Population on the Loose

Population on the Loose

Population on the Loose

Population on the Loose

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Hunger is pinching the faces of hundreds of millions of human beings because of the fact, widely recognized now, that the world has too many people; but the main trouble is that the distress is not static; it intensifies. Even since 1940, while the plight of the world has been bad and getting worse, its people have increased by more than 200,000,000. The increase alone is more than the total population of all North America.

To Americans such matters are more important than ever before, because America has undertaken what many interpret to be a sort of stewardship of the world. Our government is sure to make a reproachful failure of the job -- just as it has made a shameful fiasco of our Puerto Rican stewardship -- until Americans see population forces in the role of cause.

Population causes frequently lead to political consequences. Sometimes people have bartered their freedom for the promise of food. Sometimes people have rebelled against government because their poverty was too bitter. But neither the promise of food nor the struggle for freedom has often given any sound basis for hope -- because both food and freedom depend largely on conditions of . . .

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