VIDEO: Is Overpopulation Really a Problem?

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A few years back, in “The Last Taboo,” MoJo‘s Julia Whitty wrote about the thorny issue of overpopulation—and the “conspiracy of silence” that surrounds it. The topic has become so controversial that hardly anyone (not the Vatican, lefties, conservatives, environmentalists, or even scientists) is willing to talk about it. But not everyone believes that the world has too many people. Last week, Julia was on PBS Need to Know facing off with Phillip Longman, author of the book The Empty Cradle: How Falling Birthrates Threaten World Prosperity and What To Do About It. Longman argues that not only have we solved the problem, we’re actually in the midst of a precipitous population decline. Here’s the segment:

 

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