Newspaper Says Too Many Poor People, Demands “Cut This Population In Half”

A local newspaper in Tennessee, the Jackson Sun, has printed a provocative news article arguing that crime is out of control because there are too many poor people, and proposing that their population needs to be controlled for the public good.

In what was a retrospective on the local situation in the previous year (2010) Tom Bohs, an editor at the Jackson Sun wrote:

The next problem still plaguing our Jackson-Madison County community is crime. Simply put, people don’t feel safe in Jackson, and no one seems to be able to do much about it. The city’s image is tarnished by our high crime rate. Until we figure out a way to reduce the size of the community’s poorly parented, undereducated and unemployed underclass, don’t expect things to get much better on the crime front.

Jackson’s crime problem is not the fault of law enforcement. There simply are too many people with too little upbringing, too little education and too few opportunities to lead constructive lives, so they turn to crime. Cut this population in half through better parenting and more education, and Jackson would go from being a high crime city to one of the safest.

Jackson Sun. 2010: The Good, the Bad, and the Unfortunate.

The editorial drew an approving response from one reader, who only wished the editor had gone further and made the message clearer, saying:

Here is a hint on reducing the number of people: Stop having babies! I know Bohs has to be careful about stepping on people’s toes when he writes. But a vasectomy is a simple and effective way to control births. Most men just don’t have the courage to have it done.

Letter to the Editor. There Are Simple Ways to Control Population Growth.

The article forms part of a growing trend to blame social, ecological and economic problems on overpopulation, fuelling calls for population control and restrictions, including a “climate tax” on having children from one IPCC expert reviewer.

 

16 responses to “Newspaper Says Too Many Poor People, Demands “Cut This Population In Half”

  1. I made this comment in an earlier thread but it seems appropriate to repeat it with the caveat that the solution to over-population seems to be umderway.

    I’m saddened by your observations Grayman that our political idiots are now turning into political, genocidal idiots by ramping up their efforts to turn food into fuel by 50%.
    Is it they they are happier to be seen as loyally “Acting under orders for the Greater Good” and reap the laurel leafs of a job-well-done recognition or are they just soft-spoken assassins of the weak and terminally disadvantaged?
    IMO they are as guilty of murder as those who refused succour to little Fiona Nantume and the 49 others of the doomed 50 in her orphanage who paid the ultimate cost of unnecessary death via DDT deprivation because of raised liberal eyebrows that decided their ultimate fate.
    And this is civilisation and you are civilised libertarians? If you can handle the self-loathing then here’s a link about Fiona and her little dead chums.
    http://icecap.us/images/uploads/Driessen-GreenslieAfricansdie.pdf
    Enjoy it psycho-killers. If malaria doesn’t kill them then maybe the last half- hour of the trip to Bali may just turn them  
    to worm food before the mozzy bites!
    RIP Fiona, 1996-2005

  2. Looking at Malaysia, Taiwan, Japan, China, India and I am currently watching this happen in Indonesia, the solution is really simple, if a little expensive. Provide good quality education. Then the young poor get good jobs, kick the poorly performing upper class out or move on. I do warn though, providing good quality education to the poor is both expensive and very threatening to the upper class. Genocide is the easy way out.

  3. Hear! Hear! PandR.

    The proper way to reduce the “uneducated” is to educate them, not prevent them from “breeding.”
    Sadly, the UK’s public education system seems designed to produced pre-programmed State drones with just enough intelligence to work a supermarket till but not enough to ask why life has to be like this. If we produced a whole country full of intelligent informed people our present system of government would not last another five minutes.
    Is a pattern beginning to emerge?

  4. “The article forms part of a growing trend to blame social, ecological and economic problems on overpopulation, fuelling calls for population control and restrictions, including a “climate tax” on having children from one IPCC expert reviewer.”

    The letter does. The article doesn’t. Note the latter part of one sentence you highlight: “There simply are too many people with too little upbringing, too little education and too few opportunities to lead constructive lives,” Bohs wants to reduce the likelihood someone ends up a criminal by more engaged parenting, better education and more employment opportunities. He isn’t suggesting that you reduce the likelihood of that by physical population reduction.(unlike the letter writer)

    Bohs wants the education system given a kick up the arse so that it is producing fewer undereducated people. ie Same number of people coming out the other end but different proportions of dropouts to employable people.

    At a guess the issues Bohs is talking about will be the same causes as in the UK – failing public services, especially education which Bohs concentrates on, State encouraged fracturing of families and Governments making it harder and more expensive to employ people.

    • You make a good point Barry, but I think the article does blame overpopulation.

      Take the sentence you refer: “There simply are too many people with too little upbringing, too little education and too few opportunities to lead constructive lives,”

      If it read something like “Too many people have too little education, etc, etc” then it would be an argument about social conditions in the local society.

      But it doesn’t say that, it says there are “simply too many people WITH too little upbringing, etc, etc”. In other words, there are too many poor people, not that too many people are poor and social conditions should be changed. Crucial difference. He’s calling for fewer poor people, not less poverty (fair enough, fewer people through ‘education’ etc, but still, fewer poor people).

