There's this great book called "Sex in the Heartland" that examines the effects of the sexual revolution in the uber-religious Midwest (Kansas, specifically) and it reveals that the groundswell that lead to Roe vs. Wade was, even then, not really concerned much (if at all) with women's health but with crime and overpopulation. "The Population Bomb" probably had as much to do, at the time, with the legalization of abortion in the United States than anything else.
Not that I'm at all arguing against contraception/abortion here. I feel like kids should be taught about that stuff as soon as they can start forming words.
At one time, Warren Buffett's fortune was going to Planned Parenthood, and the Bush dynasty were firm believers in population policy.
"The Population Bomb", "Limits to Growth", "Overshoot" and "How Many People Can the Earth Support" were less wrong than simply early. The Green Revolution allowed effective arable acreage to be expanded with fossil fuel nitrogen, mined potassium/phosphorus, and aquifer depletion. All finite resources, it was fun while it lasted.
We can make rough estimates on present carrying capacity, but the post climate change, or worse, post-minable phosphorus carrying capacities make population policy a humanitarian issue. I suspect the world will address it later this century with fences and famine as Horse latitude deserts expand. Kinda glad I won't be around to experience the worst of it.
It's kind of amazing that this sort of movie needed to exist less then one generation ago to introduce the amazing future technology of having less children.
This smells like Nelson Rockefeller all over.
Did anyone else hear Raul Julia every time the Everyman spoke?
Daisy aborted her child. She broke the egg.
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Dear Mexican people: Stop pooping out so many goddamn kids.
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Hey, I saw that MetaFilter thread too!
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