When I discuss an issue I treat others with respect and consideration and as such expect the same in return.
Comparing someone to an unfavorable public figure is inconsiderate at best. I was slightly hurt. My intentions aren't to insult anyone in expressing my views. I have also found insulting a person in an argument to be a sign of a poor argument. argumentum ad hominem.
As far as over-population and the general (negative) effect on not only the economy, the world as a whole I can point you to numerous sources of information documenting the effects. I highly recommend “The Great Wave” http://www.amazon.com/The-Great-Wave-Re ... 019512121X . I also recommend “China Shakes the World” http://www.amazon.com/China-Shakes-Worl ... 0618705643 . I originally was introduced to the books by Jim Jubak’s book list over on MSN Money, who I have found in the past to be insightful and entertaining. (Trying to provide proper credit here)
In addition both Isaac Asimov and Aldous Huxley wrote and spoke in depth about the subject of global overpopulation and the effects on the world as a whole. I refer to all (The Great Wave, China Shakes the World, Asimov, Huxley) these works only because these works more eloquently and masterfully make the case than I can. (If you want I can dig up some links and talks from both authors.)
As far as mandatory sterilization, frankly the comment was an off the cuff one that I wasn’t entirely serious about, however that being said I’d still like to explain the comment. I’d like to point out that really we already have forced birth control for inmates on death row in many states (Unable to verify if it is all states), as they are forbidden conjugal visits. The ethicality of forced sterilization is dubious at best, yet I think we should consider (By ‘consider’ I mean debate the morality of) exceptions to the rule. I wasn’t referring to some sort of blanket mbutt sterilization, I was referencing special cases.
I haven’t seriously considered forced sterilization in the past because I believe that education and opportunities (free markets) for women (and in general) will bring the birth rate to acceptable levels without resorting to such measures. Take a look at birth rates in third world countries vs. “first” world countries. I can dig up some links to articles and studies I’ve read in the past regarding the birthrates and such if anyone is interested.
As far as welfare, population, and externalities, this article closely resembles my stance on the issue (for the most part):
http://www.rationalmind.net/writing/15F ... ntrol.html
I have a stance with more emphasis on this sentence right here “Thus, it is true that there is such a thing as a population level that is above the optimal population level.”
And I know human-kind’s insistence at consistency in other people, so before you term me a hypocrite in this regard, I’d be more than happy to explain why I have three children in a more personal setting, as the answer is a very personal one to me.