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Topics: fertility decline

People Are The Enemy



There really is nothing new under the sun. In a recent Yahoo News article, straightforwardly entitled “Save the Planet: Have Fewer Kids,” human beings are told—again, that we are the cause of all the earth’s woes.  Everything would be better, the article declares, if we would just have fewer children.   Two hundred years ago, a British vicar named Thomas Malthus said something remarkably similar. In 1798, Rev. Malthus did some unsophisticated math, and surmised …

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Expert Says No End in Sight for One-Child Policy in China



Front Royal, VA, 07/27/09 – Steven Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute and a renowned China expert, says that Shanghai’s purported “relaxation” of the one-child policy is hardly that, and represents little for most of the citizens of China. “Shanghai has long had very low birthrates,” says Mosher, who goes on to explain that 15 years ago, the head of Shanghai’s one-child policy was actually having trouble getting people under her jurisdiction to accept …

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President’s Page: The Return of Anti-People Propaganda: A Comment on the “Return of the Population Growth Factor”



Politically motivated panels rarely produce good science, and the report of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development, and Reproductive Health of the U.K. Parliament is no exception. The report, Return of the Population Growth Factor: Its Impact upon the Millennium Development Goals, is a mishmash of justifications for the powerful of the world to continue to dictate the fertility of the powerless.1 It is even illustrated, in Science Magazine’s summary of the report, …

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June 22 — The Return of Anti-People Propaganda: A Comment on the “Return of the Population Growth Factor.”



22 June 2009 — Vol. 12 / No. 18 Politically motivated panels rarely produce good science, and the report of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development, and Reproductive Health of the U.K. Parliament is no exception. The report, Return of the Population Growth Factor: Its Impact upon the Millennium Development Goals, is a mishmash of justifications for the powerful of the world to continue to dictate the fertility of the powerless.1 It is …

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From the Countries



32 Million Extra Men Spells Demographic Trouble for China With far more men than women, China’s sex imbalance has already reached epic proportions. But a new study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) suggests that the problem is only going to get worse. The study, conducted by researchers Wei Xing Zhu, Li Lu, and Therese Hesketh, and published on April 10th, confirmed that men outnumbered women for all age groups. They write, “In 2005 …

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April 07 — Be Afraid, Be Very, Very Afraid: The Population Bomb is About to Go Off (Again)



Para leer este boletín en español, haga click aquí. 07 April 2009 — Vol. 11/No. 10 According to Nina Fedoroff, the United States’ Science and Technology Adviser, we should all be very, very afraid. Interviewed on the BBC’s One Planet radio program, Fedoroff came across as a population alarmist in the mold of Thomas Malthus or Paul Ehrlich. Already, she claimed “humans had exceeded the Earth’s ‘limits of sustainability’.” She insisted that “we need to …

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Part 1. The White Pestilence



Note: The following is excerpted from Steven Mosher’s book, Population Control—Real Costs, Illusory Benefits. Most of us grew up on a poisonous diet of overpopulation propaganda. Remember the lifeboat scenarios in high school biology, where we had to decide who we were going to push overboard, lest we all die. Recall the college class in which we were assigned to read Paul Ehrlich’s The Population Bomb, which begins with the author mournfully intoning “The battle …

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Global Monitor: Speculation on the Future of World Population



It is easy to understand the confusion of many concerning whether the world is overpopulated or under populated when one reads a news report on the increasing number of Sub-Saharan Africans followed by an article on the alarming lack of people in Russia or Eastern Europe. This confusion is due in part to the difference in population developments worldwide. A recently updated study by the Austrian-based International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) tries to …

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