The problems with the “The Problem”

May 15, 2009 • Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Kurt Dahl for this article.

Incidentally, the opinions expressed below are those of Kurt Dahl. While I share some of his concerns, I do think that the problem of population growth can be solved without any form of coercion, with respect for the rights of women and men to choose the number and spacing of their children, and in the context of increasing per capita economic welfare as the number of capitas begins to decline. There are also many donors that recognize population growth as a concern, although there is no doubt that funding in the field of population remains insufficient to meet the needs for family planning information and services globally.

Some things are so preeminent within their context that they need no adjectives or explanation. Ask any American football fan what is referred to by “The Play” and they will tell you about the final play in the 1982 Cal/Stanford game when, after several laterals and a mad dash through the Stanford band, Cal scored the winning touchdown as time expired (do a Google search on “the play” and see for yourself). Likewise, “The Open” refers only to the British Open golf tournament, even though there are dozens of other “Open” athletic events.

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