Flashback: John Lennon in 1971: ‘I don’t believe in overpopulation. It is a myth’ – ‘A joke’
As major media is reporting today:
- ‘Baby bust’: ‘Remarkable’ decline in global fertility rates – ‘More grandparents than grandchildren’
- Global Fertility Rates Cut In Half Since 1950
But in 1971, Beatles legend John Lennon bucked the “consensus” on overpopulation.
Lennon on Dick Cavett Show – Broadcast 1971:
“I think its a bit of a joke the way people have made this overpopulation thing into a kind of myth. I don’t really believe it, you know. I think whatever happens will balance itself out and work itself out and work itself out.” Lennon stated.
“It’s alright for us all living say ‘well its enough of us so we won’t have any more don’t let anybody else live.’ I don’t believe in that, I think we’ve got enough food and money to feed everybody and I think the natural balance even though old people will last longer. I think there is enough room for us…”
When Lennon was questioned again, he responded:
“Yeah, I don’t believe overpopulation, you know. I think that’s kind of a myth the government has thrown out to keep your mind off Vietnam…and all the important subjects.”
The host of the show then stated, “Oh, I think you are wrong about that,” he said.
And in typical Lennon style he replies, “Oh, I don’t care!“