Center for Research on Population and Security

 rockefeller commission, commission on population growth and the american future, population policy, united states population policy, political will, papal infallibility, roman catholic bishops

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The Center for Research on Population and Security was established in 1984 to develop, organize, finance, promote, undertake and support research on all aspects of population growth control (biomedical, psychosocial, political, and economic).

Primary interests of the Center are:
The study of the national and global security implications of overpopulation. Such research includes but is not limited to:
  • Population growth, overpopulation and immigration as determinants in domestic and international conflict; military solutions to problems caused by overpopulation; new dimensions to warfare precipitated by overpopulation, and potential counterforces to these new dimensions.
  • The development of new and improved methods of contraception.
  • Evaluation of the safety and efficacy of contraceptive methods.
  • The role of abortion in population growth control.
  • Dissemination of the research findings and related educational materials.
The center is a private nonprofit 501 (c) (3) corporation funded by grants from private foundations and contributions from individuals. The center is independent and governed by a board of directors.

This site will provide insight on the current debate surrounding world population issues.
Currently available:
A presentation by Stephen D. Mumford DrPH
A symposium by the members of:
The Rationalist Society of St. Louis
Missouri National Abortion Rights Action League
Greater St. Louis National Organization for Women (NOW)
Center for Research on Population and Security
St. Louis, Missouri, January 27, 1999

The Report of The Commission on Population Growth and the American Future (The Rockefeller Commission)

The causes and implications of population growth in America were cogently presented in the definitive report of The Commission on Population Growth and the American Future (The Rockefeller Commission) in 1972. Had the 70 recommendations of the Commission's report, Population and the American Future, been implemented, a comprehensive U.S. population policy would have resulted. America and the world would be a very different place today. Adoption of this policy would have provided leadership vital to coping with the world overpopulation problem.
According to John D. Rockefeller 3rd, the U.S. Catholic Bishops threatened President Nixon politically, and bowing to their pressure he disavowed this report. None of the 70 recommendations was ever implemented. The U.S. continues to have no population policy.

The most succinct description of the single greatest barrier to a secure future.
The Vatican’s Role in the World Population Crisis:
the untold story
A presentation given at Main Line Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, Pa.
April 14, 1996
by Stephen D. Mumford, DrPH

The Public Report of the Vice President's Task Force on Combatting Terrorism
"The motivations of those who engage in terrorism are many and varied, with activities spanning industrial societies to underdeveloped regions. Fully 60 percent of the Third World population is under 20 years of age; half are 15 years or less. These population pressures create a volatile mixture of youthful aspirations that when coupled with economic and political frustrations help form a large pool of potential terrorists. Many terrorists have a deep belief in the justice of their cause. They are tough and vicious and may have little regard for their own lives or those of their victims in attempting to achieve their goals. Others may even be hired assassins."

from: The Public Report of the Vice President's Task Force on Combatting Terrorism

Arguably the most authoritative work on terrorism was the February 1986 Report of the Vice President's Task Force on Combatting Terrorism, chaired by Vice President George Bush, Sr. Yet no mention of the study has appeared in the press since September 11, 2001. On that day, the George Bush Library archivist, Melissa Walker, pulled it from her files in anticipation of interest by the media. But not until October 29th did she receive her first request. It was from CRPS. This report concludes that the root cause of terrorism is overpopulation. This determination the Vatican no doubt finds highly offensive since all of the solutions to the population problem undermine papal authority. This report appears in its entirety. Download 782 Kb PDF file

Also by Dr. Mumford, a fully referenced version of the material from The Journal of Social, Political and Economic Studies published by the Council for Social and Economic Studies
NSSM 200, the Vatican, and the World Population Explosion

"A fascinating and disturbing insight into a population policy that could have changed the world but for the machinations of the Vatican."
Tim Black, Chief Executive
Marie Stopes International

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"NSSM" is White House shorthand for "National Security Study Memorandum." NSSM 200 was the definitive interagency study of world population growth and its implications for U.S. and global security, requested by President Nixon in 1974. It concluded that sustained rapid world population growth had become a danger of the highest magnitude, calling for urgent measures to avoid severe damage to world economic, political and ecological systems, and to our humanitarian values. Subsequently, President Ford reviewed the study and wrote recently, "I endorsed the 227 page NSSM 200 report in 1975, in National Security Decision Memorandum 314. My views are the same today."


"In The Life and Death of NSSM 200, Dr. Mumford gives us a uniquely clear account of how the Vatican manipulated the American government, causing it to distance itself from the compassionate control of population. Tragically, the relevance of this keen analysis grows with every new population-fueled horror."
Garrett Hardin
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA

"The Life and Death of NSSM 200 does a major service in calling attention to the strong link between world overpopulation and U.S. national security. The point needs to be hammered home. Americans have perhaps begun to see the connection in the cases of Somalia, El Salvador, and Haiti, but the media unfortunately continues to concentrate on proximate and superficial political events. Population policy should be central to foreign policy."
Edward O. Wilson
Pellegrino University Professor, Harvard University
Museum of Comparative Zoology, The Agassiz Museum

"This book gives extremely helpful background information about the hidden coordination of Vatican and American policy with regard to population growth and birth control. It is high time that certain problematic maneuvers of the Vatican are discussed in public."
Dr. Hans Küng, Catholic theologian
Professor of Ecumenical Theology and Director of the Institute for Ecumenical Research
University of Tübingen, Germany

"To understand the demise of NSSM 200 is to begin to understand why U.S. policymakers still will not act to solve the problem of population growth. Dr. Mumford's book represents decades of intensive scholarship and is an important contribution to this controversial and complex subject. We are grateful that this book is being published."
Monique A. Miller
Executive Director
Carrying Capacity Network

"In the long run the security of the United States cannot be divorced from the security of all nations. Nor can our security be measured solely in military terms...The information in this book will be of enormous value to those in the U.S. and elsewhere who wish to encourage elected officials to recognize the need to develop policies and programs that address the problems resulting from the world's rapid population growth."
Gene R. La Rocque
Rear Admiral, USN (Ret.)
President, Center for Defense Information

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