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This e-book is about smaller families - one child, or perhaps a child-free life. While women in most of the world tend to stop at two children, in much of Africa they have more. This 2020 revision attempts to find shared values with them, referred to hereafter as "development partners"
My goal here is in broad sympathy with the aims of the UK charity Population Matters, though disagrees sharply on priorities. Good empathy with people in agricultural societies is needed, informed by anthropology and historical materialism. They may be Muslims, or African Christians, perhaps with some additional animistic beliefs. Although exposed to mosquitoes, parasites and tropical illnesses, they have little health care. They may not read. If there is drought or flood, their children may be near to the edge of survival. If these children survive, they may look for food and shelter in the developed world. But the developed world has its own problems with a warming climate - more extreme weather, overcrowded towns, disappearing fish, new viral epidemics. The problems of the agricultural countries and post-industrial countries would both be easier fi there fewer babies being born. Let us talk about how we get there.