Population nonsense again

while massively increasing the priority and resources for family planning and women\’s empowerment programmes in developing countries, enabling the 215 million women with an unmet need for contraception to control their own fertility.

All the woe is doom merchants about population, they\’re all always going on about contraception.

As I\’ve said all too often before, contraception isn\’t the point. Sure, if people don\’t have it and would like it, give it to them. It\’s a cheap way of making their lives better so why the hell not?

But look at the damn numbers would you? Even those claiming that contraception is the solution are saying that there\’s only 215 million people who want to use it and don\’t have it. That\’s among 7 billion people. It just isn\’t the deciding factor.

What is the deciding factor is desiring to use contraception, desiring to limit fertility, not the means by which one does so.

There are, give or take, 3.5 billion women on the planet (yes, not all fertile at the same time) and we\’ve been really rather successful at getting them to desire to limit their fertility. Because that\’s just what getting rich does, offers both the likelihood of survival for the children one does have plus other more exciting things to do than pumping out a never ending stream of babies.

Get rich and the population problem goes away: as it has done (except for immigration) in every country that has got rich.

7 thoughts on “Population nonsense again”

  1. It’s not just that the population problem goes away; it gets reversed.

    The looming problem for the West + China and others is a lack of new population members.

  2. But you touched on an issue there in immigration.

    When the local birth rate falls (i.e. Western Europe) and then you import via immigration loads of Third worlders who then breed like rabbits on Western welfare support, you’re going to end up with massive demographic shifts…

    This will not end well…

  3. But once they get wealthy, they’ll stop having big families. Second and third generation immigrants have about the same number of kids as the general population. So the demographic shift isn’t a problem. Unless you marginalise them, of course

  4. I see you have danced around the ‘missing people ‘ that abortion prevented.
    Unless you regard the UK as a person parking lot with eugenic overtones.

  5. So Much For Subtlety

    Matthew – “But once they get wealthy, they’ll stop having big families. Second and third generation immigrants have about the same number of kids as the general population. So the demographic shift isn’t a problem. Unless you marginalise them, of course”

    If you can assimilate them. Tim Worstall’s views on this are interesting given that there is no evidence that his politics has any appeal to people of even slightly darker skin. Not even the French. You can see this in America where Blacks and Asia Americans will not vote for the Republicans. Even American Jews won’t. Now if they did in large numbers, immigration would be fine. Our society would continue on as before, just with different food, more surnames and less skin cancer. But it won’t. America is now 60% White. Its continued existence as a free liberal economy and society is no longer possible. Its future is a larger, rapidly poorer, Mexico. Europe is not much further behind.

    Culture matters you know. It has nothing to do with marginalisation. No US group is more pro-Israel or in favour of American Jews than the Southern Republicans. But American Jews, on the whole, still do not like their politics and will not vote for their sort of politicians.

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