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Billionaires Plot Population Strategy Print E-mail
By Austin Ruse   
Friday, 29 May 2009

A bevy of billionaires met in New York last week to discuss how they could more closely collaborate in their charitable giving. Calling themselves the “Good Club,” participants included some of the world’s richest guys – Bill Gates, David Rockefeller, Ted Turner, Warren Buffet, and George Soros. Oprah Winfrey was also there, and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, no financial slouch himself.

Each billionaire was given fifteen minutes to present his pet project. Some pitched for reforming the supervision of overseas aid, others went for setting up rural schools, still others for water projects. But what they really wanted was an “umbrella project” upon which they could all agree. Rural schools and water projects didn’t cut it.

What they all agreed upon is that the world is dangerously overpopulated and that it’s up to them to stop it. In practical terms what these highest of high-flying billionaires believe is that there are too many poor people in the world, most especially in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, places where fertility rates have not bottomed out. Not yet anyway.

The first obvious question is this. Hasn’t this group gotten the word? Much of the world is in a demographic death spiral the likes of which we have never seen before. According to the United Nations, an organization that generally supports population control and its sister ideology “reproductive rights,” by 2025 every country in the world, except a tiny few in Africa, will fall below replacement fertility. The results are rapidly graying populations, intergenerational warfare over social spending, and slow socieatal death. A few years ago a group of experts met at the United Nations to discuss the question of how low fertility could go. Not one of them even hazarded a guess.

Trying to ward off what has come to be known as “demographic winter,” governments are already scrambling to get their fertility rates up. Scandinavian countries offer huge social services for the raising of children. France offers tax breaks for more children. A few years ago, then-Russian President Putin created a national stay-at-home-and-have-sex day because his country is losing a net 750,000 people per year. None of these measures is working very well.

News outlets have also reported that the purpose of the billionaires’ meeting was to strategize on how to “overcome political and religious obstacles to change.” Of course, this is aimed primarily at the Catholic Church.

The anti-Christianism of this group is well known. During a U.N. speech several years ago, at a global meeting of religious leaders, Ted Turner got a standing ovation when he mocked his childhood Christianity. The Rockefeller Foundation has funded the anti-Catholic organization Catholics for Choice. And George Soros funds left-wing Catholic groups that work to convince Catholics to oppose the Church on abortion.

Of course, none of this is new. The demographic mess we are in was created by just such collaboration among plutocrats. The modern population control movement began when David Rockefeller’s father visited the Far East in the 1950s, where he was shocked at the young and growing populations. John D. Rockefeller feared this cohort would become radicalized and eventually deprive the West of valuable natural resources. He came home and created the anti-natalist momentum that we are still experiencing now.

A haunting question is why the rich are so intent on limiting the birthrates of the poor. Of course, they tell everyone, including themselves, that it is better for the poor people. They couch it in purely altruistic terms. Having few children can only benefit these poor folks. The rich say, just look at our own empty quivers and see how happy we are. I am even sure they believe this.

But there is more at work here than rich folks simply fooling themselves. These are remarkably greedy and hubristic people. Sure this group gives away a lot of dough – $72 billion since 1996, according to The Times of London. But this is far from the widow’s mite. I would guess that none of them intend to give it all away. They want more and more, and bigger, and better.

These super-duper rich rich are also stuffed to the gills with hubris. How else to explain their belief that they can decide what the fertility rates of African families should be, or what the global population should be? At a conference in Long Beach, California, last February, Bill Gates said, “Official projections say the world’s population will peak at 9.3 billion, but with charitable initiatives, such as better reproductive healthcare, we think we can cap that at 8.5 billion.” Forbes ought to have a hubris list. Gates would top that one, too.

One very telling comment on all this self-styled philanthropy has been reported. Asked how the decisions were made at the billionaires’ meeting, one participant said, “nothing as crude as a vote” was taken. Yes, nothing so crude as a vote. And you can be darn sure this group will not bother to ask the poor of Africa either if they want the rich man’s population programs.

Austin Ruse is the President of the New York and Washinton, D.C.-based Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-FAM), a research institute that focuses exclusively on international social policy.

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written by Willie, May 29, 2009
Good piece! It seems evident that if Western culture continues to depopulate it will need the more populous Africans, Latinos and Middle Easterners to fill the void. We will slowly lose our identity. It is so noble for the Western wealthy elite to help the poor Africans etc. by forcing upon them birth control and abortion. Did not the German philosophers of the early 20th century tell us how to solve this type of problem? You simply use your power to eliminate them. No vote then either!
MIA-one rich group
written by debby, May 29, 2009
so, where were the guz-billionaires who own the Middle East & have multiple wives & lots of off-spring? are these rich people so blind they don't see who on earth is having lots of kids any way they can besides the poor? if i didn't believe in Scripture - the meek will inherit the earth- i'd think it would be the muslims who will inherit the earth! maybe that is the group Oprah & Company is really working for.
Where is Jesus?
written by Bradley, May 29, 2009
Only three columnists this month have used the word "Jesus", while 5 have used the word "Obama" (7 if you count "President" or "A Certain One"). While the primary purpose of "The Catholic Thing" as described in the inaugural column (which also does not mention Jesus) is not catechesis, this all strikes me as rather odd. If the Catholic faith is indeed Truth (now, that word is used a lot!), how can writers ignore Jesus, and during May, Eastertide, His Mother and His Ascension?
written by Liz, May 30, 2009
Interesting article - these people have money ... not necessarily brains.
written by Scott, May 30, 2009
I have heard this from early schooling days. A large percentage of the world's wealth is held in the hands of a small percentage of people, who are the ones always advocating cut i reproductive rates, so that they would never have to share the wealth. So much for economics and fair trade.
Fr. Tim
written by Timothy, May 31, 2009
Eliminate them? Well, you are exactly right. That is what is planned if you read their own writings. these rich people are almost to a person eugenicists. quite sickening actually! The Georgia Guidestones which some of them anonymously paid to erect says we need a world with 500 million people to hold a perpetual balance with nature. They believe they are Plato's "Philosopher Kings" who can rule the world wisely because we cannot. Please.......
Fr. Tim
written by Martin, June 02, 2009
Agreed 'Fr. Tim' they're sickos.
Keep up the great work Austin, don't let them get away with it.
written by Josh, August 28, 2009
I know that these super rich people (Gates, etc.) focus on population control quite a bit, but how do you KNOW that that is one of the issues that was discussed? Is this pure speculation or did you have a rat in there? This is meant as an honest question.
Billionaires Plot
written by Dolores McLaughlin, December 01, 2009
by Austin Ruse

How do you know this was discussed at this private meeting?

Were you there?

Dolores Crawford McLaughlin

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