Elon Musk challenges the “overpopulation” narrative
billionaire and tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has once again issued a warning about the risk posed by low birth rates, rejecting the assessments of global “experts” who continue to insist that there are too many people occupying the planet.
Musk, who has grabbed headlines in recent weeks for moving to take over Twitter in a bid to restore free speech principles to the highly-censored social media platform, said last week that despite assessments from experts and climate activists, it’s low birth rates, not overpopulation, that pose a risk to the future of civilization.
Most people in the world are operating under the false impression that there are too many people,” Musk told Mathias Döpfner, the CEO of German publishing company Axel Springer last week.
“This is not true,” the 50-year-old Tesla and SpaceX founder said. “Earth could maintain a population many times the current level. And the birth rate has been dropping like crazy.”
Musk’s warnings echo similar admonitions from popular psychology professor and author Jordan Peterson, who has repeatedly argued that the overpopulation narrative is inaccurate and even contains genocidal overtones.