THE DEMOGRAPHIC BOMB

Clay Shirky clay@shirky.com
Thu, 18 Oct 2001 09:44:24 -0400 (EDT)


> free lunch), Mancur Olson's "Power and Prosperity", a political
> economics book about economic repression,

MANCUR 0LZ0N R0X SO HARDDD!!!1!

> make more food, and that the reason that North America was
> substantially depopulated by the time Europeans got around to seeing
> all of it was because of all the germs that Eurasians had developed,
> over the millennia, in the large cities they built...

Note however that it was population density, not size, that created
the breeding grounds for those germs.

-clay