Population Trends and Demography, U.S. Foreign Assistance

Pearls of Wisdom

Carrie Epps is PAI’s Fall 2008 Communications Intern.


In addition to Tod’s post from last month, it’s not only world leaders, governmental officials, scientists, and scholars that are talking about population.  This Pearls Before Swine comic, printed in more than 400 newspapers worldwide and readily available on the internet, shows a definite mainstreaming of issues related to population.  That this comic has appeared during worldwide economic and ecologic uncertainty should be of no surprise. Having “pointed out the obvious,” our elected officials need to be addressing these issues in a more proactive fashion.  And they’ve got a lot of explaining to do.

The United States government in particular should explain why it contributes the least to population assistance when it holds a vast majority of the world’s wealth.  Also, when women have the right and access to reproductive health services in the United States, why does the government consistently undermine those services for women in the developing world?  Because when people start pointing out the obvious, it becomes increasingly obvious that the world can’t wait.

2 Responses to “Pearls of Wisdom”

  1. Steven Earl Salmony

    Saving the planet as a fit place for human habitation by our children cannot be relegated to a spectator sport.
    Perhaps expressions of intellectual honesty and moral courage in our time are radical activities because they are so rarely in evidence.
    Is it not yet time careful and capable people in large numbers begin to behave honestly and courageously rather than remain silent and comfortable by choosing to follow greedy, misguided leaders who are irresponsibly pursuing the patently unsustainable business-as-usual expansion of the global political economy, an unbridled, rampant expansion of big-business activities that is resulting in the massive extirpation of biodiversity, the relentless degradation of our environs, the reckless ravage of Earth’s body and perhaps the endangerment of humanity?
    Hurry up, please. Now is the moment for humane, civil action.
    Steven Earl Salmony
    AWAREness Campaign on The Human Population,
    established 2001

  2. Steven Earl Salmony

    The wisdom of taxing “fruits” from a poisonous tree……
    For a moment, imagine a situation in which unbridled greed is extolled as a virtue. Imagine circumstances in which pathological gambling activities, the conscious promulgation of fraudulent financial instruments and the consensual validation of patently unsustainable business practices have been surreptitiously insinuated into the global economy. Do you think it would make sense to place a tax on individuals and corporations holding obscene amounts {ie, more than one million dollars for individuals and one-hundred million dollars for corporations} of toxic, ill-gotten gains?
    Steven Earl Salmony
    AWAREness Campaign on The Human Population,
    established 2001

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