Billionaire motormouth Ted Turner, an enthusiastic supporter of population control, would like to see China’s one-child policy–as fine an example of tyranny as humanity has ever devised–extended to the entire planet. He peddled this fish to the global warming bitter-enders now gathered in Cancun, according to the Toronto Globe and Mail:
Climate change and population control can make for a politically explosive mix, as media mogul Ted Turner demonstrated Sunday when he urged world leaders to institute a global one-child policy to save the Earth’s environment.
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.
“If we’re going to be here [as a species] 5,000 years from now, we’re not going to do it with seven billion people,” Mr. Turner said.
There’s no point in arguing with this kind of incipient totalitarianism (not to mention the racism and disdain for the impoverished expressed in the notion that poor people–mostly people of color in the Third World–would get paid not to reproduce, presumably freeing rich white people to do so), so I’ll just go straight to the punchline:
Turner has been married and divorced three times: to Judy Nye (1960–64), Jane Shirley Smith (1965–88), and actress Jane Fonda (1991–2001). He has five children.