“The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s and 1980s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked on now. At this late date  nothing can prevent a substantial increase in the world death rate…” So wrote professor Paul Ehrlich of Stanford University, in what has proven to be arguably the most influential — and totally wrong — series of predictions from the 20th century. Ehrlich wrote the apocalyptic book “The Population Bomb” and arrogantly projected the deaths of literally billions unless all adopted his panacea of stopping human population growth. Ehrlich loved to write “scenarios” of what life would be like for those of us unfortunate enough to survive into the 1980s and 1990s. Global cooling and nuclear war were certain. A sample: “The Gilsingers could hardly believe that warm weather had come at last. The stubble in the field behind their ancient stone farmhouse at last was free of snow – and the 21st of June was only a week away. George shook his head. Unless I’m wrong, the growing season will be lousy anyway. The cooling effect was obviously beyond the worst Department of Defense projections — too much crap injected into the stratosphere.” Ehrlich bought into the whole nuclear winter/global cooling hysteria of the early ‘70s – all of which was proven fraudulent. Erhlich’s successor in the fight to use the force of government to “save” the earth and all of us self-destructing morons is Al Gore and, ironically, today it is a fear of global warming. Nor did Ehrlich merely predict bad stuff. Prophet-like, he promised how to get to the holy land as well. “If we take the proper steps in education, legislation and research, we should be able in a generation to have a population thoroughly enjoying its sexual activity, while raising physically and mentally healthier children, but in smaller numbers. The population should be relatively free of the horrors created by divorce, illegal abortion, venereal disease and the psychological pressures of a sexually repressive and repressed society.” Exactly how the generation Erhlich chastises managed to produce the Baby Boom generation in this horrible atmosphere of sexual repression, Erhlich does not elaborate on. Ehrlich had a complete contempt for traditional western/Christian ideals. But the vacuum of philosophical foundations his cleansing created would be filled by one group of Western thought he admired. “Much more basic changes are needed, perhaps of the type exemplified by the much-despised ‘Hippie’ movement — a movement that adopts most of its religious ideas from the non-Christian East. It is a movement wrapped up in Zen Buddhism, love and a disdain for material wealth.” So, basically, drop all your traditional views, screw all you want, behave like hippies and the world will be healthier, babies happier, divorces fewer and mankind can live in harmony forever. Erhlich made some other very specific predictions with equal accuracy. 1975 – Most ocean fishes that return to fresh water to reproduce (such as salmon) will be extinct because of pollution. 1977 – Solar radiation will be so reduced by air pollution that the world’s vegetation will be seriously damaged. 1979 – New diatom forms will appear in the sea; these will kill off sea life and within the year the sea will be dead. Japan and China will face massive starvation. OK, you get the point. This Stanford University professor has been wrong on everything. Yet the environmentalists still hail him as a prophet. Doesn’t seem to matter that he is always wrong; his hatred of free markets and his love of government-mandated regulation supersede such mundane matters as accuracy. One of Erhlich’s strongest opponents was former Eisenhower Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson. He wrote, “Some well-known persons advocate drastic steps by government action to limit population growth. The available facts do not support the notion that mankind must become increasingly sterile or starve. The population explosion is running substantially behind the agricultural explosion — and the agricultural explosion is just beginning except where hampered by government interference.” With more than 40 years of hindsight we know who was right. And the choices remain the same: Which is more likely to provide real solutions: government regulators or free-market entrepreneurs?