In defense of the world government. Part 3: Population
According to the followers of the secret world government, one of the main aims of controlling society is the distribution of resources among people. The problem is that the population is growing every day, while the amount of resources is declining. That’s why they consider decreasing the population of our planet to be their primary goal.
The question is not whether there is or is not a secret world government, but whether or not our society and each one of us has enough willpower, common sense and awareness to survive the supercrisis and build a new, better world.
All eight Councilors take their places around an oval table, presided by the Chairman. The Stranger is on his right. There are tablets in front of everyone with a link to the projector. Everyone is silently looking at the Chairman.
Chairman: Dear colleagues! Once again, I welcome everyone here. I’m grateful to each of you for another year of great work. This year was not an easy one, and the next one will be even harder. The situation is such that our work becomes more and more difficult with every year. I am appealing to everyone to remain resilient in the face of the new challenges. I’m asking you to stay level-headed so you don’t mess things up. You know as well as I do where that road paved with good intentions leads. Let’s make this world a better place.
Ladies and gentlemen, I declare our Annual Report Meeting of the Development Commission open!
The hall fills up with applause. When the applause subsides, he continues.
Chairman: My friends,there is someone here with us at today’s meeting. He’s here by my personal invitation. I hope his presence doesn’t make you uncomfortable.
Stranger stands up and nods timidly to greet everyone.
Chairman: So, ladies and gentlemen, we traditionally start our meeting with a demographic report and then hear a report on natural resources. Madam Councilor I, please begin. (he points to the woman to his left and nods)
As Councilor I opens the presentation file in her tablet, the Chairman leans over to the Stranger and starts telling him something very quietly.
Chairman: This woman is from China, my friend. She has an excellent understanding of demographic issues. She also leads the advocates of the more radical population control methods and solutions for other global issues. She may seem cold and callous at first, but this impression is very deceptive, just take my word for it. There are good thoughts and deep feelings behind her cold-blooded decisions. But she tries not to demonstrate them, and she’s great at it.
Councilor I: Dear colleagues, I am sure that you have familiarized yourself with the figures I sent you a month ago. I won’t focus on them right now. Dry figures often distort the real situation. So, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to focus more on analyzing these numbers. And this is what I wanted to start with. As you know, the Golden Billion program will expire next year. A decade ago it became clear that this program would not be able to accomplish the tasks that we had assigned to it. However, the end of this program is a landmark for us and for the entire humankind. We have to take stock and develop a new program based on it, which should...
The Chairman leans over to the Stranger, covers his mouth with his palm and begins to speak quietly in his ear.
Chairman: So, my friend, here goes another myth about the world government.The Golden Billion theory was developed by very wise and intelligent people. But your colleagues have turned everything upside down, as usual. They present this theory to people as proof of the terrible intentions of villains who want to destroy most of the world’s population. I have to disappoint you: this theory was developed by people who were willing to give up their lives for the benefit of humanity. And this theory is not based on the speculations of psychopathic killers, but on accurate scientific calculations and analytical methods. In short, this theory aimed to equitably distribute all available resources among 1 billion people, so that every person on earth would have a minimum level of security for a decent existence - a roof over their heads, clothing, food and the opportunity to develop. On the other hand, nature’s welfare must also be taken into account. Mankind must not mercilessly exploit the planet and its resources.
Chairman: Our scientists have calculated that the maximum number of human beings that can exist on Earth for an unlimited amount of time and maintain a certain level of consumption without affecting the environment and nature is 500 million people. And if we factor in modern and future technologies, this figure may increase to 1 billion people. If the population exceeds one billion, its subsequent growth will inevitably lead to very grave consequences for all humanity. (straightens up and continues to listen to his colleague)
Councilor I: ...the Golden Billion program was thus only partially able to achieve the required results. The growth of the planet’s population has been partially contained. However, its annual growth remains disastrous, at around 80,000,000 people. That is the population of a country like Germany. But the most interesting thing is that the Golden Billion program had different success rates in different parts of the world.
Councilor I: In most developed countries, such as Europe, North America and Japan, it has accomplished most of its tasks, while for Third World countries and developing countries it has proven ineffective...
The Chairman put a tablet in the Stranger’s hands. A document with demographic statistics is open on screen. He points to one of the lines.
Chairman: (leaning towards the Stranger and whispering quietly in his ear) Look at this. The population of developed countries is decreasing and stabilizing, if we don’t factor migration in. And here are the figures for the rest of the countries – their population is growing, and very fast. Look at India and African countries. Africa’s population is growing many times faster than the world average.
Councilor I: ...the challenges of technology development and implementation were also only partially met. And once again, it’s all very erratic. In developed countries, energy-saving and environmentally sound technologies have become common, and in most developing countries the process is only in its early stages...
After the Councilor is done with her report, everyone starts talking quietly to each other.
Chairman: Councilor I, thank you for your statement. Now let’s analyze this information and share our opinions. Councilor G, do you have something to say?
