I heard this populate or perish grab on the radio today as projections for Australia were revised to see 35 million inhabitants by 2050, another 13 million more than today.
Enthusiasts were calling in saying we need more people ‘to defend ourselves” presumably because there is a perception of security in numbers.
Others wanted more people because there was a buzz, “it means growth and make the place more vibrant” and, of course, creates bigger markets for the sale of goods and services.
Then others responded with “what about the crowding, the roads, the planning we don’t have?” and then finally someone said “what about the water?” No worries, we will construct more dams.
These exchanges are fascinating for they expose real truths about the human condition and the shape of our future.
In short we really like having more people, so long as we get what we want… and it’s not too crowded.