ZPG

Seems like the sky is falling.

Housing values are going down, credit is tightening up, ethanol is taking all our corn, illegal immigrants are sucking the life out of our schools and health care industry, most of us have no health insurance, the war in Iraq is killing our young men, some cities are out of drinking water, we can’t keep the wolves out of our sheep, and danger lurks behind every tree.

And yet nobody addresses the issue of overpopulation.

I remember a time when ZPG was a rallying cry. Zero Population Growth. (There was even a movie.) Every couple should have two children, just enough to replace themselves. Why is this so politically incorrect these days? Is it because those of social conscience do just that while others breed indiscriminately, skewing the population toward those of less social conscience? What are we afraid of here, exactly? Retaining the reproductive rights of those bad mothers who have their children taken away from them as quickly as they can pop them out? Or is it a religious thing?

It seems to me that reducing our population has the potential of curing almost every ill we currently face.

Maybe there should be incentives for smaller families. And while we’re at it, we don’t need to honor “anchor babies” of illegal aliens as automatic US citizens. Babies born to American mothers in Mexico aren’t automatically Mexican citizens. We need to deal with that issue pronto, and I guess a few letters to our congressmen might get that ball rolling.

But back to the issue at hand. Zero Population Growth. Even the old ZPG nonprofit foundation has moderated itself, now called “Population Connection.” Why would that be? The old ZPG philosophy too radical for today’s tender people?

Seems to me that if we don’t moderate ourselves a little bit, and rein in the reproductive perogatives, we’re going to be in increasing trouble.

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2 responses to “ZPG

  1. This has been my key issue for nearly forty years, ever since having read Paul Ehrlich’s ground-breaking and often unfairly-maligned “Population Bomb” back in the late Sixties. You are one hundred percent right in your contention that practically every problem facing mankind today is either caused by or horribly acerbated by overpopulation.

    But I’m afraid I have to disagree with your point about “anchor babies”, at least to a degree. While it is true that a person in America–legally here or not, recent immigrant or native with a 15,000 year cultural background–tends to use dozens of times the amount of resources, and produce an equivalent amount of pollution, as any given Third Worlder, the fact remains that overpopulation is a global problem, not one to be solved by emphasizing certain lines drawn on maps. This concept comes particularly into focus if one considers the impact China, with it’s 1.25 billion people–4 times that of the US–will have on the planet if it continues to seek an American-style standard of living. Yet can we in good conscience deny to others around the world the so-called “good life” that we enjoy ourselves, especially if our lifestyle itself is unsupportable?

    And one other point: there are indeed numerous voices speaking out. You won’t find them in the political arena, or in the words of professional corporate pundits, but if you check out the letters to editors even in our own local Chamber of Commerce rag, you might notice that over the last several months the numbers of CITIZENS calling for action has increased several fold. It may be too late…but then again, we have to try. Or else the world that our grandchildren inherit may make hell look like a picnic ground.

  2. karen ann craglow

    It has been my observation that those that have the least to give a child are often the ones that have one child after another. Frequently these children are then being raised by a grandparent. I am not talking about giving in just the monetary sense but with attention and guidance.
    Many of the children I see do not have anyone that is setting limits and providing structure.
    The health department provides birth control free of charge but many of the young people I talk with do not use birth control. A common answer is that they just didn’t think about it.
    These are the people that will shape the future of our country.

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