Some people, especially those who don't know about the history of population control, quote the recent Energy and Environment concerns to justify population control measures which have been undertaken worldwide, and of course, here in Karnataka and India at large.
They forget that the pioneers of birth control could simply not have used Energy and Environment concerns in their discourse. The concerns did not exist then. What they did use was the food-shortage and racist arguments. The first one is disqualified by statistics, and the second one can never be qualified by ethics.
Therefore, using Energy and Environment concerns to justify the population control program which has been put in place already is a logical fallacy.
It's like killing someone today and justifying it next year with the claim that the dead person would have died because of tuberculosis anyway.
Nothing above should give the reader the impression that I'm accepting the Energy and Environment reasons as justification for population control now. I'll get to it in a separate post. It's a different topic.
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Posted by Kiran Batni on Oct 23, 2010