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Review of “Population Control: Real Costs, Illusory Benefits”

mosherbook.jpgJoseph D’Agostinio says that Mosher, in his book Population Control, Real Costs, Illusory Benefits, “provides the material to counteract the overpopulation myth still dominant in the mainstream media,” and declares that his book “should be read by all those who want to know why thriving human populations are reasons to rejoice rather than fear” (in The Washington Times, July 27, 2008). I fear that, unfortunately, the major media will simply ignore this compelling book, one whose message sorely needs to be heeded and whose advice implemented for the good of our nation and of the whole world.

Mosher’s Message
Mosher’s message is multifaeeted. Since in a relatively brief review it is not possible to indicate every item, I will highlight major items found in it.

1.Why our planet’s population doubled from 3 billion in 1960 to 6 billion in 2000

Doomsayers like Paul Ehrlich and company attributed this to our breeding habits and claimed the only solution was to cut fertility rates as close to zero as possible. The truth is that this unprecedented increase in population occurred “because we stopped dying like flies. Fertility was falling throughout this period from an average of 6 children per woman in 1960 to only 2.6 by 2002. Life expectancy at birth, on the other hand, was steadily rising, climbing from 46 years in 1950-1955 to over 65 years from 2000-2005….Longer life spans…account for about half of all population growth over the last half century” (pp. 4-5).

2.The “White Pestilence”and the Emptying of Europeans from Europe

French historian Pierre Chaunu calls the infecundity of contemporary Europeans and their overseas descendants in Australia and New Zealand the “White Pestilence,” comparing it to the Black Death that decimated Europe in the 14th century. The population of no fewer than 13 European countries, including Russia, Poland, and Hungary in addition to Italy, France, Spain and  Scandanavia, has already begun to crash. If it continues 3 out of 4 Europeans will have disappeared by the end of this century with survivors averaging more than 60 years of age causing unbearable strains on social security and health systems; this will have occurred by mid-century for Italy, Spain, Austria and other lands despite recently initiated incentives (e.g., bonuses for more children) in some countries to encourage having more children. Soon Europe will be emptied of Gauls, Teutons, Britons, and Slavs, with survivors retreating to retirement homes as Neanderthals once retreated before the advance of the Cro-Magnons (pp. 6-11).

3. The Birth Dearth in Latin America, Muslim Countries, Japan, China, India, Korea

Despite images of teeming populations in Latin America and Islamic countries fostered by population controllers, the truth is that government enforced sterilization programs have dramatically shrunk family size in Latin America, where most countries, the United Nations Population Division reports, are now rapidly approaching replacement levels if not there already  (p. 12). The millions of Muslims flooding Europe are not driven there by population pressures in their homelands but rather are drawn in by the vacuum created by the White Pestilence. Although the Koran is pro-natalist, Mideast Muslim clerics, avidly recruited by those who regard new human lives as the gravest threat to our planet’s survival, have had great success in spreading birth control in Egypt, Iran, and elsewhere. By 2006 family size in Iran was 1.79 children and falling (pp.13-15). Government sponsored coercive efforts to reduce birth rates in China (the one child per family quota and forced abortion if this limit is exceeded) and India (mass male sterilization campaigns carried out under Indira Ghandi) are well known. Not so well known are the brutal measures initiated in 1961 by the South Korean government, at the insistence of the United States, to cut its birth rate. By the mid 1990s, when the government began to rethink its policies, the birthrate in South Korea had dropped to 1.7 children per family with an aging population, labor shortage, and abortions of girls in favor of boys (pp. 16-23).

