Jtube: Real Time with Bill Maher: Should the World Have Fewer Children?

What do think of Bill Maher’s argument?

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Comments (16)

(9) Anonymous, April 30, 2019 6:15 PM

Nazi-like ideology

to understand where this "humor" is coming from, look up "club of Rome", a Nazi-like ideology targeting rich participants, and trying to slowly get rid of all the rest of us nonmembers. by birth control education, vaccination, and other methods.
they are wrong. g-d created people and created all they need.
yes, there are greedy people who think and care only for themselves.

(8) Cheryl, April 30, 2019 4:47 PM

Thank God Bill Mahr never married. If he had a wife, he would belittle her with this nonsense every time she spoke of having children. The only consolation I get from this video is that Bill and his ilk will never produce any progeny, and their lines will become extinct.

(7) Anonymous, April 30, 2019 4:01 PM


I think the decrease in population should have started nine months before 20 January 1956.

(6) Tova Saul, April 30, 2019 3:32 PM

He is totally right

People have not re-calibrated since the advent of modern medicine and the resultant plummeting infant mortality. Unfortunately, Mr. Maher did not point out how the needs for burgeoning human populations are consuming ecosystems like locusts, decimating Hashem's wildlife species. When these species are soon gone, the story of Noah's arc will indeed sound like a fairy tale, with Hashem's masterpiece animals just a memory, a few of them existing in zoos or little "nature reserves".

First Hashem created His world "and saw that it was good". Only then did He create people and say "be fruitful and multiply". Well, we went from 2 people to 8 billion. Mission accomplished. Let's cool our jets and have 2 kids per family. If you feel the need for more children, invite their friends over for play dates.

In kabbala, it says that "Hashem contracted Himself to create the universe". To be Godly, we should be doing the same.

David, May 1, 2019 3:05 PM

Mixed up

Talk about mixed up hashkofos. I would suggest that before delving into and analysing kabbala you need to learn the basics of Jewish hashkofos.
One of those hashkofos is to do as G-d instructed and not to decide whether the "mission has been accomplished"

(5) Chasya Bernstein, April 30, 2019 1:44 AM

Maher is a selfish fool. Hazohn es hakol

Two hundred years ago, Thomas Malthus also predicted that population growth would far outstrip production of resources needed. He foresaw times of 'distress' during which famine, disease and war would result in lowering population through deaths, with the cycle repeating itself endlessly. Malthus could not foresee the scientific and technological changes that would render his predictions obsolete, but we, with the benefit of hindsight, can look forward to other means of increasing the resources needed to support a growing human population.
I really should not insult Malthus by mentioning Maher in the same breath, since at least Malthus had some correct historical data on which to base his predictions. Perhaps Maher just 'misspoke', but can someone explain how we are already using 1.7 times the resources available? I'm not a great math person, but that sounds to me like we are eating almost 2 apples when there is only 1 available. Maybe Maher should check his data.
As many people point out: There is certainly enough available in current resources produced to give every single person alive a basic amount of food, clothing, shelter, medical care, etc. It's just that people like Maher and his audience (and I should probably include myself here) want more than their fair share. Give up that gas-guzzling car (and avoid the traffic!) for a bike, and voila - there is something left for others. Make slight changes in American diet, and there is more than enough available to others. (Do you remember the days of grain-laden ships anchored up and down the Hudson, just so US farmers should not have to release it on the open market and drive down the price? Heaven forbid that people should have access to affordable food!)
When we finish a meal, the brochoh we recite says, "Hazohn es hakol", Hashem sustains ALL. It's just a matter of making sure each one takes only what is really his own portion.

Tova saul, April 30, 2019 3:36 PM

missing the point

The point isn't whether there are enough resources for human survival. There are. But do you want to live in a world bereft of wildlife and wilderness----living in a desert of human creation? Burgeoning human populations are snuffing out whole ecosystems that support wildlife habitat. Look at Bet Shemesh for example-----and unending sprawling blight that is turning Hashem's beautiful land into an Armegeddon scene.

Chana H., April 30, 2019 6:59 PM

The same way G-d created billions of humans and whole ecosystems, He also can create a way for them to coexist. You are supposed to have as many children as G-d wants you to have; saying that you know what's good for the world better than He does is ridiculous.

(4) Annette Levy, April 30, 2019 12:27 AM

Humor used dangerous stereotypes

Bill Mahr's commentary regarding Jews in the entertainment / TV industry feeds into anti-semitic philosophy -- that Jews have taken over the media. White supremists go further: that we aim to do away with the white race by using media, money, and all the other career fields in which we have excelled. I agree with the need to decrease population overall. Mother Earth is stretched. But please, no need to lecture Jews. We are less than three tenths of one percent of the world population! If anything, we could benefit from a few million more Jewish scientists to figure out how to stop the impending ecological disasters!

Dvirah, April 30, 2019 9:00 PM


While funny, the choice of words ("we are shooting for...Jewish...") can lead to a dangerous subtext: shoot the Jews. Given the actual incidents of such shootings, I'd call Mahr's "humor" highly irresponsible.

(3) Anonymous, April 29, 2019 1:31 PM


You don't argue with a clown.

(2) Anonymous, April 28, 2019 9:20 PM


He is saying what most people excluding the frum Jews are thinking, and his point of view is in my opinion not one that should be put on the Aish website .

Anonymous, April 30, 2019 3:39 PM

most people are NOT thinking this

They are talking about climate change. He is correct in saying the the root of the problem is overpopulation. How long are we Jews allowed to exclude ourselves?

(1) Anonymous, April 28, 2019 8:01 PM


He has brought no scientific proof. Maybe he should do planet earth a favor and delete his existence.

Anonymous, April 30, 2019 3:40 PM

Have you brought any proof that what he said was stupid?

What was stupid about what he said?

Dvirah, May 1, 2019 5:46 AM

Not Stupid, Evil

Not stupid but dangerous. In singling out the Jews, and using such words as "shooting", "holiday", "delightful", the implication is that Jews alone are responsible for the problem and that a world without Jews is better: connotate "holiday from Jews is delightful". Had he said outright "shoot Jews" the message could not be clearer. If Mahr is unaware of the implicit message of his humor, then he lacks moral sensitivity. If he is aware of it and it is deliberate, he is evil.


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