Tuesday, May 21, 2002

The Population Implosion

Here's another example from Japan of why it's not necessary to worry about overpopulation, as so many activist-types still do. The birth rate is Japan is declining rapidly, and their total population is likely to start shrinking by 2007. Similar trends can be seen in most affluent countries around the world, with total global population predicted to peak as early as 2100. In light of these facts, most opponents of population growth have shifted to predicting a nightmare dystopia along the lines of Soylent Green to talking about the need for "sustainability" and environmental quality. They still seem to start with the premise, however, that people are bad and we need less of them. Better for them that we have fewer humans than we invent better technology to live well with more. I disagree.


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