This ratio of increase, though short of the utmost power ofpopulation, yet as the result of actual experience, we will takeas our rule; and say,
Population has increased far beyond what Malthus predicted possible, and starvation, in the First World countries at least, is not a significant problem.
In 1798, what seemed like a monumental amount of people is now nothing compared to the population of the world today; a trend which will continue just like the growth of Earth’s population.
72) This 'conclusive argument' by no means settled the debate; on the contrary, Malthus' grim predictions provoked a storm of rebuttals, which damaged but never quite destroyed the credibility of his theory.
During the 1930s Margaret Sanger openly supported the Nazi plan for genetic engineering of the German population, and the propagation of a "super race."
In Planned Parenthood's 1985 "Annual Report" leaders of that organization proclaimed that they were, "Proud of our past, and planning for our future." 3
How could anyone possibly claim to be proud of the organization founded by Margaret Sanger when history records that she wrote of the necessity of:"the extermination of 'human weeds' ...the 'cessation of charity,' ...
If the National Academy of Sciences was correct in their 1970 assessment that 500 million lives had been saved by DDT over a twenty-year period, then we have probably lost well over 600 million human lives during the past twenty-five years since advocates of population control succeeded in outlawing DDT.
Such a history would tend greatly to elucidate the manner inwhich the constant check upon population acts; and would probablyprove the existence of the retrograde and progressive movementsthat have been mentioned; though the times of their vibrationsmust necessarily be rendered irregular, from the operation of manyinterrupting causes; such as, the introduction or failure ofcertain manufactures: a greater or less prevalent spirit ofagricultural enterprize: years of plenty, or years of scarcity:wars and pestilence: poor laws: the invention of processes forshortening labour without the proportional extension of themarket for the commodity: and, particularly, the differencebetween the nominal and real price of labour; a circumstance,which has perhaps more than any other, contributed to conceal thisoscillation from common view.
One principal reason is, that the histories of mankind that wepossess, are histories only of the higher classes. We have but fewaccounts that can be depended upon of the manners and customs ofthat part of mankind, where these retrograde and progressivemovements chiefly take place. A satisfactory history of thiskind, of one people, and of one period, would require theconstant and minute attention of an observing mind during a longlife. Some of the objects of inquiry would be, in what proportionto the number of adults was the number of marriages: to whatextent vicious customs prevailed in consequence of the restraintsupon matrimony: what was the comparative mortality among thechildren of the most distressed part of the community, and thosewho lived rather more at their ease: what were the variations inthe real price of labour: and what were the observabledifferences in the state of the lower classes of society withrespect to ease and happiness, at different times during acertain period.
Edwards is a world-renowned biologist who led the fight in the 1960s to counter the propaganda program waged by environmentalists and population-control advocates to ban further use of DDT.
These considerations are calculated to prevent, and certainlydo prevent, a very great number in all civilized nations frompursuing the dictate of nature in an early attachment to onewoman. And this restraint almost necessarily, though notabsolutely so, produces vice. Yet in all societies, even thosethat are most vicious, the tendency to a virtuous attachment isso strong that there is a constant effort towards an increase ofpopulation. This constant effort as constantly tends to subjectthe lower classes of the society to distress and to prevent anygreat permanent amelioration of their condition.
So my chief quarrel with DDT,in hindsight, is that it has greatly added to the population problem." 25
In 1970 The National Academy of Sciences, in their book "Life Sciences," stated that,"In little more than two decades DDT has prevented 500 million deaths due to malaria."
To population-control advocates, this irresponsible preservation of human life was unconscionable, so they set out to outlaw further use of the pesticide.
Leona Thomas asks this question in her essay entitled, “Black and White.” As the child of a black father and a white mother, Thomas finds herself in a racial dilemma.