Thanks to Mark O’Connor for this paper by Australian Labor MP Kelvin Thomson, in which he proposes his “Witches’ Hats” theory of government — a theory that places central importance on rates of population growth. To download the paper, visit https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B5F-idWfw7TeZTY1NWFlMjEtZWQyMS00MWY1LTljOGEtOGFhOTQ0NTBjZTg5&hl=en_US
Democratic politicians, says Kelvin, are often bluffed by lobbyists who convince them that what is good for business is good for their or their governments’ political longevity — and that since population growth is good for business (or at least for big business, since it provides more customers) it must good for the Parties they belong to.
The reverse is the case, he says. It’s not just in unstable states that rapid population growth is bad for political stability. Even in securely democratic countries, population growth destabilizes leaders and governments.
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