Councilor G: Dear colleagues, I do not quite agree with the conclusions of Madam Councilor on the results of the Golden Billion program. As she correctly pointed out, numbers do not always portray the complete picture. I believe that the program can be considered more than successful. The most important achievement is that people’s worldview has changed greatly over the past 30-40 years. They’re not medieval savages anymore. Concern for the environment has already become a trend among the world’s population, and especially among young people, which us gives positive prospects for the future. Finally, we managed to keep the populations of China and the Soviet Union from mounting further. People’s self-awareness and responsibility are growing day by day. We need to extend the program for another 30 years, and then we will see positive shifts in numbers.
Councilor I: 30-40 years is way too long... Time is our greatest enemy. We don’t have those 20 years, Councilor G! And I think a lot of people would agree with me. We cannot afford to carry out educational propaganda for years and wait for at least 50% of the world’s population to reconsider and reach the needed level of development. I am not entirely sure that in a few decades we will have the required 50% who are capable of comprehending something... The population of Third World countries cannot be reduced without radical measures. You can see for yourself that neither poverty, nor the lack of medicine or any normal life conditions are holding back the growth of their population. Do not forget that the segment of the population on which you rely on for self-awareness and responsibility is ageing and dying out as fast as the backward countries are reproducing. So, we need to make the appropriate conclusions!
Councilor G: Exactly, Councilor, these countries are backward, just like you said. And why are they lagging behind? Isn’t it because we’re deliberately keeping them from developing? Maybe we should just try to focus on bringing these countries up to the level of developed countries. Maybe we should spend more money on child-rearing in these countries, on children’s education and development?
Councilor I: That’s right. We don’t let them move forward. That was a part of our plan. Remember...? Your proposal aims to accelerate the onset of chaos and suicide of the human species. Isn’t that true?
Councilor A: It is unlikely that we will be able to bring all these states to the required level in the next few decades. It’s a lengthier process, given the level of development of these countries’ populations, as well as their approaches and national specifics. No, forget it...
Councilor I: Hmm... (barely smiles and turns his head towards Councilor G, and staring at him) Well, what would you say to that, Councilor?
Councilor G: Of course, I am aware that it is one thing to propagate literacy, and another to inspire them with a new model of modern life. It’s certainly not an instant solution. On the one side is the school that will endow them with the right ideas, on the other – a family that won’t give up on traditions that are irrelevant in the modern world, forces kids to observe them, and clogs their minds with remnants of the past ...
Councilor F: It will be even harder in the more religious countries. Fighting religious stereotypes is the most difficult thing to do. I’m afraid 30 years won’t suffice...
Councilor G: You’re undoubtedly right. There’s no way we can get around the hardships and the time frame. But you’ve got to agree that it’s too late for us to begin educating people. That should have been done 30 to 40 years ago.
Councilor I: Dear colleague, you may have forgotten that we have actually elaborated models of this sort. All of them either yielded a negative result or required a very long implementation time – approximately 100-150 years.
Councilor G: Do you know why? Because we didn’t have the Internet back then. We were lacking speed for information exchange between people. Now, using modern information technologies we can get positive results in 30-40 years.
Chairman: But, as we’ve already mentioned, we simply don’t have this time... By the way, Councilor G, as I remember, you and Madam Councilor I also supervise the migration program. Tell us about its results.
Councilor G: (uncertain)... well, it’s been a while, it’s too early to judge its effectiveness, the program is still functioning...
Councilor I: Come on, Councilor G, let’s look at things soberly. This experiment had failed... (addresses the audience) As we all remember, the idea was to relocate a part of the population of the Third World countries to the developed countries in the hope that they would very quickly accept their more sophisticated values under the influence of more advanced societies. But that didn’t happen. They have no desire to adopt alien worldviews, and often don’t even want to learn a new language. As a result, instead of assimilation they simply form diasporas within the host society, with all the usual consequences. They preserve their way of life and give birth to 5-6 children each.
Chairman: And why does this happen?
Councilor I: It’s all very simple. It is no secret that the vast majority of immigrants comes from Muslim countries. Their women are responsible for raising children – because of their religion or the large number of offspring. They stay at home and can’t lead a social life. Without work and interaction, it is impossible to integrate into society, familiarize themselves with and grow closer to the country’s indigenous population. They are stuck at home, they teach their children their own ways and traditions, ignoring the way of life of the country they are now living in! That is why people in developed countries refuse to accept them, yet humbly tolerate them. How long will this last? Who knows...
Councilor D: On the other hand, despite the high level of tolerance in developed countries, migrants are still perceived as strangers. It makes them assemble into groups and live apart from the host society. Assimilation is out of the question under these circumstances.
Councilor I: When you come to someone’s home, you have to play by their rules and seek contact with them, not the other way around...
Chairman: Okay, ladies and gentlemen.We’re clear on that. (turns to Councilor I) Madam Councilor, as far as I understand, the demographic situation has not changed significantly in comparison with the previous years. Just like before, the population of developed countries is declining, and that of developing countries is growing. And what is happening with China?
