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China drops its 'one-child' policy, now let's ban the 'population bomb'

China drops its 'one-child' policy, now let's ban the 'population bomb'

Now that China has laid to rest its infamous "one-child" rule, it's time to retire the "population bomb" fears that inspired it.

The one-child rule grew from a population panic in the 20th century, when human numbers were growing at a faster rate than ever before (or since). The increase conjured a dystopian hell of environmental destruction, resource shortages and massive human suffering.

In 1968, for example, biologist Paul Ehrlich famously declared, "The battle to feed all humanity is over" — and humans had lost. He warned that hundreds of millions would starve to death in the next decade, and counseled "triage" in foreign aid...

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