Real Life imitating Art, and the return of Soylent Green

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Wouldn’t want to run out.

Harry Harrison’s 1966 novel “Make Room! Make Room!” was made into the movie. The novel influenced my attitude and perhaps others as well. As we all know, however, our concerns with population growth did not slow the juggernaut of desire.  [Please forgive my addition of photo.]

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

Soylent Green is a 1973 science fiction film set in a dystopian New York City in the year 2022.  Climate change and overpopulation have ruined ecosystems, depleted natural resources, and caused widespread food shortages.  As a consequence, the corporatist government has devolved into an authoritarian police state in order to maintain law and order.

The general populace is kept barely alive through a food rationing program provided by the Soylent Corporation.  Its products – known as “Red” and “Yellow Soylent” – are unpalatable, poorly nutritious cakes of unknown (to the public) substances.  When the people become restive and start demanding better food, the provider begins to distribute a new product – called “Soylent Green” – which it claims to be made from a superior high-energy oceanic plankton.

While investigating a murder, police detective Frank Thorn (actor Charlton Heston) uncovers a grand corporate-government conspiracy where he…

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