We must acknowledge the price to pay for letting families decide their fertility is that children will die. Because not all families can be, or will be, prudent.
The consequences can be delayed, but only at the cost of exacerbating the problem - saving children now is sacrificing manyfold more children later (and the later, the more).
modern population problem is that Westernization reaches everywhere,
and its first effect (as it was in the West itself) is to reduce child
mortality, and destabilize the balance of population and production.
simplify) Africa used to be a place of low population density and
plenty to eat (African almost certainly had more to eat per capita than Europeans through the past hundred of years) and it was not
until the 1960s (the Biafran war) that African became known as a place of endemic
starvation. Until then it had been a place of high death rates from disease, and plenty
to eat for those who did not die.
The population growth in the
third world is therefore a consequence of interaction with the West - especially Western medicine, public health and aid. For
a while the problem can be and was covered up by massive transfers of
wealth from the West - but these exacerbate the underlying imbalance ^.
The situation resulting is taken as a justification for totalitarianism
and a program of semi-deliberate mass demoralization by the government.
Since self-suppression of fertility is a 'natural' consequence of gross psychopathology among many mammals,
governments (ruling elites) gravitate towards inducing and maintaining gross
psychopathology in their populations.
Governments, the mass media, education systems, law... all have combined to live-out the role of cruel farmers who deliberately manage their animals to create a state of extreme chronic stress, such that the creatures will biologically shut-down their vital instincts.
So people will 'voluntarily' stop having babies - 'voluntarily' in a
similar sense that people with chronic schizophrenia 'voluntarily'
Fertility reduces and reduces, because people are made so confused and miserable because stressed so powerfully and unrelentingly that they self-suppress the very basic and
immensely powerful need for family.
The primary underlying method for inducing such a state is atheism in public discourse;
and the proximate strategy for inducing sexual suppression is the sexual revolution (this is made possible by atheism in public discourse - elite de facto atheism must precede the sexual revolution).
In the modern sexual arena, over the long run, anything is
permissible, indeed encouraged - so long as it leads to voluntary
The resulting state of bewildered chaos inside the heads of modern Man in relation to sex is the main strategic mechanism of population control.
Yet, because this process is covert and dishonest and denied (and
because people are not utterly corrupted, and probably never could be) there is
the residual compassion for actually-existing children - which is indulged
monomaniacally and without moral prudence, and channeled in such a way that inevitable outcomes are amplified because they are delayed; and problems because numbingly large, and a kind of dazed, transfixed
catatonia is the outcome - that characteristic state of mind of the compassionate modern ruling elite.
^Note: Twenty years ago I spoke with a publichealth worker about the usual fate of African aid for famine - he said that the limited food aid was used to feed children, consequently the adults died, and then the children died because they had nobody to care for them or raise food. If the famine lifted before all the children died, the survivors were dependent on aid for many years.