World Population Growth
April 18, 2012 § 2 Comments
There has been a lot of discussion about reproductive issues in class this week. China’s one child policy has been mentioned a few times. I thought I would play Devil’s or possibly Malthus’ advocate.
The world population is growing incredibly fast. The population is currently in excess of of 7 billion people. In 1800 it was less than 1 billion. The current level of population growth is unsustainable. Eventually the human population will exceed the service capacity of the earth. Even before reaching that point hardship and poverty will inevitably become widespread as resources become scarce. So, increased population growth will eventually decrease the quality of life for all humans.
One of the government’s main roles is to curtail some rights in order to preserve the most rights for the most people. Why should reproductive rights be any different? If all individuals male and female on the planet are limited to .5 child per person the population will begin to decrease and can at some point be maintained at a sustainable level.
Education is an ineffective deterrent to reproduction. That is for the simple reason that people who are from large families are going to be far more receptive to the idea of also producing large families. While people who embrace the education and produce few children will likely produce children who follow the reproductive guidelines. This means that in the course of a few generations the population that has not adopted the reproductive guidelines will simply out compete the low reproduction group.
That leaves only the government to curtail the expansion of the population through the application of penalties for non-conformity. By limiting the reproduction of everyone equally the government could produce a society with overall higher quality of life for the entire world.