From The Grave: John Lennon Deconstructs Overpopulation Myth


Jurriaan Maessen
March 13, 2013

In the following clip taped over 40 years ago, John Lennon takes a jab at fearmongers such as Paul Ehrlich, who predicted doom and gloom in the shape of global.. cooling. In response to a question by an audience-member on overpopulation, Lennon accurately describes the entire concept of overpopulation as a myth:


3 responses to “From The Grave: John Lennon Deconstructs Overpopulation Myth

  1. When we feel disconnected it leads to fear. Fear leads to irrational thought. I like the maxim: “There is but one of us here.” Also, there is no doubt that poverty and large families go hand in hand. If smaller families are desired, the solution is to create a path to a “middle class” life style. (If “middle class” doesn’t make sense – a life where the attainment of food, water, shelter and basic needs take up less than 60% of a families efforts.) “One Love, One Heart” ~Bob Marley

  2. Imagine an entire world living in peace… John saw the beauty and inherent good in humanity. I tried to do his legacy justice and channel his world-embracing and loving energy this week with a tribute portrait inspired by his music and his passion for changing the world. You can see this new work of art in memoriam on my artist’s blog at along with some pictures showing how I created it. See John holding the Universe in his hand and spreading his message. When you stop by, let me know how his words and music have affected your life and creativity!

  3. Those are some simple truths few people think about. The carbon/ waste/ population reduction agenda is being pushed by the uber-rich, who travel around on private planes, afford the highest quality food, the best housing, the best health care etc. They would never dream of living the lifestyle they’re trying to impose on others. They are discussing poverty without having experienced it. Westerners don’t think that the third world has been kept from developing by greedy imperialists, as opposed to being poor ”just because it is”, and that it’s still being exploited by multinationals.

    It’s actually scary how many people believe in overpopulation without even questioning those who are pushing it. Even some who consider themselves largely conservative. It’s ”trendy” to sneak ”there are too many of us” into one’s rhetoric; it has become cliche instead of a radical view; you find it on forums, article comments etc. Even typical Daily Mail readers, who claim to be strongly pro-life and against euthanasia, abortion and the likes, seem to support the idea that ”overpopulation is a worrying issue someone has to address” (although ideological paradoxes are rife in that crowd anyway).

    And they tell those who don’t buy this myth, ”you’re hypocrites if you’d rather see people starve to death because of your religiously motivated opposition to contraception and abortion”. I’d rather see the multinationals pull out of there and the corruption, resource pillaging and exploitation end. Where is the logic in thinking people can only be poor because there are too many of them?

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