I started writing this book in 1996 but events overtook me and I never found the time to complete it. I have it drafted out through twelve chapters waiting to be developed. I also have a short opening part.
When I find time I will finish the writing. I like the concept.
A group of rather shadowy ‘leaders’ have a meeting in which they discuss ways of dealing with the market. The overpopulation problem has reached a point where it is no longer good for business. Capitalism has had its day. They have everything they could possibly desire and not even their fortunes can protect them from the pollution and degradation. It is time to take action.
Ebola is a virus that kills everyone. There is no cure. It destroys endothelia cells and causes organs to dissolve.
Outbreaks can quickly get out of control and threaten the entire human population.
One rare group of humans who have a genetic disorder similar to Down’s syndrome turn out to be immune.
One day I will get it written up. Until then here is the only extract I have. I hope you enjoy it:
George – There are just too many of them; too many by far.
Paul Shank – We have to have an expanding base, George.
George – They are not contributing. They serve no purpose.
C – So what are you suggesting George? That we do away with them?
George – They serve no purpose. They do not work. They do nothing except be a drain on the economy. They are neither producing nor consuming. They are just a canker on the face of the planet. They………..
D – Come now George. There has to be some trickle down, no matter how small. They must be contributing to growth.
George – Phhhh. Not so’s you’d notice.
E – I agree with George, E said thoughtfully. They are surplus to requirements.
Paul – I am not so sure. Every model has to have a wide base. It provides incentive – makes people aware of the reason why they are working. There’s something to be avoided.
F – The size of the market has to be the guiding principle. The size of the market determines growth and productivity.
G – Not just the size of the market – the population’s productivity and wealth – their purchasing power – their tastes and proclivities. Their aspirations, determination, and willingness to strive for what they wish to procure; for a life style that satisfies them.
Paul – but we can manipulate all that. That just depends on marketing and propaganda.
George – Marketing cannot touch the have-nots, don’t wants, or can’t gets. There are huge numbers of them out there totally surplus to requirements. They are not consuming and not contributing. That is my point.
D – So how are they surviving then?
George – They are scavenging – Living off the detritus. They are not part of the chain of consumption.
They serve no useful function. They are simply surplus to requirements.
D – What are you suggesting George? A huge welfare programme to bring them into the frame? – A benefits scheme? – A massive work programme? What are you suggesting?
George – I am simply pointing out that we have a huge rump that is a drain on our wealth creation and totally surplus to requirements.
C – We could stoke up a few more wars. That’s always good for reducing the numbers and it has the added benefit of stimulating productivity through the good old arms trade. There’s nothing like survival to focus the mind.
E – Well natural processes don’t seem to be working too well. Not like they used to. There’s too many do gooders. Every time a disaster comes along we get them rushing in mopping up and putting things right before the natural processes have a chance to take their normal attrition; besides technology has reduced the scope and force. Disasters do not reach the scale of before.
C – There you are. There’s where technology comes in. War is more efficient than ever.
Paul – But it’s so bloody indiscriminate. It doesn’t just get rid of the ones you’d like to eliminate. It just …
D – It’s too limited in scope – too much in discrete regions. We need something more general. We have these scroungers everywhere now. They are universal.
E – Besides, these damn weapons keep getting in the wrong hands. You can’t control them. Damn terrorists holding everyone to ransom, blowing things up, destroying the economic base. That just gets in the way and slows things down. You can’t control it well enough.
C- Could always go for a nuclear option, I suppose. Not much chance of those getting into the wrong hands. That would get rid of a lot of surplus population as well as stimulating the market. Just imagine all those jobs in reclamation and rebuilding. What a huge boost that would be.
Paul – But C, that’s so messy. It could make things so unpleasant. And like D says, it would not really solve the problem. It would still be too discrete when our need is for some more selective and universal.
George – Something has to be done. Our growth needs stimulating. Things cannot go on like this; we are beginning to stagnate. There’s too many parasites holding us down; leeches sucking our industrial life-blood. Something has to be done. He slapped the table.
D – We need something that will only get rid of the ones we select.
Paul – We’d never get away with it. Hitler and Stalin have tried it before. Imagine the size of the operation. Not just millions – billions world-wide. Selecting them and rounding them up would be a night-mare. The logistics involved. You can’t keep an operation that size secret. It would be out in no time. There’d be trouble – revolution even. You couldn’t make it work.
D – Oh, I wasn’t thinking of something like that. No covert secret police stuff; maybe something a lot more subtle than that.
The table was dark – highly polished mahogany. The wallpaper was heavy maroon flock. The lighting was subtle shaded sidelights with opulent chandeliers. The carpet was thick and luxurious. The air hung heavy with a mixture of fine brandy and cigar smoke. It was like stepping back in time.
Seven ageing white males, speaking a language developed in an obscure Northern European archipelago, set about the business of determining the future of mankind – the way they had always done before, with little change, back to the times of out great, great, great, great, great grandfather’s time and beyond.