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Dr. Jacqueline Kasun, professor of economics at Humboldt State University in California, observes in her 1988 book The War Against Population that:
The lower limit of 8 times the current population (about 44 billion) has been considered as being perfectly workable.
According to Dr. Kasun,
Former Harvard Center for Population Studies Director Roger Revelle estimated that the agricultural resources of the world were capable of providing an adequate diet (2,500 kilocalories per day) for 40 billion people, and that it would require the use of less than 25% of the Earth's ice-free land area.
Revelle estimated that the
less-developed continents were capable of feeding 18 billion people,
and that Africa alone was capable of feeding 10 billion people, or
twice the current world population, and more than 12 times the 1990
population of Africa.
In the September 1976 issue of Scientific American, Dr. David Hopper asserted that the worlds "food problem" does not arise from any physical limitation on potential output or any danger of unduly stressing the environment.
The limitations on abundance are to be found in social and political structures of nations and the economic relations between them. In fact the planet, during its least populous years, suffered from hunger and famine. It was only when state political controls receded in the late 19th century that hunger also began to recede.
With the rise of Communism, welfare states, fascism and international corporate capitalism (all forms of Darwinist Socialism), many of the destructive controls preventing adequate growth and distribution of resources returned.
Since absolute cooperation and free-market planetary economic is
counterproductive to global socialist and capitalist goals, it is
quite apparent that the myth of overpopulation is a form of attack
on this same free market, even though no more lawlessness and evil
use of men and materials exists than under Socialism.
Taiwan, with a population density of five times that of China, produces 20 times as much Gross National Product than China. Similarly, Singapore, with a density of 11,910 per square mile, enjoys a per capita GNP of $8,782, while Ethiopia, with a density of 101 per square mile, has a per capita GNP of $121.
The real problem is that big government is the greatest obstacle to the social advancement of the human race.