If population growth continues which form of world governance will prevail?

By Donald A. Collins | 18 October 2019
Church and State

The journey between connecting to the MRT lines and the LRT lines in Pasay, Manila, is a maze full of people competing for limited space both in the trains and moving between stations. (Credit: Wayne S. Grazio / Flickr)

This remarkable video by Harvard professor David Sinclair suggests that all humans now alive could live healthier and much longer than most of us do now!

How exciting, particularly for people like me—now healthy but almost 89!

One of the basic concerns of numerous thoughtful people has to be about the huge acceleration in population growth in my lifetime from 2 billion to almost 8 billion!

If Sinclair’s work could add significant years to 8 billion of us or to the 10 billion of us here by 2050 would that be good or an utter disaster?

Certainly progress in medical breakthroughs has been a significant factor in the growth in human numbers already.

So religious, tribal and ethnic factions have seen separatism as enabling leaders to emerge, consolidate and enlarge their temporal power which all to often leads to the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse in some cases.

Now the impact is worldwide and the need to grow more food, kill more living creatures and govern more errant populations is not a winning game on a finite planet.

So do we opt for a Democratic form of world order or will the President Xi Jinping model prevail??

That’s the unanswered question.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC., has spent over 40 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013.

From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013

By Donald A. Collins
Publisher: Church and State Press (July 30, 2014)
ASIN: B00MA40TVE
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2 COMMENTS

  1. Have Less Kids. The simple solution. World population will reduce dramatically soon, either by human and humane choice, or, much more likely, by disasters, lack of resources and warfare. The choice is ours.

  2. A majority of the population in the middle class is healthy but with massive population growth and numerous future challenges facing modern society it is likely we will see
    An increasingly uneven distribution of wealth and power to the point that it may actually divide humanity.

    If we want to avoid this we must improve the liberal democratic model by initiating better democracy and allowing citizens a say on important individual issues.

    If we don’t have a system where citizens feel they actually have a voice then it will only result in Long term pain when the lower classes begin to reject the system that keeps them voiceless.

    If citizens could have referendums on important issues at the same time as elections imagine how much pressure this would take off our politicians who could instead of playing politics could now be tasked with implementing the will of the people.

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