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A Brief History of Population Control

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On September 14, 1994, philanthropist David Rockefeller addressed the business council for the United Nations in which he stated:

"Improved public health has caused the worlds’ infant mortality rate to decline by 60% over the last 40 years. In the same period, the worlds’ average life expectancy has increased from 46 years in the 1950s to 63 years today. This is a development as individuals we can only applaud. However, the result of these positive measures is a world population that has risen during the same short period of time geometrically to almost 6 billion people, and could easily exceed 8 billion by the year 2020.

The negative impact of population growth on all of our planetary ecosystems is becoming appallingly evident…unless nations will agree to work together to tackle these cross-border challenges posed by population growth, over-consumption of resources, and environmental degradation, the prospects for a decent life on our planet will be threatened…the United Nations can, and sould play an essential role in helping the world find a satisfactory way of stabilizing world population, and stimulating economic development in a manner that is sensitive to religious and moral considerations."  1

Was Rockefeller correct in his assessment, and by what means could this policy be enforced?

To understand where Rockefeller was coming from, perhaps one first must have an understanding of the history of population control, as well as some of the pioneering philosophies of this topic, and also how these ideas have evolved to present day efforts to save the planet from ourselves.


Eugenics – “Is the study of the agencies under social control, that improve or impair the racial qualities of future generations either physically or mentally.” – Sir Francis Galton2

In the late 1800’s, an English sociologist named Francis Galton developed the theory of eugenics based on his cousin, Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, by applying social principals to Darwin’s idea of survival of the fittest. This theory later became known as Social Darwinism.3

Galton proposed the idea of positive eugenics, encouraging the reproduction of immanent men and their families, whose accomplishments he had tied to the progress of civilization. Although Galton cautioned against misinterpreting his ideas, and drawing quick conclusions, his work has been used to justify some of the greatest crimes against humanity in the earth’s history.

Negative eugenics is the application of means to discourage the breeding of the unfit including anti-race mixing marriage laws, segregation, sterilization, and euthanasia.4

In 1904 the Cold Springs Harbor Research Facility (also known as the Eugenics Recording Office) was founded in the United States by fellow eugenicist Charles Davenport with the funding of prominent businessmen such as Carnegie, Rockefeller, and Harriman.5 The E.R.O. compiled millions of files on ordinary Americans yet was supported by many of the most influential doctors, scientists, and scholars of the era.

In 1907, the first sterilization laws based solely on the grounds of eugenics were passed in the U.S. first in Indiana, and then followed by Connecticut.6 The hypothesis that mental illness, crime, and poverty were inherited factors, and could be cured through means of negative eugenics had been accepted by American society as fact by the 1920’s. It wasn’t until 1927, with the Supreme Court ruling of “Buck vs. Bell”, that forced sterilization really began to pick up steam. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes delivered the now infamous verdict to the court in which he stated: 

“It is better for all the world, if instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind…Three generations of imbeciles are enough.”7

The decision in the case of “Buck vs. Bell” validated Virginia's Eugenical Sterilization Act, and set in motion the forced sterilization of over 60,000 American citizens.8 Eventually similar laws were passed in 27 other states. The greatest impact of “Buck vs. Bell” was in Germany. In 1933 the Nazi government adopted the Prevention of Hereditarily Ill Offspring Act, which was based on “Buck vs. Bell” and led to the sterilization of 350,000 people.9

Considered by some, as the main pillar of the Third Reich was the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Psychiatry, Eugenics, and Human Heredity. While heavily funded by the Rockefeller Foundation in America10, these institutions were used as a focal point to carry out Nazi eugenics programs during the reign of Adolf Hitler. Ernst Rudin, the president of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute would later play a big part in the policies that governed Hitler’s genocide programs.11 Tens of millions would ultimately pay with their lives.12

Modern Eugenics Movement

“Eugenic goals are most likely to be obtained under another name than eugenics” – Frederick Henry Osborn 13

