THE PEOPLE PROBLEM
Overpopulation is recognized as one of the greatest natural environmental disasters. Yet, corporations like people who are the consumers of products and services that enrich nations. There are some important questions to consider concerning the magnitude of this problem.
Could the initial rise of advanced civilization and technology be related to the rise of population? Could over-population result in over technologization and a regression away from progress?
A philosopher like me might conjecture that technology is inclined to outpace itself, and overstep its own best advances. For example, the canal systems in Ireland, England, and America were the most efficient way to transport goods over long distances with a minimum of pollution, noise, and expenditure of energy and waste.
The current world population is around eight billion. This dynamic places an immediate strain upon government, schools, courts, prisons, business, food production, resources, law and order, individual and moral respect –such that change cannot be accommodated under the current systems in place –but require entire new forms of education, politics, production, housing, and transportation.
It has already been proposed that the one-child-per-family law in China will result in the impoverishment of the elder class because there are not enough workers to pay into the medical and retirement systems to support the costs of the retired older population.
In America the relaxation of border protection has allowed millions of Mexicans and foreigners from other parts of the globe to enter the U.S. illegally. While American contractors employ these illegals for their personal profit, the counties and states were obliged to police, feed, educate, and nurse this foreign population at the taxpayer’s expense. This open border policy has impacted both America and Mexico in a negative way through expense and insecurity for the illegals.
In the Country of Mexico the rise of population has quickly outstepped social reform in aid to the acquisition of agricultural land and small businesses to help the Middle Classes. Now the government is so weakened that the Drug Cartels are better organized, armed, self-funded, smarter, and more agile than the nation in which they operate. These cartels will soon have, and in many instances have already, taken over the government in many South American and Central American countries.
The great movements of nationalization by the Holy Roman Empire, the Russian Tsars, Napoleon, Simon Bolivar, and Garibaldi were a boon for their times. But in our current times it must be seen that smaller states would rule more efficiently and successfully.
Today, radical religious agendas (in all religions) inspire terrorists who continually threaten world harmony. In reaction, these terrorist movements have caused democratic republics to pass extraordinary laws which actually undermine the Democractic institutions of the state.
Was the American Civil War a consequence of the displaced European and Irish populations who fled their homelands because of the potato famine? Were the First and Second World Wars a consequence of the Industrial Age where huge populations moved to the cities from the rural districts? Backtracking in time, were the French and Russian Revolutions the consequence of population shifts from the land to the urban civilizations? Great populations create great dynamics and even greater wars.