4. Coercive Population Control in Nigeria

Mosher shows that the United States and its population control allies like the World Bank urge developing countries in Africa to declare their birthrate excessive and establish programs to drive it down. Because Nigeria was more resistant than most arm-twisting was more intense and more evident. Early efforts by the British colonial government and by International Planned Parenthood Federation, the Ford Foundation, and the U.S. Agency for International Development  (USAID) in the late1950s to get Nigerians to practice birth control failed miserably. The Nigerian people, then and later, viewed these efforts with hostility, as measures to keep them subservient to foreign governments. After 1968 the World Bank, under Robert McNamara’s lead, insisted that any country seeking World Bank money for economic development must include in its plans a population control component. During the Reagan and two Bush administrations USAID was forbidden to use population funds to perform abortions or lobby for their legalization. Nonetheless by 1987 “family planning” was to be explained to the Nigerian government according to a U.S. State Department document, as a service to help couples prevent “unwanted pregnancies,” secure “desired ones,” and limit family size in the interest of family health. The claim that the program would help Nigerians secure “desired” pregnancies was ludicrous because the entire thrust of the program was to prevent as many Nigerians as possible from conceiving and bearing children. This plan demanded that the many propaganda activities, including scholarships for Nigerians to study family planning in major U.S. universities who could then return home to spread the good news of birth control, must be carried out in a way to disguise involvement of the U.S. government. But the propaganda offensive in Nigeria was plagued by defection, corruption, and scandal and the identity of the United States as its principal backer became common knowledge. At that time abortion was unthinkable in Nigeria and Planned Parenthood of Nigeria was attacked for promoting use of “contraceptives” known to be abortifacient. In 1991 Nigerian Minister of Health Olikoye Ransome-Kuyi hinted that the military government was about to legalize abortion. This caused a backlash among the Nigerian people. The legalization of abortion came to an end in November 1993 when General Ibrahim Babangida, the Nigerian dictator, was replaced by the popularly elected Mohammed Sani Abacha trashed the population agreement with the United States. He died suddenly in 1998; the country is still unstable and vulnerable to anti-natal population controllers (pp. 101-120).

5.Human Rights and Reproductive Wrongs

Mosher offers detailed evidence to show that human rights, such as the right to free and informed consent to medical procedures, have been violated and women and men sterilized against their wills by government enforced “Ligation Festivals” in Peru, and by coercive insertions of IUD’s, vasectomies, and other horrors in El Salvador, Bangladesh, Mexico, North Korea and elsewhere (pp. 122-132). Moreover, forced sterilization programs in Peru and elsewhere specifically targeted the “lower castes” such as native Indians (see pp. 138-139). Congressman Todd Tiahrt introduced a bill passed by Congress in 1998 making coercion an unacceptable part of any population control program sponsored by the U.S. government; despite this law there is massive evidence that USAID funds  encourage various types of foreign governments to provide benefits only to those who agree to use modern “contraceptive methods” (pp.132-136).

6. Malaria and AIDs in Africa

Why has malaria, a disease easily prevented, regained a strong foothold in Africa? The reason is simply that U.S. foreign aid funnels vast sums into birth control programs while drastically reducing funds for basic health care; such aid fell from $50 million in 1985 to $10 million in 1994 when $400 million went to fertility reduction  programs.
Conventional wisdom claims that sub-Sahara Africa faces an AIDs epidemic because of sexual promiscuity. Mosher shows that this claim is utterly without basis and that the real cause of most cases of AIDs is use of infected needles for injections, again because funding of basic health care has tumbled while funding of antifertility programs has increased; injections by infected needles into women of contraceptives such as Dopo-Provera are among leading causes (pp. 174-194).

Mosher’s Advice
Mosher deeply loves his country, the United States of America. His message is that we are unfortunately perceived by millions in the developing world as “ugly Americans,” seeking our own self-interest and abetting in curtailing the birthrates of others, sometimes subtly encouraging coercive measures by their governments, in order to retain its hegemony. In its mildest forms our current policies encourage “a technocratic paternalism that effectively subjugates individual and familial fertility desires to the wishes of the state” (p. 255). His advice, presented in depth on pages 255-266, is many-faceted. In essence it calls on the President and Congress to get out of the population control mania, to invite recognized human rights groups to monitor population control programs operative throughout the world, to close the Population Office of USAId, and similar measures. Once steps like these have been taken we can attack the real problem: cascading birth rates around the world.