Colonizing the Future: "Scarcity" as Political Strategy

Colonizing the Future:“Scarcity” as Political Strategy
The Corner House, Fall 2006
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henever global environmental crises, Third World poverty or world hunger are at issue, economists, demographers, planners, corporate financiers, and political pundits (at least in the North) have frequently invoked human numbers, whether gratuitously, cynically or for the most part subliminally. Reports on the economy and politics of Southern countries — invariably the “problem” of population is deemed a Southern problem — have begun by citing population figures, even though these may have little or no relevance to what follows. But the figures once cited frame the subsequent discussion, skewing the identification of both problems and solutions. The message remains the same: too many people.

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