It’s very difficult to explain to most people that the world’s population is growing “exponentially.” In a few countries, the population has stopped growing and is shrinking. Most of the times, when politicians frantically try to sell you the idea that population is shrinking, it isn’t – it’s just that the number of people able to pay taxes to the state (and fund politicians’ paychecks) is shrinking.
As an example – retired people generally cost the state money to keep alive. Sick people, ditto. Politicians with a clear economic agenda are by and large not overjoyed with the aged and otherwise unproductive not working. But [...]