Initiatives v Oligarchy

Our Founders' Warning: “Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.” (Thomas Jefferson)

World Population and Overcrowding (Global Issue)

World Population in Billions: UN Data
World Population in Billions: UN Data

In the last century the world population has quadrupled from 2 to 7.6 billion people in 2017, despite two major world wars, many smaller wars, numerous genocides, and plagues. The power of population is so superior to the power of the Earth to produce subsistence for man, that premature death or lower birth rates must eventually occur. The United States is blessed with a lower population density, more wealth, and more fertile land compared to most of the rest of the world. It means that additional immigrations pressures are probably inevitable and require an adequate response by U.S. Citizens through their government

Due to the divisive issue of legal and illegal immigration across the porous Mexican land border, the issue of world immigration pressure has not received as much concern in the U.S. as it deserves. But if the world population growth rate is high or medium (see World Population graph), then substantial additional legal and desperate illegal immigration are an inevitable consequence. A porous Mexican border will increasingly become an attractive route to immigrants and refugees from many more countries around the world.

The World Population problem is compounded by the rapid advancements in curing diseases not only by well-know technologies but by the growing evidence that many diseases (e.g., Hemophilia) may be permanently cured and eradicated by new gene technologies (e.g., CRISPR-Cas9 and Cpf1), permitting longevity well beyond current limits and creating profound ethical questions.

Other governments, especially China, are responding to these developing population problems and technologies such as CRISPR; Congress seems unaware of the changes. U.S. Citizens can take a leadership role by Initiatives to address these issues in the U.S. and encouraging other nations to do likewise, before the world’s population exceeds its supply of land, food, water, and other vital resources. Action by the People should probably start by an Advisory Initiative and proceed if appropriate after that information has been digested.