5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE OVERPOPULATION MYTH
1. In 1798, British mathematician and clergyman Thomas Malthus was afraid the world would explode because of the poor (principle of scarcity). He said food increased slightly, while people increased exponentially. So there had to be a way to lessen their numbers.
2. In 1800, Sir Francis Galton coined the term “eugenics” and used population control as a means to further this movement. Eugenics is a belief in the possibility of improving the human race by selective breeding, and removing undesirable traits.
3. The Eugenics Societies of 1922, was a fight for genetic supremacy, became the dream of Adolf Hitler, Margaret Sanger, Alan Guttmacher, billionaires John D. Rockefeller Senior & Junior, Kodak founder George Eastman, etc. The Eugenics Society went on to found orgs like Planned Parenthood & Marie Stoppes International and Pathfinders International. Used humanitarian “reasons” for limiting births among the unfit as a campaign to liberate women from burdens of childbearing and to abolish poverty.
4. In 1968, Paul Ehrlich spoke of population explosion and the population bomb. Ehrlich said massive famines would destroy at the most optimistic view, 1/5 of humanity by the end of the 70’s and the planet would follow. This fear created the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The Philippines set up the Population Commission (Popcom).
5. Eugenicists introduced to gov’ts the idea of pop control as a political concern. Developed countries to control pop growth in less developed, predominantly dark-skinned countries. International agencies like UN, World Bank and IMF carried on population reduction activities. Pressured countries to comply with UN pop targets.