Papa Elon: "If people don't have more children, civilization is going to crumble. Mark my words."

Dec 7th

Elon Musk is a rare sort of fellow, the type of weird, eccentric titan of industry that happens to get a ton of stuff right a lot of the time. Here, for instance, he's absolutely nailing the coming fertility crisis:

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wants people to have more babies.

"There are not enough people," Musk told a Wall Street Journal event Monday. "I can't emphasize this enough, there are not enough people," he said.

The tech billionaire said low and rapidly declining birth rates are "one of the biggest risks to civilization."

His comments come as a growing number of people are deciding not to have children, citing concerns such as climate change and inequality.

Musk added that too many "good, smart people" think there are too many people in the world and that the population is growing out of control.

"It's completely the opposite," Musk said, urging people to look at the data. "If people don't have more children, civilization is going to crumble. Mark my words."

He's right, you know: The standard of living you've grown used to is only possible if you have enough people to maintain it. If you depend upon factories and farms to produce the things that build your society, but nobody shows up to run the factories and farms...

...well, yeah, your civilization is gonna crumble!


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