On the surface, the discussion and analysis in the so-called “Kissinger Report” may seem reasonable to readers, especially portions which purport to empathize with a scenario of dense overpopulation and the disease, famine and social unrest that could go along with it.
I think that, like economies, people themselves tend to self-regulate. If world population really hit the point where it would cause all these problems, then people wouldn’t get the sufficient nutrients to even be able to reproduce. Human ingenuity, misapplied to the business of warfare, instead could easily manage populating less habitable portions of the planet. And what about underwater cities? And most importantly, what about expansion into space? The latter is inevitable and will happen in my life time.
There are also ethical and moral ways of doing this even if it was necessary, namely through education. All the time and effort put into the kind of marketing and propaganda that keep people in hamster wheels of superficial popular culture distractions and pointless pursuits of petty, shiny baubles of consumption could be instead directed into such efforts.
Like economic central planners, “human resource” central planners justify their sociopathic and psychopathic tendencies to flock together to centers of power and plan in secret how they will manage the herds of the everyman with flowery rhetoric about ending human suffering from starvation and disease. Like economic central planners, their “good” intentions have unexpected consequences and ultimately fail time and time again.
Here are some poignant reminders of this agenda, from a declassified National Security Study Memorandum, #200, titled “Implications of Worldwide Population Growth For U.S. Security and Overseas Interests (THE KISSINGER REPORT)”:
Creating conditions conducive to fertility decline. For its own merits and consistent with the recommendations of the World Population Plan of Action, priority should be given in the general aid program to selective development policies in sectors offering the greatest promise of increased motivation for smaller family size. In many cases pilot programs and experimental research will be needed as guidance for later efforts on a larger scale.
37. There is an alternative view which holds that a growing number of experts believe that the population situation is already more serious and less amenable to solution through voluntary measures than is generally accepted. It holds that, to prevent even more widespread food shortage and other demographic catastrophes than are generally anticipated, even stronger measures are required and some fundamental, very difficult moral issues need to be addressed. These include, for example, our own consumption patterns, mandatory programs, tight control of our food resources.
There is great uncertainty whether the conditions for achieving food balance in the LDCs can in fact be realized. Climatic changes are poorly understood, but a persistent atmospheric cooling trend since 1940 has been established. One respectable body of scientific opinion believes that this portends a period of much wider annual frosts, and possibly a long-term lowering of rainfall in the monsoon areas of Asia and Africa. Nitrogen fertilizer will be in world short supply into the late 1970s, at least; because of higher energy prices, it may also be more costly in real terms than in the 1960s. Capital investments for irrigation and infrastructure and the organizational requirements for securing continuous improvements in agricultural yields may well be beyond the financial and administrative capacity of many LDCs. For some of the areas under heaviest population pressure, there is little or no prospect for foreign exchange earnings to cover constantly increasing imports of food.
Sterilization of men and women has received wide-spread acceptance in several areas when a simple, quick, and safe procedure is readily available. Female sterilization has been improved by technical advances with laparoscopes, culdoscopes, and greatly simplifies abdominal surgical techniques. Further improvements by the use of tubal clips, trans-cervical approaches, and simpler techniques can be developed. For men several current techniques hold promise but require more refinement and evaluation. Approx. Increased Cost $6 million annually.
Update 04 Oct 2012: Forgot to take note of this whole overpopulation fear meme, particularly about “how will we grow enough food” yadda yadda well… If the Dervais family can grow 6000 pounds of organic, non-GMO food on 1/10th of an acre and even keep chickens and ducks and still have surplus to sell to local restaurants to the tune of about $20,000 a year, I doubt overpopulation will ever become an issue. Besides, that’s why we’re colonizing other planets.