational than chimpanzees.

fadetogray on May 24, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Who believes this crap from this idiot. Somewhere an asylum is missing an inmate.

Kissmygrits on May 24, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Lol on that one! So true.

anotherJoe on May 24, 2014 at 1:39 PM

So much for the obesity problem. It just shows “forward” thinking…

BamaXray on May 24, 2014 at 3:01 PM

“Hannibal Lecter” Erlich would like to invite you over for dinner tonight. Anyone interested in going?

SC.Charlie on May 24, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Everything Ehrlich predicted was wrong. If AGW had that track record, we’d be in an ice age right now, rather than at the hottest era in a couple of millennia.

Hal_10000 on May 23, 2014 at 11:56 AM

You mean if AGW modeling science …..(were that bad). But I know what you meant, Hal, and I’m basically with you. I guess that makes us “co-trolls”.

What denialists don’t get is that there are NO models anywhere that are correct. On any phenomenon at all. So, it’s not important that a model be “correct” (as there is no such a thing as a “correct” model). What’s important is what models increasingly become more and more predictive (which is what we’re slowly seeing happening with climate modeling).

But, the AGW models, taken as a whole, have given a much better indication of where the world’s average temperature has been going than have the denialsts. Denialsts were all over me in the 90s with their theme of “cooling is just around the corner, as the sun goes into it quiet phase”. Well, the temperature trend is nothing but up since then (and the WMO, the folks who actually know something about the planet’s temperature trends back this assertion up). The denialists were 180 degrees off in direction.

I don’t know about Ehrlich ( I can’t even spell his name correctly), and I don’t care. His view doesn’t represent any scientific consensus that I know of. But, listening to those who advise caution in messing with the balance of the Earth’s atmosphere is a very rational thing to do.

oakland on May 24, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Apes, people. Those of you out there who don’t believe in evolution are denying the proof of your own eyes. Humans are generally no more rational than chimpanzees.

fadetogray on May 24, 2014 at 10:09 AM

He’s 80 or so…could he possibly be still teaching at this age? Unless he is Prof Emeritus, in which case they let them carry on, despite senility issues…but in his case it’s not senility only, he’s been afflicted by a for. Of apocalyptic psychosis his entire life. ‘The population bomb’ is a most risible ‘study’ that was amply mocked and ridiculed even by Malthusians in the academic circles.

jimver on May 24, 2014 at 4:46 PM

‘A form of’ that is…

jimver on May 24, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Good news! because the only thing Ehlich is famous for is being wrong.

pgrossjr on May 24, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Anyone have any good recipes?

justltl on May 24, 2014 at 5:17 AM

I do. (any good and thorough prepper would)

WryTrvllr on May 24, 2014 at 7:55 PM

And my hands don’t shake yet.

WryTrvllr on May 24, 2014 at 7:55 PM

oakland on May 24, 2014 at 4:21 PM

PArk your car with your wife and children inside in the garage and leave it running.

Do it for the planet.

Murphy9 on May 24, 2014 at 10:08 PM

“Erhlich” is German for “Honest”. Honestly, he is a dummkopf.

virgo on May 25, 2014 at 12:23 PM

“We might eventually have to start eating our dead”

We probably already are. Some of that moo shoo pork I ate yesterday looked awfully suspicious. Then there are hot dogs and luncheon “meat”.

MaiDee on May 25, 2014 at 7:30 PM

If things come to this, I would suggest we start with the environmentalists and their lapdog politicians. After enough of these are gone, the world can be run in a way that we can produce enough food.

bartbeast on May 27, 2014 at 11:11 AM

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