posted on Jan, 24 2018 @ 07:21 AM
When we look at the historic trends of nations, those under the replacement level of birth for their citizens are often considered to be "dying"
nations and they often resort to immigration to replenish their numbers. I think this was one of the major arguments for the need to allow record
numbers of immigrants into certain countries over the last 100 years.
From what I have observed, the need for people to work in the manufacturing industry or to farm has grown in an inverse proportion to the population
growth, probably even faster than the rate at which the population has increased - meaning a single farmer may be able to grow enough food for 5,000
to 30,000 people where 300 years ago a single farmer may have been able to support 1-20 people depending upon many factors. So, using the lowest
numbers of 5,000 people at current technology and 20 people in the past, that is an increase of 250x in production growth which population growth has
not grown anywhere near that rate.
So, with the expected increase of productivity with things like self driving cars, trucks, tractors, etc as well as robotic manufacturing production,
the levels of production could reach something like 100,000 (or more - or less) people per support person for the farm.
What we have seen is a growth in the service industry but that has also been affected by the growth of technology and people have become more
efficient. There are many service industries or at least sectors of industries specialized to niche's, that many people feel are totally
unnecessary, counter productive or detrimental to society and they are only possible due to a population level greater than what is necessary, or even
healthy, for a society - where unhealthy activities and services have been allowed to flourish where in times before they would have been stamped out
by the citizens or close due to lack of demand (other than the outrageously rich that have always had odd and even unhealthy tastes and desires).
When you look at the reproduction rates of educated people vs those who are uneducated, in today's world, you will see a vast difference with the
birth rates of educated people most often below replacement levels while the uneducated and often poor are having higher numbers of births, some at
the levels dictated by religious fundamentalists or those needed to work a large farm hundreds of years ago.
This disparity in births has created MANY social issues where the masses are demanding unrealistic treatment in everyday living and have expextations
of a higher standard of living than what is reasonably possible. This issue is only going to become worse as population levels grow in the
under-educated/uneducated and machines are created to replace these unreliable and very often unskilled people with a much more productive,
cooperative, predictable and reliable source of labor - leaving even less jobs for those at the bottom of the labor force.
With all the worry about global warming and global resources, it would seem that population control would be of the highest concern in every country,
even the smallest. The debate of immigration in the US needs to switch focus or add a new aspect on which to focus, and that is how will a growing
population have enough jobs for its citizens when there are already so many workers without jobs? If 10,000,000 people if immigrant status follow
normal immigrant growth rates, this could be a population of close to 70 - 150 million in 100 years, which seems that it could create a major problem
when it comes to placing people in already disappearing jobs.
I find it odd that this angle rarely discussed in the immigration topic. In the past immigration was great for businesses as it meant cheaper labor
but in todays consumer society, it does mean more people to buy things, but it probably also means less profit per person, so all in all, it probably
means more work to get the same value of money when selling to a larger population base. Then there is the question of where are these people going
to get an income with fewer and fewer traditional jobs. There are only so many services a population can consume and many countries have already
started to devote themselves to an almost exclusively service economy, such as tourism, and that seems to leave many people with very low levels of
income and at the mercy of many factors beyond their control - which seems to be a recipe for disaster in the long term.
Has anyone seen any studies of projected technology growth in terms of manufacturing and large industries such as farming and seen how this is going
to effect job levels over the next 30, 50, 100 years?
Can anyone see how a large population would benefit a nation in the next century? It seems that countries with the smallest populations often have
some of the highest standards of living and with the expected increases of technology, that standard of living should only increase at almost an
exponential rate and I would suspect that it can also be tied to population size (the standard of living increase along with the technology increase).
Even if the country focused on education (which it seems to have tried for 70+ years) I don' think this would aid in the problem except maybe make
some people more aware of the problems facing them and society