Population control

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This page is about cooperative brainstorming on the best population control methods. Population control methods will be required as the population will need to be brought back to 1/3 of the current levels. More info on this can be found on Juridical_national_measures_on_climate_change (Objective 5).

Birth control[edit | edit source]

Following section is set about the best way to implement birth control. The best way is offcourse a birth control method that implements eugenics and tries to improve the genetic make-up of the population by selecting the best (most physically strong, smart) people and letting only those people to breed. Eugenics is best practiced to allow additional advantage for the nation and its people (less expenses in healthcare, less disease and suffering for the persons otherwise affected, ...)

First method (wealthy nations)[edit | edit source]

This first method is for wealthy nations as the ways the selection/breeding process done will be quite costly. For developing nations, more regular population/birth control (aswell as eugenics) can be used, but without many of the special techniques (DNA-screening and possibly IVF and PGD/PGS) used here.

Selection of persons qualified to reproduce[edit | edit source]

Section A

  • By first filling in a question list. This question list asks questions on the bloodline/hereditary roots (genetic disorders of father/mother/uncle/...) and on the basic physical condition/appearance of the person itself (achievements in sports exercice, shape of body and muscular strength, ...).

Additional steps for wealthy nations[edit | edit source]

Section B This step is optional, but would implement a high gain when implemented. Also, giving the high number of population we are currently having, the increased fallout of persons which will not qualify (as the criteria will now be exeptionally high) will not be a problem. As such, full gain can be had from this high number of candidates.

  • After the first selection done by question list and DNA-screening, the still available candidates are again compared. Now, rather than selecting based on the couple, the best competitors are chosen seperatly (thus to make children from people that do not know each other).
  • Cells can be used to make a single specimen or several specimens from which the best specimen can be selected (trough IVF, PGD/PGS)

Continue from section A or B[edit | edit source]

  • The specimen can now be implanted with anyone who wants children (gestational carrier). Note that, perhaps, if there are not enough couples willing to have a child (from another couple/selected man and female), the gestational carrier may be payed by the state itself for proven services rendered.

Note: Still need to examine whether the gestational carrier can still alter the genetic makeup/DNA of the specimen after implantation. If so, additional measures/reworking of the steps may be required.

Second(airy) method(s)[edit | edit source]

Objections to the first method (which are almost certain to arise) can trigger the need for a reworking or alternative method (for certain countries). Alternative methods can be made from the first schematic by leaving out steps as required (eg to maintain couples of having a child together rather than selecting from the most qualified man and female, leaving out PGS/PGD (to reduce cost), ...). The first schematic has by the way been made especially modular for this purpose.

Alternative system of family[edit | edit source]

Depending on the system chosen above, choosing a alternative social structure is also a possibility. Besides being a relationship, a family is also the main component that automatically provides residence to an individual. Using this kind of method to provide residence/safety for the individual has some flaws:

  • if the individual has the fortune of being conceived in a family of which the parents are friendly and allow the child sufficient freedom of choice, the individual may feel that he is "in the clear" and cannot get homeless or deteriorate his life by much, no matter what
  • if the individual has the misfortune of being conceived in a family of which the parents are unfriendly or violent and/or do not allow the child sufficient freedom of choice, the individual may not become a good employee (e.g. if he dislikes the job; by being pushed into it by his parents, ...) and generally may not have a produceful nor happy life
  • the individual may in both cases not be so focused on being innovative, or becoming very adept in a job, ... hereby decreasing the economy

Therefore, a alternative could be that the government provides financial support to the age of 18 combined with a free choice of education (so that the individual may train himself optimally to a job he chooses). As no further financial certainty is guaranteed, the individual will be heavily encouraged to become proficient in a job, be innovative or find other means to ensure a financial means of existence. Conception of the individual itself would be government-chosen; with the use of surrogate mothers/fathers.

This method could thus be economically more attractive to the state and it also provides other benefits (eg increased globalisation; as the individual may travel around without being tied to anything, ...)

Discussion questions and essay ideas[edit | edit source]

  • What ethical considerations should be taken into account when thinking about "population control"?

Learning readings[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia[edit | edit source]