And while organizations like the Population Institute and the United Nations Population Fund are working to promote the human rights and environmental consequences of overpopulation, not everyone views the newest population estimates with pessimism.
Coercion is a dirty word to most liberals now, but it need notforever be so. As with the four-letter words, its dirtiness canbe cleansed away by exposure to the light, by saying it over andover without apology or embarrassment. To many, the word coercionimplies arbitrary decisions of distant and irresponsiblebureaucrats; but this is not a necessary part of its meaning. Theonly kind of coercion I recommend is mutual coercion, mutuallyagreed upon by the majority of the people affected.
Includes "From Freedom to Bondage," by Herbert Spencer.
Nine billion is an exceptional amount of people, considering the world's population only reached 1 billion in 1830, according to the Population Institute, a nonprofit organization that works to fund population and family planning programs around the world.
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"In America there existed, until very recently, a set ofconditions which perhaps made the solution to Hardin's subsetpossible; we lived with the myth that we were 'one people,indivisible. . . .' This myth postulated that we were the great'melting pot' of the world wherein the diverse cultural ores ofEurope were poured into the crucible of the frontier experienceto produce a new alloy -- an American civilization. This newcivilization was presumably united by a common value system thatwas democratic, equalitarian, and existing under universallyenforceable rules contained in the Constitution and the Bill ofRights.
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(3) that the administrative system, supported by the criterionof judgment and access to coercion, can and will protect thecommons from further desecration." [p. 55]
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"In the United States today, however, there is emerging anew set of behavior patterns which suggest that the myth iseither dead or dying. Instead of believing and behaving inaccordance with the myth, large sectors of the population aredeveloping life-styles and value hierarchies that givecontemporary Americans an appearance more closely analogous tothe particularistic, primitive forms of 'tribal' organizations ingeographic proximity than to that shining new alloy, the Americancivilization." [p. 56]
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(2) that, possessing this criterion of judgment, 'coercion canbe mutually agreed upon,' and that the application of coercion toeffect a solution to problems will be effective in modernsociety; and