September 23, 2005

ONE STEP FORWARD, TWO STEPS BACK:

Free school for one-girl families (Jyotsna Singh, 9/23/05, BBC News)

The Indian government says it will reward girls from single child families with free education and other benefits.

The move is intended to bolster India's dwindling female population and help promote population control.


More girls is good. Rewarding single child families insane.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 23, 2005 8:22 AM
Comments

More proof that social engineering is disastrous in more ways than can be predicted. The article said, one-girl families, not one-child families.

Posted by: erp at September 23, 2005 9:06 AM

If you ever realize that overpopulation is a problem, and is going to keep on being more of a problem, you might change your mind, Judd. I know thatyou are obsessed with fertility rates and demographics, but this is India we're talking about, have you ever been there? I have, and let me tell you that its a lot more crowded than New Hampshire. Howabout we start a program of adopting some of the millions of kids, who grow up crammed into living spaces like sardines, and let them start to fill the upper-middle class New England countryside? Or maybe India could just encourage a little restraint on childbearing. You pick.

Posted by: (rajiv jr.) at September 23, 2005 9:11 AM

Anon:
In "The Population Bomb" Dr. Paul Ehrlich suggested loaning India helicopter gunships to help "control" their excess population. He's your guru, why aren't you pushing for that? After all the only way to make the population go down quickly is to kill lots and lots of people. Don't forget that every single one of the Malthusians' predictions have been wrong, so why should anyone listen to you now?

PS: Don't be a baby. Use a screen name.

Posted by: Governor Breck at September 23, 2005 9:20 AM

"Overpopulation" by itself isn't a problem. Overpopulation when a country's economy cannot provide profit and opportunity for a substantial chunk of the citizenry is a problem.

Even then limiting population growth won't provide a solution.

Posted by: Ali Choudhury at September 23, 2005 10:37 AM

erp;

From the article:

single child families [emphasis added]

Person too wussie to leave even a psuedonymn:

Actually, OJ is on record as favoring massive immigration to the USA. That's what happens to drive-by trolls.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at September 23, 2005 11:07 AM

Actually, that comment strikes me as very Bart like. In any event, given how quickly a growing middle class lowers fertility rates, it's nuts for India to start adding to that pressure now.

Posted by: David Cohen at September 23, 2005 11:12 AM

AOG, If you're going to insist we read the articles before commenting, it will certainly put a crimp in my style.

Posted by: erp at September 23, 2005 12:50 PM
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