John D. Rockefeller III established the Population Council in 1952, and appointed Frederick Henry Osborn, a prominent eugenicist, and one of the founders of the American Eugenics Society (now called The Society for the Study of Social Biology) to become the organizations first president14. The Population Council, who's stated goal is to seek better understanding of the problems relating to population, was one of the first transitional steps from eugenics to population control.15

In the post WW2 world, after the failures and horrors of past eugenic policies, many eugenics organizations received a face-lift. The journal Eugenics Quarterly changed its name to Social Biology, while the American Birth Control League became Planned Parenthood. In addition to these changes, new terms such as: trans-humanism, population control, sustainability, conservation, and environmentalism replaced previously used terms such as racial hygiene and social Darwinism.

Margaret Sanger, member of the American Birth Control League and founder of Planned Parenthood has been popularized as a courageous crusader for women's rights. She has had schools named for her, and monuments erected in her image, she has even recently been praised by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Despite all of her acknowledgments, her motivations for birth control are rarely publicized.

In 1932, Sanger published an editorial in the journal Birth Control Review, where she wrote: 

[The Negro problem is one of the most complicated and important confronting America. Whatever the ultimate answer may be, such an attitude brings to light the function of birth control as a necessary agency in its solution. The present submerged condition of the Negro is due in large part to the high fertility of the race under disastrously adverse circumstances. Thus, the question arises to what extent birth control has had a eugenic effect upon the Negro race] 16 

In a 1939 letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble, Sanger proposed an idea to hire three or four colored ministers with “engaging personalities” to spread the concept of birth control through their sermons so that it would not be made public that she wanted to “exterminate the Negro population”. 17

A close examination of Sanger’s work makes it abundantly clear that her reasoning for birth control had little to do with women's rights, and much to do with racism and eugenics. Sanger also praised Hitler’s eugenics experiment in Germany and publicly called for similar programs to be implemented in the U.S.18

The modern environmentalist movement can also be traced back to eugenics with the formation of the World Wildlife Fund in 1961. The World Wildlife Fund was founded by Julian Huxley (member of the British Eugenics Society), Prince Bernhard (former Nazi S.S. officer), and Prince Philip (husband to Queen Elizabeth II). 19

Here’s a quote from one of the founders, Prince Philip describing the goals of the WWF: 

"The object of the WWF is to 'conserve' the system as a whole; not to prevent the killing of individual animals. Those who are concerned about the conservation of nature accept... that most species produce a surplus that is capable of being culled without in any way threatening the survival of the species as a whole" 20

Here's a quote from another co-founder, Julian Huxley:

"Thus, even though it is quite true that any radical eugenics policy of controlled human breeding will be for many years politically and psychologically impossible, it will be important for UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) to see that the eugenic problem is examined with the greatest care" 21

In 1988 Prince Philip (reported by the Deutsche Press Agentur, DPA) displayed either his deep commitment to population control, or his deep contempt toward humanity when he said: 

“If in the event that I am reincarnated, I would like to return as a deadly virus in order to contribute something to solve overpopulation” 22


“Depopulation should be the highest priority of foreign policy towards the third world.” – Henry Kissinger 23

In 1974, population reduction in the third world became a central national security issue in the U.S. An operation plan titled National Security Study Memorandum 200, penned by Henry Kissinger, targeted 13 countries in which massive depopulation was called for. These recipient nations included: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Egypt, Turkey, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Brazil, Mexico, and Columbia.

