Stop the People … Stop the People … Stop the People

The World Is Overflowing With People!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well, these are the dire warnings repeated daily from Chicken Little headquarters. Over-population is the cause of human strife and the instigator of disease, global warming and traffic jams. Stop having babies – or famine, pestilence and poverty will consume the world.

That’s the message. But it’s not true. In fact, world population growth is now on the downswing. In truth, while the United Nations continues to push programs to reduce populations, UN experts are discussing, with great concern, the fact that fertility rates are dropping. A fertility rate of 2.1 children per woman is necessary to maintain current population levels. 51 nations, including the U.S. and China are not replacing themselves.

There is no “population bomb.” The entire world population could fit into the state of Texas with no more population density than that of Paris, France. There is no shortage of food being produced. So, what’s the problem?

The reduced birth rate creates an aging population that requires more medical and social care. As populations age, young people must be taxed more heavily to keep up the social welfare structure. Pension funds will collapse under the pressure as fewer earned dollars are added. Markets shrink.

These are the real dangers now facing most nations of the world. So why do the Chicken Littles continue to cry out for more population control? Because radical environmentalists believe that man is a disease whose existence serves only to damage the earth. Their programs call for a U.S. population no larger than 150 million – for a start.

Of course, if a program could be organized to get rid of the environmentalists first, perhaps we could make a lot of headway toward reducing the output of hot air. Any takers among our little green friends? Of course not – they only enjoy planning extinction for everyone else.

By the way, the problems of crowded cities, poverty, disease and traffic jams are caused by bad government – not people.

Tom DeWeese
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Tom DeWeese is one of the nation’s leading advocates of individual liberty, free enterprise, private property rights, personal privacy, back-to-basics education and American sovereignty and independence.