I have written ad nauseam that we should indeed want a large population, but lately I have been considering the possibility that I am wrong.

Taking the view that population decline is something we should strive to avoid with pro-natalist policies is a bit like Malthus advocating for population controls.

Perhaps the rapid rise, and then fall, of the population is a natural part of progress? Perhaps it is no coincidence that AI and humanoid robots are emerging at just the right time….

Maybe progress doesn’t just dematerialize goods and services, but will also dematerialize the need for human physical and mental labor.

Expand full comment

Maybe! Note that this article does not actually advocate any pro-natalist policies.

Expand full comment