I had not seen this feature before, but I wanted to give the New York Times some kudos for its "retro report" which apparently looks at past news articles and predictions and wonders what happened to those issues since. This report is on the failure of Paul Ehrlich's Population Bomb predictions. It is the kind of feature I have wanted to see in the press for a long time. Good for them.
Sort of. They fairly ably demonstrate that this 1970's-era doomster prediction was overblown, but then simply substitute a new one: over-consumption. Ironically, the "over-consumption" doom predictions are based on the exact same false assumptions that led to the population bomb fiasco, namely an overly static view of the world that gives little or no credit to market mechanisms and innovation combined with an ideological bias that opposes things like technological progress, increased wealth, and free exchange. The modern "over-consumption" meme shares with the Population Bomb the assumption that the world has a fixed carrying capacity, that we have or will soon exceed this capacity, and that actions of man can do nothing to change this capacity.
In essence, the over-consumption doom scenario is essentially identical to the Population Bomb. In essence, then, the New York Times ably debunks a failed prediction and then renews that prediction under a new name.