Episode 40 S2-5
Threats of Overpopulation
Without Land Ch 5
L. Douglas Hogan
One of the biggest threats of overpopulation to the human race is demoralization. When people increase, lawlessness increases and morals are lost. Another major threat is based around supply and demand. when there are more mouths to feed you need more yield. When you increase yield there is more work to be done. More work equals more employees to do the work. More employees equals more overhead and the price for this overhead is directly payed by the consumer which drives up prices. When faced with the threats of overpopulation any environmental stresses can cause major problems to the delicate system.
Controlling population without obstructing personal freedoms is not an easy thing to do. Birth control has to be a personal choice. It can not be forced on people. Educating people about the risks of overpopulation to our planet helps them to make educated decisions about how many children they should have. Also increasing the educational levels of the female populations has proven effective. It gives women a focus on education and careers rather than having babies. Finally natural selection in the form of diseases will help to remedy the problem.
The US government has approved Agenda 21 that was suggested by the United Nations. This radical piece of legislation suggests a voluntary population cap of 500 million people. Doug wonders how in the world we can go from 7 billion people to 500 million voluntarily. Agenda 21 is in effect today. During a recent incident in Nevada the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) posted signs that their land was a first amendment free zone. The government is not supposed to be able to control when the first amendment does and doesn't apply. In addition to this fundamental problem the BLM owns thousands of acres in multiple states and they are buying more. The government is not supposed to be allowed to buy up land at will and without a specific reason in mind.
When I asked Doug how we would be affected if we did have a disaster that caused us to lose additional land masses he did not have a positive answer. Doug doesn't believe we would be able to recover from a disaster of this magnitude and he says that we would be left with Tyrant rule at both the local and governmental levels. A scary proposition to a population already in a very fragile state of existence.
Featured Quote From Today's Chapter:
"Deep down, she kind of understood why this had been the government's solution to such a huge problem. The world was a very different place now."