Population Growth and Jobs!

I have been known to go on and on about a burgeoning global population and a diminution in available resources and an explosion in atmospheric pollutants.

So – nothing has changed. The other night I was watching the news with the person who shares my life and has to listen to me go on and on and I was struck by the seemingly never ending problem of jobs, jobs and more jobs needing wages, wages and more wages.

Last Saturday I was standing, in my role as one of the women in black who silently protest war of any kind, behind a group of different fellows, one with a foghorn, decrying the impending cuts to public services which will thereby end the careers of some of those who want to work within the public service.

‘No cuts to public service jobs’, the megaphone bellowed, not for the first time. Well, that seems reasonable enough. Then your brain kicks in and lets you know that we have a global population of some 6.8 billion people and the number is growing exponentially, even if the graph has started to flatten a little. At the same time we, clever little species that we are, have devised labour saving devices and easier ways of doing virtually everything so that fewer and fewer people are required to work 40 hours per week (or has that been cut too to 38). Those in ‘management’ seem to being working at least 70 hours a week and keeling over like flies due to alcohol abuse, and heart disease. The stats tell of men succumbing to heart disease in their late forties. Glad I am in my sixties and a woman!!

Mind you there are jobs that seemingly will always need to be performed by people. You know, those ghastly jobs like street sweeping (even that is partly mechanised), spearing crappy rubbish dropped by crappy citizens on the public byways (can’t see a huge vacuum cleaner hovering over the parks and streets, can you?) and etc. Waiters can be replaced by robots and buffet but the well dressed debonair waiter will always have a job. By the way, I reject the politically correct whim that refuses to use the generic masculine and contributes wilfully to the untidiness of our language by using clumsy plurals to describe the singular case of both masculine and feminine. But I know I am fighting a losing battle.

It would appear that the average white, anglo male and/or female eschews these so-called menial jobs in favour of the carroty better-paid work they are promised by their educators if only they finish their O levels and entrance to Uni or College and pursue a degree in Media Studies or Economics (ahem) or accounting (smile). It all depends on how many graduates in any one area are being produced. My bet is it won’t be doctors for a while and dentistry may not take off for a generation. Lawyers seem to be a growth industry and litigation consumes legislators who bend over backwards to allow anyone to sue anyone else. Therein madness lies and it shows.

Then there are those who want immigration curtailed because ‘they are taking good British/American/Australian jobs’.

Does it seem to you there is a disconnect somewhere in all this? It certainly does to me. And has been doing so since the 1970s and that’s only because that’s when I became aware of this phenomenon.

Given that we are becoming more adept at making less work for ourselves and given that the latter day Marxists are mega phoning about needing more employment I have decided, after this enormous preamble, to list my solutions to this dissonant problem of global overpopulation and its attendant effect on our living circumstances.

The majority of post industrial nations have a low birth replacement rate. This is good but perceived as bad because the less smarts appear to have more living offspring and benefit from the smarts’ research into child (and adult) mortality. This means that the not-so-smarts stay alive longer and will eventually threaten the smarts who have their living habitat under control (but only just and far less than they fool themselves into thinking they have).

We bought a new car recently; a small car, cute as a button, excellent fuel consumption and subject to no road tax (registration fees) because its CO2 emissions fall below a level set by the government as being less environmentally harmful. The lack of road tax is seen as an incentive for people to replace the old gas guzzlers with a more fuel efficient vehicle.

At the moment most countries favour families by granting a family allowance to parents for each child in the family. Some countries, like Australia, even give a bonus (of $A5000) to the mother for popping out a third child. The raison d’être for this is to populate Australia with white anglos and reduce the number of non-white immigrants – but no one puts it that way. By some accounts Australia is way over-populated already and needs to reduce its coast-hugging population by some two to three million.

The total value of benefits afforded to families with more than two children amounts to some $A5,000 in tax revenue to the government. My solution to this is to tax every family (regardless of the country the family resides in) on its third and subsequent child thus:

3rd child = marginal tax rate + 20% and a reduction in medical and pharmaceutical benefits available to that family.

4th child = marginal tax rate + 35% and a denial of medical and pharmaceutical benefits to that family.

5th child – well that should have stopped them from producing more children at any rate. No one will be able to afford anything more than replacement and that will work out fine – given a generation or two, should we survive that long.

Provide free abortion on demand and free prophylactics available to every person having reached sexual maturity. Forget parental and/or religious permission. The ridiculously named moral majority that can’t recognise human sexuality as extant in our populations need to pull its head in.

We seem to have enormous intellectual difficulty understanding populations; we can really only see individuals. So individually we can have children and not appreciate the effect of all of us doing that on the global population. So no one can actually understand that global population is affecting this system called the world. And we have to understand that in order to survive.

Meantime we have the Roman Catholic pope denouncing prophylactics in Africa. More children, more AIDS – let’s diminish their population – well you can’t blame me for suspecting that it is a motive! And the prick will be welcomed into the UK at a tax cost of some £20 Million which could be better spent keeping our hospital workers in their jobs.

This has to be the end of this particular rant. I have decided that I will rant about population and its ramifications every week on a Wednesday. It will inject a bit of order into the proceedings (I hope).

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