Bill Gates the Condom Missionary

Bill Gates has a mission; it is to stop people from breeding.

Here he is declaring that population growth must be reduced to near zero.

I’ll leave aside the weird remark about vaccines causing population reduction (but if you google it a bit you will find some interesting background). What Gates admittedly spells out here is a rationale for reducing the population expansion to almost zero. At least!

Thus, he has a new project:

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded scientists $100,000 (£60,000) to create stronger, thinner condoms from the new “wonder material”.

The substance will be mixed with latex to produce a material which will encourage use by “enhancing sensation”.

Graphene, the thinnest, strongest material known, was first isolated at the University of Manchester in 2004…

The charity has offered the Grand Challenges Explorations grant to the Manchester research team to develop new composite materials for condoms, which it wants to make more desirable in order to increase global usage.

Dr Papa Salif Sow, senior program officer on the HIV team at the foundation, said a “redesigned condom that overcomes inconvenience, fumbling or perceived loss of pleasure would be a powerful weapon in the fight against poverty”…

The fight against poverty or the fight against poor people having children?

I find it curious that when Bill Gates, a man with enough money to start a new enterprise, came up with the idea of a condom that would actually feel good to uses, he felt that it had to be executed by the non-profit sector. I would think that if condoms are so important for good health, and if they could be made to feel pleasant, that many entrepreneurs would want to develop and sell the product.

I’m not sure what exactly HIV has to do with poverty in the developed world. I have never heard that homosexuals are in a lower economic class than their heterosexual counterparts. On the other hand, perhaps he is referring to Africa and other places. I am completely in favor of fewer people dying of AIDS (though I’m skeptical that the spread of a virus is really the explanation for what is known as AIDS in Africa). So I have no objection to anything that helps with that. But given Bill Gates’ stated desire to reduce population growth, I find it impossible to believe that such a goal is not behind this latest “charity.”

And that is too bad. Poverty doesn’t come from too many people; it comes from too few. Population growth on this planet has not been accompanied by a lower standard of living, but by a rising standard of living. It is demographic decline that is going to drastically hurt the world economy.