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07/29/2012

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neh

Luke, Compulsory abortions can be traumatizing, but then, compulsory birthing can be equally traumatizing if not more so. Such that, it forces the mother to watch the child slowly starve to death or die due to the lack of resources to raise the child to adulthood. As in Africa and most of the Third World and a lot of First World countries; most unwanted children are simply released to the streets to fend for themselves. Moving through the streets of most urban complexes like packs of hungry wolves or sewer rats gleaning every morsel left behind.

So which is more humane? "Compulsory Abortion" or "Compulsory Birthing".

Jack

A whole "population" essay w/o mention of SS or changing demographics?

In the past many Asian or other "third world" nations the "SS" of the largely agrarian parents was the "security" of large families..... not much different from the US of the 19th century.

Christopher writes:

"The greater danger that many European and other developed countries are now beginning to face is a shrinking, aging population."

Counting a shrinking population as a "danger" points up the problem of the world's economies being unsustainable Ponzi schemes that only work when there is "growth".

A century, and say three doublings of per capita productivity gains ago, it may have taken some large number of "workers" to support an aging few. Today that should not be the case.

Consider: A growing population has to work hard to stay ahead on building homes, schools, infrastructure and supply the energy to feed it all. "Jobs" to be sure, but a stable population would benefit from having the homes and infrastructure used by their parents or grandparents.

"But what would they do?" Keep in mind the US is already 75% dependent on consumer spending...... so not much diff, we'd continue to take in each others laundry and swap lattes, but with more time to devote to science, the arts and endeavors other than keeping up with "growth".

Elliot Boudin

I have always heard about this policy but I appreciate the points you both have brought up. Some things I haven't thought about before.

Hanna Griesbach

As a mom it is so very hard for me to see this policy in place. I would have to be one of the ones to move to the farming communities - as much as I can't stand to garden - so that i could the family i so desire. My heart goes out the people of China.

Mia Hart

I would have to disagree with the one child policy. I was raised in a rather large family and loved every moment of it. Plus, I think it should be up to the parents to decide how many children they want, not the government.

Mia | Bedore Law

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