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The new breed of Malthusians


, : The new breed of Malthusians. Family Planning Perspectives 6(3): 158-159

Neo-Malthusians, publishing in popular rather than scientific journals, are predicting dire results from rampant population growth and recommending coercive remedies, e.g., mass sterilizations, child rationing, and controlled extermination. The hysteria is unwarranted. The fertility transition is already under way in many developing countries and will probably happen everywhere. Population growth slowdowns take time even if governmental policies are directed toward them. The arguments for future massive crises due to population pressure (war, famine, and pestilence) are unconvincing. Coercive measures to control population growth are unnecessary so long as the problem of unwanted births remains. Efforts to change motivation in the direction of lowering fertility may help. Governmental policies which reduce the benefits of large families, raise the status of women, and lower the necessity for many children will be effective.

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