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Welcoming Baby 6,666,666,666: PRI Celebrates the Latest Population Milestone

  19 May 2008     Vol. 10 / No. 20 Welcoming Baby 6,666,666,666: PRI Celebrates the Latest Population Milestone According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the world’s 6,666,666,666th person was born on May 10th. The occasion gave rise to the usual calls for more population control to stave off a demographic disaster. According to, the only thing this number shows us is that we have “passed our sustainability,” and that the population crash the world …

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The European Demographic Crisis and the Pope,

12 January, 2007     Volume 9 / Number 2 The European Demographic Crisis and the Pope At Christmas, Pope Benedict made extensive comments about Europe’s demographic decline, raising our hopes that he will author an encyclical on this most fundamental issue.  As Shakespeare put it, "The world must be peopled." Many believe that the College of Cardinals chose Joseph Ratzinger as Pope in a final effort to rescue Europe from the secularism, hedonism, and anti-procreationism that threaten to …

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Three Hundred Million and Counting

September 8, 2006 Volume 8, Number 35  Dear Colleague: Americans should celebrate their coming 300 millionth fellow resident. But many wrong-headed commentators will be complaining. Steven W. Mosher President Three Hundred Million and Counting Sometime next month, the U.S. Census Bureau will announce that the population of the United States has reached 300 million. The USA has the world’s third-largest population, trailing far behind China (1.3 billion) and India (1.1 billion). Accompanying the 300 million milestone …

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Sustainability of the French Social Model

Environmentalists like to talk about sustainability, the conduction of agriculture and other activities so they may continue generation after generation, without destroying the resources on which they depend. A farming method that exhausts the soil over 25 years, rendering the land sterile for future generations, is irresponsible, they say. Though much of what environmentalists claim is unsustainable actually isn’t, the central point is a valid one for anyone who cares deeply about the future of …

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