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Old June 9th, 2018 (2:50 PM). Edited June 9th, 2018 by MortalPhoenix.
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    Is it ethical for a government to take steps to manage the growth of the population it governs?
    It depends on how it is done. Personally, I don't want laws like in China which restricted people to having one Child.

    Government does need some control over the population, but how it goes about it matters. At the very least, the Government should try and maintain a fertility rate of 2.1, but put in laws and programs that influence to that rate without forcing people into a straight jacket.

    From wikipedia, but it summarizes some information from Crisis in the Population Question.

    "The book deals with the consequences of continued low fertility in Sweden. Sweden was threatened by population decline and thus reduced productivity and standard of living. The authors advocated a series of social reforms in order to overcome this problem."

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crisis_in_the_Population_Question
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    If it's really severe, like in India or China, I think maybe some measures might be warranted, though these need to be well vetted to make sure they don't end up causing unintended consequences (like families abandoning, killing, or selling children for financial reasons as happened in China). Anywhere else, no.

    I will never support any kind of hard limit on children because I believe people have a right to procreate as long as they're able and willing to do what's necessary to support a family. I'm also not sure I buy the idea that overpopulation is this huge impending disaster that's going to affect everyone, and even if it was, I think there are other solutions we can pursue that won't infringe on basic human freedom.
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