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The Question (ID Number 133)...

    Population control through conventional means is useless, as said by you and others. So how do we bring our population down to a sustainable level, without starving billions of people, and without resorting to the solutions that china found, which are very unpopular.

    ...and the response:

    Population control through "conventional means" is not useless (any more than a tourniquet is useless to prevent someone from bleeding to death from a wound); it's simply not the ultimate solution (just as the tourniquet is not the ultimate solution, which is to close the wound). I don't know who has suggested "starving billions of people" (certainly not I). China's "solution" is like pushing someone out of an airplane and expecting him to fly (and shooting him if he fails). If we continue to increase food production, our population will continue to increase. Policy must be built on facts---and that's a fact that no one has as yet tried to build a policy.


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