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Population Control for the Philippines


It’s Christmas and countless poor and destitute families have descended upon the city in droves in order to make the most of the relatively generous sentiment that grips the general citizenry during this time. Driving down Gilmore Avenue, you see entire makeshift villages spring up by the side of the road like the camps of the Roman legion. What bothers me the most is the sheer number of children that make up these seasonally nomadic communities.

Like most poor countries, the Philippines has a growth rate that far exceeds 2% per year. In some urban areas the figure exceeds 3%. Why is this so? There may be many reasons, but ultimately, I suspect that it is a Tragedy of the Commons as discussed by Garret Hardin.

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The environmental question


This post is dedicated to Steve.

Every day, we are bombarded with dozens of dire warnings with regard to the environment. Over a dozen environmental issues compete for our attention. And while the awareness of the plight of our planet has advanced greatly in the past 15 years, it has also suffered because of a lack of focus and, in my opinion, an intolerable degree of misguidedness.

What is most alarming to me is that no one is focusing on the real source of our problems–the size and frightening growth of our own human population.

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