Is there really a population problem?
Yes, it might even be serious enough to call a disaster or a cataclysm, but the nature of the problem is just the opposite of what many people believe. Europe and Japan have been suffering severe economic and social problems since about 1990 because their fertility has been so low that they do not have enough young workers. These problems may be extended to the rest of the world fairly soon. Good economic policies can delay the onset of some of these problems and can partially overcome them, but they will soon be a drag on economics nearly everywhere.
The world has had fewer babies every year, but because there is so much false and misleading information, many people believe the problem is too many babies.
Advocates and opponents of population control hold markedly different world views, perspectives, concerns and inherent advantages in this ongoing struggle. Advocates of population control and forced population stagnation or even reduction perceive a need for fundamental change, arguing that increased human population is detrimental and will harm the earth over the long run.
Opponents recognize that people themselves are immensely valuable, with intangible worth that far outweighs their role as assets in such areas as economics, quality of life and scientific progress. Further, opponents of population control stress that the value of each person demands that population control advocates must base any argument for change on sound science rather than rhetoric and speculation, to avoid costly and damaging mistakes. Not only is it prudent to arm ourselves with the truth for the sake of educating others, but certainly to fight the battle that lies ahead.