Ebenezer Scrooge is the main character in Charles Dickens' A Chistmas Carol. One of Scrooge's most remembered comments is in response to a solicitation from unnamed gentlemen on behalf of the poor. “If they would rather die,” said Scrooge, “they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population." Scrooge's blunt response was typical of many business class people of his day, It was not generally so publically stated by members of the Progressive Movement, but their general sympathy for the arguments of the Eugenics Movement and the creed of the Malthusians is well known to historians.
Margaret Sanger, the best known Ms. Scroogette of her day and a case in point, apparently never got a visit from Christmas Past, Present or Future. Her remarks differ from that of others in the Progressive Movement of the day more in their bluntness than in their general point. (See "10-Eye-Opening Quotes From Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger.") There were, of course, some "progressives" who were neither members of the Eugenics Movement nor who were committed Malthusians, but they were generally considered by their peers to be naive and out of touch with reality.
All of this, of course, was unchallenged until the Progressive Movement found that one of its early champions, Adolf Hitler, was seriously deranged and the movement suffered guilt by association. The world was so repulsed that the eugenic and population control programs of the movement fell out of favor for a time. Paul Ehrlich's The Population Bomb (which, coincidentally, was published in the same year as Pope Paul VI's encyclical, Humanae Vitae) helped to revive the population control movement. Historically, the primary champions of this movement emerged from the environmental movement (which speaks volumes about the moral priorities of so many "progressives" — see, for example, The Malthusian Moment: Global Population Growth and the Birth of American Environmentalism (Studies in Modern Science, Technology, and the Environment), by Thomas Robertson). The overpopulation hysteria of the 1960s was the added impetus Planned Parenthood needed to grow its grisly business and spread its movement internationally. Even the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., became an advocate for this perspective. (See "The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., Upon Accepting The Planned Parenthood Federation Of America Margaret Sanger Award.") Writing about the life of environmentalist Garrett James Hardin, Vaclav Smil wrote, in American Scientist (see "Garrett James Hardin (Dallas 1915—Santa Barbara 2003)")
Hardin was concerned about the number of people the United States could support. So it should not come as a complete surprise to learn that he was a founding member of Planned Parenthood and one of the nation's most influential advocates of population control and abortion on demand—the issue he said occupied most of his time between 1963 and 1973, the year that the Supreme Court made its landmark decision in Roe v. Wade.
Hardin, and others like him, simply carried on the work of people like Julian Huxley (Sanger's contemporary), who helped found UNESCO and who became its first director. Today, the work of the IPPF is deeply intertwined with UN agencies and programs. It should be obvious to anyone that population control hysteria and eugenics (bolstered by radical feminism and radical environmentalism) remain the official wisdom of the UN bureaucracy and the world's elites. It's fresh impetus from what might be called "the global warming movement" and population "experts" looking at the world's "carrying capacity" should ensure that population control hysteria should continue to grip the world's elites for decades to come.
Assuming, of course, that civilization lasts that long.