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Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Winning Essay on Population

Thingumbob's entry in today's weighty query from the editors of that most august organ of liberalism everywhere, the Economist, is a marvel of laconic and yet perfectly applied Yankee ingenuity, in my most humble opinion. To the point at once then.

They ask "On October 31st the UN will dub a newborn the world’s 7 billionth living person. Is the world overcrowded?" (Adding in the kicker: "Persuading women to have fewer babies would help in some places. But it is no answer to scarce resources.")

Yours truly, in the spirit of the most Reverend Jonathan Swift, rejoins thusly: "Is the world overcrowded? Only with royals...only with royals."


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