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A Review of The End of Doom

By Sydney Ames

Global Business Major

Reviewed October 27, 2017

 
The End of Doom: Environmental Renewal in the Twenty-first Century by Ronald Bailey deals with the theories of the impending doom of the world and debunks them through an individualist perspective. Starting off with the topic of population, Bailey used to believe that the world would become overpopulated and the human race would run out of all survival necessities. Through examples and research, he shares with his readers how this fear is no longer valid. The same situation occurred when Bailey warned that the world would run out of life maintaining resources. Never fear, Bailey explains that there is always a solution to maintaining earth's natural resources. As long as people continue to improve their management of natural resources, these resources will continue to flow.

The next aspect of the book redirects, from focusing on physical problems of the earth to each person's mental outlook that is destroying the flourishing human existence. The author explains the precautionary principle which is the fear of the future and the love of the past, hating the new and loving the old. This principle hinders society by not letting people improve from the past. Bailey highlights people's fear of cancer and how it’s believed that the world is in some cancer epidemic.  Because of this, people blame chemicals for causing cancer. However, Bailey explains that there is no cancer epidemic and chemicals are not to blame. Bailey uses this example to show how society illogically panics about things and wastes time, energy, and money trying to fix things that don’t need to be fixed.

The last thing the book focuses on is the environmental factors caused by farmers. More specifically, the types and amounts of hormones and pesticides that are used on acres and acres of crops. Bailey explains the different ways farmers produce the most amount of food that they can to increase their own profit. Unfortunately the majority of these methods include using chemicals that harm the environment in one way or another. Overall, this portion of the book states how farmers find ways to produce bigger and better crops while hurting the environment and health of consumers through the overuse of chemicals.

Switching focus, in today's era, global warming is seen as either a significant global threat or a complete hoax. It would take an enormous amount of money to try and offset global warming. Economically speaking,  we will either be impacted by these costs now or in the future, depending on when actions are taken. The last chapter of the book discusses the extinction of our world’s animals. Humans destroy animal’s ecosystems so that they are no longer able to live and therefore they go extinct. Bailey forecasts that even though it is what needs to happen, preserving these ecosystems will not take place because either no one will address the problem or they don't want to pay the price of helping. Maintaining the ecosystems is an important part of saving our world, but no one will step up.

The End of Doom was a difficult read. However, the psychological aspect of this book struck me as noteworthy. The human mind can alone persuade a society of something massive, like the cancer epidemic, and the results of this are detrimental to our economy. After reading this book, any doomsday prepper would feel at ease. Bailey does an excellent job at convincing the reader that the theories of how the world will end are false. Even in the case of animal extinction,  Bailey persuades why ecosystems must be preserved for the life of the animals. After engulfing myself in the knowledge that Bailey shared, I feel like I have a much better understanding of our world, how our world could come to an end, and how to prevent that from happening. A wide variety of readers would appreciate this book because it is comprised of many different knowledgeable sources, from those interested in economics or psychology to doomsday preppers or environmentalist.

Those who support these doomsday theories that Bailey is debunking want to restrict economic freedom. Economic freedom is the right that every human has to control their labor and property; everyone is free to produce, consume, work, and invest in absolutely anything that they want. Through the debunktion of these theories, Bailey is attempting to strengthen economic freedom. Although economic freedom is not being greatly promoted or torn down by Bailey in this book it is obvious that he sides with it. He proves that those who attempt to restrict economic freedom spend an excess amount of money illogically and hurt the environment through this process.