Every age has problems that social thinkers attempt to solve with utopian ideas. No society in history has faced the problems that we face today. From the global problems of climate change, natural resource depletion and overpopulation with their predicted ramifications of famine, wars--and even extinction--to the national problems of: poverty, crime, undernourishment, education, youth unemployment, unsustainable promises of inflated pensions and the healthcare of ever-aging populations.
Our traditions, bolstered by our faith in hopes that are economically and ecologically impossible, bind us in Plato's cave believing that the shadows we see are real and that the impossible promises of our priests and politicians will come true. There are solutions--each with its own problems. Commander Gulliver suggests licensing parents as the most obvious solution to solving both our overpopulation and most of our social problems.
China has not licensed parents to determine who are actually qualified to parent. Still its limitation of children has reduced its fertility rate from nearly 8 children per woman in 1960 to 1.6 per woman today--and 70 years after the policy was enacted in 1980 China's population will begin to recede. But the effects of the policy have already resulted in 400,000,000 fewer babies. This has enabled China to use the money saved from not having to educate four hundred million more children in primary school into being economically capable of offering quality higher education for those who are alive. It has allowed China to significantly reduce poverty, to develop the most rapidly developing economy, and to become a paragon in the economic world.
Overpopulation is responsible for many of our planet's problems--global warming, the lack of fresh water, poverty, high gasoline and food prices, air and water pollutions, the scarcity of natural resources, the excess of wastes and their proper disposal, and even some wars.
In the year 2025 Commander Lemuel Gulliver XVI returns from a twenty-five year odyssey around the solar system, searching for sites where the world's excess people can be re-located. He found none. On his return he vows to search for solutions to the planet's most pressing problem.
He visits several countries to seek answers for solving this critical problem and to find a peaceful way to work toward utopian living. He visits with leaders of state and with experts in several fields that are critical to establishing a peaceful, ecologically friendly society on this planet.
He discusses with these people various plans for reducing population and a number of ideas geared to developing a well thought-out society, a utopia, such as: morality and values, psychological and ethical motivations, politics--"the science of the possible", the necessary ingredients of a just society, rational and irrational prejudices, the responsibilities of parenthood, eugenics, and the place of religion and non-religion in the ideal society.
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