Sometimes the craziness is too much, it blows your synapses away. You are left in a bucket of incredulity.
Cop this quote from the former Australian PM Tony Abbott reported by SBS online from a summit in Hungary trying to explain the real threat to the existence of his kind…
“It seems to me that it is not so much our failure to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, but our failure to produce children that is the extinction reality against which we really need to work against”Tony Abbott, Former Australian Prime Minister
Let’s just pause a moment.
This blatant click-baiting is trying to trick us that even though Australia failed to reduce emissions, that’s not the biggest problem. That accolade goes to our inability to produce enough white people.
Seriously, enough white people. You are kidding, right?
At first, I thought that I should write the obvious rebuttal that we are already reproducing 8,000 people per hour. An hourly net increase into the grand diaspora of the world, and it should matter little what tribes they come from. There are more than enough people to go around and satisfy every neoliberals wet dream.
Only when we last looked, the distribution of people and resources is uneven across the world. This means that some places will be crowded and run out of resources. And when the population growth rate is high, crowded places will become difficult to live in and people will want to leave to find a better opportunity. Emigration is inevitable and these people have to go somewhere.
Do you want to live in these crowded places? No, neither does Tony.
But then I thought again.
This kind of craziness is too common compared to the proportion of people who might actually believe the nonsense.
Here is a fascinating graphic from Statista chart of the day
What it says is that less than 1 in 20 people actually deny the existence of climate change in most developed countries. A party representing this minority would never win an election and yet the rhetoric from the deniers remains powerful in the social mix.
This is what Abbot and his cronies bank on.
They know their opinions are not shared by most but that is not what matters. Influence is the game and, no matter there are kids on strike and a 16 year old girl calling out the UN, these noisy minorities are good at it.
It turns out I can’t push the incredulity aside. It is gut-wrenching because these people are incorrigible.
What I have to learn is that numbers are not enough.