The Wacky Bill Gates Depopulation Conspiracy Theory
Weaving its way through many of the various conspiracy theories and woo repositories is the idea that someone (or something) wants to de-populate the world. Sometimes this depopulation plan is attributed to Agenda 21, reptilian shape-shifters, and/or Bill Gates. We could delve deep into the exciting web of control surrounding our reptilian overlords, perhaps in a different post, but for now let’s examine the bucket of nonsense that forms the Bill Gates depopulation by vaccination conspiracy theory.
Filmed in February of 2010, Bill Gates delivered TED talk called Innovating to Zero. The complete presentation can be viewed on in its entirety here https://www.ted.com/talks/bill_gates. I invite you to watch the video all the way through. In this presentation, at about four and a half minutes in, Bill lays out an equation to help his audience understand the role of population growth in emissions. In the video he states;
“First, we’ve got population. The world today has 6.8 billion people. That’s headed up to about nine billion. Now, if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by, perhaps, 10 or 15 percent, but there we see an increase of about 1.3.”
So, in other words, he is announcing a diabolical plan to murder millions of people with poisoned vaccines… or not. Even if English is not your first language or maybe he is using a more technical vernacular than you are accustomed to, you need to ask yourself a couple of questions. Would an evil genius announce his plan to murder millions of people in a TED talks presentation? If he really did plan to literally poison people to death, is it reasonable to believe that he would just tell everybody? These questions sound stupid, and are stupid, but they need to be asked, because there are people who have been spreading the idea that this statement is saying EXACTLY that since it was said in 2010.
Obviously, he is not trying to depopulate the world through some massive poison vaccine scheme... that he openly announced in 2010. One of the key words in this quote is the word “increase”. The use of vaccines, healthcare, and reproductive services save lives and, overall, lower the rate at which people have children. Lowering the rate of growth is not the same as reducing the present number of people. Having fewer children does not mean killing the ones you already have. It is clear what Bill Gates is saying, even if you don’t agree with it, it is obviously a statement about rate of growth not absolute number reduction.
To take this statement as an intent to exterminate millions of people is an extreme example of poor reading/listening comprehension. Often people who have never actually listened to the entire presentation, but instead see a quote that supports their narrative that vaccines are poison, share this quote in meme form. The anti-vaccine movement is often the nexus of all conspiracy minded delusions because it intersects with BIG PHARMA conspiracies, secret evil society conspiracies, and any sort of madness people decide to attach to it. As a result, the above excerpt from his 2010 presentation is often paraded around as an admission of guilt an “natural” health pages or “crunchy” mommy blogger groups. If you are part of the anti-vaccine crowd, please examine this and all the other outlandish claims your leaders are shamelessly pushing. Don’t buy into such nonsense.
How can increasing vaccination rates and improving healthcare decrease birth rate? To better understand what he was actually saying about effecting the rate of increase of population please read the annual letter from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation from 2009. Here is an excerpt from the letter (I will link the full letter below)
“A surprising but critical fact we learned was that reducing the number of deaths actually reduces population growth. Chart 3 shows the strong connection between infant mortality rates and fertility rates. Contrary to the Malthusian view that population will grow to the limit of however many kids can be fed, in fact parents choose to have enough kids to give them a high chance that several will survive to support them as they grow old. As the number of kids who survive to adulthood goes up, parents can achieve this goal without having as many children.” https://www.gatesfoundation.org/who-we-are/resources-and-media/annual-letters-list/annual-letter-2009
To quote William Shakespeare, or Willy Wonka if you prefer, “How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” (Shakespeare, 1564-1616) The efforts of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation stand out in a world filled with war and misery. I find the attempts to twist the work of this foundation into some sort widely announced eugenics project despicable.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. (1994). The merchant of Venice. Harlow, Essex, England :Longman,
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