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The population growth taboo
#1 Posted : Sunday, December 7, 2014 12:36:17 AM(UTC)
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I have brought this up on other threads but this fellow says it better. Something happened following the 60s that led to overpopulation becoming a taboo subject.


There was a time, in the 1960s and 1970s, when people such as my father, Stanley, were becoming interested in demography, and the UN would hold giant conferences on the subject, and it was perfectly respectable to talk about saving the planet by reducing the growth in the number of human beings.

But over the years, the argument changed, and certain words became taboo, and certain concepts became forbidden, and we have reached the stage where the very discussion of overall human fertility — global motherhood — has become more or less banned.

We seem to have given up on population control, and all sorts of explanations are offered for the surrender. Some say Indira Gandhi gave it all a bad name, by her demented plan to sterilise Indian men with the lure of a transistor radio.

Some attribute our complacency to the Green Revolution, which seemed to prove Malthus wrong. It became the received wisdom that the world's population could rise to umpteen billions, as mankind learnt to make several ears of corn grow where one had grown before.

And then, in recent years, the idea of global population control has been more or less stifled by a pincer movement from the Right and the Left. American Right-wingers disapprove of anything that sounds like birth control, and so George W. Bush withholds the tiny contribution America makes to the UN Fund for Population Activities, regardless of the impact on the health of women in developing countries.

As for the Left, they dislike suggestions of population control because they seem to smack of colonialism and imperialism and telling the Third World what to do; and so we have reached the absurd position in which humanity bleats about the destruction of the environment, and yet there is not a peep in any communiqué from any summit of the EU, G8 or UN about the population growth that is causing that destruction.
#2 Posted : Wednesday, December 10, 2014 9:13:18 AM(UTC)
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Taboo since Carter refused to publicly acknowledge the findings of his America 2000 team. They had reiterated basically what the previous Nixon commission found. That we needed birth control and low immigration to not collapse our ecological niches, along with most other animals and plants. Carter's Baptist dogma prevented him from doing anything. Then Reagan, old sunny attitude, believed his illogical adviser Simon and the Earth became infinite. People in the US started having more kids. The two child family quit as a working model for reducing population. Having fallen below 2 in around the mid 1980s, then falling below 1 in 1998, accounting for the all important implementation time.
Now we still have people who do not 'think' the world is overpopulated by stupidity, lack of observation, crowd tolerance developed, religious or cultural backwards dogma, some or all.
Go to http://worldometers.info and see what the death rate would be without any births at all. It would not fall enough to lower emissions fast enough. The 'taboo' is mentioning consequences like the crash and GTE probability.
It is just too terrible to envision such mass death and catastrophe.
Everything the way it is will change to desperate survival on a planet getting hotter with extreme pollution of all kinds. People have never seen world wide mass starvation, dying of thirst, warfare and criminality to get food/water, even to the point of common cannibalism. First, the massive increase in deaths among the old and the young, then everyone else. With just two months of world food supply, any disruption could initiate the crash. People will be dying off in such numbers as to preclude burial, SO THE STENCH WILL BE TERRIFIC IN MANY PLACES, ESPECIALLY CITIES.
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