      Thanks for taking the time to post. Appreciate your thoughts. I am always looking to improve the clarity of my writing!

      HtL.

      • I agree with Barry: when I read the article, I interpreted it his way rather than yours. True, the article writer could have chosen a wording that offered less of a target for fault-finders. But the absence of a comma before the phrase “with too little upbringing” suggests that the phrase was intended as restrictive, as Barry and I interpreted it.

      • Fair enough.

        Thanks for posting.

        HtL.

  5. ‘”The article forms part of a growing trend to blame social, ecological and economic problems on overpopulation, fueling calls for population control and restrictions, including a “climate tax” on having children from one IPCC expert reviewer.'”

    (SarcOn)Of course! Isn’t “everything” that’s wrong the result of people. It therefore makes perfect sense to blame people for the problem of too many people too.(SarcOff)

    Really, when you think about in a really simple minded kind of way, it all makes “perfect” sense and seems to hold a lot of water –so to speak: 1.) Global warming is caused by people. 2.) If people won’t support UN Controlled International Povery to beat the CO2 Monster, then the ONLY recource it to limit the people (especially the ones who aren’t supporting the fight against CO2 and probably wouldn’t if they had the money and education in any case). Hummmmm… wonder when they’re going to play the race card, and after that the religion card? Yep! People are the root of all evil; no bout a’doubt it!

  6. New York Times – May 31, 1958
    “An analysis of weather records from Little America shows a steady warming of climate over the last half century. The rise in average temperature at the Antarctic outpost has been about five degrees Fahrenheit. “

    Tri City Herald – Feb 15, 1959
    New information gathered in the antarctic tends to confirm the belief of weathermen that the world is in the midst of a long-term warming trend. ….The cause? “We don’t know,” Landsberg said. “We know only the effect.” One theory is that the change is man-made, that a blanket of carbon dioxide given off by the burning of coal and oil retards the radiation of heat by the earth. Another possible explanation is an increase in the sun’s radiation”

    The Stanstead Journal – Jun 16, 1932
    Very slowly the great Ice sheets in the Arctic and Antarctic regions are melting and pouring their torrents into the oceans. Professor David conservatively estimates that the sea level will rise 50 feet.

  7. So lets’ start by “removing” 50% of the newspapers staff, their families and their friends.

    It wouldn’t be fair to just go after people the elite think are the problem . . . the pain has to be shared.

    That’s democracy in action.

  8. When i started to read the quote about too many uneducated people, my first thought was, well, one could educate them. Funnily, it didn’t occur to me that a vasectomy would help! I must have one wicked brain; just didn’t get the idea.😉

  9. Overpopulation? At least that’s what I read as the purported cause of the problem. I wonder how it escapes Tom Bohs that one of the unstated reasons for legalizing abortion was to limit the population, particularly of those with too little upbringing, too little education and too few opportunities to lead constructive lives.

    Apparently that didn’t work out as well as hoped.

    Do you think he’d go for Chinese style population limits? Complete with forced abortions and sterilizations as practiced in Tibet (among other places)?

    Jackson’s crime problem is not the fault of law enforcement.

    More likely it’s the fault of the “justice system” that fails to convict those that “law enforcement” does its best to get off the street. But that might me a little too complicated for the author to understand.

  10. (SarcOn)Marriage is a dying social contract, kids today don’t see the need for a piece of paper, the courts don’t see the need either –after all the Consistution is whatever a judge says it is– so… let’s get rid of it (and Congress). Let’s do away with this “barbaric” institution of female slavery and we’ll all be FREE like in the good old days before the end of the last ice age (or was it farther back than that?). But……….. !!!!! To recoup the lost revenue to the states (especially the Court System for all those beautiful $$Divorce Proceedings$$ that won’t be coming in any more) we need to institute a permit system for each and every baby with say a $10,000 price tag (just for staters). That’ll work, right? Those poor people will all be SOL, but, really, who of importance cares about them, right?. Oh yes, and the fine for having a kid without a permit will be sterilization AND a $1M fine (or 30 years in confinement on bread and unclorinated water).(SarcOff)

  11. Getting rid of half the population is laudable. But what shall we do with the corpses. How much into bio-fuels for the next “how can we stop people being decimated by climate change?”
    How much into organic rasberrys and charlies potatoes?
    We can’t just cremate them. All that bio-mass into deadly pollutant and think of the EU fines we’d get if we shove them into landfill. Which colour of bin would we use and what if rigour-mortis prevented us from keeping the lid shut?
    These guys haven’t thought it through.
    PS- I’m assuming that I’m not in the 50% of the population who are up for culling. Please confirm this I’m writing. Ta.

  12. Apologies for a certain lack of grammatical flow in my last post. I am old but do have an iPhone. That makes it a bit tricky to review my posts but, at least, I’m not pay-as-you-go so it must be safe to assume that I’m exempted from population cleansing.
    I’m still awaiting your confirmation but, clearly, as I’m able to use big words in context this is but a formality.
    Isn’t it?

  13. To Royfomr,
    like your 2nd post,

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