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EGYPT: Overpopulation at heart of problem

Letter by Lyle Laws, Puyallup on Feb. 7, 2011 at 12:53 pm with 14 Comments »
February 7, 2011 12:53 pm

No one single factor can explain the violent protests that are going on in Egypt, but one thing that cannot be denied is that we are witnessing an example of what overpopulation can bring about. So, I would like to share some of the information I found in the Wikipedia free online encyclopedia.

In 1939 the population of Egypt was 17 million. Now it is 80 million plus, and 99 percent of the people live on only 5 or 6 percent of the land along the Nile River and its delta. That combined with the fact that half of the people are under the age of 25 and a large percentage of them live in abject poverty is a recipe for turmoil now and in the future.

An already poor country like Egypt, which is smaller than the state of Alaska with few valuable natural resources and a very limited amount of productive farmland, will surely face even greater problems in the future.

It is hard to be optimistic about what lies ahead for a country in which just one of its cities, Cairo, is home to more people than any one of 38 of our states, including Washington, and has a greater population than the combined population of the states of Wyoming, Vermont, North Dakota, South Dakota, Alaska, Delaware, Montana and Rhode Island.

Unfortunately, no matter who ends up in control of the government, when the final outcome is determined, these brutal facts will still remain.

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  1. I have a solution to the over population problem in Egypt. Introduce the latest technology of slingshots. After all they are more effective at throwing rocks and I could make a fortune selling them.

  2. northsc says:

    Overpopulation- coupled with inflation prices for food is a worldwide problem – one that will eventually hit Main Street USA. Given the present economic recession, inflation (particularly for foodstuff) is literally eating us up. It will hit poorer countries like Egypt first. My guess it will hit the socialist-based governments of Europe next. Even a miracle economic turnaround, or increased agricultural output (bad weather notwithstanding), will not help unless our population is at least leveled out to some extent.

    We haven’t hit rock-bottom yet – but it’s just around the corner. How we meet these challenges will test our kids and grand-kids just as the Great Depression tested our parents and grandparents.

    Look around – do you see the another “Greatest Generation” waiting in the wings?

  3. bobcat1a says:

    The “greatest generation” wasn’t so great until they faced a great challenge, a war for survival. These generations would equally meet that challenge today if it arose.

  4. truthbusterguy says:

    One out of every 4 babies conceived in the United States is aborted. In more than 14 metropolitan areas, abortions outnumber live births. More than 30 million abortions have occurred since 1973. Each year 1.2 million babies die by abortion. We are doing our part to control our population. Now it’s time for other countries to start a system of euthanizing and murdering babies. We could sure teach the world a thing or two about killing our next generation.

  5. tbg – I call bs.

  6. bobcat,

    Maybe so. But one has been proven by history and the other is yet to be seen. Stay the optimist. I prefer to remain doubtful – but obviously I have to hope I’m wrong.

  7. beerBoy says:

    Gee…..and all this time I thought it was government tyranny that was the problem.

    And, it is so great that we, in the U.S. can point at countries full of brown people and tell them that there are too many of them. Ah yes the wisdom garnered from centuries of the white man’s burden…..While I agree that overpopulation is a WORLD problem, it is more than a little unsettling to suggest that population density is OK in some areas but not others where the majority of the population are not of European descent.

    Lack of jobs is a problem certainly. Unequal distribution of wealth and power is another problem. Lack of human rights and abuses of secret police force. Lack of anything resembling democratic representation may be the worst.

  8. aislander says:

    The problems of Egypt are cultural and political, rather than structural. Where there is an absence of economic freedom, there will always be penury…

  9. beerboy,

    Overpopulation and inflated food prices is just my opinion about some underlying issues that drove a revolt at this time.

    It certainly isn’t that Mubarek’s rule is anymore dictatorial and oppressive now than it was 30 years ago.

    The idea that some worldwide cum-ba-yah sing-along via Facebook or tweets is going to avert the population/food crisis is ridiculous. I suspect this developing crisis will give birth to even harsher forms of government .

    As for Egypt – the cum-ba-yah singers haven’t won the day there yet.

  10. So does anyone have a solution to overpopulation?

  11. beerBoy says:

    China’s solution seemed a bit draconian for most……

  12. xring, the solution is neutering.

  13. So, when were you neutered?

  14. Xring queries – “So does anyone have a solution to overpopulation?”

    Yeah, I believe that the Persians are developing a post “Stuxnet” arrow launched from large hollow reeds hidden under the swampy ruins of Shushan or Ecbatana. They may finally usher in the 12th Imam and you will see some dramatic population redistribution.
    Or perhaps the Chinese method of female-infant discrimination via infanticide might lead to male overpopulation necessitating the deployment of a 200 million man army.
    Or the Canaanite method of first-born child sacrifice, also employed by the 15th century BC Egyptians and basically re-introduced by post-modern America.
    The choices “seem” endless, for some …

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