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Fruitcake Population Policies Go Unquestioned The editors of China Daily share the Wall of Shame today with its forum readers whose comments are published in Will Push to Up Birthrate Work? This little piece begins with an Editor’s Note: “Far fewer couples than expected have applied to the authorities to have a second child, a year after the country eased its family planning policy. Some even said the one-child policy should be fully relaxed, with all married couples strongly encouraged to have two children. Will these efforts to increase the birthrate work? Our forum readers share their opinions here and you are also welcome to add yours.” This...
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Truthout Scores a Near-Miss on Overpopulation Reporting I’m not a fan of “population control.” Never use that phrase. I believe couples the world over will voluntarily choose to have very small families if they have full information about the world’s current state of overshoot, and if they have access to affordable contraception. No control needed. So this headline caught my eye: Addressing Population Growth - Through Freedom, Not Control - Is Crucial to Confronting Climate Disruption Seemed a likely candidate for the Wall of Fame at Growth Bias Busted. The piece itself, however – written by Truthout staff reporter Dahr Jamail – turns out to be a rather...
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NYU Unsustainable Urban Expansion Program Thanks to Participant Media’s TakePart website for the photo essay, The 10 Least Affordable Housing Markets in the World. It’s based on data from the 11th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey. What TakePart’s Liz Dwyer did is distill a 69-page report into this list of the least affordable cities: Hong Kong Vancouver Sydney San Jose San Francisco Melbourne London San Diego Auckland Los Angeles The ranking takes income levels into account, so a city with high housing costs but high average income makes the list only because the housing prices are super-high even in relation to incomes. Note that the...
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McChurch of McGrowth Everlasting: WSJ Touts New Hymnal from McKinsey Wall Street Journal national economics correspondent Nick Timiraos likely got the facts right in his recent post in the Journal’s Real Time Economics blog, Declining Population Could Reduce Global Economic Growth By 40%. “Declining population growth that shrinks the pool of available labor over the next 50 years will reduce by 40% the rate of growth in global economic output for the world’s 20 largest economies compared to the past 50 years, according to a new study.” No doubt we’ll see a much lower rate of global economic growth going forward. The big productivity gains have been had. Population growth is...
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China to Require Frequent Unprotected Sex Every now and then a story appears that just REQUIRES immediate posting on the Wall of Shame. Do not pass Go; do not collect $100. Such is the case with the recent public policy recommendation from Mei Zhiqiang, deputy head of the birth-control bureau in China’s Shanxi province: China Official Wants to Force Couples to Have Second Child The headline might just as well have been: China: Not Miserable Enough, But Working On It In a world obsessed with the Holy Grail of economic growth, the slowing rate of population growth has recently spawned an epidemic of birth-dearth fears. It’s difficult...
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N. America Leads Race to Finish Off Human Civilization Fear not. While Europe isn’t doing its part and China is starting to slack off, in the race to liquidate the Earth’s life-support capacity, North America is killing it. Retired U.S. Army general David Petraeus and Brookings Institution senior fellow Michael O’Hanlon make the Wall of Shame today for a recent Washington Post op-ed that reinforces seriously outdated myths about competition and exceptionalism. In America on the Way Up, Petraeus and O’Hanlon begin with the unexamined assumption that increasing consumption and a growing economy are positives: “Short-term economic trends in the United States are encouraging. Unemployment is down, growth is up, deficits...
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