Panic over Population: Perceptions, Pundits, Polemics, Pandering

By Dr. Charles F. Gritzner “Overpopulation? Asian and European Leaders are Begging Their Citizens to Have More Children.”  This recent (July 2017) LifeNews.com headline certainly grabbed my attention!  After all, over a span of centuries have not a host of Cassandras expressed deep and abiding concern over the dire consequences of population growth?   Formal recognition of a severe “population problem” is not new.  In fact, British political economist Thomas Robert Malthus published the first of his several essays on the perils