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Quote of the day – Ted Turner, call your shrink edition

Turner, however, does indeed reflect the thinking of various leftist eco extremist groups on population.  Interesting though that his solution is so incredibly authoritarian.  And, at the last moment he tries to hide that with his selling scheme:

Mr. Turner – a long-time advocate of population control – said the environmental stress on the Earth requires radical solutions, suggesting countries should follow China’s lead in instituting a one-child policy to reduce global population over time. He added that fertility rights could be sold so that poor people could profit from their decision not to reproduce.

Wonderful stuff from a guy who obviously spent a few days too many in the company of Jane Fonda and her ilk.  Nice reference to China.  Does it bother anyone that more and more on the left (*cough* Tom Freidman *cough*) see China as a ideal to emulate?



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9 Responses to Quote of the day – Ted Turner, call your shrink edition

  • One hesitates to point out that you could accomplish much the same ends with “Shoot a hippie” licenses.
    A celebrity version could bring in VAST revenue, as people world-wide could bid on Jane Fonda, Michael Moore, Joy Behar, Tim Robbins, or whoever wrote that MasterCard commercial with the little enviro-fascist helping his Dad “be  a better man”, etc.
    The “Ted Turner” rights would be a big seller, I’m thinking.  HUGE revenue-generator…!!!
    Sure, there are problems with the idea.  Just think about it…give it space…

  • In defense of Ted Turner, I have to say that he was guilty of saying many stupid things long before he married Jane Fonda. He’s always been a bit of a loon. Like a fine vinegar, he gets bitter with age.

  • Even better?  As Ted Turner talks about only allowing people one child, ask yourself…
    “How many children does Ted Turner have?”

  • GruppenFuhrer Ted has 5 children. I wonder which four he has told  that they should not have been born.

    Ragspierre, you wrote “Sure, there are problems with the idea.” Problems? It looks ok to me.

  • Since the usual panic-mongering suspects have also been squealing about an impending global food shortage, I have a modest proposal …

  • I wonder how long after world population peaks and starts, indeed, to decline, we’ll still have to deal with The Impending Population Catastrophy?
    Much like hippies still live in a world where Vietnam and/or Woodstock define every-god-damn-thing, I suspect many of these current people will believe in “overpopulation” until they die, facts be damned.