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Pros and cons of forced population control

Some people have suggested that forced population control is an efficient means of reducing the Tragedy of the Commons associated with our clean air and water resources. Provide an argument that would support this theory, and also an argument that would oppose this theory. Then, provide another possible solution that would rely on market mechanisms.

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Forced population control is a drastic measure. It violates human rights on many levels, and disrupts social balance. In almost every instance of forced population control, the ratio of boys to girls has risen. This is because the program has the most impact on poor rural people, who have traditional values and believe that sons are necessary to their family's success. Thus the brunt of the policy falls on infant girls, who are either killed or mistreated because of the family's desire to save their "quota" for a son.

However, it is clear that a smaller population will demand less resources. While the earth can support many people (the problem now is one of distribution of wealth) current projections on human population growth are frightening. Many argue that the exponential growth currently underway will lead to mass starvation if not curtailed soon.

Arguments against population control look at the ...

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Pros and cons of forced population control with regards to tragedy of the commons. An alternative market mechanism proposal.