Councilor I: (starts looking for something on the tablet) Yes. China. Of course... The situation is ambiguous. All the successes of the 1990s and 2000s are being gradually leveled off. As you all know, the ‘one family, one child’ policy was abandoned two years ago. Their population is still growing at 7-10 million per year. And all because of the pursuit of economic growth. (turns to Councilor A) Mr. Councilor, we have been discussing this issue for an entire decade. You know very well that maintaining the growth rate of the world economy requires a growing population, while we are working to reduce it. It is not profitable for countries to reduce their population size. First of all, it reduces the taxable base, and secondly, it creates a deficit of labor resources required for further economic growth. We’re in a vicious circle.
Councilor A: (makes a helpless gesture) We’re working on it!
Chairman: Ladies and gentlemen, let’s not get distracted by the economy, but get back to demography. Please tell me, Councilor I, are there changes in the reasons for the intensive population growth in developing countries? What are the key categories of these reasons at this point?
Councilor I: No radical changes. India’s population is growing at an annual rate of about 1.3%, which is about 18 million people. (sarcastically) Unless, of course, the Indian government is keeping something from us, they say they are doing everything possible to curb the population growth, which will soon exceed that of China. But the relatively low level of urbanization in the country, family traditions and the lack of a family planning culture are doing their job.
Chairman: I see. What about other countries?
Councilor I: In Muslim countries, too, the population is growing very intensively. But the reasons for growth there are more easily explained by religious factors. The religious segment of the population in these countries is very high. Abortions, and often even contraception, are prohibited for religious reasons. All attempts to introduce family planning are halted by religious prejudice and perceived as extremely hostile. In poor African countries, as well as certain states in South and Central America, population growth is driven by low education levels, lack of adequate health care, high child mortality and a complete lack of infrastructure for normal human development. In these countries, there is basically nothing else to do but give birth and raise children. In other countries, population growth is rooted in family traditions, as well as the ignorance of people who can find no other meaning in life than to raise offspring.
Chairman: Alright. Let’s sum up by recording the main reasons for population growth in developing countries. We’ll get back to them a little later and discuss them in more detail. So... (starts speaking and counting with the fingers on his right hand) ... one – family traditions, two – religious prejudice, three – low self-awareness, four – no other meaning in life, five – low-quality health care. I believe that’s all... (seems to be fooling around, as if he knows something else, but wants others to say it)
Councilor B: (raising right hand) Mr. Chairman, there is another factor. I believe it’s the leading one these days.
Chairman: Well, well... very interesting, what did we forget after all?
Councilor B: Councilor I mentioned this. It’s the reluctance of certain leaders to cooperate with us and to implement the programs required to reduce population and its environmental impact. Let me reemphasize that, in view of recent political developments in the world, this reason is coming to the fore.
Chairman: You’re quite right, Councilor, thank you. Indeed, ladies and gentlemen, I fully concur with Councilor B. Lock this item in your tablets, we’ll definitely get back to it. (bending another finger on his left hand and shaking it several times to attract everybody’s attention) Now let Councilor I continue, I think she is not finished just yet.
Councilor I: These are not all the demographic problems that we are facing today. The problem of population ageing is becoming increasingly more acute every year. As you understand, this mainly concerns the peoples of developed countries in Europe, America, Canada, Japan, Korea, etc. Our work on family planning and the promotion of individual freedom has worked 100% in these countries, but, of course, for locals only. This program has had very little impact on migrants. We already see the results, for instance, the average age of a European citizen is over 42 years. This puts an enormous strain on these countries’ pension systems. There are more and more dependents for every able-bodied citizen. Countries are partially addressing this problem by raising the retirement age and engaging able-bodied migrants.
Chairman: I see. Madam Councilor, is the population ageing at the same pace in cities and villages?
Councilor I: No, the villages are getting older much faster. The global urbanization process is continuing at a very rapid rate. Young people grab every chance they get to leave the village and move to the city. This gives rise to another problem - the average age of farmers in the world is decreasing every year, and today it is about 55 years in most of the planet’s regions. As a result, the growth rate of agricultural production is decreasing, which, together with other factors, is leading us to the most formidable food crisis.
A pause hangs at the table. Councilors start speaking quietly to each other.
Chairman: Ladies and gentlemen, do you have any questions for Councilor I about demographic issues? (looking over everyone at the table) If there are no questions, we will continue after a short pause.
Councilor A: Does our guest have something to add or tell us some important facts that we are still unaware of?
People at the table start laughing and discussing something inaudibly The Stranger opens his mouth, but can’t say anything.
Chairman: (turns to the Stranger, moves a glass of water towards him, whispering) Relax, they are just having fun... For the last 200 years, since Sir Thomas Malthus, we have been discussing demographic issues first, because they are the root of most other problems. And the second topic we usually discuss is resources. I hope you’re not bored, are you...?
Stranger: (whispering) Oh, no, sir! Not in the least! I’m delighted and shocked at what’s happening at the same time.
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