Originally Posted by treereach
But what if it's true?
: (not the illuminati part) I hear all the time about our birth rates dropping. What if they're trying to, 'bring everyone up to speed', industrially speaking, so we can maintain dominance?
My general opinion on conspiracy theories of that kind of magnitude--the goofy secret societies, the hidden occult agendas, all that--is that anyone
that sincerely believes it's a secret
that rich dudes control the world's resources just wants to feel like they are special with Super Secret Squirrel Knowledge the rest of us plebes can't HANDLE!!!
I mean... look at Congress, look at the tops of the Fortune 1000, look at the publicly stated goals of permanent hegemony in US foreign policy. There's no conspiracy. Rich people control the world in a pretty open fashion. They always have. It doesn't take a brain washing, or hidden alien bases, or secret handshakes.
That said, the "population control" theory simply doesn't make any sense, unless you add a heavy dose of pretty ridiculous mysticism.
Let's say you're Evil Industrialist. Which is better? Large, desperate populations are perfect populations to take advantage of in an industrial sense--they're work for less, in crappier conditions, for longer hours, at more dangerous jobs. What good is a healthy, "up-to-speed" third world population to corporate multinationals? The "resource distribution" explanation doesn't hold water. The west will let you starve.
We've got absolutely no problem with it, collectively. The only way to make the "population control" concept feasible is to invent a group with an overarching pathological commitment to science ("Secular Humanism"), and paint it in vaguely religious tones. And, really... that just doesn't make any sense