It might seem a bit Draconian, but what are the other options. I would rather see that happen than our population explode further, making us all extinct eventually.
No. That only assumes that the original generation die by the time the third generation arrives, and in reality, even in impoverished countries most offspring have grand parents or even great grandparents. A family line with four generations will create an extra child.
Here in the UK, there are also huge inequalities caused by welfare. Those in work will often wait until late before having a child, into their thirties or even fourties, and then just a singleton. Some families out of work have created large familires, and at a young age, in order to increase benefits and move up the housing chain. I know of one family in the latter group where the mother has had 14 children, and many of these children have kids of their own. The mother is just into her mid fourties.
This, given the potential socio-economic problems this inequality will generate in future years here in the UK, is for me, very frightening, particularly at a time of austerity, and at a time where at least two generations have never had anything taken away.
As far as elepants in rooms, the real matriach is the fact, that due to advances in science and medicine, the population is aging.
This post has been edited by Nigel Bolton: 15 February 2012 - 10:18