In the USSM 200 report, Kissinger recommended that IMF and World Bank loans be issued to these countries on condition that the recipient nations implement aggressive population control programs such as sterilization. Kissinger also advocated the use of Malthusian-like methods to help with the population problem such as using food as a weapon as well as instigating new wars. The USSM 200 report was kept top secret for 15 years until it was declassified in 1989. 24

In 1998, media tycoon Ted Turner appeared on the cover of Newsweek magazine for an article concerning his personal interest in population reduction in which he pledged to donate over 1 Billion dollars to the United Nations, to be spent in the implementation of population reduction policies worldwide. 25 In an article for Audubon magazine Turner was quoted as stating:

“A total world population of 250 – 300 million people, a 95% decline from present levels would be ideal.” 26

Ted Turner is not the only billionaire to show his support for population control, in 1999 Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave 2.2 billion dollars to Planned Parenthood, the United Nations Population Fund, and other population control groups. 27

Another well-known philanthropist, Warren Buffet followed the lead of Bill and Melinda Gates when he donated a staggering 37 Billion dollars to population control groups in 2006. 28

In May 2009, The Times Online reported on a secret meeting of some of the world's top billionaires. The main topic of discussion was how they could pool together their wealth in order to advance population control measures around the world. The members who dubbed themselves as “The Good Club” included David Rockefeller, Warren Buffett, George Soros, Michael Bloomberg, Ted Turner and Oprah Winfrey. 29

Perhaps a book that may some day make Oprah’s “book of the month” list is a little known book from 1977 titled Ecoscience, written by John P. Holdren, and co-authored by Paul Ehrlich and Anne Ehrlich. In the book, the authors advocate the formation of a planetary regime with the use of a global police force to enforce population control through means of forced abortions, mass sterilization programs conducted via the food and water supply, as well as mandatory bodily implants that would prevent couples from having children. Here are a couple short passages from Ecoscience: 30

"Perhaps those agencies, combined with UNEP and the United Nations population agencies, might eventually be developed into a Planetary Regime—sort of an international super-agency for population, resources, and environment. Such a comprehensive Planetary Regime could control the development, administration, conservation, and distribution of all natural resources, renewable or nonrenewable, at least insofar as international implications exist. Thus the Regime could have the power to control pollution not only in the atmosphere and oceans, but also in such freshwater bodies as rivers and lakes that cross international boundaries or that discharge into the oceans. The Regime might also be a logical central agency for regulating all international trade, perhaps including assistance from DCs to LDCs, and including all food on the international market."

"If this could be accomplished, security might be provided by an armed international organization, a global analogue of a police force. Many people have recognized this as a goal, but the way to reach it remains obscure in a world where factionalism seems, if anything, to be increasing. The first step necessarily involves partial surrender of sovereignty to an international organization."

So, what is so important about this little known book from 1977? Not only was the book written as a guide to government level policy makers, but co-author John P. Holdren is now the top science and technology advisor (Science Czar) to President Barack Obama, and is at the forefront of the U.S. environmental policy. It should also be noted that Holdren has never distanced himself from this work.

A Brave New World?

“Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth. By simply not mentioning certain subjects... totalitarian propagandists have influenced opinion much more effectively than they could have by the most eloquent denunciations.” - Aldous Huxley 31

Shortly before his death in 1963, Aldous Huxley author of Brave New World, gave a speech at Berkley University where he discussed the fact that his novel about a dystopian society, was not based entirely on fiction. He spoke about an inevitable global scientific dictatorship based on social efficiency and how in this future society, people would be made to love their servitude to an elite oligarchy. A society in which every aspect of an individual's life would be controlled from cradle to grave. Perhaps Huxley was providing some insight into the true nature of the eugenics movement that his brother Julian Huxley had helped pioneer. 32

While population control seems to be of monumental importance to the social planners, wealthy industrialists, royalty, and governments around the world, our media tends to shy away from the topic, and our education system has a tendency to omit some of the darker days of our history from the curriculum. 

It is easy to dismiss the importance and shear magnitude of population control when listening to the soft undertones of David Rockefeller’s speech to the Business Council for the U.N., but the issue is far more complex than most can ever imagine. How we decide to address population control in the near future may very well determine the fate of humanity for all of time. May the choice be left to the people for whom which humanity is concerned with, and not the crypto-eugenicists who claim to know what's best for you.


Author: Jeff Turnbull


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