Most of us are aware that population growth is a problem, and we are familiar with population control techniques employed by governments and suggested by economists and doctors to limit the dangers of overpopulation. Case in point: China employs an infamous one child policy that limits urban couples to having one child. This is part of the reality of the world we live in today – population is growing at an astronomical rate, and this growth has caused grave concern the world over about the Earth’s ability to support the continued addition of humans across the globe. Alas, that is a topic for a different post on a different day.
The point is, overpopulation is a very recent concern and development. Not so long ago, the bigger someone’s family was, the better. When society was mostly rural and agrarian, more children meant more bodies to help around the house, raise crops, go hunting, etc. As we moved from the country to the city thanks to the Industrial Revolution, large families became less important as an economic tool and transitioned to be more of an economic burden. However, it appears this memo was never received in good old post-World War II Soviet Russia. Continue reading