But Waldie’s statement "Welcome to the future, Westerners. It’s L.A.," implies we lack alternatives. We do not.
Why is it that — while every other developed nation has stopped growing or is losing population (Italy, Spain, Ireland) — we have one of the highest growth rates and will not allow the possibility that we should stop growing onto the radar? Have we all bought into the boom booster’s self-serving pipe dream: "We must have growth, but it’s got to be good growth"? Do we prefer this myth to confronting social choices that must be confronted eventually: Immigration at upwards of three times the frontier-era great wave and driving a population explosion that will mean a China-like one billion Americans later this century?
We would serve our nation’s future, and the environment’s — both domestic and international — by demanding immigration reduction combined with adequate funding for international family planning.
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