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Over-Population: The Malthusian Myth That Refuses to Die

A dangerous idea makes a comeback.

The word “ethics” frequently appears in the biographies of the authors who penned a recent Washington Post op-ed lamenting the “taboo” associated with “talking about overpopulation.” Frances Kissling is the president of the Center for Health, Ethics, and Social Policy. Peter Singer is a professor of bioethics at Princeton University. Only Jotham Musinguzi, the “director general of Uganda’s National Population Council,” manages to avoid distorting the definition of the word by attaching his name to this piece. The prescriptions Malthusian ethicists like these apply to the forever-looming population crisis do not have much to do with ethics.

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