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Editor’s note: The following analysis examines the myth of global overpopulation and the real danger of under-population that threatens many parts of the world in the years ahead. This article is excerpted from the May cover story in WorldNet magazine. Readers can
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By Anthony C. LoBaido
© 2000, WorldNetDaily.com, Inc.
It is perhaps the single greatest disinformation campaign in human history: The planet is grossly overpopulated, and unless something is done to limit human population growth, calamity will ensue.
Hunger, famine and resource depletion are often mentioned as the major reasons to justify limiting human reproduction. Unfortunately, few can summon the facts to repudiate this erroneous, non-scientific assumption.
Paul Ehrlich, mentor of U.S. Vice President Al Gore, wrote a landmark book in 1968 called “The Population Bomb.” He predicted, “We will breed ourselves into oblivion.”
Based on this assumption, American taxpayers are spending billions of dollars on population control programs around the world — most of them in Third World countries populated by people with brown, yellow, red and black skin.
Yet, while the one-billionth citizen of India was born last year, Japan, if it continues its current abortion policies and fails to raise its average birth rate of 1.4 children per married couple, will have fewer than 500 people by the year 3000. This is not a prophecy of the mad Aum Shinrikyo cult, but rather a pronouncement of Japan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare.
|If these two Hong Kong children, Stephanie and Shan Shan, had been born a just few miles north of Kowloon Island, in mainland China, they would very possibly have become victims of the Asian gendercide of abortion.|
There are now 6 billion people on Earth. The planet’s population will most likely continue to climb until 2050, when it will peak at 9 billion. Other predictions have the world’s population peaking at 7.5 billion in 2040. In either case, it will then go into a sharp decline. The world may soon be facing an under-population crisis — a prospect that has all but escaped media scrutiny.
Malthus was wrong
Thomas Malthus is a British historical figure of great note. His most studied work, “An Essay on the Principle of Population as it Affects the Future Improvements of Society, with Remarks on the Speculations of M. Godwin, M. Condorcet and Other Writers,” was first published in 1798. Its thesis — that overpopulation would destroy the world unless war, famine and disease rose to check human growth — has proven to be dead wrong.
Malthus reasoned that, since people increase exponentially and food production only increases arithmetically, food production could not possibly hope to keep up with more and more empty stomachs. Ironically, he predicted mass starvation on the eve of one of the biggest farming expansions the world has ever seen. For free countries, hunger has effectively been eliminated.
Rather than booming, as one might expect in the face of such plenty, the world’s population is aging and in decline. As fertility rates fall and abortion, contraception and life spans increase, the world will soon enter a new paradigm in which the elderly outnumber the young. In 1975, the mean global age was 22. In 2050, it will be 38. Europe, South Korea and Japan will be particularly hard hit by this phenomenon.
With fertility rates low and anti-foreigner sentiment rising in Europe, the United Nations recently released a study that suggests Europe will need mass migration from the Third World to populate it. The report, written by the United Nations Population Division, states that South Korea, Japan, Europe and Russia are facing population crunches.
By 2050, the population of Russia will be down to 150 million. In the 1970s, Russia’s population rivaled America’s, at more than 225 million people.
Europe’s population plummets
In 1950, 32 percent of the world’s population lived in developed countries in the West, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Today that figure has shrunk to 12 percent. Europe had 25 percent of the world’s population in 1900. By 2050, Europe will have only seven percent. In 1900, Europe had three times the population of Africa. By 2050, Africa will have three times the population of Europe.
When it comes to the overpopulation lie, Spain serves as a prime example. Abortion is rampant in that nation, one that in relatively recent history helped to spread the Catholic faith to the four corners of the Earth. Today, however, Spain is caught in a moral decline. It is legal, for example, for grown men to have homosexual sex with children as young as 12 years of age.
While in the past generation, Spain “blossomed” from a right-wing dictatorship to a liberal democracy, it has also plunged to the bottom on the United Nations report of worldwide birth and replacement rates.
“Spain is in last place,” says Florentina Alvarez, a demographer at the National Statistics Institute. Spanish woman have on average 1.07 children, far below the 2.1 needed to maintain the population. Spain has today 39.4 million people, a figure that will begin to drop in coming decades. As recently as 1976, under the much-maligned reign of Francisco Franco, Spain had a fertility rate of 2.6.
‘Gendercide’ in Asia
The major cities in Asia — Bangkok, Seoul, Singapore, Tokyo and Hong Kong — are overpopulated, but prosperous nevertheless. Overpopulation does not lead to poverty.
|A young boy rides an ox in Laos. The hill tribes of the region are decreasing in population due to the genocidal policies of the Laotian government, as well as their being targeted by the United Nations with a population control campaign.|
For example, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan are very densely populated and are some of the richest nations in Asia, if not the world. Taiwan has a population density of 1,460 per square mile, while China has a population density of 360 per square mile. Yet, according to the CIA’s “World Factbook 1999,” Taiwan’s per capita gross domestic product is $16,500, while China’s is $3,600.
The communist government of China has had a one-child policy for much of its history, but even now the Chinese government is beginning to question that policy. As most Chinese want sons, they abort the females on a massive scale. It is not uncommon for a Chinese family to murder its two- or three-year-old daughter if the mother becomes pregnant again with a boy. Within 100 years, China will have far more boys than girls. Will the men then decide to become homosexuals, or will they march out of China, as did the Mongol horde, in search of wives?
South Korea faces a similar problem. Because of abortion of females, kindergartens in Seoul today have around 60 percent boys. In the future, South Korean boys may well have to marry North Korean girls to perpetuate their race.
The overpopulation lie
The U.S. State Department and the United Nations are major players in this population game. Their measures are funded in large part by top U.S. foundations like Ford and Rockefeller. Ted Turner, founder of CNN, is also a major population-control sugar daddy for the United Nations, having cut a $1 billion check to the world body when conservatives in the U.S. Congress threatened not to pay off America’s back dues to the U.N. if those dues would be used to set up abortion clinics overseas.
Make no mistake: Abortion and depopulation are a top priority for the powers-that-be in the West. And it’s not just about women’s sexual freedom and independence, as many claim. …
The preceding excerpt is the first third of an in-depth analysis featured in the May edition of WorldNet Magazine. In the balance of the article, WorldNet’s roving international reporter Anthony LoBaido details attempts by the U.S., U.N. and other entities to foster the overpopulation myth and explores the economic, political and spiritual reasons why so many powerful forces are pushing for depopulation. Readers may
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