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I, too, have wondered a lot about this. Recently I ran across an interesting book (after reading an article by the author, David Schweikart, in the WorldWatch magazine) called After Capitalism, in which he talks about a slightly different model for economic development which is not dependent on population growth (at least theoretically!), and I know that people like Herman Daly and Hazel Henderson are working on nongrowth models of economic development. I think there are many others, but I haven't taken the time to track them down. If we really provide full health care and economic equality for women, it appears that population growth would lessen pretty quickly, and that would seem to dictate the emergence of different economic models. If we don't move against forced childbearing for women and for adequate healthcare for women and children, it would seem highly probable that death rates will rise dramatically and that will lead to some pretty severe economic outcomes. Either way, economic models as we are currently opertating are pretty unsustainable! It is a fascinating question academically--and a vital one for each of our lives!
Hope Mr. Gore has some input on this!
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